A surprise lake, which we will keep a secret

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Chloe and I seem to have developed a ritual of finding out of the way fabulous places, which usually contain lakes, like last year’s treasure.

This trip we followed a river off the highway just for fun, then turned right at a ground hog and headed up a mountain logging road which promised something lovely at the top.

And there, about 20km up, was what we came for.

Heaven in a lake.

We’ll be back. πŸ˜€

Hello from Sunday night

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Hello everyone. I hope you’ve had as lovely a weekend as I’ve had and are ready for a wonderful new week.

I’ve spent the weekend at my daughter’s home 500 Km away from Vancouver in the interior of BC. It was spectacularly warm and summery there and we took the children to the lake shore. You know how children close to water never stay dry? Oh yes, this was very much the case…lol. But Kerstin always packs extra clothes, so nobody cared. We stopped at a little lake shore cafe and bought ice cream, we built a fantasy rock castle for the lake fairies, found a piece of wood which looked like a crocodile and let it go, picked sweet honey locust blossoms, and three of us fell asleep on the drive home.

Sharing with Judith and the mosaic bunch.

Got out of town; to the Okanagan

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Got out of town!
Chloe and I headed out of the city, 500 km away, over the West Coast mountains, away from the rain, the wet, into the semiarid, to the Okanagan, to visit my daughter Kerstin and her family.

I used to live in this fragrant warmth for five years when Kerstie was one yr old.

The air in the pine forests is so sweet and so…unique, like nothing I’ve felt anywhere else and it’s so familiar.

Nice to experience this deja vu once in a while.

Patrice’s drawing challenge: Frida

It’s no secret that round here we’re in love with Frida.

From our handmade pencil cases, to the portraits we bought in Mexico, Frida is all around us at home, and who can blame us. We greatly admire her indomitable spirit and her artistic honesty.

With Kerstie and Ziggy visiting, (not to mention that we’re away for the weekend again), I had very little time for this drawing challenge, and so had to think of an almost immediate piece of art, and here it is:

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A printed photograph of a young Frida mounted on a card stock, hand painted and tinted, with a crown of flowers, each flowers cut out of smooth card stock, painted in acrylics, and collaged around Frida.

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At the moment this little piece of art is shining between garden flowers above my bedside table, but, last night, Chloe said that she might have to steal it. πŸ˜€

Do you feel a kinship with Frida? I do. Incidentally, she died on my birth date July 13th. Hmmm

Come pop over to Patrice’s this weekend for more Frida kinship.

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Guess who came for a visit!

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Tuesday morning Kerstie called and said, “Mom! Katie’s in labour, can I come down with Zoe and stay with you?”

The answer was yes of course.

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I’m feeling a bit anxious because the Art in the Garden show is coming up in just days now, but Kers and Clove said they would help me on Wednesday to do a little gardening in preparation.

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But first Kers wanted to get a lovely bouquet to take to Katie, Mike and their new baby girl Ainsley, so we had a lovely time walking around “wearing” Ziggy and visiting Sbux, and Kerstie choose a red rose and white mums bouquet and had the florist arrange it in a ruby red vase. The effect was just beautiful.

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Then we hit the garden.

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We worked really hard all day, and then we looked at each other and decided that no one had the energy to make supper, so we walked over to the local curry house. Best decision ever!

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Later, at Z’s bed time, we were outside enjoying the garden, and Ziggy found the waterfall! Oh my word!

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Little wash up and new jammies and off to bed she went. She’s such a lovely girl. No fuss at all.

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And then, just because the evening was so warm and the sunset so lovely, we got out some music and the hula hoop, and we had a little hula hoop dance party…as you do. πŸ˜€

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me and roses

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Hello from Monday morning, since I was a complete goner Sunday night


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J and L

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the crossing

(goner – British term for a person beyond help or recovery…that was me last night)

Hello everyone, well, I’ve had a weekend an a half! It’s been a most amazing weekend made even better, I suspect, by no computer. I forgot the charger in Vancouver and so went computer free till Sunday night. (Don’t tell Robbie I said this, but computer free is really lovely sometimes.)

For anyone who somehow missed my excitement and preparations? I spent the weekend on Vancouver Island staying with my cousin Jon and his family and visiting with my friends Nick and Joyce Bantock for a Nick Bantock workshop.

It was lovely being with Jon and Lynn and their lovely daughters Nicole and Michelle and I enjoyed every minute.

Thanks so much for your hospitality and friendship guys. I loved catching up with you and am so happy Nicole and Michelle payed piano for me. It was also good to talk about some family matters, and your Molly is so cuddle worthy it’s ridiculous.

