ELGIN HERITAGE PARK edges a fringe of the Nicomekl River in South Surrey. Short walks there in recent weeks provided relaxation and exercise during a difficult time. My husband was diagnosed with a focal dystonia that causes involuntary muscle spasms. This baffling neurological disorder seemingly came out of nowhere a few months ago.
Mirroring our highs and lows when promising solutions fail ... on some days the river is a muddy gray-brown floor ...
and at other times it is a serene ripple of water reflecting blue skies.
The area is a habitat rich with wildlife. The treed park and marshland is a haven for eagles and hawks as well as small birds, waterfowl and fish.
Influenced by the tidal sea and fluctuating rainfall, the river on some days reveals two posts stuck in the mud at low tide.
Sometimes there is nothing one CAN do but stand still and wait for nourishing waters to flow back in.
In the late 1800s, the waterway had practical purposes. Steamships loaded up with the various goods that were being farmed in and around the Elgin community. This included hay harvested by John Stewart, a pioneer who built a Victorian home (now a museum) on his substantial property along the river. (I took the picture above in September of last year.)
The few recreational vessels harbored there today have no choice but to wait for the water level to rise before setting off. And they must be equally mindful of when it is time to sail back.
For land lovers there are many ground paths to enjoy at the heritage park.
And there are constantly changing skies over the marshlands.
Tall tangled grasses and withered bulrushes ...
have been waiting all winter to be reborn.
Wildlife preparing for spring rustle through the foliage beneath the bridge.
Chatty birds flutter from branch to branch chirping their tunes.
There is a healing aspect to the bustling sounds and breezy touches of nature.
Hope for good resolutions lifts a little higher whenever we visit the park.
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