Pink Flowers, Pets and Fun List

Hello and welcome to Weekend Coffee Share #16! I’m glad you’re here. Please come on in, help yourself to a cup of coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate at my coffee station and let’s chat.

A quick glance at my phone shows that in April I’ve seen gorgeous daffodils, dandelions, magnolias, forsythias, pansies, ranunculus, tulips, and many more pretty flowers. I’ve also taken photos of birds, the lake shore, historic buildings and public art displays. It’s been a colourful month.

On Wednesday winter’s last hurrah brought spring snow. By Friday, it’s 15C (59F) with sunshine. My coffee share today: Pink flowers, Outdoor pets, and Spring fun list update.

1. Pink Flowers

I chose the following images to contribute to Jude’s Pink colour challenge, Becky’s Bright Square and Cee’s Flower of the Day photo challenges.

Pink ranunculus.
Pink ranunculus (or Persian buttercup).
Pink tulips.
Pink tulips.

Here are four more from my photo archives in alphabetical order.

2. Outdoor Pets

Terri’s prompt for her Sunday Stills photo challenge this weekend is Pets or Kids and improvisations are accepted. So I’m improvising and introducing my outdoor “pets” that are nesting and expecting “kids”.

The first pair is Gucy and Lucy, two Canada geese. Lucy is nesting under a small tree by the waterfront. Her nest is made of mulch-like materials. Their babies (goslings) are expected after 25-28 days of incubation.

Canada geese
Canada geese
Geese nesting sign.

The second pair is Cob and Pen, two Mute swans. Pen is nesting on a small island. Her nest is a soft bed of round balls of grey fibres. Their babies (cygnets) are expected after 34-41 days of incubation.

Mute swans
Mute swans
Swan nest.

I visit my outdoor “pets” often and hope to see their “kids” soon.

3. Spring Fun List Update

Back in March, I wrote a Spring Fun List of things to do while in COVID-19 lockdown. Most of my activities are outdoors or online and follow public health protocols so I’ve been checking off a few items. I’m contributing this update to Leslie’s Spring link-up.

  1. Cycle to explore parks, the lake shore, and the city centre: Yes, I’ve been cycling on different routes and they bring me many bits of joy.
  1. Take walks to enjoy nature in Spring and free outdoor public art: Yes, I take walks most days. Examples: My walk in Yorkville and the above walks to see spring flowers and bird nests.
  1. View Toronto’s Cherry Blossoms and the annual Canadian Tulip Festival: In progress. I’ve been watching Toronto’s cherry blossoms virtually with #BloomAtHome, a 24-hour 4K BloomCam livestream during the peak bloom period. The Canadian Tulip Festival is coming up May 14-24.
  1. Meet my family and friends outside: Pending. Currently, we are not allowed to gather indoors or outdoors with anyone we do not live with, until at least May 20.
  1. Play 9-hole disc golf in a public park: Yes, here’s my intro to how to play disc golf.
  1. Paddle around Toronto Islands: Pending.
  1. Plant a small herb garden: Pending.
  1. Read 1 book per week and add to my Books in 2021: Yes, average 2 books per week.
  1. Take photos and share my explorations on my blog: Yes, every post so far.
  1. Try a new restaurant take-out: Yes, the Pad Thai and curry dishes from Salad King were good.
Azalea flowers.
Azalea flowers with a hint of pink last spring.

I look forward to more cycling, walking, watching spring flower blooms and welcoming warmer weather in May. I hope the lockdown will be lifted after May 20 so I can meet up with my family and friends.

How did your week go? I’d love to hear your comments.

Linking to: #BrightSquare, #Colour2021, #FOTD, #LifeThisWeek, #SpringList, #SundayStills.

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123 thoughts on “Pink Flowers, Pets and Fun List

  1. leannelc April 23, 2021 / 8:11 am

    Hi Natalie – lovely flowers (I especially loved the tulips and azaleas) and the nesting birds were really cute – I didn’t know swans made nests from those strange soft grey balls – really interesting. We have black swans in Western Australia – so seeing white swans when we travelled overseas was always a treat. Thanks for another great weekend party x


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 6:11 pm

      Hi Leanne, I’m glad you loved the tulips and azaleas. This is the first time that I get to see the swan and goose nests in open space and up close. I read about how they choose a location to make their nests and it’s quite interesting. I haven’t seen black swans so when I see them, it will be a treat. Have a great weekend!


