Hello from Sunday night

September 21, 2014

fall

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Well, hello autumn! Is everyone ready? Ready for the mountains of leaves and crisp apples and chrysanthemums? Bring it on!

It’s been a rainy week here on the West Coast, and just as well for me because I really needed to cocoon and spend some time in thought and meditation, but the glorious weekend brought sun and loads of it and a wonderful Saturday at the river and Sunday at the beach.

Dogs, and farmer’s markets abound and also strange little art get-togethers. I love that, you know. I mean I love dogs and farmer’s markets, but so love to see a group of people, of all ages and expertise levels, set up their easels, paints and canvases and just go for it for the day. There was a group at the river, about 30 strong, ages five to 85, who painted En Plein-Air for four hours and presented their masterpieces in one of the historic shipyard buildings as an exhibition. I just loved every painting I saw.

One more thing which means super fall to me is HOCKEY! YAY! Clove and I caught the first Wolf Pack game. C’s boy Bryson is an extraordinary skater and has been serving as a linesman for the higher league hockey games, and this game was being played 10 minutes away, so naturally we went to support him. The Wolf Pack team is the last minor league boys can play in before they get called up to the NHL, (or not), so scouts are watching, and the game is fast paced and…um…testosterone-y to the max. In the third period, there were three WP players off the ice in penalties for roughing at the same time. I’m so glad that Bryson has years of Aikido as offensive training…lol. Although we’re technically cheering for the refs, it’s nice when the home team wins, and the Wolf Pack did! πŸ˜€

So, two more days and we technically put summer 2014 to rest. How is everyone feeling about that? Does anyone do anything about celebrating the equinox? A little pagan ritual or something? I’ve been watching Outlander and now love all things Scottish…including Robbie, who is Scots…but now want to do something spectacular to bring in the fall, like build a stone henge right in my back yard and have a ceremony. I know, I don’t tend to do things by half…lol. Maybe I’ll just make a piece of jewellery from one of the pieces of ancient flint I’ve strung up on a copper wire. What do we think? Maybe a necklace with mystical powers? Looking up the powers of flint, I think I need to get this book!

Well, that about sums up my week and weekend. Hope yours was wonderful and you got the best out of it. If it wasn’t, then oh well, tomorrow’s a new day. Big hugs for a wonderful and shiny week ahead everyone. πŸ˜€

PS: I have another of those darn spaghetti squashes round here. Anyone know something spaghetti squash fabulous?

Sharing with Judith and the mosaic bunch. πŸ˜€

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19 Comments

  • Reply Lorrie September 21, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Yes, we are enjoying wonderful weekend weather here on the Island, as you are in Vancouver. Your photos really show the loveliness of the season which we must remember well in the rainy grey days to come. I’m not fond of spaghetti squash so I can’t help you with that.

    • Reply Veronica September 22, 2014 at 4:11 am

      Lol, it’s all good Lorrie. πŸ˜€ Not many people do the spaghetti squash thing it seems. I think I just might make something up.

  • Reply mysoulfulhome September 21, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I am ready for fall…Just back from England. Come by see see my pics. On it with the squash…I’ll try to find you something on Pinterest! xx

    • Reply Veronica September 22, 2014 at 4:10 am

      Aw, thank you so much Kelly. I’ve been waiting for your England report. Got your blog email update this morning and was over there like a shot…lol. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Rajesh September 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Wonderful set of assorted images,

    • Reply Veronica September 22, 2014 at 4:09 am

      Thank you Rajesh. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti September 21, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    It still looks warm where you are! We’ve had a very rainy summer in Colorado, so I’m hoping autumn will be drier. The aspens are in full color here this weekend!

    • Reply Veronica September 22, 2014 at 4:09 am

      Oh no! I remember some summers where I was so excited to wear my summer dresses and never got one day’s chance to. Golden aspens are just about the loveliest trees in the world, aren’t they? Ours here are still on the green side, but they will be golden soon. πŸ˜€

  • Reply dawnsrays September 22, 2014 at 2:28 am

    No. I’m not ready. But I won’t resist it either ( whats the point, right lol)
    I have to say, I love the spoon marker that says “free weeds– you pick” that just cracked me up!!
    I am not a fan of spaghetti squash so I won’t be able to help you out with a recipe there. My mom made it and fixed it up like spaghetti and said, ” you can’t even tell the difference”. Uh, oh yes you can especially when you are 16.
    Have a wonderful week!!
    ~Dawn

    • Reply Veronica September 22, 2014 at 4:00 am

      Oh no! LOL, you’re a smart girl though and the mandala you built today is a beautiful equinox celebration. I know what you mean about the spaghetti squash. I’m thinking about something baked and eggplant-y and tomato-y and Parmesan and garlicky. Like a great big squash moussaka. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Judith at Lavender Cottage September 22, 2014 at 4:54 am

    I love autumn and you know summer’s gone when the hockey starts! I cut my spaghetti squash in half and lay face down in a glass container and microwave until cooked. Then I scoop out the strands and mix with butter and parmesan cheese to serve as a side. I have on occasion served it with spaghetti sauce on top.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Veronica.

    • Reply Veronica September 22, 2014 at 5:27 am

      Oh, OK, that sounds like the perfect way to cook the squash. Thank you for that Judith. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Donna@Living From Happiness September 22, 2014 at 4:55 am

    A busy week and weekend…great images too of fall beginning.

    • Reply Veronica September 22, 2014 at 5:27 am

      Thank you so much Donna. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Ruby September 22, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Interesting series of photos ……this a beautiful season…..I especially love the evening light at this time of year……..and candles and open fires!

    • Reply Veronica September 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you so much Ruby. I’m anticipating the lovely open fires we will have this season. Our Vancouver house is wooden, (unlike our UK house which is bricks and stone), so a few more rules around open fires exist, but aren’t they the most wonderful? πŸ˜€

  • Reply Eileen September 22, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I am not ready for fall or winter.. It seems the Mid-Atlantic states had a cooler than normal summer. I feel cheated. Your photos are lovely, especially the hydrangea.. Have a happy new week!

  • Reply Pamela Gordon September 22, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Lots of great photos from your weekend. You were busy! I’m not ready for fall, mentally, but I have decorated for the season. πŸ™‚ I love summer and am missing the heat already. Happy fall to you!

  • Reply daryledelstein September 23, 2014 at 5:48 am

    i have never had spaghetti squash but i hear its delicious …. love all those photos

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