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02 September 2009 @ 12:41 pm

May the sun shine on you today,
and throughout the coming year.

~ Happy Birthday, Sharon ~

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
24 December 2008 @ 05:09 pm

From our house to yours
Across the miles
Up hills, through valleys, round corners, over snowbanks
We send to you
best wishes for a Merry Christmas
and a very Happy New Year

~ Gather round, friends, and raise with us a mug of good cheer ~
Current Mood: calmcalm
04 July 2008 @ 05:47 pm

In the little section of the city where we live, five streets meet at an intersection that we call the Five Corners. Or we just call it the village. There's a grocery store, a pharmacy, a bistro, a video store, a cafe-bookstore, a Starbucks, a bank and, as of tomorrow, another coffee shop. There's also a florist, around the corner from which are these murals.

04 July 2008 @ 12:28 pm

In honour of the 4th of July, celebrated by our neighbours and friends to the south, I bring you this Red, White and Blue version of My Home Town.


200-acre Beacon Hill Park was established in the mid-1800s and is named for the masts that were strategically placed on a hill overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, to provide navigational aid to mariners approaching Victoria's inner harbour.

In the park stands the world's 4th tallest totem pole, at 127 feet, carved from a cedar tree by Mungo Martin and erected in 1956.

This rustic stone medieval bridge, built in 1889, was designed by Scottish architect John Blair, who won a competition to landscape the park.

At the southwestern edge of the park is Mile 0 of the Trans-Canada Highway.
01 July 2008 @ 09:06 pm

I'm doing a fly-by post this evening, having spent the entire day outside, celebrating Canada Day. Here's a little slice of the day's events.

Red and white roses - they are our colours, after all.

Parliament Buildings

Click here to see more of our day.Collapse )
30 June 2008 @ 12:36 pm
When I go for my morning walk, I go out the door, down an alley, and turn onto a dead end street that makes me think I might have shut my eyes, clicked my heels and been transported to England. The houses are set close to the road, and the front yards are small but filled to the brim with flowers that explode in a riot of colour - delphiniums, hollyhocks, peonies, lupins, canterbury bells, foxglove ...

The roses in this photo have a light, delicate scent and the soft pink colour reminds me of the Chanel No. 5 lotion my nana used to wear. I'm not sure what the clustered blue flowers are; if you know, could you please tell me?
29 June 2008 @ 06:53 pm
cynthialord invited us to post one photo per day, showing the area where we live. I think this is a great idea and I can't wait to see the photos all week.

So welcome to Victoria, BC. This photograph was taken from the breakwater, where I walk daily, as long as it's not too windy ~ I don't want to get swept into the sea.

What I don't see here every day is a mock battle between pirate ships ~ cannons and all. Have you ever heard a cannon fire? Trust me when I say it shakes you right down to your boots!! Notice the guy out on the rigging at the bow of the ship on the right. The ship on the left was the Interceptor in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

21 June 2008 @ 04:10 pm
How do you sum up two and a half months of work, play, sadness, confusion, sweetness, heartbreak ~ the ups and downs, yin and yang of daily life ~ into a few short lines? I sat here for a long time this afternoon, trying to figure that out. I almost got up and walked away but I've been away from blogging for too long already and some of my friends have been nudging, poking, threatening, bribing and encouraging me to come back and play. And I'm so grateful that, in my absence, they didn't just drift away. I jotted down phrases, words, thoughts, hoping to string them together into something concise but meaningful. Finally, while I was doing a little procrastinating creative noodling, I stumbled upon the Wordle on blogs of Tori aka britlitfantwin and saputnam. I poured all of my words into Wordle and it created this beautiful collage.

Tori and I celebrated the Summer Solstice yesterday by spending time at the beach, walking and talking, reading, and watching the water traffic. If we'd been up at the cottage this weekend, we could have helped my brothers build the deck on the cottage, followed by a cannonball into the lake off the dock or the rocks. That's what I'm doing with my blogging, too. Leaping right back in. I've missed my friends and I'm glad you waited for me. I've been reading back through blogs, trying to catch up on what everyone's been up to, but I'd love it if you stopped by to tell me what's new and exciting in your life. It's good to be back.

01 April 2008 @ 08:36 pm

I don't eat coco-puffs for breakfast and I've never met an average-bear kind of bear. I'm also not a good liar. I'm pretty "what you see is what you get".

And I do want to go to Australia. I want to see the kangaroos and the koalas and the opera house and try on an Aussie accent. I want to go swimming in the ocean on Christmas Day. And I really, really want to go to Tasmania to see the lavender fields.

So it wasn't that much of a stretch to prevaricate on my blog today that we were going to move to Sydney for six months. It seemed like a perfectly plausible April Fool's prank.

I know, I know ~ I can hear you saying, "Seriously? Are you kidding me?!?"

The trouble is, as I lay in bed last night, pondering my deception, all of a sudden it hit me, Why CAN'T I go to Sydney for a few months and make a little hop and a skip from there over to Tasmania? I could probably fund the entire adventure just by giving up Starbucks lattes. And I wouldn't miss my blogging friends because the beauty of blogging is we can reach out and touch one another from anywhere in the world.

So, as jamarattigan would say, the yolk's on me. What started as an April Fool's joke became a possibility, a hope, a dream, a goal. It might not happen this fall but I feel certain it'll happen one day.

Meanwhile, I hope my friends will forgive my momentary insanity today but, just in case, if you're looking for me, I'll be hiding out in Tori's fort.
Current Music: Lavender Fields Forever - Beatles