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"Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and at once you learn how big and precious it is."
Maxim Gorky

Friday, April 18, 2014

Right on schedule...

It's 9 a.m and Agnes is right on time for the #5 bus to Beaconhill...
 She's been up since 6 prepping for her Easter visit to friends and family...
 ...In her little bag she's got treats for the kiddies...
 ...And on such a glorious spring day she can't help but smile!
 Sensible shoes and her dogwood flower pin and she's ready to go...
 ...now if that darn bus would only get here on time!
 (Agnes is up and ready to go in my Etsy shop)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It Shirley is!!

If you take the road West past Sooke you will pass places like
Gordons Beach, Muir Creek and French Beach.
But wait...just before French Beach you'll pass through the 
dot on your map known as Shirley.
Sure, you might think its famous for the Sherringham Point Lighthouse
which I've written about  here ..
...or maybe it's the quaint little community hall that flashes by
as you drive through...
...But let me fill you in on a locals secret.
Next time you're heading out, or back from points west like China Beach, Sombrio or Port Renfrew,
take a break at this little gem of a cafe...
 As soon as you walk up through the sweet gardens and through that inviting red door...
 ...you get that warm, welcoming feeling..and it's not just the choice of paint colour...
 ...or the little rainbows from the crystals in the window...
 Of course it helps, but how about those super friendly faces!!
 But wait! 
That's not all!
The sights and smells will 'Shirley' make you swoon...
 ...and it's all made from scratch, right here...scrumptious muffins...
 ...melt in your mouth savoury scones...
 YUM!!
 Most excellent coffee too!
 Today I was here for the muffins and coffee but the menu has so
many other DELICIOUS options.
( I can attest to this since I've been here several times for lunch!)
Soups from scratch, massive paninis, sandwiches to die for!
Come the warmer weather the patio awaits...
 ...bright coloured chairs ready for the lounging...
So next time you head West...slow down at this jewel of a spot, come on in
and say hi to Phil and Sheena and the rest of the awesome staff...
 You'll SHIRLEY not regret it!!




One word Wednesday...blue


Friday, April 11, 2014

Song for Friday...the things I chose

 
Montreal singer songwriter Rob Lutes is
number 1 on my radar these days.
He is akin to some of my favorites including Marc Cohn,
Tony Furtado, Ray LaMontagne and Glen Hansard.
Genuine music, I call it.
Honest guitar playing.
Truthful lyrics.
This song in particular has been tugging at my heart strings lately.
"The things we didn't choose".
Clips of old home movies reminding us of how
life evolves around us especially when it comes to
the matters of heart and home.
So today I choose Rob Lutes for you and a beautiful song,
from his latest cd The Bravest Birds.
Have a great weekend all!




 


Monday, April 7, 2014

Mouse nests, moths and basketballs for pillows...

Is that the weirdest post title?
Caught your interest I bet!
It's the season, now that the days are getting warmer, moths are all a flutter at the window at night.
They flick against the glass and venture through the cracks in open windows.
Yesterday morning I found one in the bathroom, snuggling up to the night light...
...wearing the most lovely velvet cape. 
Rich browns and taupes...all the rage this spring I'm sure!
As I was cleaning up around the pond the other day, in amongst the dead, dry grass,
I found an old mouse nest...
 First I made sure that there was no babies or evidence of it being used recently...
 ...a perfect little ball of grass, woven expertly by tiny pink paws...
 I've found these before, some having bits of string and tissue.
This one was pure grass though...
 Definitely not something you want in your house, but out there in the open, I can imagine furless
little pink skinned babies, curled up in the coziness of this house...
 It weighed next to nothing...
 I set it by the door, nestled in a concrete leaf form that didn't seem to
have a purpose for much except looking pretty.
 Now a vessel for this little marvel.
Speaking of being cozy...I just had to share this picture of Rueben.
He was trying to find a nice slice of sunlight one morning...you know, that perfect spot to have a 12 hour nap? As the sun was moving through the living room he manged to snag this spot...
...beside Griffins 'toy box', amongst ripped stuffies and numerous partial toys,
 head perfectly resting on a basketball pillow.
He slept here for quite a while until the sun shifted and then moved with the sun 
to another spot previously occupied by Griff...as evidenced by the bone...
Oh the life of a cat...
Or a dog for that matter!