  2. Denyse Whelan Blogs April 23, 2021 / 8:14 am

    Good Morning Natalie from my evening in Australia. Your pink pics are awesome. I have been concerned for your guys in your city as Tamara Levitt who is ‘the voice’ of My Daily Calm app, lives in Toronto and was mentioning the lockdown. This virus is not letting up really. Sad for India too right now. I loved your take on pets/kids…you cover all the topics and posts here! I am doing one for Sunday Stills about our A.N.Z.A.C. Day here in Australia. I went out into bright sunshine today and did a quick post for Beckys Squares. Please understand this Memoir of mine is eventually finishing…this one, and then there will be two more weeks where I link up. And as you know, it appears I am running the last Australian-based link up…and I am committing to that till the end of 2021. I love the connections around the world I make via blogging and my link up has a special purpose for me in that. Take care, and thanks for your weekend coffee share. I will be back over the weekend to read more posts and comment. Denyse


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 6:25 pm

      Hi Denyse, The lockdown in Ontario has been extended until at least May 20. Our covid-19 vaccination rate is increasing every day so hopefully, we’ll be in a much better situation in May.

      One upside to the lockdown is that I stay at home on weekends when the Weekend Coffee Share link-up is on. I get to blog and participate in other link-ups for fun.

      I’m glad to hear you’re committed to run your link-up till the end of 2021. Hosting an active weekly link-up takes time and efforts for sure. I take one weekend at a time and hope I keep my link-up going well. Have a great weekend!

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      • Denyse Whelan Blogs April 28, 2021 / 4:33 am

        Thanks for your kind words, Natalie. Your link up is very popular!

        Thank you for sharing your post for Life This Week. I am always appreciative of the blogging community and you are one of those people in my blogging life. Next week, the optional prompt is Taking Stock. The new set of prompts is on my home page should you want to follow. Looking forward to see you again next week hopefully too. Denyse


        • Natalie April 28, 2021 / 8:23 am

          Thank you, Denyse. My link-up is in early stage and while it’s popular now, I hope it continues to be popular in the coming weeks. See you again soon.

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  3. Jill Weatherholt April 23, 2021 / 8:19 am

    Talk about brightening our day, Natalie…your photos are absolutely stunning! We’d been busy turning our back patio into a hummingbird haven when temperatures took a nose dive. We had to bring in all of the hanging and potted plants into the garage and cover the rest. Hopefully this morning will be the last below freezing temperature for the next few months. Despite the cold, it was nice to see the hummingbirds feeding at the feeders. Thanks for sharing your lovely week. Enjoy the weekend!


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 6:37 pm

      Hi Jill, I’m glad you like my flower photos. We had spring snow on Tuesday overnight to about 10 a.m. Wednesday and it looked like winter wonderland outside. Then the sun came out and all the snow melt away by Wednesday afternoon. I hope the weather stays nice and your hummingbirds keep feeding at the feeders. Have a great weekend!

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  4. Heyjude April 23, 2021 / 8:38 am

    Your pink flowers are beautiful, I love the ranunculus! Thanks for the link.
    Jude xx


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 7:39 pm

      Thank you, Jude, for hosting and choosing pink for April. I look forward to finding out your colour choice for May and hope I have something to contribute to the challenge.

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      • Heyjude April 23, 2021 / 8:00 pm

        Judging from your Avatar photo I am sure you will 😉


        • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 8:25 pm

          That’s great! I’m looking forward to the big reveal on the first Sunday of May 🙂

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  5. Ally Bean April 23, 2021 / 9:04 am

    Cob and Pen are nice, but Gucy and Lucy have won my heart. They are just about as cute as two geese can be! Great photos of the flowers… and the expectant couple.


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 7:42 pm

      Gucy and Lucy are not shy at all. Gucy always stands tall and looks so proud when I see him. I checked on Lucy today and she seemed fine in her nest.

