Mud, mess and muddle

Like the week! All good though – a real mix, with some rain, some sun, plenty of mud in the school garden, and chances to get messy and mess about.

Mess about? There’s a story I can’t share with you from the school garden where two students thought it would be funny if they used the hose from the rainwater butt and pretended to be peeing into the watering cans. We’ll move on. Let’s not bother with their reaction when they heard me say water butt. I should have said barrel. We agreed they were children and eventually moved on. Overheard whispers: He said butt, water butt, hehehe…

Between rain showers

Mud on the trails was no hindrance, and (prompted by Jet, thank you) we’ve noticed an abundance of salmonberry flowers of late. Messing about with my camera phone in the rain, numerous attempts resulted in one reasonable image, shared below:

A great mix of new to me BC beers in store was a pleasant surprise. I know what I like, like what I know, and armed with too much fondness for hazy pale ales, I branched out, took a risk and chose…another hazy pale! And very good it was too.

Yum! Cannery Brewing, Penticton, BC

I have an app (RNI) on my iPad that has various settings to make digital photographs look like film stock. I messed about with this one evening, attempting to recreate what I remember old snapshots looked like in ye olden days before digital – you know, when life was in black and white, no colour, or maybe with some colour but grainy, and life was impossible without the internet. Or so some students think, when I share boring stories from prehistory. I won’t bore you with my many old/new masterpieces, and just keep it to the one image below:

Olden days (February 2021)

In between the mess of light rain showers, we’ve enjoyed the blossom found out and about. No camera filter tricks in the blossom photographs shared in this post, and if I’m honest, there is no need to change anything with these vibrant colours. Nature knows best…

Loud and proud, no filters

So there you go, a happy enough muddle through another week, and with the forecast for the weekend promisingly sunny, we’re hoping to mess about up and down a beach or two this weekend.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! (He did, he said water butt! Teehee…)

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

13 thoughts on “Mud, mess and muddle”

  1. Great fun messing around in the spring and mud with you today, pc, thanks so much. Those photos of the pink blossoming trees are stunning. One’s heart can only leap when we lay eyes on a tree like that, absolutely loaded with pink flowers. I was thrilled to see you mention the salmonberry, and to see your photo. Thanks for the nod, too. I have always thought of salmonberries as a PNW flower. And I can see why, oh how vibrant they look up in the PNW and on a rainy day, too. Had to chuckle at the students and the water butt story. My goodness, pc, your ability to train our younger folks is one impressive talent, and I am very grateful. Dear friend, I hope you and Mrs. PC and Scout are out frolicking at this very moment. Cheers!


    1. Thanks, Jet! The pinks this year have been particularly uplifting, and right now, salmonberry flowers are all over. Bursting with green and colour here, and probably quite similar where you are?
      Yes, those students – really, I’d despair if I wasn’t encouraging their childish humour…
      I hope your week is going well!

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  2. Love the beautiful spring color on the coast and thanks for the recommendation of RNI because I love adding new photo apps (fabulous editing on Olden Days)!! It sounds like the kids and teachers are ready for summer vacation and now thanks to your story I’ve had a flashback to the MTV Beavis & Butt-Head days and can’t get that laugh out of my head!!


    1. Thank you! I take my hat off to teachers more than ever this year – what a situation they’ve had to adapt to. Online, then in person, then online, then both… Students overall have been amazingly resilient. Childish humour goes a long way!

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