Monochrome Madness and a day on Vancouver Island

For Leanne’s Marvelous Madness Gallery (3-9) A journey through a summer’s day on the island  take a stroll in “The Alchemist’s Garden” on the Gorge estuary in Victoria Nothing happens, unless first a dream! -C Sandburg  Rose Bowers and daisy fields Stop for tea in the charming town of Chemainus by the sea Get lost in a field…

Monochrome Madness and How Green is the Valley

My visit to the beautiful Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys of the interior of BC is the focus of this week’s post and Monochrome Madness (3-1) with Leanne Cole.  This is the first week of the third year of MM!!! We drove up to my brother’s place in the town of Penticton this weekend and the…

Rainy day postcards

Oh I am very pleased to announce that one of the museums is using an image I took of Craigdarroch Castle for a history panel about the Vancouver Island 19th century Coal Baron, Robert Dunsmuir.  I suppose if I don’t have one in an art gallery then a museum is not a bad alternative! and while…

Autumn Blaze

A Conflagration of colour! As he headed off down that autumn path to school I thought: “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames”  – Rumi   I used a painterly filter (Topaz Impression) on the top image which turned it into an autumn conflagration and adjusted the colour balance on the…

Monochrome Madness 2-17 – Beautiful BC and a Graduation

I’m home again!! I hope you all have had a wonderful week and weekend. I will have to catch up with you all as my Sony laptop (Vaio) gave out on me while I was gone and I find cell phones a pain except for the most cursory of texts. Let’s take a break from technology and…

autumn arrives resplendent on the west coast

I’m home,  and after a period of mourning for lost green landscapes, old castles, cousins, Irish pubs, the highlands and wild moors (not necessarily in that order) I woke up once more to the beauty of my own allotment of the magical garden. The  golden mist of autumn trundles in off the strait of Juan…

The Ghostly Gardens of Hatley Castle

Hatley Park Castle was designed in 1907  by the well known architect  Sam MacLure for James Dunsmuir, son of the famous coal baron of Vancouver Island, Robert Dunsmuir.  The last Dunsmuir  grandchild, Dola, lived there for many years. She died under rather sad circumstances in 1966. I never tire of the place and it’s a…

Water

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge- Water Thank you Cee – a wonderful subject We have plenty of this on and surrounding my beautiful island (Vancouver Island). Water presents in many forms from dew drops to rain drops,  to streams and vast oceans, it’s essence changeable, into ice , mist, steam and liquid.  Water drips, flows, splashes, laps,…

Waiting for the sun – he’s here!!

Welcoming the sun back to the West Coast I always loved the gardens in Italy ( as well as English gardens of course). Some years ago I spent a few days in Pompeii exploring courtyards of ruined ancient villas.  The Romans really perfected leisure time, – or they invented it!! Ancient Roman gardens were full…

Beautiful British Columbia ( forgive a little tourism post!)

I enjoy looking at photos from around the world, dreaming of travel, so I thought I would post a few photos of my beautiful Canadian province on the west coast of Canada. I hope you will enjoy them. British Columbia has everything, from wild cliffs where many ships were wrecked,  pristine beaches, to peaceful lakes…

Tea time at the castle (and a little local history)

“No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy! Maybe a dawn breeze has blown the veil from the face of God.“- Rumi This castle was  built in 1906-07 by the son of Coal Baron Robert Dunsmuir, who made his fortune on Vancouver Island in the late 1800’s. Robert Dunsmuir first built Craigdarroch…

Solitudes – on a foggy evening

and some (loose) thoughts on solitude!! We’ve had some foggy weather this winter and I quite like the solitude and silence of it. I love the spectral look of trees and how people and cars appear and disappear into the  drifting cloud vapours that have lost their way and fallen from the sky to the ground. …