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  6. Antoinette Truglio Martin April 23, 2021 / 11:45 am

    HOw sweet. YOu are a powerhouse of positivity. Thank you.


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you, Antoinette, for your compliment. Spring has been beautiful here. I’m glad to share some of her beauty on my blog.


  7. Cee Neuner April 23, 2021 / 12:26 pm

    Oh what beautiful flowers you have on display. What a wonderful post 😀

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    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you, Cee, for hosting FOTD. I’m glad you like my post and photos.


  8. BeckyB April 23, 2021 / 12:28 pm

    gorgeous flowers, and wow what a fabulous week you have had 😀


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you, Becky, for hosting #Bright Square. Spring has been beautiful here and the flowers give me something colourful to enter the challenge.


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 7:50 pm

      Spring has been beautiful here. I’m glad you love the pink flowers. I wasn’t sure if I posted too many of them.

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  9. Sue from Women Living Well After 50 April 23, 2021 / 2:15 pm

    Hi Natalie another lovely post and I especially love the flowers and swans. Yesterday my husband and I went for a walk and there were two Ibis birds sitting on a fence gazing out to the ocean. Nature is beautiful isn’t it? I also love your Spring activities list and knowing you, the list will be ticked off well before Spring has moved into Summer. Thanks for the #WeekendCoffeeShare link up and enjoy your week. xx


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 7:54 pm

      Hi Sue, Nature is amazing and spring has been beautiful here. I’d love to see ibis birds up close. The items on my spring list are fun to do so I’m motivated to check them off, LOL. Have a great weekend!


  10. rawsonjl April 23, 2021 / 2:17 pm

    Those flower are beautiful!


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 7:57 pm

      Thank you, Joanne, for your comment. Spring has brought many beautiful flowers here.


  11. Cheryl April 23, 2021 / 3:04 pm

    Hi Natalie, love all the flowers! It’s such a beautiful time of year in gardens, isn’t it? But most of all I love those nesting geese and swans. Birds are so wonderful at nesting and becoming parents! And it’s going to be so adorable seeing all their little baby birds! Enjoy all the nature and life around you! And have a lovely weekend. x


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 8:02 pm

      Hi Cheryl, Spring has been beautiful here. My phone is full of images of flowers, birds, and colourful objects. I’ve seen ducklings and many adult Canada geese and swans but not goslings or cygnets. I hope to see them this spring. How are you doing in Bulgaria? I’m sure gardening and other projects keep you busy. I hope everything is going well for you. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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      • Cheryl April 24, 2021 / 6:35 am

        We’re having a slow start to spring, but my tulips and daffodils have given us a lovely show in our flower garden. I’ve spent all morning today in the vegetable garden planting my asparagus which I’ve grown from seed, tomatoes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and fennel. Peppers will go in next week. It’s so exciting to see things grow from a tiny seed into food. Strawberries are flowering now. We ate our first radish this week. 🙂 We’ve got storks here and it’s just amazing seeing them flying over the house in the evening as they go back to their nests. So much to be thankful for and I’m enjoying every single day here in our little Bulgarian village. x


        • Natalie April 24, 2021 / 8:27 am

          That’s fantastic, Cheryl. Your garden is bringing you joy and healthy vegetables and fruit. I saw a lot of storks and their nests when I visited Morocco and Latvia before the pandemic. It was a visual treat because I don’t see them in Toronto. I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying life in your Bulgarian village.


  12. Lizl Bennefeld April 23, 2021 / 4:09 pm

    I think we have another month or so before flowering plants other than spring tulips and a lone daffodil show up, here. Too cold for anything that isn’t sheltered or really close to the ground. You have some lovely flower pictures. And of the animals. We have geese returning to the area, now. Saw a lovely flight of them on the way home, earlier this afternoon. I look forward to the warmer weather and getting back into my gazebo for exercise on a more regular basis. The next door neighbors have cut down their trees, and so I expect we will see many fewer birds and squirrels, now. As long as we have tulip plants, however, there will be rabbits to greet us at dusk and dawn. 🙂 Best wishes for your week, Natalie!