(More about Nick and Joyce, the workshop and the outcomes tomorrow.)

PS if you enlarge the top photo, you’ll see a bald eagle sitting on the light in the right top corner.

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Drawing challenge: The Trickster

So here’s a little oracle to inspire you. It’s a little magical, but it’s just outside our mundane world of practicalities. You know you can almost see it, almost touch it as you go about your life, but you always sense its presence, and, when you come to any creative endeavour, it’s always there waiting for you.

All you have to do to release the power is dial the right combination.

And as luck would have it, I’m here to give it to you:

Are you ready? Good!


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18.5 exactly

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back to 13

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Feel free to use it any time you feel the need. πŸ˜€

Come visit our other magical tricksters: Patrice, Nadine, Sabine, Tania, Renilde, Katrin, Ariane, Melodye, Marian, Eric, Tammie and Stefanie.

Behind the scenes of this trickster drawing challenge:

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Art: The old front of something like a safe or safety deposit drawer, picked up at an antique market, which has a thick glass window and a support for the window, which seemed just the perfect area to slip in a long piece of watercolour paper with four panels, haphazardly collaged, painted in acrylics and gilded with gold leaf. Then mucked about with in Photoshop to type out the messages.

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Announcing a new Drawing Challenge: the Trickster

Announcing a new Drawing Challenge: the Trickster

the Trickster

I’ve been a long-time fan, (and friend) of Nick and Joyce Bantock, (and also a repeat offender in Nick’s courses.)

In honour of Nick’s work, and to celebrate a weekend visit over to the island to catch up with Nick and Joyce I’m calling a DC with the theme: the Trickster.

The Trickster’s Hat, A Mischievous Apprenticeship in Creativity is incidentally the title of Nick’s new book.

Let’s all have a mischievous apprenticeship in creativity this week. As usual, I’ll post the DC post and links on Friday (May 15th), and we’ll all go visit each other over the weekend.

Please say yes and brush up on all your tricks. πŸ˜€

Will you draw, paint, sketch, write a poem, make some jewellery, stitch a pillowcase? All manor of creative endeavour welcome.

Hello from Sunday night, and happy Mother’s Day

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ice cream

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in North America who celebrated today. I had the most marvellous time. Chloe and I took a long drive out to the old ship yards by the river and had lunch with my mother and my son at a new to us restaurant called The Blue Canoe. We couldn’t get any reservations at our usual fish and chips place out here, but it didn’t matter, this little restaurant was lovely.

After lunch we walked out onto the docks with the thought of maybe buying a fresh fish. Just then there was a sea gull commotion, as only sea gulls can manage, and we saw a very large sea lion thrashing a fish on the surface of the water, as a bald eagle looked down from the mast of one of the fishing boats. Just lovely.

Ice cream for desert and a nice walk along the river.

Just about a perfect mother’s day for me. How was your day? Your weekend? Hope you had a lovely time. πŸ˜€

Sharing Β with Judith and the mosaic bunch.

Friday night market at the shipyards

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Well, today was one of those fast paced days and I was literally running from appointment to appointment, with the last being a hot yoga class, (which actually was supposed to be my flow yoga, but the studio didn’t cool very well after the last class…whew!)

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Finally ended up at home sometime round sixish and looked at Clover and said, “let’s go out for a little supper.”
C said she’d love to and we headed down to the docks and the Friday night market.

We were so hungry that we actually never even looked at any of the twenty or so caterers and just bee lined it for the first one we saw.

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I’m so glad we did, because these fun people made us the absolutely best pulled pork sandwich (for me) and burrito (for C).

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We had a walk around and found this caterer who had two mobile pizza ovens for lovely stone baked pizzas,

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and we found C’s favourite vegan girls selling organic vegan burritos. We seem to come across these gals all over the place, and we do love their food. πŸ˜€

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We explored the market stalls and found some lovely goods, from bespoke wines, fresh flowers, and funky samurai pants, to vintage goodies, and beautiful jewellery.

Annina from Wanderlust and Faeriedust was selling some lovely natural materials knotted into chunky necklaces.

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Bonnie from Bits & Keys was selling her fun upcyled and handmade wearables.


But Chloe fell in love with this beautiful hand forged silver necklace by Franny.

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We took a long walk around the market and then walked out onto one of the piers…

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…to see the Esperanza.

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Then back to the market and a little more music.

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And then we bought an armload of peonies, and went home.

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My kind of Friday night. πŸ˜€

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