It is finally over. The move is done. We are once again in our own place surrounded by our own things. Granted, these things are still in boxes for the most part, but they are our boxes. We were questioned a lot on why we chose Pickering this time. The honest answer is that it kind of chose us. A couple of opportunities knocked and we really had no choice but to open the door or portal if you will.
Two days ago I looked up from the computer and this is what I saw out back. It was afternoon, it was dark and the biggest, fatest snowflakes were coming down fast and furious. This would have been my cue to whinge, “Why Pickering?” had I not made a most important discovery a few days before.
Seriously, this is called “Home Place – Enchantment In The Making“ and exists at the end of my street. It turns out that I live just minutes from part of the Pickering Waterfront Trail. It is actually part of a 900 km Waterfront Trail that runs along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River from Niagara On The Lake to the Quebec border.
The Pickering part of the trail is divided into 3 sections:
- First Nations Trail (3.5 km) – from Rouge River to the west shore of Frenchman’s Bay
- Monarch Trail (4.7 km) – surrounds Frenchman’s Bay and ends at Millennium Square
- Peak Trail (4.2 km) – from Millennium Square to the Ajax border
At the end of the street lies Millennium Square which leads along the boardwalk into Peak Trail.
There are several things of note along this stretch…wetlands, a Tern nesting raft, a windmill, a barrier beach, etc., oh, and even a French Fry truck for He-Who…all of which I will talk about another time. This time we are just going to talk about “Home Place”. Created by the Sculptor, Dorsey James,
Home Place is all about change; changes that affect our past, our present and our future. Home Place is a coalescence of universal symbols from a variety of times, cultures and beliefs. These symbols are alive but will vary in importance at different times in each of our lives. The concept is realized in three components; The area of Enchantment, The Portal and the Kijimba Kind. This structure, in its entirety is called “Home Place”.
As you walk along the path of Peaks Trail you come across carvings made from discarded cedar hydro poles. Dorsey James calls these carvings Kijimba Kind. It is a term he created from two different words and three different cultures. Kijimba means spirit and comes from the Bambara people of Africa. The word Kind is taken from the word Kinder which means children in German and in English the word kind refers to a type (mankind) and can also refer to the nature of a person (nice). So the term basically means Spirit Children.
As you wind your way through these beacons you can’t help but “feel” them as well as see them. They lead you to the Portal structure at the centre. The portal structure is beautiful in its simplicity but complicated when trying to explain it. Every single piece of it has been created by design, with deep symbolization behind each part. Whether it is the layout, the direction each piece faces, the height of each pole, the number of poles or the carvings. They all have a meaning behind them. The Portal is seen by different cultures as different things. The most common is that it is a transition point between two spaces. This can be physical, psychological or spiritual space. The idea is that as you pass through the portal. The setting sun (Western side) takes away or removes all the crap from your life while the rising sun brings in all the good stuff (Eastern side).
Here is something I can tell you…if the pile of boxes never seems to get smaller…if winter decides it is not leaving…if nothing seems to be going right…guess where you will find me? I’ll be the one running around the area of Enchantment and jumping through The Portal…in Pickering.
You never know…