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 8:11 pm

      Lizl, I hope the weather continues to warm up in your area so you can enjoy your gazebo and nice spring flowers. Rabbits are cute to see although I know they can wreck havoc in gardens. Thank you for your warm wishes. Have a great weekend!

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  13. Deborah Drucker April 23, 2021 / 4:39 pm

    Beautiful photos, the flowers and the outdoor pets. The geese and swan photos are great. We are just starting to open up, slowly, here is California.


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 8:16 pm

      Thank you, Deborah, for your compliment. The geese and swans are not shy so it’s easy for me to take their photos. I hope the opening-up in CA goes well. Have a great weekend!

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  14. amoralegria April 23, 2021 / 6:13 pm

    Now I know what a ranunculus looks like! The flowers are lovely! We are not so fond of Canada geese around here – they tend to congregate in large groups and poop on our walking paths! I suppose they are nesting now. We had a family of five last year. One of our swan pairs is also nest-sitting. She has seven eggs! We have another pair, also, but in spite of working a lot on their nest, so far they haven’t produced anything. But there’s still time – we’ll see! Last year our swans lost their eggs at the beginning of the week they were due to hatch due to a ferocious wind/rain storm! The eggs fell into the pond, so there was nothing to be done. I hope that doesn’t happen this year!


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 8:23 pm

      Thank you for your visit and comment. Pink and yellow ranunculus flowers are popular in spring here. Their petals are tightly packed until they bloom. How wonderful that your swan has seven eggs. I hope they all survive. We had spring snow on Tuesday night and I was concerned for Lucy the mother goose. I checked on her after and she seemed fine sitting in her nest.


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 8:34 pm

      Happy Spring, Janis! It’s been a beautiful spring here. My phone is full of images of flowers, animals and colourful objects. The pink ranunculus are looking fresh and pretty this week.

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  15. Laurie April 23, 2021 / 7:31 pm

    Oh, so many pink flowers blooming right now. Such a welcome sign of spring. I love those pink tulips. Hope you get to see your new “pets” soon. Baby geese are so cute and fluffy but parent geese can be mean!


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 8:38 pm

      I give the parent geese good space. They’ve been pretty good to me so far. I hope to see their babies when they arrive. I’ve seen many ducklings but not goslings.


  16. Kirstin April 23, 2021 / 7:52 pm

    Loved your post Natalie….all the pictures were gorgeous. Fun take on the pets and kids theme too. How do you read two books a week? I’m kind of jealous. I really struggle to get them finished even though I love reading. Working on my weekend coffee share post now.


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 8:45 pm

      Kirstin, I don’t watch TV and don’t use social media, except to write one blog per week so I have time to read. I look forward to reading your coffee share.


  17. RuthScribbles April 23, 2021 / 8:02 pm

    Thank for the coffee!! I LOVE your pink flowers. And you labeled the swans as mute swans. I first heard that term yesterday! My dad lives in Massachusetts-my sister visited, she talked about the swans.. my brother told us that my dad’s swans are mute swans. coincidences.


  18. Marsha April 23, 2021 / 10:34 pm

    Your pinks are the best. That’s a perky pink story. Your week sounds wonderful. 🙂


    • Natalie April 23, 2021 / 10:52 pm

      Thank you, Marsha. Spring has been beautiful here. My phone is full of colourful images. Have a great weekend!

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      • Marsha April 24, 2021 / 12:40 pm

        I bet it is fun just to scroll through them. Enjoy more beautiful weather, Natalie. I love your Friday shares. 🙂


        • Natalie April 24, 2021 / 6:52 pm

          I mapped out a new cycling route for tomorrow morning to enjoy the sunshine and get some exercise. New photo opportunities 🙂

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          • Marsha April 25, 2021 / 12:57 am

            Yay. We are getting a lot of wind here in Prescott right now. We were going to bike today, but Vince thought the wind was too strong. I walked instead. You should see my hair! 🙂


            • Natalie April 25, 2021 / 7:22 pm

              Marsha, You’re one wonder woman. I’d work out at home on windy days.

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              • Marsha April 25, 2021 / 10:39 pm

                Ouch, you caught me. I don’t do that. I cleaned house for about three hours, though.


