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"Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and at once you learn how big and precious it is."
Maxim Gorky

Monday, February 6, 2017

Variations on a theme...black and white

Alright, so everyone in the East and up North can stop laughing now.
Yes, Victoria has snow in February.
Our days of bragging about walking by the water in our shirt sleeves
whilst everyone is shovelling their walkways are over.
At least for now.
So, lets embrace this stuff called snow!
This is my street this morning...
Of course Lil' Jed was ready for some snow action!
Although he wasn't impressed with the tiny snowballs gathering on his legs and feet...
"these things are really starting to annoy me" 
Aside from the ornaments, he really had a great time out there plowing with his wee snout...
I live in an area filled with Garry Oak trees and they really lend themselves beautifully
to shadows and light and general perfect silhouette specimens...
The paths are no sooner trod with footprints then are covered up just as quickly...
Wild roses and blackberries preparing for spring have put their plans on hold...
The bright green lichens and mosses have been subdued by falling snow...
And so we trudge through our unpredictable season, 
embracing what may come, being grateful for the warmth of a good fire when we return home...



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Jeds big adventure...

Talk about timing!
With a new puppy in the house and my hubby going in for a knee replacement in two days,
it just seemed like the perfect opportunity for my back to decide to go out on me. 
Argh!!!
In the mean time I will take you with Jed and I on his first real adventure.
I wanted him to get use to travelling in the van so I'm starting
with short trips.
Two days ago we went to a sweet little wild park in 
the city called Anderson Hill.
It sits on the eastern edge of the city of Victoria and 
has lovely views out to Trial Island...
Actually a group of small islands, it houses an automated lighthouse who's main
function is to record weather and tides for the area.
There's Jed heading out to the lookout!
It's a small park but along the mossy, rocky terrain it has BIG views.
Here, looking west towards the neighbourhood of Fairfield and Gonzales Bay...
Jed was full of wonder at all of the new smells and sounds...
I forgot how hard it is to take pictures of a black dog! he kept getting lost in the light!
...thats better!
I kept telling him that this was the start of many rambles together and that the van will be his best friend. He was kind enough to listen to me even though it probably sounded like Zulu to him.
Once more, a lovely view of Trial Island, this time with a freighter gliding by...
"hey there little mite!"
The Garry Oaks up on this point are very short and scrubby.
They are very exposed to mighty winds here.
The trail looking back to whence we came...
Jed trying to become one with the grass..
A big day for a wee lad...naptime on the way home...dreaming of what's to come!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Introducing.....


As promised I have some big news!
This little face has stolen my heart...Introducing Jed!
At last my heart, regarding the loss of my beloved Griffin, 
has passed a threshold and the door to another pup has opened...
There are certain things in my world that disappeared when Griffin died.
Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed a good ramble through the woods and swimming in the
cool summer lakes and rivers but it was those moments without my boy by my side
 that felt somewhat empty.
Replacing Griffin was not on my mind as he was a once in a lifetime dog.
That will never be disputed.
Some people never have that blessing bestowed upon them and I was one of the lucky few.
Jed is a new companion...
Fresh off the press and ready for action!!
All be it he's the same cross as Griffin was (Lab/Poodle) he is showing
me his very own personality along with the quirks of all individuals...
It was almost 14 years ago that Griff was as small and terrorizing as Jed and time has let me forget just how much energy it takes to begin the task of raising a puppy!
Do you see the mischief in those eyes???
It really is akin to having a newborn baby and stealing showers when possible and doing chores
while the wee one naps!
But as all puppies do, he will grow quickly, leaving only the photos
and chewed up shoes to remember these days.
I hope I do well by him and that our adventures together will fill
my soul with the joy that only a dog can bring...
Here's to looking ahead Jed!




Thursday, January 5, 2017

A walk through ice and shadows...

Even though we now live near the city, we sometimes have to remind ourselves to
take advantage of those 'city things' like going to a movie.
I know it sounds silly but when we lived in Sooke it was a big ordeal
to drive 50 minutes in, an hour for something to eat, 2 hours for the 
movie and another 50 minute drive home. 
It may not be a big deal to some but we found it to be a bit of a slog just to go to a movie!
Anyway yesterday afternoon we went to see 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'.
Its a J.K Rowling story with ties to 'Harry Potter' and was well worth seeing it 
on the big screen! Great special effects and the imagination of that woman...wow!!
Before the film we took a walk around our Government Legislature.
Mostly I wanted to take photos of the frozen fountain! 
It's rare in these parts to have weather cold enough to freeze a large fountain solid...
The wind had been howling for 3 days before so one side of the fountain was 
pure ice where it had blown and frozen the windswept water...
I got as close as I could, even sneaking under the 'DO NOT CROSS' tape!
Photographers sometimes break the rules you know.
It was indeed magic!!
I wanted to shrink myself and put on tiny ropes and cramp-ons.
Wield a wee pick axe and climb through the chasm of icy blues...
Ice fantasy fulfilled, we strolled around the back where the sun was doing it's winter afternoon magic
She's a grand old building that's iconic of the Victoria Harbour scene...
Built in 1898 in the Neo-Baroque style, it's fascinating to poke around inside and out.
That's a gold Capt. George Vancouver on the top of the dome...
Around the back is another smaller fountain surrounded by bronze sculptures of 
some of our native wildlife.
It too had been encased in an icy cloak...
My favourite was The Wolf...half of him shadowed by the icy waters
 stopped in time by the previous days wind...
It was like he was protecting the fountain with his frozen armour...
A tiny field of frozen bubbles...
I believe this is the back of some old carriage stables which also housed the Motor Vehicle Branch.
I got my first drivers license there back in The Dark Ages!
As the sun started to go down it cast the most beautiful light on the building...
“I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.” 
~Sylvia Plath~
“All shadows whisper of the sun. ” 
~Emanuel Carnevali~
“We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates.” 
~Jun'ichirō Tanizaki~
So for now I bid you a fond New Year...keep warm, play safe, spread love and hope to the world...