Bulkley River in Telkwa. (Chris Gareau photo)

Taking time to admire this place where we live

Brenda sees the forest for the trees.

By Brenda Mallory

This is it! A new year for us to delve into. Are you ready?

I would be a little more ready it I wasn’t so darn tired. I am writing this on New Year’s Day. Mind you I have an idea all of Telkwa and beyond is still sleeping after the New Year carry-on. Fireworks! I don’t have a problem with the fireworks but I do have an issue with the process going on for many hours. Must have been celebrating every time zone on this globe of ours. Most of all I felt so sorry for my old dogs who nearly shook out of their boots. I stayed with them as long as I could but I finally went to bed. I wonder about all the critters out there who were confused by the loud noise. As usual I do go on and on.

I must tell you the truth and say for sure I did not want to start the new year with the negative so let’s get over it. Carry on as they say. What I wanted to talk to you about today was trees. I had seen a show on Knowledge Network with Judi Dench. She told us about her passion for trees. I could relate to all she said. Like this property she lived on about six acres of forest with trails to take her around her land. She planted special trees for those who have passed away.

The science of trees was discussed. Not only the beauty but how trees are a positive force for our environment. Cleaner air is a big one. Different varieties were discussed. The trees Judi Dench had were in England but when we look around this beautiful valley we have many varieties as well. Every day I marvel at my trees. They might be filled with new birds, a deer could bed down under another, a bear will come in the spring to have a good stretch and scratch his presence on a big tree.

This forest of mine has many varieties. Some trees are very big and old or does it go the other way around? Pine, poplar, spruce, birch and smaller bushes like Saskatoon, chokecherry, etc. Some trees have been started with seeds dropped by birds. Fascinating!

I was hoping as this new year begins we will all take time to admire this place we live. I know it is tough to get around now but soon our world will shift into a better season. Hang in there. If you get a chance to see the show about trees on Knowledge you will see what I mean.

I have to tell you I feel so much better after telling you this about trees. The evening of loud fireworks is almost a distant memory. I have an idea I will be inclined to have an afternoon nap. Too much excitement for me.

I do hope the beginning of this year is just fine for you. Maybe not as much as you hope for but it might be better than you expected. Good health to you.

Call if like to 250-846-5095 or just send a note to mallory@bulkley.net.

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