Curiosity takes me to urban pursuits
Another gorgeous weekend and I figured that I would explore a bit of Calgary instead of heading to the mountains. I do enjoy the urban life, albeit in smaller doses and when I can find nature in the city, it is even better!
I met a longtime friend at The Calgary Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning and enjoyed catching up over breakfast and a bit of shopping. The market started in 2004 and has certainly grown in the last twelve years. Year-round farmers’ markets are definitely more of an experience than just a place to buy from local farmers. Having worked at AdFarm, a marketing agency dedicated to agriculture, I still remembered some of the producers from our farm tours – and yes, Beck Farm’s carrots are really good. If you want to find a farm close by from which to buy directly, check out Community Supported Agriculture in Alberta.
On Saturday night, we went to Alberta Theatre Projects‘ Buyer and Cellar. This wasn’t one of my favourite of of this year’s lineup, but there were some good lines and laughs.
We went early so we could walk around downtown. It was still somewhat warm and some of the patios were still open. I liked the light on the building above and the random guy at the corner, but it wasn’t until I looked at the picture that I noticed that the windows were covered with paper and the main floor was for lease. Meanwhile, a new tower goes up behind.
There are some interesting works of art all around downtown Calgary. I’ll have to check out others on the list.
On Sunday, I decided to go to the Crossroads Market and the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary as both are relatively close together.
The Crossroads Market has been open for 25 years and has a cool flea market vibe. There are many booths selling vintage items and collections of so many different things. One booth had a large collection of “Idiot’s Guide to…” and “…for Dummies” books and there were a number of booths selling vinyl records.
Next up – nature fix at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary – a natural migratory bird reserve since 1929! Large parts are still closed from the flood in 2013. I met a nice woman who used to volunteer there and she was hoping it would be fully open in the summer. It is certainly a favourite spot for bird photographers and I met a number of knowledgeable people (thankfully or I would have walked right by this shot!).
One gentleman had an bird call app on his phone and I’m not sure if this song sparrow (I think) liked it or not, but it sure was singing away and sat flapping its wings like this a few times. There were Canada Geese, Mergansers, Mallards, Magpies, what might have been a red-bellied woodpecker and a number of deer. The sun hit peeling bark at just the right angle to make it appear to be on fire.
I hope you all have a great week and enjoy whatever adventures come your way!