Lavender and Practical Magic

June 26th, 2015


"Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can."  ~Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

I'm not certain what this flower is?  I photographed it yesterday during my evening hike, but have no idea what it is. Its pretty colour is certainly reminiscent of lavender do you think? Lavender is one of my favourite scents, and I keep sachets of it in all the closets. :) 


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Boxing Gym and the Flying Sue

June 5th, 2015

This is a view of our local Boxing Club and Gym. It is considered one of the best in the city and is open 24/7. It has a very cool vibe and in the upstairs is an authentic old school ring where both Mohammed Ali and Rocky Marciano have sparred.

Boxing Club

I am a huge supporter of women's MMA and kick boxing. And if I could I would want to learn Muay Thai, however with my health issues these days I'm very much into my Yoga as a gentle way to stay fit. 

Flying Sue  


I have also thought about getting a bicycle, and I've visited some of the local bike shops. And while this bike is more suited to a dude and not what I'm looking for I really liked the artwork.

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A Red Red Rose

May 29th, 2015

Red roses


This is a close-up photo of a floral arrangement I put together using red roses. 


A Red, Red Rose

By Robert Burns

"O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.

So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
Though it were ten thousand mile."


I've got red roses, and Robbie Burns on my mind it must be the season finale of Outlander this weekend LOL. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Outlander! 


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Seeking The Mystical

May 15th, 2015

"To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour."

- William Blake


I took this photo with my cell phone camera approx 2 years ago outside of St Jacobs, Ontario after a brief, but intense storm. 

My tree

Taken last Summer. An ancient cedar tree I like to tell my secrets to. When I learned I was very sick with a potentially life threatening illness a couple of years back the first being I told was this tree. When I learn I had weathered that storm I too told this tree.  

My own most powerful mystical experiences have always involved the natural world. I would suggest to those who are seekers to spend time alone with nature either hiking in the wilderness, swimming in the ocean, or even just walking through a neighborhood park. I find that my mind always feels better even with just brief a sojourn in nature. I fill my pockets with rocks, and pine cones, twigs and things so I remember. :)


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