We went and said hi at a special place at the temple.  As the sky opened up and we were drenched in a deluge, we both swore that we could imagine laughter from that well loved man.

Thanks Sunshine for a good, good visit.

And a tourist shot, from Spence’s Bridge after an excellent meal at the Packing House.



Lots of photos taken, a bit of scrambling in the mud, a bit of walking. The ingredients were all there.



Happy Trees


Painted by Sunshine, happily gives joy every time I look over at it.

Did you know that Bob Ross is on Netflix? Inspiring a whole new generation with soothing words and that great smile of his…moving me to a totally un-ironic thank you!! (I watched this guy as a kid, a lot of us did…)



Creativity can be such a source of happiness, wherever it comes from, and this painting of Sunshine’s will head out to a wee house to remind me what is important in the big scheme of things.

Here’s to much creativity, and peace in the upcoming year.

Christmas Train

It was a gorgeous trip to Lytton, clear and bright.

Among other things, I attended the Canadian Pacific Christmas train. This is a yearly event, a train that winds its way along the tracks, stopping at small towns. One of the cars opens like magic and a band appears, plays some seasonal songs and carries on to the next place. It’s a big time fundraiser for local food banks, there are speeches, there are thanks given, and mostly, there is minus fifteen (celsius that is with a wind chill of much colder) boogie-ing. The band was The Odds and it was fun!




This last shot was taken by merely turning around at the performance site. The village of Lytton, with the Fraser River beginning to ice up in the background.

(It’s good to drop Scrooge tendencies sometimes. When one does that, one discovers things. For example, you can dance like mad in layers of wool and big boots. You may not be able to identify your partners thanks to toques and scarves and other face coverings, but that just adds to it. )



Maybe there will be knitting this winter…


The wee trailer has been put to bed, up on jacks and tidied up. Its rained here a few days, and one can feel the shift of the season. Several friends and I, just joking of course, but not really, are making plans for the “December Project” – ways to be in touch and support one another, especially those of us not in the fray of that holiday, (you know the one) that looms. There are many of us who try to avoid partaking of the madness, but its difficult to avoid. This year, some of us have a half baked idea that we will band together to mitigate it, just a bit.

But of course, it is still September. Yesterday was one of those days, bright and clear. A good friend and I went up Seymour Mountain. Half an hour away from the city, with views that go forever. We hatched the “December Project” overlooking the mountains and water.



Frost on the Kayak


Bright cloudless days, cold nights. Cold enough to kill the battery on the camera so no photographic evidence of the layer of frost on the kayak in the morning. This is the best time of year to walk, and to paddle. Tunkwa Lake, in the BC interior. A good angling lake I read, but fine enough to plop the boat in and paddle around with the ducks. I saw eagles, several osprey, and even a muskrat up close.


I changed up the routine of decades to head for grasslands instead of mountains in September. It was an interesting experience on many levels. My friend Linda came out and we walked and talked, which was very good. And interestingly enough, I did not once feel alone, or is the word “unconnected” after she left.  The rest of the time was spent on my own. One thing about the wee trailer however, it is a conversation starter. In the evening, it is rare that someone doesn’t saunter over…

Its that mustard seed* thing again you know. Example: the older French – Canadian guy who wandered over to inspect me hitching up. Turns out, his wife died three years ago. As he dropped “F bombs” every second word, and punctuated his story by poking me in the belly, he was vibrating with grief. “F’ing cancer, F’ing eating my meals alone…F’ing lonely”.  Or the guy at this campsite, he is 9 years a widower, recently remarried. Maybe because he’d had a couple of beers, he went straight to the heart of it – “I can’t stand being by myself”. Then he said, when I told him it was two years, “Oh, you are just at the beginning…” Its not like I introduce myself to total strangers as a widow, not at all. Its just that people want to know why. Why the tiny trailer, why are you doing it this way? And for the most part, when I tell them, it opens a channel of some sort and we end up talking on a whole different level. Its deeply heartfelt, even the guy poking me in the belly, which wasn’t creepy at all, and in fact made me laugh even while I could see how much pain he was in.

And then we go on our way.

The hiking was great, the paddling rather wonderful.

This photo is a bit edited, given it was taken at night with the phone. I instagramed it too, so for some it is a re-run. Manning Park, a late night stroll with the moon so bright that it threw a shadow.


*The Buddha told a grieving mother to search and request a mustard seed from a home that had not seen sorrow. When her search was unsuccessful, she realized the universality of loss and was restored to true sanity.