October Highlights…

October surprised us with a dump of snow early on, catching most of the trees before they had a chance to turn to gold…

But creating a winter wonderland for a few days…

It all vanished just in time for our road trip to catch up with all the grand little people in our lives…


Powell River’s balmy weather extended our fall…

And it was sweet bliss to visit familiar haunts in the company of our girls and their significant others ( :



and of course to catch up with this little guy that has grown up so much in the five months since we saw him last!

All to soon we said our Farewells till next time…

And suddenly October was already half over, and the rest flew by in a series of days trumpeted by glorious sunrises!

but not a lot of picture-perfect moments otherwise.  Nature has taken on a subdued hue in readiness for winter white.  I’m in no rush!


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