Code red doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do

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This article was published 09/11/2020 (692 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

It was 6:30 p.m. on a Monday night and I was exhausted. My column was due and all that I could do was look at an empty page. Instead of trying to force words on to the page, I opted to give in and head off to bed.

As I laid down, there were no visions of sugar plum fairies dancing in my head.  There were no flashes of beaches or infinity pools. There was only life under code red.

Sure, this new state of pandemic response level means that restrictions have been placed on day-to-day life but there is so much more to life than shopping, going to the movies and dining out. We are surrounded by life and there is nothing stopping us from embracing it to its fullest.

Photo by Debbie Ristimaki If you choose to walk some of Winnipeg’s many trails, including those in Bridgwater Forest, you may run across some of the many deer who live within city limits.

With that in mind, here are my top five ways to embrace the life around us.

• Pick a park — Take a walk in the park — any park. Hands down, LaBarrière Park is our favourite. Located on Waverley Street, just south of the Perimeter, it is a great place to explore especially if you have any four legged family members. Note that it is not an off-leash park.

• Spending time at the dog park — There is no better place to witness life. Dogs do it best. Our favourite is in Charleswood which is not right next door but is worth the drive.

• Bird watching — We have a number of feeders in our backyard but our visitors in no way compare to what can be found at FortWhyte Alive, where over 160 species have been sighted. Located at 1961 McCreary Rd.

• Embark on a quest for deer — I can often be heard saying that, “we are truly blessed here in The Peg when it comes to the nature around us.” Deer can be seen in many neighbourhoods — even in Bridgwater Forest. Head out on the trails and you might be pleasantly surprised to meet some of our four-legged residents.

• Socially distancing with other like-minded people — Dare I admit to this one? I love to visit the English Garden and Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in Assiniboine Park ,not only to take in the sights, but also to watch others do the same.

If we remain positive, do what we are called to do and remember that we are not alone, we will come out stronger.

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki
Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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