From our deck, we can watch the pair of osprey who live here. Osprey are like a large hawk. Their plumage is dark above and white below with a black streak across their eyes. When soaring, their wings form the shape of the letter "M". Our osprey perch on a large, man made platform across the lawn at Wharf Park. It is breeding season, and the male brings all the food to the female. He is a fantastic fisherman and we have watched him catch three fish in a row. Osprey always carry the fish in their talons with their legs staggered and the fish head pointing forward. The female waits patiently on the platform calling to him when he is successful. He is a good provider.
They began making a nest on the platform. The male would swoop at the tree tops breaking off the young branches and bring them back to the nest. However, the plans must have changed since they have deconstructed the nest and moved it elsewhere. I hope they bring their youngsters for a visit.
It reminded me that all living things just want a comfortable home and sometimes plans change. We have to be flexible and resourceful. Nothing in this world is perfect. Amish women purposely place an error in their magnificent quilts because they feel only God is perfect. Renovating is hard work but it is so satisfying seeing the results that you had a hand in. Every day may not be a good day, but there is good in every day. You just have to look for it.
That's my view from the deck.
Rick & Gayle Grant
Naramata Lakeside Guesthouse