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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~


Monday, December 10, 2018

Dogs & December ...

He sat on the sofa basking in the sunshine, warming up.
We had spent a good couple of hours walking through the woods … I was picking up pine cones...
he was picking up scents :-D
Meeting up with a few younger dogs, he tried to catch up as they ran for balls running circles around him  …
His 10 year old legs prefer walking to running these days. I watch him with a smile on my face … what is it about your own dog? there is just none like them!
The white around his eyes, muzzle, chest and paws is more visible against his shiny black coat.
What a handsome boy he is!

Once home, I make a cup of tea & spend the remainder of the afternoon creating boughs to hang around the garden.
Cedar and pine cones simply tied with twine for the country look we love. Outside {and indoors} decorating is all finished now.
"my sunshine doesn't come from the skies. It comes from the love that's in my dog's eyes"
Brown eyes watching every move I make.
My Velcro dog x
"some people don't understand why my dog means so much to me.
That's ok, my dog does"

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

time flies ...

~hello~

I'm not sure where the time has gone …noticed that  more than a month has passed since my last blog post … stats show that you are all still stopping by for a visit … thank you x

I have been posting {almost daily} on my Instagram account however {link is on my sidebar}

Due to a rotating Canada Post Strike, I haven't added many Christmas themed items to my Etsy shop this year {although I have been painting … a lot!} … will take some photos & post those here soon :-) 

The Christmas boxes have made their way upstairs and decorating has begun … it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

d xo

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sunday serenity ...

an October afternoon
from my little corner of the world
As I walk,
as I walk,
the Universe
is walking with me.
Beauty
is on every side.
As I walk,
I walk with beauty.
~Navajo Prayer~

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

October hush ...

"all we have, it seems to me,
is the beauty of 
art and nature and life
and the love
which that beauty inspires"
~Edward Abbey~ 
It's one of those October days
where the wind is blowing, the leaves are dancing
it's misty and foggy and yet so very soothing and cozy...
You bundle up and head out to one of your favourite spots and walk … 
and although you've walked there many times, you spot something new and magical & smile
~ life is change … flow/grow with it~
embracing the seasons
into the wild 
similarities and yet each unique 
"promise me one thing
wild child,
never filter your soul
to suit a mould"
~Nikki Rowe~ 
a beautiful tangle
nature's weaving
"some are born to play it safe
others are born to live it wild"
~Nikki Rowe~
"life is a balance
of holding on
and
letting go"
~rumi~ 
Archer … let's take our hearts for a walk in the woods
and listen to the magic whispers
of old trees …


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

autumn stories ...

my favourite season is showing in my paintings :-)
acorns and changing leaves are falling off my paintbrush as quickly as the trees
there have been surprises in our garden
where the bees are still enjoying the cosmos
and a hummingbird stopped by the other day!
garden bunnies are nibbling the rose of Sharon
 our maple tree is dropping leaves
 revealing the nests that have been built in her
on morning walks with Archer we have spotted both owls and coopers hawks
regal and magical filling me with inspiration
and of course...
sparrows
enjoyed a get away to beautiful Old Montreal
to watch a hockey game
&
see
Sir Paul McCartney in concert!!!
forest walks
and the blessings of rainy days for quiet contemplation 
and before the garden is tucked in for the Winter, I've been taking coleus clippings 
which now sit in little jam jars on a sunny window
~my autumn stories~
***
"Everything is held together
with stories.
That is all that is holding us together.
Stories and compassion"
~Barry Lopez~

Friday, September 14, 2018

friday thoughts ...

"you're gonna be happy"
said life
"but first
I'll make you strong"

my garden is filled with happy, strong bees buzzing about

this summer I have been followed everywhere I go by dragon flies
~they are so beautiful ~ 
sweet little chip 
I never pass up an opportunity to make a wish
"they say
a person needs just 3 things
to be truly happy 
in this world.
someone to love
something to do
and something to hope for"
~Tom Bodett~ 
***

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

mermaids, magazines & making things ...

~gathering sea glass~
***
I've been gathering sea glass
and placing it in my hair
letting the wind decide
where it should settle there

With the light of the sun
each piece glistens and shines
warming my head
and soothing my mind

keeping gathered treasures
within reach
as I mindfully walk
a stretch of the beach

I reach up
and run my fingers through strands
looking for glass
to touch my hand

comforting,
reminding me what's real
with each piece
I lovingly feel

Filling up
all of this headspace
with treasures found

along my sacred space

Seems I've created a vessel
for the light to shine in
and isn't that really the place
where it must begin.
~deb dunn~


I know I have often shared here how fortunate I feel to live along Lake Ontario ~ where I can walk the beach on any given day. 
 Walking meditation * listening and in tune with the tide * taking my thoughts to the lake * cloud watching * feeling the sand between my toes * and gathering ... finding those lovely little glistening coloured pieces of glass ~ loved and washed and tumbled over and over again xo
It was only a matter of time 
that all this beach glass gathering
found itself in a painting :-)
hair blowing wildly
picking up pieces of glass
letting them land as they wish
"gather yourself
 by the seashore
and I will love you there.
assemble yourself
 with  wild things
with the songs
 of the sparrow
 and sea foam
let mad beauty
 collect itself
 in your eyes
and it will shine
calling me.
for I long
for a man
with nests
 of wild things
 in his hair.
a man
who
 will
 kiss
 the
 flame"
~jewel~ 

I love to spot birds on the beach
whether tiny  sparrows * * sand pipers * red winged blackbirds *  sea gulls  who always look to see if I have food :-) * to the large  commorants who I watch in awe as they fly above ...

my sweet friend Christine sent me the latest issue of Faerie Magazine all the way from Connecticut
because inside was a lovely story all about sea/beach glass
that she knew I would love {and I did}!
"mermaid tears" was a term I hadn't heard before, but fell in love with the moment I read
"did you know that if a mermaid happens to fall in love with a sailor, she swims alongside his ship in order to protect him? Mermaids become very attached to the men they love"
~made me love sea glass all the more~