Friday, July 29, 2011

More Postcards...


Had a great time at the oceanside yesterday. Ate lunch at a patio restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean, sailboats on the water, and seagulls hovering against blue, blue water skies (one of my favourite colour combos).

Went to the Summer Shakespeare Festival last night where we sat on a grassy knoll as performers entertained and made us laugh our way through Comedy of Errors.  Two deer wandered through the park at some point... nibbling grassy spots and peering up at the performers once in a while.   They seemed little concerned at the crowds.

The weather's been perfectly splendid for holidaying... warm but not roasting, with no signs of rain to dampen the spirits.

We're off to Vancouver today via BC Ferries. I always love that excursion across the water.  Tomorrow we have a big family get together.

Wishing you a purr-fectly beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Postcards in the Mail


We're still on holiday in the beautiful west coast city of Victoria, British Columbia. Having a grand time with family we haven't seen in a while.  Lots of laughter, good times around food, and sight-seeing, not to mention a poke or two in creaky-floored used bookshops.

One of our favourite chuckles came from our just too-cute three-year-old grand-niece: "When I get to be a Big Girl, I'm going to chew gum, ride the school bus, AND go to the liquor store." Quite the 'bucket list' for a three year old.  As you can imagine we had a marvelous chuckle at that one.

We're off later to enjoy an evening concert of the Victoria Symphony in the spectacular setting of the Butchart Gardens.  Music, beautiful settings, flowers, loved ones... what more could a person ask for!

Wishing you good times too,

Friday, July 22, 2011

A Quick Hello


We're packing for holidays to the West Coast to visit family.

Our little tree swallow nestlings emerged from the nest box and flew off
~ we wish them well!

It's pouring rain today:
I saw a little girl yesterday in bubblegum pink rubber boots.
I might have to get me a pair too!

* * * * *
 You're never far from my mind, even when I'm not here.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


Posted today over at InScribe...
a post entitled Enough Readers

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dear Beautiful Readers

I'm away from blogland these past few days, and yes, I'm missing you!

In fact, you can't imagine how many postings I compose in my head as I think of things I want to share with you.  But, alas, I'm presently occupied on a number of other needful fronts, which keeps me away from here for a little while longer.

Wishing you beauty and joy-filled days!


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

A Day in the Life....

I brought a bouquet of these pink peonies into the house today. The fragrance is so sweet and fills the whole house, I wish I could share it with you. That is, if you like peonies, some people do not.

It's been beautiful here... the birds have been to-ing and fro-ing all day. A huge black crow tried to come into our yard, probably to check out the lunch menu. But, with a flap and a squawk, one red-winged blackbird (small in comparison) persisted in bugging him until the large fellow flapped off over the neighbour's roof.

With the crow gone, the red-wing flew back to our yard... letting go a bird dropping in his wake. I laughed, it seemed he was saying, Good riddance to bad rubbish! (and no, we didn't catch this on video... hehe)

Later I had a courtesy call from Charlotte; I caught sight of her presence in the garden underneath the Hansa Rose Bush! You know who I mean... Charlotte... from E.B. White's book. The light wasn't quite right, so you can only catch a shimmer of her large web.

I'm enjoying my first-time read of this classic--I don't recall reading it as a child. So far, my favourite passage is Charlotte's advice to Wilber and I think it's well worth sharing. The setting is where she says she has to work the plan out alone because she thinks better if she thinks alone. It's her reply to Wilber's offer of help:
" must try to build yourself up. I want you to get plenty of sleep, and stop worrying. Never hurry and never worry! Chew your food thoroughly and eat every bit of it, except you must leave just enough for Templeton. Gain weight and stay well -- that's the way you can help. Keep fit, and don't lose your nerve. Do you think you understand?"

On the note, I'm off. Here's wishing you time to think by yourself, because if you're like me and Charlotte, you think best when you think alone.


(c) Photos by Brenda C Leyland


Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I Need A Library Cart

What I need around here is one of those carts which librarians use to temporarily house library books before they get shelved. No matter how I try to return my books to their rightful place on the bookshelves when I'm done with them, veritably by the end of the week, I have piles of books by my bedside ... beside and on top of my desk in the office ... by my wing back chair in the family room ... not to mention on any other surface, including the bed, in the guest room cum library.

Too often, even though I head to the shelf with a specific book in mind, I get beguiled...hornswoggled, in fact.  My fingers caress the cover of a book I haven't seen in a while... oh my... like a long lost friend, I feel the thrill and the need to reacquaint myself.

Out it hops into my hands... what can I do?  They have feelings too, you know... no one likes to feel rejected or ignored.  Not even books................ And that's why I need a library cart.

 This one is called the Book Truck and it has six shelves.
Yes...  now that should be big enough!

I found Charlotte's Web by E.B. White at the library today.  I love reading children's books, and summer seems a grand time to kick off one's shoes and pretend they are a youngster again, with the delicious anticipation of long lazy afternoons just perfect for losing one's self in an adventure.

So, what are you reading this week?  Am I the only one who needs a library cart at home?


Sunday, July 03, 2011

Slow Us Down

I like to keep Sundays as a quieter and simpler day. Although it doesn't always work out that way, an ideal week for me includes a day where I can shrug off the cares of the business at hand to take time to pause, reflect.... to look inward and upward.

For a long time, I used to think the harried hurriedness of our society was just a malady of our fast-paced era, but after reading various accounts of people living in other times and centuries, it seems each generation faced, in its own way, the temptation to 'live too fast'.

I'm reminded of what author Gordon MacDonald, said in his book Ordering Your Private World: "If my private world is in order, it will be because I have chosen to press Sabbath peace into the rush and routine of my daily life in order to find the rest God prescribed for Himself and for all of humanity."

Peter Marshall, a Scottish-born minister who once served as Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, shared a similar thought fashioned in a prayer:
"In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all of eternity before us, make us take time to live---time to get acquainted with You, time to enjoy Your blessings, and time to know each other."
Today I wish you a gentle rhythm of peace... and time to relish the many blessings that have come your way!
Best blessings,

Friday, July 01, 2011

Canada O Canada

 Happy Birthday Canada!
'We stand on guard for thee'

It's an extra-special Canada Day this year because  Prince William and Kate 
are joining in our Canadian celebrations today!

I can still remember the year when Prince William's parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana,
were touring Canada and spent Canada Day in our country. 

Wishing all my fellow Canadians a wonderful day!