Tuesday, September 04, 2012
We have this old tree on the edge of the apartment property - its very very tall, very stately and very hollow. It would appear that in a combined effort squirrels and possibly termites has been working their way through its core. Though the City has assured us of its stability, I have a feeling that some day during one of those big wind storms Ottawa is known for, it will split in two and come crashing down - taking part of the building and a ton of electrical wires with it. In the mean time it's weathered, lichen encrusted bark and the hollow at the base give it a rather Black Forest look in the middle of downtown Ottawa.
Some else must have twigged to its Grimm Brothers lost-in-the-forest aura because early this past weekend a little creature set up house in the hollow.
Yes a gnome with a rather happy disposition - in fact at first glance it almost looked like the Disney franchise had moved in on Mcleod St - appeared to have take residence in the hollow. For several days his presence brought a smile to the faces of passersby; and I might add a bit of confusion to Nora who normally hunts down the scent of her arch-enemies to that hollow.
Unfortunately by late Monday afternoon the cheerful little fellow had pulled up stakes and moved to another - unknown - location. Let's hope one of those pesky rodents that Nora is on the hunt for hasn't decided to squirrel him away! And that he's spreading smiles in another fortunate neighbourhood in our area.
04 September - 1949: The Peekskill Riots erupt after a Paul Robeson concert in Peekskill, New York.