Low tides on Vancouver Island

Remarkable to see the low tides this morning and pools teeming with life. Of course our local Herons are taking full advantage. Three of the lowest tides in Victoria are expected to be seen over the next three months, during a series of three supermoons. The dates are predicted on June 15, July 13 and Aug. 11.

Please practice good nature etiquette while out and about. No need to plunder and scoop all the tiny creatures as I seen many small children doing this morning while parents looked on.  I always consider first how much is any photograph or experience worth? Do not love the outdoors to death and destruction.

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“Steinbeck wrote about the tide pools and how profoundly they illustrate the interconnectedness of all things, folded together in an ever-expanding universe that’s bound by the elastic string of time. He said that one should look from the tide pool to the stars, and then back again in wonder.” 
Robyn Schneider

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My garden is smothered in a lavish aura of deep purple while the lavender sways back and forth with its intoxicating fragrance. I call them my luxurious blooms which have smothered all the boring greenery. Hope and peace have definitely taken root here and bee music surrounds me.

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“She felt happy and wondered if she’d ever felt this happy before. The gold light, the falling seeds, the dancing bees… it was all one thing.”..Terry Pratchett

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There is nothing that makes my heart soar more than watching birds nest in the Spring time. Those moments when you step into the woods and leave everything else behind.Reveling in nature continues to be a miracle.

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A local artist has some fun, adding a touch of whimsy to the beach scene.


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“I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Our everyday lives obscure a truth about existence – that at the heart of everything there lies a stillness and a light.” 
― Lynn Thomas


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It’s no secret I love old things. My place has filled with items I have collected over the years. I always favor the unusual and love to imagine the hidden history behind the objects.

Today I discovered two pictures in the bottom of a box that were full of broken frames in a local vintage store. I could hardly wait to get home and clean them up and savor my discovery. They were both quite lovely in their own way. The one picture I discovered is a print of a painting by Paul Peel, a Canadian painter. He was known for his often sentimental nudes. What a great find, beautifully framed and stamped.

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The other is really intriguing and I’m not sure who the artist is. It caught my attention as I love how the gentleman is studying his cactus growing. The details are very nice and I spent some time studying them with my magnifying glass so as not to miss anything. The wonderful old clock and shadows on the wall, piles of paper strewn about, just a very unusual room altogether.

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Imagine picking up these two pictures for $8.00, it made my day and they look wonderful in my place.

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“I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”.. Anaïs Nin

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A chilly peace

fills my garden.

Bird tracks 

and giggles.

Winter fractured

slowly departing.

I feel Spring

the time has come.

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Despite the forecast, live like its Spring…Lilly Pulitzer

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I have been observing with interest a rock formation that has been developing in my garden for the past week. It would seem that today it is perhaps complete as it now forms a full circle. The stones from my garden seem to be too big for a squirrel to manipulate so perhaps a raccoon?  But then why has it taken him so long to finish and I wonder does this day have some significance. I remind myself that most of the things that happen in this world aren’t signs. They happen because they happen, and their only real significance lies in normal cause and effect.

So here I am at the beginning of my wonderment this New Year’s Eve thinking that the circle symbol meaning is universal – it represents the infinite nature of energy and the symbol of the universe. How fortunate am I that my garden once more revealed its puzzle pieces to provide a bigger picture of my view of nature in my backyard.

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“Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year—the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.”

― Peggy Toney Horton

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My aunt Adelaide sent along this poem today and I thought I would share her words of wisdom… a true love story. She is 89 years old.

I used to think it will be fun

When all my work on earth is done.

I did not realize that I 

Do not want to just live and die.


I like to leave a mark

It would be nice

To leave a spark

A spice of life.


My life held both

The long years through

I made an oath

To my partner true.


Every year we spent together

The lessons learned would last forever.

Now when I look back over all those years

I didn’t keep track of our 

heart break and fears.


Life seasons are chapters

In the book of our years.

Some pages are wrinkled with laughter

Some pages are torn with tears. 

Adelaide Millar


Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” 

Robert A. Heinlein

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