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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

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!!
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...

Friday, December 30, 2016

Just about there....

It is a clear, cold and frosty morning here on the West Coast.
I am up and out in my robe and slippers marveled by who's
hands have come in the night.
 They have swirled and twirled with the moist air and magically 
left crystal strokes of feathery designs everywhere!
Gingerly I make my way across a VERY slippery back deck to
find the rails sparkling with the new dawn...
So many stories could accompany this blog title!
But I'll begin with just a few...starting with
The New Year.
What will be waiting at the end of that road, 
the one we have so much hope and anticipation about in these
fading days of 2016?
Like this beautiful morning, I start new and clear...
Things will change slowly right along those which come quickly, 
leaving us to once again to adjust, accept and roll alongside life whatever it may bring.
I am not one for resolutions but it's natural to feel the closure of one year and the start of the next.
In our parts spring comes early and we begin to see signs of it already.
The earliest of the flower bulbs have already begun to sprout
through the moss at the bottom of the oak trees.
This coming month will see two VERY big changes in our lives.
One will be Tom's new knee!
It will be a bit more complicated than your average run of the mill knee replacement
(he blew out his whole knee in a motorcycle accident when he was 16)
 and recovery will be tough and long but
we hold big hopes that it will ease some of the difficulty he's
had for the past several years.
Maybe by summer he will be able to come for walks again
in the fields near our house. 
The second big change I will keep a secret for a few more weeks!
Lets just say that new knee will come in handy!!
I hope you all had a lovely holiday season and here's
wishing you beautiful, peaceful, healthy blessings for the coming year.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The world needs a few dreamers...

There are those of us who contemplate big ideas...
...ideas of peace and kindness...
...of the simple things in life that could make this world a better place...
...the stars, the clouds...
...the basic elements of love and joy...
The world needs those who share these thoughts...

'Some may say I'm a dreamer'

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