                  • Marsha April 26, 2021 / 11:08 am

                    I’m hoping. I haven’t looked at the scale today. But last I checked it doesn’t move too much no matter what I do. 🙂


  19. midlifestylist April 24, 2021 / 1:04 am

    Hi Natalie, your photos are absolutely beautiful. We have lots of wild birds in our nearby canals, including swans. I love Spring when the babies are born. Have a lovely weekend, Christina


    • Natalie April 24, 2021 / 9:03 am

      Hi Christina, I’m glad you like my photos. Spring has been beautiful here and it’s easy to get nice, colourful pictures. The canals near your home sound like bird havens. It’s interesting to watch birds and their life cycle, isn’t it? Have a great weekend!


  20. Thistles and Kiwis April 24, 2021 / 1:35 am

    Love the notice about the geese! Always enjoy seeing these posts from you. Will join in the coffee share later!


    • Natalie April 24, 2021 / 9:06 am

      The mother goose is well cared for, lol. I look forward to reading your coffee share post.


  21. trentpmcd April 24, 2021 / 9:15 am

    Sounds like you had a great month! This has been a great year for April flowers, though not as many April showers as usual… Glad you were able to get out and abbot and hit most of the items on your list. I see a lot of mute swan, though not as many as when I kayaked on Swan Pond every day! Nor as many geese, but am looking forward to chicks from both species. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


    • Natalie April 24, 2021 / 5:04 pm

      April has been great, exploring-wise. We’re expecting some showers and nice temperatures mid-week next week here. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  22. Astrid April 24, 2021 / 2:53 pm

    Oh, I’m so sorry you’re still in such a strict lockdown. Ours will largely be lifted by April 28, but I’m pretty much convinced it’ll be reimposed sooner rather than later, as the COVID infection numbers are still on the rise.


    • Natalie April 24, 2021 / 5:07 pm

      We had some loosening of restrictions in March. The case numbers started rising again so on April 1 the provincial government ordered the shutdown and two weeks later extended it.

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  23. Jeanne April 24, 2021 / 2:56 pm

    Beautiful pink flowers! It’s funny they post signs for the Canada goose nest. We have so many Canadian goose running around in suburban parking lots they try to control the geese. (I think government people shellac the shells so the eggs don’t hatch, trying to not harm the birds but limit population). At least that’s what I remember. Have a great weekend and enjoy the spring!


    • Natalie April 24, 2021 / 5:11 pm

      We also have a big Canada geese population here and the City has a by-law asking people not to feed them. The goose that is nesting is a rare sight. I see adult Canada geese all the time but not nesting geese and their goslings. Thanks, Jeanne, for stopping by. Have a great weekend!


  24. Christie Hawkes April 24, 2021 / 2:57 pm

    I love the flower pics, Natalie. Isn’t spring wonderful? Nice work on your Spring Fun List as well. Larry and I just went to the local Tulip Festival. We went in the morning at the time reserved for seniors and high risk individuals, and it was not crowded at all. It was such a lovely morning. I wish I could start every day that way. Happy spring!


    • Natalie April 24, 2021 / 5:14 pm

      Christie, How wonderful that you could attend the Tulip Festival without crowds. Spring has been beautiful here. I’ll stop by to visit your blog shortly. Have a great weekend!


  25. dinah April 24, 2021 / 5:34 pm

    I always enjoy your pictures. Thanks for sharing them💜


    • Natalie April 24, 2021 / 6:19 pm

      Thank you, Dinah, for your comment. I greatly appreciate it.

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  26. Jo April 24, 2021 / 5:40 pm

    Just what I needed to see this morning – gorgeous spring flowers and nesting birds. Thank you for brightening the weekend.


    • Natalie April 24, 2021 / 6:26 pm

      I’m glad to brighten the weekend 🙂 Have a great one, Jo!

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  27. PamelaS.Canepa, Writing and Living April 24, 2021 / 7:12 pm

    The flowers look gorgeous! I I hope your lockdown will be lifted too. It is good to be out in sunshine and nature. Have a great week! -Pam


    • Natalie April 24, 2021 / 7:29 pm

      Thank you, Pam. Regarding COVID-19 and the lockdown, I focus on what I can do to stay safe and healthy, and what I’m grateful for. Have a great weekend!


