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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, June 25, 2010

In the city...sort of....

So, I live in the country, amongst red barn buildings.
I step in unpleasant little brown things when I walk through the barnyard.
I hear the crows of roosters at 4 in the morning.
Gumboots are my footwear most days.
So why when I take my niece to the city why do we end up at the petting zoo?
Amongst the red barn buildings, stepping in unpleasant little brown things, roosters crowing but wearing flip flops this day....
Probably because of her....
This is Annie...
She's about a week old...
Probably the cutest little thing I've seen in a long time. That's her mom Opal giving her a snack.
She lives at the petting zoo in Beacon Hill Park along with a herd of teeny tiny goats...
I know...it's hard to decide which one is cuter...
Lunch time!
Nap time...
Happy hour...
Munch time.
The peacocks were out in all their glory....
 Trying their best to attact this little lady...
Except for this young male who was obviously not interested in his own kind but seemed to have a thing for this duck, who wasn't paying any attention what so ever...
No matter how much he shook his tail feathers she would not turn around!
The old 'playing hard to get' trick.
This sweet little horse named Peanut Butter spent a few winters at our house with her foal, Jelly...
I'm glad my teenage niece didn't think she was 'too old' for the park and the petting zoo.
It was a wonderful part of our day...
Of course we went shopping after wards to find her that PERFECT summer dress...
As well as lunch and cake at Murchies.
But the park and the zoo...how magical!

Song for Friday...where it's happening...

Yesterday my niece and I made a trip into the city for the day...
We started our adventure at the petting zoo.
The peacocks were out in all their glory. 
I exhasuted by battery.
You'll see why in a future post...
Meanwhile this song was playing in my head throughout the day.
Happy weekend one and all.



Thursday, June 24, 2010

Right at home...

She's a teenager from the city.
She hails from the land of shopping malls, iPods, cell phones and laptops.
What could be more awkward than visiting her boring Aunt and Uncle who live in the sticks?
Well I say.....balderdash!
This girl fits in like an old saddle on your favorite horse...
Whether its taking the horses for a walk...
Or hanging out for hours at a time with the orphan rooster, whos become somewhat of a pet...
Or seeing the cousins for the first time in a year and getting along like a house on fire...


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

She who breaks things...part 2

After our trip around the amazing house of all things broken (see previous post), we sat down for tea and goodies...
Norene informed us that these lovely dishes would have to break themselves before she uses them.
Aren't they pretty?
We then ventured out into her garden....
A hand blown glass globe greets you at the gate...
...where there were....you guessed it...
...more mosaic masterpieces....
As well as funky curly, rusted bits and bobs of creativity...
The throne of moss and old bed springs...
birds nests made of weathered wire, stuffed with moss and found egg shells...
Then we went down to the wild coast of East Sooke and one of Norene's collecting beaches...
The day was gorgeous and the view spectacular...
We poked around in the tide pools...
And discovered all kinds of creatures...
We made some collections of our own....
...a perfect summer day.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

She who breaks things...part 1

My niece Meghan is visiting for a few days from the mainland, so yesterday I took her over to my friend Norene's house.
Can you guess what kind of artist she is?
As we drove up in front of her studio Meghan said with delight "So she just breaks things?!"
Yup. She just breaks things and turns them into works of art.
Norene Schumuck...dish breaker extraordinaire!
As we toured her studio, we were flaberghasted at the amount of dishes on shelves.....
...this is only a small portion...
...ready for the breaking.
Collections of beach glass and pot shards tumbled by the waves...
Everywhere you look, something is covered in beautiful mosaic...
...a desk in the workroom...
...the walls...a work in progress...
Someday these maniquins will be adorned in broken dishes like the ones she did a few years ago...
Now, that was just the studio...then we went into the house....
The main entrance way...
...look closely...it's everywhere...
the window casings...
 ...the lamps...
...the kitchen floor...
...the back splash...
So next time you drop a tea cup...think that it may have a second life over at Norene's house.