4.26.2011

Looooong Weekend Part 1

It started Thursday with a long night. After picking up Number One Son from a party our "Waltons" moment  came about 1:00 a.m. but at 1:45 the dog leapt up barking in such a way My Beloved and I decided we should investigate. I peeked out the window to see a neighbouring house engulfed in flames but with no fire trucks in sight. We called 911 to learn they were on their way then opened the door to hear yelling that everyone was safely out of the house. It was a two alarm blaze that brought 5 firetrucks, a transit bus to house the displaced residents and those evacuated from the adjacent houses, media trucks, police and ambulance all to our otherwise quiet little street .The cause was an attempt to BBQ inside the garage during a party held by the residents - several 20-somethings whose parents, the owners of the house, were away in Beijing.

No one was hurt beyond minor smoke inhalation. Shortly after last fire truck on scene left aboiut 7:30 the next morning we headed out to walk the dog and saw the aftermath up close...

What a way to start off Good Friday...already a day I experience as most sombre and sad.

So after that is was nice to walk through a local ravine and see signs of Spring springing up everywhere. Raccoon prints beside the river...
And then the big fat fellow himself asleep in a nearby tree...

The remnants of a Beaver hard at work...

Canadian Geese and a pair of Mallard Ducks...(Trust me they're there!)

All accompanied by a sound track largely dominated by the Red Winged Blackbirds


Its not a terribly verdant scene yet but with the rain and warm temperatures that are in the forcast this week it shouldn't be long until things start to look as springy as they are starting to feel!

Thanks for dropping by today.  I hope your loooong weekend was a good one!

6 comments:

Acorn to Oak said...

Wow! What a horrible thing to see when you opened your door. I'm happy to hear everyone is ok. I bet the parents aren't going to be very happy when they get home! Yikes!

Those blue flowers are so pretty!

Aline said...

so sad for your neighbours!

Your pup is beautiful!! Such a big fluffy coat.

Glad you are enjoying the signs of Spring :)

Laurie said...

My gosh, how scary! I'm so glad no one was hurt. We've had to look extra hard for signs of spring here in Ohio this year, but they're coming on at last. I spent several minutes with my nose deep inside a bunch of lilacs just a few hours ago...heaven...

Italian Dish Knits said...

I love dogs. They're always "on the job" aren't they? So sorry for your neighbors.

Tina said...

That's really scarry! I love your walk-pictures! It is so hard to believe that in a few days (maybe a few more) it will look as green and springy as over here!

Brenda said...

How awful. Isn't it interesting how a baby can cry differently and dogs can bark differently. You knew instantly that it was different and should be investigated. How does a dog do that?