Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What Children Like

I never get any protests from children. All you get are giggles of mirth and squirms of delight.
I know what children like. 
~ Roald Dahl

There is no shortage of adorable children in Peterborough. And of course, since kiddos come in all shapes, sizes and species, you'll find a few of the non-human variety here, as well.

I hope you enjoy.

come on
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.
~ W.B. Yeats
These two siblings were having a bit of a tug of war on the dock, one evening. He wanted to stay and she wanted to return to the nearby restaurant.

come on lets go
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
~ Kahlil Gibran
She won!

dock at dusk
Watch the littlest kids carefully; the biggest messages for the grown-ups are hidden there!
~ Mehmet Murat ildan
Closer to sundown on the same day, a younger pair peered into the water together while their mom watched over them from just outside of the camera's view.

I like dogs
Big dogs
Little dogs
Fat dogs
Doggy dogs
Old dogs
Puppy dogs
I like dogs
A dog that is barking over the hill
A dog that is dreaming very still
A dog that is running wherever he will
I like dogs.
~ Margaret Wise Brown
Bounding into the water just like a little kid, this dog couldn't be happier.

The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog. ~ Ambrose Bierce
And back out again with his victorious capture. He runs to his person to toss the ball into the river for another opportunity to swim and fetch.

dalmatian splash
A child's imaginary playmate just might actually be there. ~ Doug Dillon
Same river, different dog with his kidlet, having a late afternoon swim.

kayak kid
Your children will smash your understanding, knowledge and reality. You will be better off.
Then they will leave. You'll miss them forever.
~ Tibor Kalman
And then they moved on. The dalmatian was in a kayak with one of two adults (though only one of visible in this photo) up ahead.

someones birthday2
A party without cake is just a meeting. ~ Julia Child
I'd hazard a guess that there were a bunch of kids enjoying a birthday party just inside this home.

Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Speaking of parties, the little cutie hidden behind the cup is one of Carol Anne's neighbours who recently attended her milestone birthday party.

two shoes
A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I suspect that this little guy has another pair of shoes much like this at home.

Sleepy Zeph
Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia. ~Joseph Wood Krutch
The only "kid" I have still living with me is my beautiful Zephyr.

The soul is healed by being with children. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This little sweetness was having fun exploring the sand and splashing in the water.

whitehorse fan
When a kid says "smell my hand," it almost never smells like cinnamon. ~ Brian P. Cleary
And finally, this exuberant little girl was feeling the evening music at an outdoor concert.

More photos coming up soon. I do also hope to get around to some blog visits before too long. See you soonish!

Thursday, September 15, 2016



Dark and light
each other,
vividly etching wild colors
through the horizon.

The charm of sunset
makes me want
to scurry home.

~ Tara Estacaan

Are you ready to pick up where we left off in the last post?

I scream
We had been wandering the shores of Little Lake when we stopped for ice cream. Evening was quickly approaching.

bike at dusk
I was chatting on the phone with my son at the time that I took this pic. Yes, I put my boy on hold for a photo op.

evening dock with mink
Although it's impossible to see it clearly, this isn't a squirrel on the dock. Though I thought it was at first, I soon realized that it was actually a young mink out for a bit of an exploration. I saw it more clearly on another night but it was even darker out and I never got a good shot of it.

Night walk on a dock
Just a little later, a couple walk hand in hand along that same dock.

volleyball at sunset
Local kids get a last game of volleyball in before it's too dark to see.

volleyball net at sunset
Moments later, the game and net were abandoned until another day and one of the players readied his bike for the ride back home.

sunset on Little Lake6
A peaceful spot to sit and watch the sun go down.

harbour at dusk
They light up the fountain at night. It changes colours several times through the course of the evening.

Just a man and his dog, enjoying the peace of Little Lake.

This is probably the most romantic scenes I have ever happened upon. A lantern-lit dinner for two on a picnic bench along the water's edge. There was music playing from across the lake - one of the many free evening concerts offered by this wonderful town.

night skyline
Goodnight, Peterborough.

Thanks for walking with me. It's always nice to have some company while wandering about town, and yours is always the best.

More photos coming up before too much longer.