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Under a Cloudy Sky

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After some glorious sunny days, it started to rain again as is the norm in our Winter on the West Coast of Canada.  It rained quite heavily on Monday.  These photos were snapped earlier this week during a break from the rain. It was nice to see the bird's nest among the bare tree branches and the bird flying against a patch of blue sky. Joining in with Skywatch Friday and Saturday's Critters this week. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Eye Canada and Food for the Soul

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Hello friends, I hope you have all enjoyed your Valentine's Day and are ready to greet the week with joy. I wanted to share some beautiful photos.  I call it eye candy because of the beautiful water and beach scenes. When I see sailboats on the water it gives me a sense of calm.  I think they look so beautiful with their sails unfurled and the boat calmly bobbing along. When I stroll along the beach I am always happy. I love to see the beautiful scenery and look at all the smiling people. It was a glorious sunny day. It was a warm 18 degrees Celsius though you'd think it was colder the way some people are dressed. The temperature can drop 10 degrees once the sun goes down. Food for the Soul A friend shared the video I've posted. I enjoyed the music, photos and words so much and thought it might be enjoyable to you too! I' I'm still reading the books I shared with you in earlier posts this month.  I'm working on anoth

Saturday's Critters, February 13, 2016

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There are usually a lot of seagulls on the beach. On this day I only spotted one in the water and one or two flying overhead. (Click the photos for a larger view). I wanted to capture this piece of driftwood. While I was doing that I spotted the gull drifting along on the waves. Too bad I didn't have the good zoom lens with me. Happy Valentine's Day to you ♥♥♥ Joining in with our host Eileen at Saturday's Critters

Skywarch Under the Big Tree

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I walk by this tree every now and then whenever I go to the Sky Train Station.  The Station is also a major bus transfer point. The Greyhound Bus Station and the Amtrak Train to Seattle are just steps away from this tree. I love the graceful branches and arch of this old tree. It was such a beautiful day which only added to my enjoyment of the tree and the luscious green grass (though too bad about the litter). I'm joining with Skywatch Friday today.   Have a blessed weekend.

Good Fences #1

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Back fence at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Fence at the Waterfront Joining this  'new to me" meme here.

Sad Goodbyes

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Florence 1943-2016 We little knew that morning God was to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, You did not go alone. For part of us went with you The day God called you home. You left us beautiful memories, Your love is still our guide, And though we cannot see you, You are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, But as God calls us one by one, The chain will link again ~~~~ Today my aunt was laid to rest. She was a very stoic woman who had a lot of strength. She was in great pain on a constant b a sis but would never complain or let on that she was not well. She lived her life her way and that is what is important. Her husband passed many years ago after being ill for a very long time. She leaves behind 2 sons and 2 daughters and se

Kunghei Fatchoy

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'Happiness and prosperity!'   Kunghei fatchoy /gong-hey faa-chwhy (Cantonese) Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year. I did my celebrating today as I was invited to join a group of seniors to celebrate Chinese New Year 2016. I had a very nice time and wanted to share the photos. First I was greeted at the door with a name tag and someone offered to check my coat.  One inside, I was given a choice of two gifts. I chose a small calendar because I liked the red packaging. Some of the Decorations   I have always loved red paper lanterns. Actually I like all paper lanterns but red stands out. Our smiling servers Food Upper right and clockwise: fried rice, rice noodles, spareribs, sweet & sour spareribs, tofu and veggie

My World Today

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Another week is here. Today was a provincial holiday called "Family Day". The day is intended to enable families to spend time together and bond. The holiday was first enacted in Alberta and slowly over time other provinces have followed suit. I think it is only a matter of time before the holiday becomes a national one. It has already grown from a provincial holiday for one province to a provincial holiday for 6 provinces. It was a beautiful day today but I stayed in and made some nice soup and bannock bread. I didn't think to get photos but the food was good. Today I did a bit of Spring cleaning though it isn't Spring yet. I've got so many small and large chores that need doing so am getting a bit of a head start. I washed one of the furniture covers for the outside patio and tidied a few things outside that were an eyesore for long. I also emptied and trashed a lot of dried goods that seem to have provided sustenance for bugs and washed out two of my (low

Wildlife in the Rockies

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These photos are taken from a trip through the Rocky Mountain range between the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. The purple line on the map below gives you some idea of the route taken. I have been through the Rocky Mountains several times but this was the first time through the mountains using the town of Rocky Mountain House as the way to get there. (I usually go through Jasper and Banff). If memory serves me correctly we were travelling in the month was May.  We ran into snow in a few parts of the mountains. We also saw a bit of wildlife.  Joining in with Eileen at Saturday's Critters . If you missed my Skywatch post you can see it by clicking here . Thank you for visiting and have a lovely weekend. xx

Beauty in Twinkle at Twilight

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I am blessed.   This week, I was admiring all the twinkling lights and freshly fallen snow on the mountains.  So I stopped to take a few photos.    As I did, many stopped to admire the beauty too and acknowledged me by smiling and saying some wonderful words about the beauty before us.  I was glad to pause and commune with others in gratitude for the beauty that is here. For when we live in a place of such beauty we should never neglect to give gratitude.  When we see moments of beauty we should always pause even ever so briefly and drink it in. Today I say "Happy Birthday" to my beautiful (late) sister who was born on this day. We miss her still and have the hope that one day we will reunite. Today I also bid adieu to an auntie who I will not see again on this earth. Rest well in God's arms until we meet again. Today I give thanks that the Pokot man and my friend Jonah have both had surgery and come out of it. Now I pray fo

Can you Help? & Update on Baby Fidelis

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Hello friends, The man in the photo is from Pokot country in Kenya and his name is John. He is the one that had 3 snake bites just before my friend Jonah got bit. Both of them are suffering from complications after initially healing well. I hesitated to put this man's photo up because this tribe of people doesn't like to have their photos taken. (I remember it wasn't so many decades ago when my people also did not want their images captured on film.  These days we take a lot of photos).  Anyway I know that it is difficult for people to feel connected to someone to help them if they don't know what they look like so I decided to post and hope for the best. My friend Jonah has been on medication over the past week or so to try and reduce his lung size. He is likely going to have surgery on February 4th as the medication is not working to reduce his lungs. Doctors from Germany are at the Eldoret hospital.  There will be 4 doctors performing and assisting in the pro