Behold the Pedestrian-only (for both the bipeds and four-legged family members!) path to one of the most beautiful spots on the Salish Sea: Hanks’ Beach!!!
But do not be mistaken! Even though this is a foot-path, I would never call it Pedestrian as its appearance is ever-changing with the seasons; so it’s never a dull trail to walk and the source of constant inspiration with something new to see and experience every time we walk it… wink wink ; )
The Window of warmth has officially been lit!!! Even though the sun is still shining here on Cortes Island on the beautiful West Coast of Canada after a couple of much-needed serious rain falls that took the dust away. But in the late evenings and early mornings we have been a tad chilly – mind you, other parts of our country already have snow, but this is cold for us! This Window makes me feel so cozy and is a sight of what’s ahead for fall and winter as I spend a lot of time creating in my studio. xoxo
As we prepare for the colder season, here on beautiful Cortes Island, we have been very busy building our wood stack Layer by layer … A lot of work, but seeing this beautiful pile of logs ready for our wood stove already makes me feel all warm inside!
If you don’t get up early enough in the morning, you may just miss the Evanescent moment of the morning dew on the flowers in the garden!!! Here is a view of a magical morning earlier this month when the dew bejewelled one of my Queen of Night Tulips…
Just a run-of-the-mill puddle on our dog walk, Reflecting the beautiful forest that surrounds us on Cortes Island!!!
This is Betty and my pink wool sweater!!! We have had her since she was 8 weeks old and ever since the day she came home to us, this has been her favourite item and kind of Security “blanket”. Whenever I leave the house, whether it be for 5 mins or an entire weekend, she sits on my sweater the whole time. She loves this sweater so much that sometimes she even gives fusses about it a little when I want to wear it…xoxo
It Is Easy Being Green
Green is the colour of harmony
Green is a way of life
Green can mean money
Green can be something you smoke
Green can also be used as medication
Green makes you think fresh
Green can also mean you feel sick
Green makes you think of recycling
Green is the colour of light that means you can go
Green is my favourite colour….
a poem by Laura Balducci
When travelling to Cortes Island on the beautiful western coast of Canada, you must not only travel by road but also take what we call our “water highway” – with the assistance of B.C. Ferries or of course your own boat! The Road Taken for us means crossing the Salish Sea!!!
I often come across sets of antlers as I walk and hike the trails of Cortes Island but these three pieces came to me, since I found them randomly in our yard. I placed them in this formation for no real reason some time ago, and in this special moment, their combined Shadows create one large antler. Nature is pretty awesome!!!
The lifestyle of anyone living on Cortes Island, on the beautiful BC Coast, could best be described as rural.; it is also very remote. It takes 2 ferries to reach the first urban centre where one can do any city stuff!!! This means that many of us become savvy on how to Repurpose items that have outgrown their use and which hopefully make their way to our recycling centre. Such items can be found as boats with holes in them, old rusted bathtubs that needed replacing, and so on. So I have made the habit of going down to the centre once a week to see what we can find to create more garden beds – since we are big on growing as much food as we can and because the land on which we live is riddled with sand deposits (since our property is nestled between a sandy lake shore and sandy ocean trails) it is difficult to make your normal run-of-the-mill raised gardens and we have to get creative!
Those pieces also make for some interesting conversation pieces, as we Repurpose as many items as possible by giving them a rebirth as one of the features in what we call our Art Yard!!!