It was yet another warm spring day and I was taking a hike with my Jamaican friend who is still experiencing her first year in Canada.
It was nearly 20 degrees and she had fleece lined tights, boots and a heavy hoodie. I was hot in lighter, looser lounge pants and a light cotton cardigan and breathable sneakers.
It has been a nice April and things are budding. We spent nearly 3 hours walking, talking and sitting on benches.
My friend is petrified of animals, especially dogs. Everyone and their dog was out that day with a dog or three. In some countries dogs are not so often kept as pets.
She’s even afraid of chickens which no doubt roam Jamaica more than Canada. She did grab my arm when she saw a ring necked pheasant running away. I had already mentioned hear their screeching call. I said that no one had ever been hurt by a pheasant.
I spotted this cute carving from a distance. My friend also climbed the tree.
She touched the North Atlantic for the first time and said it was freezing in April. I thought it was cold. Perspective.
A great time was had. She really enjoyed getting out of the city though luckily it doesn’t take long here and that’s one thing people like.
I’ve met other newcomers here from Syria, Iran, Turkey, Jordan, Colombia, Cuba, Nepal, Russia, Eritrea, China, Korea, India, Egypt, Vietnam, Germany, Britain and the list goes on.
At this time of year I salute new beginnings.