  28. dprastka April 24, 2021 / 9:03 pm

    Hi Natalie!
    I just LOVE all your flowers!! So bright and BEAUTIFUL! And you get so much done each week which is so cool. I Love your outdoor pets and I bet will be so wonderful when the babies all arrive, how FUN to see soon! Thank you so much the coffee this weekend. Have a great week ahead!! ❤️


    • Natalie April 24, 2021 / 9:10 pm

      Hi Diana, I’m so glad you like my flowers and outdoor pet photos. I look forward to seeing the goslings. I’ve been checking on Lucy, the mother goose. I hope I don’t miss the babies when they arrive. I hope your weekend is going well. Have a wonderful week!

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  29. Julie April 25, 2021 / 3:20 am

    I love your idea of a fun list. I had a mental fun list on the weekends when my husband would be away for drill and for annual training. I’ll admit it has been challenging the past year s when I was pregnant, post-partum, and of course the pandemic (look 3 P’s!). A lot of my fun came in the form of what restaurant or cafe I’d like to eat at. It was a good reminder to put together a physical list that I could look at rather whatever is up in the air.


    • Natalie April 25, 2021 / 5:44 pm

      I think it’s healthy to have small joys every day whether it’s a list to remind us or spontaneous fun. I enjoy going to coffee shops, too, however, we’ve been under lockdown so it’s take-out or delivery only.


  30. Regina Martins April 25, 2021 / 6:58 am

    I can’t wait to see the new ‘kids’ when they are born. I am sure they will make for some lovely photos.


    • Natalie April 25, 2021 / 5:47 pm

      I hope I don’t miss the new arrivals. The nest is right by the water so mother goose may take her goslings out for a swimming lesson.


  31. Bear April 25, 2021 / 9:44 am

    Heheh… your goose pics gave me a chuckle. We have a nest out in front of Michaels. Every year, they take the same spot on the little piece of mulched ground on one of those parking island things. Every year, at least one child and several adults learn the hard way to give them room. The City even came in and created them a little “fenced area” with plastic fencing and saftey cones, but still people are just plain stupid. I’ve no problem with them. I sit down on the curb at the far end, and toss them goose friendly tidbits. The gander will even come over to me, sit down beside me, and let me pet him. i think he knows I won’t hurt them and that I bring food so they don’t have to leave the nest. It’s so much fun to see the wee babes when they hatch, too. They take over the parking lot entirely when they make the daily stroll to the small retention pond at the end of the lot. Quite the characters.


    • Natalie April 25, 2021 / 5:51 pm

      Yeah, the geese walk up to me and are good as I stay quiet and give them space. How nice that they nest in the same spot in your area. I hope to see the babies when they hatch.

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  32. Gary A Wilson April 25, 2021 / 10:21 am

    Hi Natalie, great shots, but I have to say that the nesting goose was easily my favorite. I find things like this educational and bringing the wonders of nature back to those who otherwise experience very little of it.


    • Natalie April 25, 2021 / 5:55 pm

      Hi Gary, The nesting goose is definitely a highlight of my week. I see adult geese all the time but not nesting ones or baby goslings. Nature is amazing.


  33. Writing Sparkle April 25, 2021 / 10:27 am

    I was just visiting Jude’s Pink colour challenge. I love the idea of assigning a colour per month.
    Great photos accompanying you r post. Thanks for the virtual coffee. Hope you have a great Sunday!


    • Natalie April 25, 2021 / 6:43 pm

      I’m new to Jude’s colour challenge and am enjoying it. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week ahead!


  34. Terri Webster Schrandt April 25, 2021 / 10:36 am

    Your floral shots are spectacular, Natalie! But I sure enjoyed your “pets!” How fun to witness swans nesting and prepping for their new family. Spring looks gorgeous there and I’m sure you can’t wait to get out and explore more! I discovered a new road to walk the dogs on and it’s covered with volunteer sunflowers amidst the pine trees! I will share more about that next week. Have a great week!


