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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, November 4, 2011

The little shop in the woods...

In the tiny community of East Sooke, down a little driveway...
...just below the 'big house'...
...is the tiny little studio / shop called 'The Wren House'...
It's run by a most talented mom and daughter team of Val and Leslie Speed.
Leslie is an incredible lino-cut artist and makes these charming pieces of 
scenes depicting birds, trees, houses and rural life...
Her mom Val, uses vintage wool blankets and sweaters, recycling them into
pillows and framed artwork featuring the sweetest birds and other images...
Val also has quite a green thumb and cultivates many boxwood and rosemary plants...
A small group of other artists have joined in the festivities of Val and 
Leslie in celebrating the 1st anniversary of the studio / shop opening...
Bonnie Coulter, Angela Menzies, Barb Ferguson and Norene Schmuck...

I've brought a few of my creations as well... 
So if you're in the neighbourhood of East Sooke, drop by for a look
and some scones and brownies and hot apple cider...
...and as Stuart McLean says...
"we may be small, but we're big."
5701 East Sooke Road...down Gillespie, turn right at Bill's store and it's just down the road.


Song for Friday...for the future

I went to visit my great Aunt San yesterday.
She was my grandmothers sister and grew up on Saltspring Island.
We went and had tea and cookies in her little apartment and asked 
her about the old days and she told us stories of growing up there.
I later wondered if one day my nieces will come to see me
and look into my aging eyes, asking me questions of the 'old days'...
It put me in mind of this song...
Have a great weekend all...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday's colours...red and white

Mushrooms have been popping up all over the place.
More than I've ever seen in the usual places.
Especially these Amanita's...
There's been word around that it's going to be a cold winter and 
nature has shown some signs.
More berries on the shrubs, more acorns on the trees.
Maybe the abundance of mushrooms follows suit...
Possibly nature's way of ensuring survival by way of producing more than enough.
Whatever the case may be, it's a marvel to see.
Even with all of their deadly attributes, they are beauties as well...

Sunday, October 30, 2011