Generations

GenerationsMy nephew bowed his head forward as he watched intently while my mother showed him how to sew a button on his shirt.  Their hands young and old, gently touched as they worked together.   It was a moment filled with beauty and hope and peace, when all the differences between these two generations were temporarily erased.

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Italian Windows

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“A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books” Walt Whitman When I was in Italy, I found myself often looking up, trying to catch glimpses of the interiors of the gorgeous old buildings, wondering about … Continue reading

Boundless – My Word for 2014

This year, I have chosen Boundless as my wordThis word holds a promise of infinite possibilities and limitless potential.  It is the word that I want to serve as guide and inspiration for how I want to live, love and walk in this world this year and beyond.

boundlessIt feels like a big word and it both thrills me and scares me with the possibilities.  I am done with living my life within the boundaries and expectations that have been imposed on me and more importantly that I have imposed on myself.  This year, I challenge myself to  live life differently. Boundless.

What will you pick as your theme word for this year?

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Inside a small nest

Over the summer, we visited MOO’s cousins J & J for a family BBQ.   J & J have a lovely ten-acre property in the Niagara Peninsula. Actually, we really went to see J’s new family members, Rusty and Scooter, two donkeys that J bought after they were retired from a local horse racer.

DonkeysWhile we were visiting with the donkeys in the stable, J pointed out the bird’s nest in the rafter’s of the small stable, just above the window opening.  I stood on a stool to see if I could catch a glimpse inside the nest.  I couldn’t get high enough to make out what was inside but all of a sudden the tiniest head popped up, mouth open expecting its mama to come with food.  There were three birds in the nest and each time I made a clucking sound, their little heads popped up expectantly, their beaks wide open.

baby birds baby birdIt was an incredible sight and I couldn’t believe that I was able to witness such fragile life so closely.

I wanted to stay and watch these little babies but I kept expecting mama bird and papa bird to swoop in à la Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and do a number on my head so I stepped off my stool and quietly left the stable to rejoin the cousins and Rusty and Scooter in the fields.

Anyone have any idea what kind of birds these are?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

NewfoundlandCape Spear LighthouseDuring a recent trip to Newfoundland, we visited Cape Spear – a hauntingly beautiful spot on the most easterly point of North America. Eastern tip of Canada

As I stood high up on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, I was in awe of the power and beauty. It was a cold summer afternoon, the sun hidden by large grey clouds. The brisk ocean breeze carried just a hint of wetness. And as I stood at the base of the lonely lighthouse, lulled by the rhythmic sound of the waves moving across the rocks and the seagulls in the distance calling out to each other, I experienced a sense of peace and stillness. It was only when I walked along the cliff edge footpaths, closer to the ocean and watched the thunderous waves crash against the rocks that I felt the power and danger of the sea. It was both mesmerizing and terrifying.

When we finally made our way back to the car, I saw the signs warning of the danger that I had felt standing near the raging sea. Warning Dangerous coastline

 

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Street Party

So what happens when a major urban street is closed for road construction and repair? The neighbours come out to play!  This past Sunday, our good friends R & K invited us to the Queen’s Banquet, a street picnic on Queen (a street typically occupied by cars careening down the hill).  According to the architects in the crowd, this was a perfect example of tactical urbanism, (projects that aim to make a part of the city more enjoyable or more lively for the residents).

Thanks R & K and the Queen St. gang for a lovely evening.

Fleeting moments

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The large Black Walnut that stands tall in the back garden is home to a mama raccoon and her three cubs.  I caught this peaceful moment between the mama and one of her cubs just before dusk. 

Visit WP Weekly Photo Challenge for more photos capturing fleeting moments and Ailsa at Where’s my backpack for more peaceful moments.

Weekly Photo Challenge – The Sign Says

Local artists in the city have created a number of humorous road signs as part of an outdoor art project.  I love these two!

Duck This first sign, “Duck” is by a friend, Hitoko Okada, a fashion artist.  In this piece, she uses Kaomoji, the Japanese smileys and emoticons.  Hitoko describes that by pairing “duck” on a caution sign, it is a “humorous traffic warning for overhead hazards like falling glass from poorly constructed condos” and other poorly constructed projects.  “In general  a warning for oncoming hazards on life’s unpredictable path when the city and corporation keep passing up the response-ability.”  For more on Hitoko’s art, visit her website, Hitokoo.com.

The Road Sign ProjectThe second sign is by Matthieu Leger and is a commentary on the 21st century  “obsession with disseminating one’s location and circumstances.”

For more on this project, visit The Road Sign Project.

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