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It's been six months since my last post. Last Autumn, people lined up their Jack-o-lanterns in the forest to be reclaimed. The sky grew dark and the mountains seemed to close in. Weeks of rain and power outages were December and January. Oh, and the fog.
By February 2015, the first blooms opened. Spring beckoned us forward and we looked to the sky's golden hope and warmth. My companions are two senior cats.
Spring's glittering sheen and bold colors make The Island look feastive. As you can see, I am still learning the camera. Since the area is rich in photo opportunities, I'll enjoy the practice.
This year's garden consists of 21 assorted pots obtained from neighbor donations and thrift stores. They contain both flowers and vegetables. I read in some "comments" somewhere that a woman got great results when she threw a banana peel into the hole prior to planting. I did the same in one of my two tomato plants.
Near Port Renfrew.
Be wise in the forest, and Thanks for visiting.
|Posted by Val Fox on October 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM||comments (1)|
The whole experience of moving away from friends and loved ones is a shock. It's all happening so fast, I hardly have time to process it. I already miss Alberta's vast sky and it's wonderous sunsets.
A series of events has resulted in my availability to take a risk, a leap into the unknown toward uncertainty. I have never moved so far away from family and friends.
Yet here is this prairie-boomer-grandma preparing to ride the ferry from British Columbia's lower mainland to Vancouver Island. This time I won't be there to play tourist. I'm taking whatever I can fit in a minivan and I'm moving there, with family support. I can see them in my mind's eye, leaping high and shaking celebratory pom poms.
Do what makes you happy.
You'll thrive out there.
Your time to shine!
I'm thankful for those people who are giving me a push. Some of you don't even know how you are helping me do this. I might have remained in comfortable familiarity all my life. Instead, I will live in a winter rainforest, keeping warm by a fire. The girls will soon curl up nearby and I will be thankful for their company.
Please join me weekly as I discover my new home on Canada's Vancouver Island. A new journey has begun.
|Posted by Val Fox on September 12, 2014 at 1:50 AM||comments (0)|
Navigating through major life changes can be frightening, especially when an unknown future beckons and we grieve for lost dreams. I have begun such a journey.
Author Jeanette Winterson writes that when going through change, it's easy to interpret our fear and sorrow as something totally painful and negative. The lack of sleep. trembling hands and basketball slamming in our gut plead for the familiar, demanding our return to the same game of chance.
Winterson implies that the jumping off point and its subsequent turmoil could be a blessing in disguise, even if it doesn't feel like it yet. Many other wise souls make similar claims.
Some days we're paralyzed with sadness; others days our youthful energy and curiousity will illuminate the room.
For those experiencing major change, the new trail will become familiar soon enough. Chaos will not last forever. Lessons learned and a fresh perspective will help lead us forward to clarity, peaceful heart, even joy.
Believe it. Claim it.
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