Monday, 13 August 2018

Works In Progress

"The trees, the wind, the birds, the mountains,

Everything inside us and around us

Wants to reflect itself in us.

We don't have to go anywhere to obtain the truth.

 We only need to be still,

 and things will reveal themselves in the still water of our heart."

These are the words of
 Thich Nhat Han
from the poem 'Everything'
in his book 'Your True Home'.

I'm spending as much time as possible outside
in the sunshine
beneath the trees.
Summertime here has been glorious this year.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Family Summertime at the Lake

Fishing from Kayaks and paddle boards

Relaxation on an air-filled yellow ducky

Three girls cooking in the kitchen
with Owen the puppy keeping an eye on all.

Grand baby Ashley couldn't wait to use her
new fishing rod
and paddle off with her dad in the canoe.

And so they disappeared down the lake
hoping to contribute to supper.

 Fishing off the dock turned out to be more successful!

Mommy and Stevie Ray relaxed in the shade.

Mommy and Ashley floated with noodles galore.

The youngsters.....even baby Stevie...scampered
up and down the stairs.
Gramps and I tried to keep going up to a minimum!

Ashley learnt all about paddle boarding.

A joy filled time.
Thank you my loves.
(Not a speck of stitching got done!)

Monday, 30 July 2018

Summertime Drive Through Eastern Canada

We relaxed on the ferry....

to cross a fogbound Bay of Fundy

We shared the ferry trip with Judy and Ned
Judy and I stitched and debriefed
on our Cloth of Time show
and planned our next.
Precious time with a dear friend who lives way too far away!
Then we parted ways until the next time.

Everywhere you go in this part
of the country.... know there are lakes at every turn.
Even travelling on forest edged road
you know a lake is out of sight hiding behind the trees.

Once you hit the flat St Laurence valley
you pass farm after farm
and clusters of silos waiting for this year's harvest.

I Stitched

We shared the road 

with trucks and trucks and more trucks
With bikes and campers
With boats and kayaks
 With canoes and paddle boards

Driving through Algonquin
a tall imposing
totem pole
appeared on our right.

Summertime in Canada
means plenty of this.

We drove under bridges and under rivers.

And I stitched.

 Finally after two days of driving
we reached our destination.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Day of Memory

The tide recedes but leaves behind
Bright seashells in the sand
The sun goes down but gentle warmth
Still lingers on the land

The music stops and yet lingers on
In sweet refrain.
For every joy that passes
Something beautiful remains.

Something Beautiful Remains
by Martha Vashti Pearson

So, my dearest boy
On this 23rd day of memory
we are surprisingly close to Camp Huronda
where you created many a memory in your childhood.
We are with your brothers and nieces
holding you close in our hearts.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Cloth of Time Opening

Cloth of Time Opening
Judy looks beautiful
I am shocked at how I look like my mother!

We each talked....

....about our work and how we approach it.

Oh, boy did we have fun picking a stone and trying to find it.

Thank you to everyone who came out.

A Penny talking to a Penny!

Margi and Jamie

And then the gallery started emptying out

We could walk through and under
Not to Know But To Carry On

So many thanks to Diane and to Valerie too
who took many photographs of the evening for us.

And now onto new work for new shows!
I hope Summer hangs around now that I can relax.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Cloth of Time Before the Opening

Judy's Ned and the gallery's Nick had oh, so much fun
climbing up ladders and stretching up to ceilings!

Handy Hubby made an easy job of hanging my work
and then drove the 2 1/2 hours back to the Rusty Pups.
Me, I stayed in Halifax to spend time with
All such dear friends.

I know there is not much to see in this picture
I just like the drama of it!

It took 12 strong bags to bring the rocks here.
I have to say Handy Hubby did not approve!
He thought I was crazy!
but me....I think it was worth it.

I did enjoy having the opportunity again to really
look at Daily Scratchings

Once the show was hung Judy and I
had the opportunity to spend some time alone
in the gallery.
A special time for us to celebrate and enjoy
bringing our journals together.

Criss Cross had to be arranged differently this time.

Not To Know But To Go On
Hangs in wonderful loops
through the centre of the Mary E Black gallery

I did enjoy looking through those loops....

.....and seeing the rest of our beautiful show!
Congratulations Judy!