X town and lunch

October 24, 2013

The lovely bright October sunshine. Sometimes it feels just too bright.

Do you have that kind of light where you are? It’s the oblique angle of the autumn sun I think.

I almost want to wear sunglasses inside the house. 🙂

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I was so lucky today to drive across town in this glorious light to help my mom out with some computer work.

Vancouver neighbourhoods are so lovely right now. It’s a special magic time, a beautiful golden autumn, and we must hold on to it, crush it to our hearts because we know that soon the rain will come and dissolve it into a million blurry puddles.

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We went to have lunch at the same little French bistro in mom’s neighbourhood.

Yes, we asked for a table outside. 🙂

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It actually was really warm there on that little patio in the sunshine. The forecast said 12 degrees but it really felt more like 18. We were very comfy with our coats off.

I had some lovely mussels. (my hemoglobin has dropped quite a bit lately and believe it or not, shellfish have a very high amount of iron, not to mention that they really are my favourites) The restaurant supplied me with a spoon and a special little narrow fork to help me with the mussels. I always think that’s a little silly when the empty shell of one is the absolute perfect tool to pry the next mussel out with. I know it’s the European way, but then, being born in Prague, I am the original Bohemian, aren’t I? 🙂

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After lunch it was too lovely to leave, so, a little tea for me and a little coffee for mom…

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…and a bit of people watching before I had to drive back home. 🙂

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While I was downloading my iPhone photos I came across a little something I wanted to show you. These days with C just into midterms, our Sbux mornings look like this: C in full study mode and me picking up any little bit of leaf/flower/twig as we walk in, (it’s always a treasure hunt, that short walk from the car to the Sbux), and I sketch whatever it is I found while she studies and tries out theories on me. Sometimes she asks me to put my pencils down and quiz her at her cue cards. 🙂

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17 Comments

  • Reply Caro Ness October 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Great post and great pictures!!

    • Reply Veronica October 25, 2013 at 5:58 am

      Thank you Caro. 🙂

  • Reply Dannie Wallace (@dosedannie) October 24, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    lovely post and the pictures are so beautiful too! Never had mussels might need to try them sometime looks yum though.

    • Reply Veronica October 25, 2013 at 5:58 am

      Hi Dannie, Thank you so much. Have you got mussels in Australia? It’s nice for me that you left your twitter link because now I can come follow you and get to know you. 🙂

  • Reply Sonja Ceri October 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Great pictures. The mussels look yummie 🙂

    • Reply Veronica October 25, 2013 at 5:54 am

      Hi Sonja, thank you for the visit. 🙂

  • Reply Joanne October 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Such beautiful trees!
    And lovely leaves – drawing them on manuscript paper – they look very romantic!
    xx

    • Reply Veronica October 25, 2013 at 5:53 am

      Thank you Joanne. I love the trees around us in OXON and around the Thames and so am always drawn to the big maples here in Van. 🙂 I’m loving this little bit of dry autumn. Most unusual for Vancouver.

  • Reply Morgan Eckstein October 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    With light like this, my wife would be trying to get me to take photos of her pottery. (She makes the pottery; I take the photos…it is part of our division of labor around the house.)

    • Reply Veronica October 25, 2013 at 5:51 am

      You’re a good man Morgan! Does your wife have a website? I’d love to see her work. 🙂

  • Reply amandaherps October 24, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    What a truly blessed life you have. I always feel warm when reading your posts. Your imagery is vivid and captivatingly beautiful. Do you just use an iphone camera? Truly love love love your writing.

    • Reply Veronica October 25, 2013 at 5:50 am

      Hi Amanda, thank you so much, you’re so sweet. I do use my iPhone a lot because, you know, it’s always there with me, but I do have several Canons and I suppose I have the Canon Rebel or the D5 with me most times. And my father’s Leicas, I love to experiment with those. One of these days I’m going to build a pinhole camera and try my luck with that. 🙂

  • Reply Dewena Callis October 25, 2013 at 7:14 am

    That first picture with the sun in your room is lovely. I treasure the light that comes in our southern windows now as a tall ridge runs along that side and the sun will barely clear the top of it soon. We don’t have many hardwoods in our valley to give us the intense colors you showed there in your area, they are gorgeous. I would not want to come inside either and sitting outside at a cafe sounds wonderful, especially for mother-daughter time.

  • Reply Daryl October 25, 2013 at 8:25 am

    lovely light, perfect for curling up with a book and reading

    • Reply Veronica October 25, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Darn it, that’s so true Daryl. Now you tell me…lol.

  • Reply Carol Tomany October 25, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Beautiful photos. You have more leaves still on the trees than we have in TO. Love your sketches.

    • Reply Veronica October 25, 2013 at 9:24 am

      It’s probably true Carol. It’s been warm and dry here for the most part and the leaves have stayed a bit longer. Thank you so much for the compliment. 🙂

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