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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

Friday, May 21, 2010

Song for Friday...You do the walk....

As I was thinking about being linked to all of these incredible people through blogging, I thought of this song...
I mean aren't we all out there doing 'The Walk of Life'?
The technology of today has changed the way we travel, the way we take pictures, the way we communicate.
You can find out about something that happened 2 minutes ago halfway across the world.
You can feel a kindred spirit to someone you've never met.
You can share slices of your life with the click of a button. 
And on we go...doing our 'Walk of Life'
To think that when this video came out, there was no such thing as bloggers! Go figure.
Oh...and I always love a good sports blooper...
Cheers all.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Juice army...

Assemblage of battalion...
($2.89 : grocery store )
Battalion: Fall In!
Arm for battle!
(Sally Ann: $5)
 Commence Operation carrot, apple, ginger, lemon juice!
Mission accomplished SIR!
Get that down yer gullet!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Movie review...

 Coco Chanel.

 Last night I watched "Coco Avant Chanel".
I am not a fashionista and really didn't know much about Coco Chanel except that she was a clothing/hat designer and has perfume named after her.
The fact was, that she was fiercely independent, had a sense of style like no one else at the time and knew exactly what she wanted to do.
The movie stars Audrey Tautou (she also starred in "Amelie")
who is absoloutely elegant as Coco. 

The movie is beautifully set in France, the colours and lighting are enchanting.
The costumes..... fantastique!

So if you haven't had a chance to see it yet, I highly recommend this story of one of the strongest and most influential women in the fashion industry.

 I leave you with a few quotes from Ms Chanel....

“Fashion passes, style remains.”

 “Nature gives you your face at twenty. Life shapes your face at thirty. But the face you have at fifty is the face you have earned.”

Monday, May 17, 2010

Woods, meadows, marsh and beach...

Yesterday I took my niece and nephew for a ramble at Royal Roads.
 It is and old estate turned University/park with miles of walking trails through all sorts of terrain.
First we walked through some old growth forest...
There are some big old Douglas firs in these woods...
Then the woods open up into the most beautiful long path through the meadow where the sun came out!
Yum! the first salmon berries os the season!
Then it was into skunk cabbage land where they grow so big we almost lost Hannah!
Down at the back of the gardeners house, the road leads past more meadows where a young doe stood to watch us...
These fences are made of metal, lead I think and are probably from the late 1800's when the estate was being used privately by Lord Dunsmuir...
This place has an 'old world' feel to it with its narrow laneways and stone walls...
Nick loves to take pictures so I always bring along an extra battery and let him go nuts taking picture after picture.
Thank goodness for digital cameras...I showed him how to use the action setting and we took hundreds of 'running' pictures alongside the walled garden...
 These structures were built ages ago and are fish ladders which helped the cut throat trout make it from pond to ocean during spawning time...
It makes the most calming gurggling sound as the water tumbles down to the sea.
More giant, old trees...
And down to the lagoon.
See that pretty little house at the back of the marsh?
I always wanted to live there. It houses offices for the University now.

Here are some more of Nicks photos...I think that boy has something of an eye for things...
It was a beautiful day spent with 2 great kids who love nature...such a pleasure to take them out...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Dr. Feelgood...

Some days at work are shite.
Plain and simple.
Just the nature of the universe, the alighnment of the stars, waking up on the wrong side of the bed...
or whatever else you might believe. 
So when I get home there are things that make me feel better no matter what kind of day its been.
A massive mug of tea.
A good dose of dark chocolate.
The smell of lilacs from my garden.
Walking into my garden.
Seeing all the little seedlings growing strong.
These guys!
How could this mug not make you smile?

And some good latest favorite...
an old Judy Collins song about a girl and a cowboy..."Someday Soon"