Thursday, April 20, 2023

Skywatch Friday ~ April 21, 2023

Hello friends and fellow bloggers,

Welcome to beautiful Vancouver, BC!

It continues to rain and be quite cool here but every now and then we have a break in the sky and the weather. I haven't been out for a specific time of capturing cherry blossoms due to the inclement weather and being otherwise busy. But I've been fortunate to get some decent photos on some of my errand days. I hope you enjoy them.

 








I'm also adding a few photos from a rainy day.




I've also been enjoying some reading. Some of the recent books of note include the following:

A fictional account, based on facts, of a governess to the late Queen and her sister Margaret.


The Valley of the Birdtail is a non-fictional account of a small Indian reservation and an adjacent town in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. It's an extremely interesting and well done account of the situation of Indigenous people in Canada, some of the historical problems and injustices, race relations with the 'white' population and some of the current reconciliation issues and potential ways of relating to one another.  The book was co-authored by an Indigenous law professor and a non-Indigenous lawyer who was a former student of the professor.



Cottage by the Sea is an easy read by Christian author, Debbie Macomber who is a number 1 New York Times best-selling author. In this story, the protagonist, Annie Marlowe, goes to spend time at a cottage rented by her family for summer holiday when she was a teen. She goes there to get away from family tragedy and to seek healing.  She finds healing and more.

I'm currently reading the two books in the photo below, starting with The Summer I Met Jack. It's a great read so far. It's a fictional account of how a beautiful Polish refugee (Alicia Darr) met, dated, got engaged (and unengaged) to John F. Kennedy in the 1950s while he was a Senator. It's based on fact but obviously the author wasn't privy to all the intimate details of the relationship so it is fictionalized. Similar to the book above, In Royal Service to the Queen.


Last, but not least, I completed a wonderful book called, The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny, Canadian murder mystery writer extraordinaire. In this story, a stranger is murdered and found in the Three Pines bistro and antique shop. Olivier, owner of the bistro is immediately a suspect but the novel unfolds in a very intelligent way before the final conclusion is revealed. Chief Inspector Gamache begins the search for the murderer.  His investigation ultimately leads him across the continent from the Province of Quebec to the Province of British Columbia. There in the former Queen Charlotte Islands (now known as Haida Gwaii) we finally learn what the brutal telling is and it's connection to the world renowned painter, Emily Carr. Believe it or not, this is the first book I've read by Louise Penny. I tried last year to read one of her books and I wasn't able to dig into it before it needed to be returned to the library. I purchased a thrifted copy of The Brutal Telling and will gift it away to someone locally as I now do with most of the novels I buy.

I'm joining in with Skywatch Friday today. Have a wonderful weekend.

14 comments:

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I love flowering spring trees - amazing photoa

Jim said...

This is good.

Tom said...

...I have heard that Vancouver is a beautiful city and your photos are a wonderful testament to that. Enjoy your spring.

Penelope Notes said...

What a bountiful tree! And we so need the rain as well as our books to bloom. :)

magiceye said...

Gorgeous captures!

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous sky shot with lovely flowers ~

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Jeanie said...

Those blossoms against the sky are fantastic! And you've read some good books. I loved the Penny, and I'd like to read the one about the Queen and the governess.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Those blooms look so pretty against the blue sky!

Jocelyn said...

Beautiful trees.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love your white blooms against the blue sky!

Rhodesia said...

Wonderful spring photos and a good collection of books. I am getting behind in my reading, the garden is needing lots of work!! Cheers Diane

Sharon Wagner said...

Beautiful books and blooms!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Such beautiful photos of the trees in bloom. I love seeing them, since we really don't get to see much of those here in this part of the country. And even your rainy day photos were really special. The books sound good. I am trying to get back to reading again. One thing at a time. have a wonderful week my friend!

diane b said...

Beautiful cherry blossoms. you sure are an avid reader. I like reading too but It would take me ages to get through that many books because I only read at night in bed.

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