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Snow covers the landscape, coating everything with blue in the early morning light.  Blue can be beautiful, but it also can also make a frigid day seem even cooler.  

With the warm, rich colours of fall a distant memory and spring still many long weeks away, it’s at this time of year that many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Less sunlight and exercise cause many to feel the winter blues.  Tiredness and lethargy make some wish they would have gone into hibernation back in the fall.  Others get downright depressed.  Children become restless too and it becomes more difficult for both young and old to focus on the task at hand. 

For people of all ages, perhaps the simplest solution to the winter blues is to go outdoors in the open air and get some exercise.  Whether you go for a short walk to the end of the driveway or a stroll around the neighborhood, breathing in the fresh air and feeling outdoor light on your face is a step in the right direction. If there are trees nearby, you’ll also benefit from the extra oxygen they expell.

If you really want to lighten your spirits, and especially those of children, you could try a winter picnic.  You don’t need to pack much.  A couple of sandwiches, cookies and something warm to drink in a thermos will do.  Bring along some seeds for any chickadees you might see flittering in the trees.

You need not stay out in the cold for long.  Being out in the natural light surrounded by trees is sure to put you in a different frame of mind.  The warmth of the indoors will seem even more enjoyable afterwards.

Now I see the secret to making the best person:  it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
~ Walt Whitman

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If you go down in the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down in the woods today
You’d better go in disguise;
For ev’ry Bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.
~ Jimmy Kennedy


Sunday’s afternoon picnic in the community garden was the event of the season for local wildlife of the stuffed variety.   The municipal councillor has made this an annual event that launches the local summer carnival.

Low key and catering to the youngest members of the community, everyone is welcome to come and enjoy books, music and cake under the trees in a garden setting.  What could possibly be more civilized?

The community garden consists of several native species of trees, including a Mountain Ash transplanted from Flandrum Hill.  Flower beds are maintained by volunteers.  Each season sees the addition of something new.  A labyrinth is in the plans for next year.

teddy bear picnic

Events that invite people of all ages to come together in an outdoor setting are at the mercy of the weather, but yesterday’s sunshine was ideal.  Children ran among the trees while bears and rabbits relaxed in the shade.

chess players

Considering how much fun everyone seemed to be having with the outdoor chess set, perhaps there’s a thing or two to be learned from the way toddlers play.  Knights are the most powerful pieces because they look like horses and you can pretend to ride them.  The problem of deciding who goes first or next is eliminated because everyone plays at once and together.  You trade pieces with whoever is willing and are free to depart the game whenever you feel the urge for something more to eat.

too much picnic

As is the case with these events, there are always those who run wild, refuse to eat the crusts on their sandwiches, and then eat too much cake.  Nothing that a good nap won’t set right.  Perhaps we should all do like the bears who gaily gad about, and love to play and shout and never have any care. Maybe we’d all be better for the experience of playing hide and seek among the trees as long as we please.

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