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A September roundup

Hi again,

I’ve just been looking thru my photos of the past week and, oh my word, we’ve done a lot.
Also, because we’ve been so busy, I haven’t been keeping up with my posts, so now that we’re into October, I thought it was time for a roundup round here.

Robbie is still in Vancouver, which is lovely for us,

and, with his help, I’ve been managing to work thru some tough decisions I have to make.

One easier decision is guessing the right time to return my indoor plants indoors.
I love letting them have an outdoor holiday over the summer, and I think they thrive more when they come back inside for the winter.

I’m also trying to gauge the right time to protect some less hardy plants which have to stay outside, like this phormium, a few scented geraniums, and two red bananas.

Last Friday was the last Shipyards Market for the season.

Not being here for the prime three months of the market season, we only really got a few Fridays in, but they were fun to the max.

We came down for supper.

We’d walk around all the food trucks and usually pick our favourite fish and chips.

Then a little ice cream or a sweet treat for dessert.

And then we would stay till closing, watching the city sparkle, listening to the band and having a little dance.

There hasn’t been much time for art lately, which I know is bad, but my therapy journal workshops have started again and it’s so lovely to see all my old friends who love to come journal with me and some new friend who can benefit from my approach.

In other news, I prepared several wood panel paintings for a demonstration and practical class for Culture Days at the Arts Council.
I love supporting my local arts council, and, face it guys, if you don’t support your local arts culture in your town, what will you have?

I had a full class with 20 people signed up and several more on the waitlist.

I taught them some collage and painting and transfer techniques which they can apply to wood panels and possibly enter the anonymous show at the Arts Council, which will be held at the end of October.

If you’d like to enter this show, (and there’s plenty of time), then the info is here. My last year’s post about this show is here.

I supplied some ephemera, prints of my bird sketches, transparent paper and matte medium, and the council supplied the rest.
We only had an hour and half together, but everyone did a brilliant job!

The other news in our world is that we have been seriously contemplating a move out of North Vancouver into the country, but we’re not sure where.

Somewhere where there is a bit of land, not too far out of the city, not on a busy road, in the sunshine, with some trees, barns, a pond or stream or waterway…

…oh, and did I meantion that I want to take the hosue with me?
Crazy as it seems, I’m contemplating moving not just us, but the whole house and garden because I know full well that my beautiful Craftsman house will be bulldozed down to make way for a modern duplex on this lot the minute I sell it. Furthermore, all the garden plants, which I’ve saved from local construction sites in the first place, will be lost to the bulldozer too! I just can’t bring myself to allow that.

So as crazy at it seems, we might be in for a new adventure.

But then, there’s nothing new about that with us, is there? πŸ˜€

Comments: 7

  • Robert Frank Gasch

    October 3, 2017

    Gee Whiz!!!

  • October 3, 2017

    what good times you’ve had and now an adventure awaits … i cant think of anyone better suited than you!

  • Zdenek Broz

    October 3, 2017

    Tonight is too late to write more than “Thanks and Greetings”. Zdenek

  • Susan

    October 3, 2017

    Your shipyard market looks superb and your photo showing the city lights is really lovely. Moving your craftsman home and garden is a great idea. Nothing is impossible. Having land and water in the countryside, but still not to far from the city sounds ideal. Looks like C might like a horse. Your course is well loved. It must be very satisfying to know that it is a huge success. I’m sure the art being produced gives each individual much gratification. I second what RFG says, “Gee Whiz!”

  • October 3, 2017

    You are off on new adventures. I love all the photos. You’re busy and you sound happy – what more is there?

  • October 3, 2017

    Enjoyed your post, all of it. πŸ™‚

  • October 16, 2017

    I love this post V .. your night photos are wonderful. πŸ˜€ I think it is fabulous you supporting your arts council and your paintings are soo special! A move to the country sounds like a plan and what better idea than to take your home! A grand idea .. hugs

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