    • Natalie April 25, 2021 / 6:46 pm

      Terri, Sunflowers amid the pine trees must be so beautiful. I look forward to hearing more. Spring has been beautiful here. I love seeing the different flowers and the birds. I hope to see the goslings when they hatch. Have a great week ahead!

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    • Natalie April 25, 2021 / 6:46 pm

      Thank you, Beth, for your comment. I greatly appreciate it.

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  35. csuhpat1 April 25, 2021 / 1:42 pm

    Such beautiful and colorful pictures. So very nice. Thanks for sharing them with us. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.


    • Natalie April 25, 2021 / 6:49 pm

      Thank you, Patrick, for your comment. Spring has been beautiful here. I hope you’re enjoying the season, too. Have a great week!


  36. Sanch @ Sanch Writes April 25, 2021 / 5:30 pm

    The tulips look gorgeous! I love the geese nesting! I gather they would get a bit aggressive if people did disturb them. I heard it snowed over there midweek out of the blue. Your spring temperature is still far too cold for my liking! 😀 Hope you have a wonderful week ahead Natalie!


    • Natalie April 25, 2021 / 6:54 pm

      In general, nesting birds get aggressive to protect their eggs when people get too close or disturb them. These geese are good as I give them space and let them walk to me when they want to.

      We had spring snow Wednesday and it all melted in the same afternoon after the sun came out. For cycling outside, I’d rather have 15C than 30C 🙂 Have a great week!


  37. Jennifer Jones April 25, 2021 / 6:40 pm

    Hi Natalie I love your pink flowers. With winter looming here there is not a huge amount of colour outside so I loved seeing your photos. A spring highlight for me, is watching the ducks, geese and swans. Our swans are black. I love seeing your white swans.


    • Natalie April 25, 2021 / 7:18 pm

      Hi Jennifer, I’d be interested in seeing black swans in Australia. When it’s winter here, I enjoy seeing spring colours and photos on Australian blogs.


  38. Min Write of the Middle April 25, 2021 / 7:36 pm

    Such beautiful flowers Natalie! And I love your outdoor pets. I hope you will share photos of their babies when they arrive. Have a wonderful week! xo


    • Natalie April 25, 2021 / 7:58 pm

      Min, I hope to see the baby geese. If I do, I’ll take photos to share. Have a great week!


    • Natalie April 25, 2021 / 8:53 pm

      We have lots of tulips here in April and May. Glad you love them.


  39. Deborah April 25, 2021 / 8:30 pm

    Tulips are my favourite flower Natalie, along with the protea (also pink) and Australian native flower.

    As usual I read your list of fun spring activities with envy. However… I recently commented (on social media I think) about someone’s post saying they’d been on a hike to road-tripped someone nearby and I said I wished I did things like that. And they responded, “Well, why don’t you?” And it was a tad confronting as I indeed could and I had no idea what’s stopping me?


    • Natalie April 25, 2021 / 9:05 pm

      Deb, Tulips are such pretty flowers. They’re abundant here in April and May.

      The response you got on social media was confronting, yikes! I think when you feel like doing something different from your routine for fun, you’ll do it. Everyone has a unique threshold as to when.


  40. Debbie April 26, 2021 / 3:57 am

    I love your pinks Natalie, particularly the tulips, they’re so pretty! Your weather is warming up and the information about the geese was very interesting. We are starting to cool down a bit here but the days are still quite warm and sunny.


    • Natalie April 26, 2021 / 8:36 am

      Hi Debbie, Spring has been wonderful here. I love the colours and growth in my surroundings. Autumn is also a beautiful time of the year. Enjoy the warm and sunny days while they last. Have a great week!

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  41. Erica/Erika May 7, 2021 / 2:58 pm

    It is fun to go back and read the last few week’s posts, Natalie. Beautiful Spring captures! A new restaurant take out is a great idea. You have inspired me. 💕


    • Natalie May 8, 2021 / 8:34 am

      Thank you, Erica/ Erika, for going back and reading my past posts. Occasionally, I do take-out to savour a dish that I don’t make at home and to have a break from daily cooking. A change of scenery is refreshing, even in the kitchen 🙂

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