June is bustin’ out all over!

June is bustin’ out all over
All over the meadow and the hill
Buds’re bustin’ outa bushes
And the rompin’ river pushes
Ev’ry little wheel that wheels beside the mill

June is bustin’ out all over
The feelin’ is gettin’ so intense
That the young Virginia creepers
Have been huggin’ the bejeepers
Outta all the mornin’ glories on the fence!
Because it’s June!

(Richard Rodgers)

We sang this song in Grade School at the end-of-year program and it still pops into my head come June, though having done a little research just now I see that we were never taught the rest of the lyrics. Hmmm.  But birds and bees and FLOWERS! there are a’plenty these days and it is a delight to welcome summer weather!

I’ve been more intentional this year in introducing myself to wildflowers, with the help of guidebooks and a watercolor pad to collect their images in a rough sort of way… It’s been a happy discipline that has supplanted writing time.  I can’t seem to carry on too many other things when there are flowers to be seen!

These teeny tiny freckled orchids were the dearest find!


But June has also been a month of spending happy times with the kids…


Hiking, and Boating (ha!)…

And playing with rocks!

And celebrating special days!

We even had a go at capturing the perfect family picture…

Summer.  Here at last!  Ahhhh!




Drive-by Snapshots of Spring Coming and Going…

Whew! We took a week’s vacation and did a whirlwind tour-de-kids-and-grandkids…

And with it we got to fast-forward the coming of spring, leaving receding ice and the sprigs of larch just barely sprouting…

to follow the highway to the coast and to spring fully sprung!

It was glorious!

Then we headed a day’s drive North…

to visit two more grands and their parents!



Here spring was just getting started, and the blush of a new lawn sprouting was cause enough for joy!

But the weather was warm enough to drag out the water toys and to have a pretend picnic too!

Very shortly it was time to hit the road for the daytrip home via Jasper and the fabled Columbia Icefields…

I was not sorry to leave the snow and ice behind and arrive home to find our own grass had greened in our absence and grown enough to mow.  And just maybe, the next pictures I take will be of flowers on my doorstep!

Thanks for stopping by to share our trip ( :  I hope you are enjoying whatever stage of spring you find yourself in.


O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Ps. 96:1 KJV


Home again from my tour-de-grandbabies

I got home a week ago from my grandma travels, to brilliant morning sun pouring in the front window–a dramatic change after living in ‘the shadow’ of our mountains all winter.  It has helped to ease me back into this white winter and a quiet routine devoid of soft baby cheeks and pudgy hands learning pat-a-cake.

Following the visit with the newest grandaughter up north, I had continued my tour-de-grandbabies with a flight back ‘home’ to Powell River to catch up with Jaxon, now 9 months old,  and his parents and aunties!

God sent a batch of sunshine that apparently has been long in coming.  It made the walks in my favorite places with some of my favorite people all the  more special!



I even got a sneak preview of springtime–


On departure day, the rains returned for my ferry crossing to fly home– a fitting finish to a sweet week of home and family.



Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good.  His faithful love endures for ever!