Hello from Sunday night

October 19, 2014

Does this ever happen to you with a shortened week?

There was the holiday Monday this week and I keep feeling like it isn’t Sunday today.


Or maybe the shortened work week has been so intense, that I felt a little like I was going in two different directions at the same time, (boy I really could use another weekend), and consequently, there has been very little art happening round here.

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So, half way thru October and some plants are really pushing past their prime now, aren’t they?

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While other plants are just coming into it.

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I’m still not ready to give up the Indian summer yet, even though I can quite definitely see that it’s over, I’m still hanging on to it with as much hope as I can and with lovely sunny things like olives, which always remind me of warm France, but I’m so happy that the “r” months now are fine for mussels, another absolute favourite of mine. Does anybody still believe in that myth about not eating shellfish in months which don’t have an “r” in them?


At home, I’m over the bright colours of summer and feeling a more subdued, neutral tone. I’m also taking more time to read, and am rummaging thru my library, my friend’s books stashes and my favourite book haunts for new, lovely books to read. It’s so lovely to start to cocoon at home with books and quilts and open fires and early evenings. I’m sort of looking forward to the long winter nights, but I’m sure I’ll be feeling differently by the middle of winter.


Today the weather in my part of town, (right under the mountains), was that sort of grey/black gloomness which bunches up the clouds and dashes them against the mountains, that kind of unpredictability the west coast is best knows for, but on the other side of town, beside the river delta, there was sun and scattered clouds. So a walk at the river it was. A walk by the old fishing village, in the warm wind and weak sun.


And just now, the sky is full of hundreds of snow geese returning, some 20,000 strong, returning to the delta for the sun and the mild, escaping the harsh, just as I’m beginning to welcome the cooler seasons.

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Sharing with Judith and the mosaic bunch. πŸ˜€

A little autumn magic
Chloe and I took a long lunch and got lost in vintage dresses.

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  • Reply Eileen October 20, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Lovely images! Some times my shorter weeks feel longer than a 5day work week.. It is odd, that it feels that way.. Your flowers are beautiful and I love the reflection shot.. We have not had a frost yet, so the Indian Summer will come later. Enjoy your new week ahead!

    • Reply Veronica October 20, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Oh, thank you so much Eileen. Lol, I know what you mean about how a shorter week can feel longer than a regular week. That happens to me too. πŸ˜€

  • Reply daryledelstein October 20, 2014 at 2:59 am

    i seem to lose a day a week … for instance on Weds i will think its Thurs .. in fact yesterday, Sunday, i thought it was Saturday and i was sure i had 3 days before my travel to Amsterdam .. WRONG .. your photos as always are fabulous .. tell me what you sort of reads you enjoy and i might recommend some reads for you .. AND i need you to tell me more about exchanging Euros in Europe vs my bank here in NYC .. do you use an ATM at the airport there or is there a money exchange ‘shop’?

    • Reply Veronica October 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Lol, I know the feeling. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow October 20, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Love seeing all of those geese πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica October 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Me too! πŸ˜€ It was fantastic. Waves and waves of them

  • Reply Snap October 20, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Wonderful images … I bet a walk around the old fishing village is fun. Love the reflections in the water. A short week always seemed to make my “inner” clock run funny — just like daylight savings time! I live on the gulf coast and only eat oysters in the “r” months. Happy Autumn!

    • Reply Veronica October 20, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Oh, I forgot about daylight savings. (groan) The Canadian time never coincides with the British time, and at that time of the year Robert and I are rarely in the same country and it makes for about two weeks of panic and missed appointments and scrambled schedules to keep our daily one hour phone calls! (sigh) But then, very little is as important as our daily talks.

  • Reply denise October 20, 2014 at 5:43 am

    You have a wonderful blog here. I have enjoyed your photos immensely! Thanks for visiting mine.

    • Reply Veronica October 20, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Aw, thank you so much Denise. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Pamela Gordon October 20, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Last week was strange with the holiday plus hubby took the preceding Friday off so I was really ‘off kilter’. πŸ™‚ Love your photos and the one of the snow geese is amazing! Thanks for visiting. I have heard of Fort Langley but never visited on our trips to Chilliwack. Some day…. Have a great week! Pam

    • Reply Veronica October 20, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Thank you so much Pam, hope you have a great week too. Yeah, it’s like that with a short week, isn’t it? πŸ˜€

  • Reply Lorrie October 20, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Autumn is certainly beautiful this year. So warm and lingering. The snow geese photo is wonderful – that long trailing line of geese flying northwards is so evocative of autumn. We don’t get many of them over here on the island. Enjoy finding more books to read – staying cozy indoors is a lovely tradition at this time of year.

    • Reply Veronica October 20, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Gosh, you should have seen them Lorrie, waves and waves of snow geese, and the honking was fantastic. I’m really tempted to drive out to the bird sanctuary out there and see if they’re sticking around. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Linda Kay October 20, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Veronica, thanks for stopping by my blog….enjoyed your colors and your kitty!

    • Reply Veronica October 20, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Oh I’m so glad. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Judith at Lavender Cottage October 20, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I definitely replay Sunday when Monday is a holiday Veronica and I’ve not paid attention to eating shellfish if the month has an ‘r’ – should I be? πŸ™‚
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • Reply Veronica October 20, 2014 at 11:31 am

      I don’t know any more Judith. It used to be the rule because of the possibility of red tide, but I read that now that shellfish is mostly farmed, it’s not that common. But then, I like sticking to traditions and old wives tales. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Sallie (FullTime-Life) October 20, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I’m retired … So I often have no idea what day of the week it is … Or what date … I hope it is because it doesn’t matter and not because my memory is failing (insert hopeful smiley face here). Your Autumn colors are lovely …. And your phrase about getting ready to cocoon reminds me of my daughter who loves that about winter . (I, on the other hand, look forward to skipping it altogether. )

    • Reply Sallie (FullTime-Life) October 20, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Also, I eat shellfish any day I can… And I wish you could email me about a pound of those olives!

      • Reply Veronica October 20, 2014 at 11:28 am

        Nice! I wish I could too. πŸ˜€

    • Reply Veronica October 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Thank you so much. Sometimes I feel like I’d just like to be in Arizona or Venice or Australia thru the winter, but then I think I’d miss it. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Green Tomato October 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Nice to see you again, Veronica,
    You have shared beautiful images of your world and your mosaic are great. Lovely reflection ! Wow, the last image of the sky is fantastic!!! What a great shot!?(*^?^*)?and (#^.^#)?
    Have a good new week, from Japan.

    • Reply Veronica October 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Hi Tomoko. Thank you very much. That sky truly was fantastic. So many birds flying in formation. I just stood there and watched. πŸ˜€

  • Reply dianadomino October 20, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Those birds are likely headed south to where I live. We’ve loads of Canada Geese and various ducks and waterfowl that love wintering in Scottsdale. (The high today was 93 F/33.8 C. ^_^ Your photos make me miss having real seasons. <3

  • Reply Donna@GardensEyeView October 21, 2014 at 4:10 am

    I am also past the bright fall colors as my garden is more subdued. I also have that same tall rudbeckia blooming again…I have never heard that about mussels and “r” months.

  • Reply tingsgrove October 22, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Lovely shares on Mosaic Monday. I am the late one to always show up and sometimes it takes a couple of weeks, but happy I made it hear. Lovely shares and post. Happy remainder to your week πŸ˜‰

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