When in doubt, skate it out

March 17, 2020

I knew it would happen!
I knew if I came to the Cariboo I better drive around with skates in the car because eventually, I’ll come to a frozen, snow-free lake.

And then it happened.
Driving past Williams Lake I noticed people walking and skating around.
So I found the right street to the city park and parked up and laced my skates up.

And then I jumped tenderly skated right in!

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So it took me a while to adjust to the wobbliness and the melt, freeze, melt patches of lake ice, but once I decided I’d just have to bulldoze skate over the frozen waves at a good speed, it was the most amazing thing in the world.

Cracks and all.

I took a good hour around that lake. I skated to the middle, I skated back and forth along the shore, I skated over thin ice and thick. Over cracks and thru slush.
It was the best, most glorious feeling.
My advice is to skate every day!

Tracking the wilds

Afternoon walk. The weather has warmed up slightly. It’s gone from -20 to -6 or so, so we went for a tracking walk. We took Duke the Wonderdog and of course Ruby…who just ran on ahead scouting for what she could smell. We rounded…

March 16, 2020

At Lac La Hache at a friend’s ranch

Chloe and I are visiting our friends at Lac La Hache. It’s magical here in B. C.’s Cariboo; even if we’ve caught a cold spell of -20 for a couple of days. The horses here at the ranch don’t care one bit. They have…

March 15, 2020

In Wales, helping Catherine with her new house

Robert’s sister Catherine is in the middle of a big project. She has bought this beautiful but derelict cottage in a rainbow valley in Walles and we’ve been visiting her to help her sort the cottage out. The cottage had been unoccupied for several…

January 24, 2020

The Last Supper

It’s been some time, huh? It’s been an age. There’s never a good place to start blogging again, is there? I’ve got six months of adventures and art and general goings-on to catch you up on, but I thought that maybe the best place…

January 18, 2020

Alice in the Palace

Christmas at Blenheim is always a treat and this year they did a special Alice in Wonderland exhibition in the grand palace rooms. This was just so magical! I loved every minute of it. Here are just a few pictures. The bright coloured lights…

December 22, 2019

Where there’s a will, there will be a way. I found proof.

I’m smitten with this harsh and hot land. Completely in love. Where some people see failure, death and destruction, I see life. I see it in the little trickles of water, in the Shoshan people, in the creosote, mesquite, the ephemeral spring flowers, the…

May 24, 2019

Finding the footsteps of the those who came before

I’ve made friends with the Timbisha Shoshone people who’ve called this amazing place home for centuries. One of their elders told me stories of underground cities, of giants, of animal spirits who show the way to water if they accept you as one with…

May 22, 2019

New medium

Robbie tells me that if I keep doing the same things I’ll always get the same results. That is so true; in life and in art. I stopped at a Value Village and bought some random oil pastels. I’ve never used oil pastels before.…

May 19, 2019

Attempted crisis management: hunkering down in the desert

On an impulse I drove south. South for days. I came to the lowest place I could think of: Death Valley. After all, if one is at the lowest place, any move one makes has to be up! There’s just nowhere lower to go.…

May 16, 2019