What better way to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving than with a story of Stu Pott, one of the Chain Mail Chicken Cousins, falling in love! Below is Stu Pott’s musing from the home of Keltie and Stan Masters:
After 3 weeks of flying from the Philippines, I finally arrived in Water Valley, a small hamlet nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Canadian Rockies. Boy are my wings tired! What a relief it was when Keltie & Stan Masters opened my box, to find the air was so clean and fresh – and oh how I needed a bath! I was told there would be lots of new friends to meet so the first thing I needed to do was to have a “bird bath” in the refreshing rundlestone bubbler fountain that was outside in the front yard. All that jet lag washed away from my rubber body as I stood under the cleansing waterfall. I think Keltie & Stan enjoyed it just as much as I did, as they sure spent a lot of time taking photos of me trying to get that “perfect blur” effect to their pictures.
After feeling so clean and handsome, I then took a stroll through the lovely flower garden Stan & Keltie built last year – and then it happened – I spotted the most gorgeous creature I had ever seen – the “Garden Fairy!” Seeing her made my rubber quiver and gave me “chicken bumps” all over! It was love at first sight! My time here would be short so there was no time to waste – we quickly snuggled up and shared all our intimate thoughts. This was truly “heaven on earth!”
As the days passed, the lovely Garden Fairy showed me around the place she called home. One day I even went fishing at a “dry hole” with “Smokey” the black bear, who showed me the patient skill of waiting for the fish to bite. Although it was a bit breezy, Keltie enjoyed the opportunity to once again play with her camera in attempts to catch the rainbow grass blurring in the gentle breezes.
On another day, Stan took me around their home and showed me all the various trees and critters that lived in the forest. I truly felt at home here and could even picture myself becoming a “spruce hen” living among the evergreens.
While strolling through the forest we also came upon an “Inukshuk” – a symbol to welcome everyone and to let you know you were “on the right path.” Which was good to know as there was this furry little animal that kept stalking me, and made me a bit nervous, which I later learned was “Sadie” the Masters’ kitten. Apparently she has a rubber chew toy that resembles me-UGH!
As my time flew by while at the Masters’, you could certainly tell the seasons were quickly changing as the temperatures were starting to drop. One morning we woke up to -2C and a small flurry of snowflakes gently coming down. Oh what fun it was to sit outside and try and catch the snowflakes on my tongue, a game that kids (and child-like adults) often play during the cold, snow covered winter months. And, oh of course another photo opp for blurring snowflakes! Yes winter is certainly on its way!
Well it’s time to head back to see Sam & Darwin. Over the last few months, I’ve certainly traveled to a lot of beautiful places and met some wonderful photographers. And although my soul is a restless one, and I must move on, my heart will always remain in Water Valley with the lovely “ Garden Fairy.”