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…

Spring but not quite!

I had some fun with topaz impressions- just a touch! 😀  We have had such wicked wind storms and then usually by late evening the sun teases us as it goes down. I hope the slight painterly effect strengthened the strong sensation of the wind! And after the Storm an impression of intense joy “When…

Monochrome Madness 2-18 – and a heat wave

Mark it on the calendar everyone, I have stepped out of my comfort zone of mossy forests and misty old bogs.  I actually was downtown at dawn (to catch a coach to the mainland) and snapped some architectural delights including all two of Victoria’s sky scrapers! (wink).   It’s true we don’t have many but…

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…

Inspiration and a festival coming

I can’t begin to tell you that my energy level and enthusiasm are taking flight with the good weather. Goodbye SAD syndrome for now!! I’m even out in the garden!! Another walk through the grounds at Craigflower Manor which is now the home of the Victoria Highland Games Association. Celtic music, Irish and Scottish, Highland…

The magic Forest

Greetings dear blogging friends I’ve had to slow down a bit on blogging lately- life is coming at me from all angles but it’s all good and I’m still  here and I am out walking!  I will catch up with you all. I’ve noticed in the year and a bit I’ve been here, how people…

Tales of the coastal Salish

How Raven Stole the Sun  In the beginning the world was in darkness but Seagull had found daylight and jealously hoarded it away in a cedar box for himself alone. Raven ( the trickster) thought of a way to steal it so the rest of the people would not have to live in such dim dreariness. Raven put…

Monochrome Madness 38!! and more

Oh autumn, soon ending!!  For us on the west coast, it’s mainly cloudy and wet but every so often we are surprised with  a day that can surpass expectation for this time of the season. Please visit Leanne and Laura’s Monochrome Madness for all wonderful offerings, All changes, even the most longed for, have their…

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…

Walking in View Royal

I had a little fun here with the Nik Analog filter that gives photos a vintage look or  an old plate photograph touch. I live near the water and I’m close to many regional park lands.  The mountains in the distance are The Olympic Range on the American side, across the Juan de Fuca Strait. The…

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…

Craigflower Farm

 A short story the farm and manor  a little history of  one of  the heritage sites in Victoria, BC, in story form She watched and waited, hoping to see the children walking home from the old school house just over the bridge. It was only a short distance away.  She thought wistfully of the summer…