A very merry Christmas

   —as best we can!! It’s been a challenging and for some a tragic year. It was a hard year for my family and yet Jupiter is about to align with Saturn in a great conjunction of light. I hope this will be a good omen for the New year!! I hope I will be…

Tales for Yuletide

it was my dream ever since I posted previously about Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Match Girl, to try to bring that poignant and classic tale to life in a video story form…….

I hear there was a secret chord

“that David played and it pleased the Lord” Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah beautifully sung by an eight year old girl Greetings ! The end of the year is fast approaching. All life is clouded by desire and thus the soul is blinded. That is so true and it has been a very challenging year for me,…

An Hallelujah and Blessings of the season

I must admit this is one of my favourite times of the year, with it’s lights and music, gift giving and good will, bringing hope and renewal to us all from pagan times to Christianity. I have fallen behind in blogging with all the work that has needed doing in the new place but also other…

Mononchrome Madness 2-38

I am still taking time off to work on a few other things. The weather has been brutal so not many photographs lately. Hopefully I will be back in good form in the New Year! In the meantime I wouldn’t miss Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness – the last of the year!  I wish all my blogging…

Mononchrome Madness 2-37 and Christmas upon us

I have been taking another blogging break to work on other projects and will catch up with all over the next while. One of the gift stores in town carries my greeting cards and asked for a large order. As these are all hand bordered etc it is a bit time consuming- and then there…

monochrome madness 2-36- elves

For Leanne Cole’s wonderful Monochrome Madness  I must pay homage to the head elf, the embodiment of old man winter, of giving, and good will in both mono and colour. It’s been a difficult year, not just for me personally but for the whole world. Yet, I am still one who sees this as a…

Merry Christmas and Monochrome Madness #43

May the peace and joy of the season be yours -my last gasp before “Yes, it’s finally Christmas!!!  A touch of colour for Leanne and Laura’s Monochrome Madness. 2014 – My retrospect It’s been an eventful year, full of joys and sorrow, and it’s been hard gathering my thoughts lately. Yet I have been thinking a…

The moon of wintertime

For those interested in music and a little history I must tell you about a wonderful Canadian Christmas carol!  I’m posting it in honour of my brother’s beautiful children who have First Nations status from their mother. This haunting hymn is the first North American Christmas carol also called The Huron Carol. It was written by  a young…

I’ll be home for Christmas

Sometimes it’s like yesterday, so close, you need only shut your eyes for an instant, whisper Christmas, and you are back.  This is a nostalgic time. Our little house on the hill near the University exists only in my heart now, having been put to rest by urban development.  There is Mom at the window waving…

Flores de noche buena

The  beautiful Christmas Pachelbel What is Christmas without the wonderful Poinsettia?  It was known to the Aztecs of Mexico as ‘cuetlaxochitl.’  They used the red leaves to dye clothing and made a healing potion of the milky sap. Anyone wearing red was considered sacred and pure.   The “cuetlaxochitl” was also a symbol for lactating mothers. Later,…

My Beautiful Christmas Angel

Robin has been laid to rest.  It was a life that ended much too soon – but was a splendid journey, with scuba diving in Cozumel ( I dove with her in Victoria), sky diving, a safari in Africa, getting her teaching degree and much more. -And she still had time to make me a lovely little…