#BeachBum4Life Part Two

July 21st, 2015

A few more pics from Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada. One of my favourite places to visit.








^^ It's a fresh water beach so need to worry about this guy!

I've managed to work in Mars Cosmic Fries, and JAWS at the beach.... definitely my kind of vacation :) 

#BeachBum4Life Part One Sauble Beach, Ontario 



#BeachBum4Life Sauble Beach Ontario

July 14th, 2015

 Sauble beach Ontario sign

 Sauble Beach

sea gull

 Sauble Beach Sunset

 Sauble Sunset

Beach sign  


Gartenzwerge and the Disappearance of Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

July 7th, 2015

Garden dwarfs or gnomes originated in 19th-century Germany, where they became known as Gartenzwerge. My neighbour is quite fond of them. 

GNOME, n. In North-European mythology, a dwarfish imp inhabiting the interior parts of the earth and having special custody of mineral treasures. Bjorsen, who died in 1765, says gnomes were common enough in the southern parts of Sweden in his boyhood, and he frequently saw them scampering on the hills in the evening twilight. Ludwig Binkerhoof saw three as recently as 1792, in the Black Forest, and Sneddeker avers that in 1803 they drove a party of miners out of a Silesian mine. Basing our computations upon data supplied by these statements, we find that the gnomes were probably extinct as early as 1764.

~ Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

 Ambrose Gwinett Bierce who I quote above was an interesting character himself. He was a was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist at the turn of the last century. He wrote the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and compiled a satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary.

His last known communication with the world was a letter he wrote to a close friend, dated December 26, 1913. After closing this letter by saying, "As to me, I leave here tomorrow for an unknown destination," he vanished without a trace, his disappearance becoming one of the most famous in American literary history, never resolved beside much speculation and spawning legends, folklore, and inspiring horror fiction.


You can read more about this facinating case here.


And then there is my gnome zombie..... 


Not So Wordless Wednesday Tuesday

Signs Signs

National Aboriginal Day & Colouring Books

June 30th, 2015

The Sunday before last I did a little time travelling (re-enacting) to the early 19th century with Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation I was volunteering at Fort York, Toronto for the 2015 NA-ME-RES 14th annual traditional pow-wow and celebrating the Summer Solstice here in the northern hemisphere. 



The opening ceremonies




We had a beautiful time dancing, and singing, feasting. It was such a joy to be time travelling and celebrating with my brothers and sisters of Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. I came home sun burnt, and tired, and very happy.



 It was supposed to thunderstorm, but we had a beautiful, hot, and sunny day 



The opening ceremonies were so moving and I was very fortunate to sit very close to the drums (the above is not my photo its from the media) Really beautiful experience. I was very moved and at parts yes tears flowed.  At the end we volunteers were given gifts, mine was a pair of hand-made deer-skin moccasin boots for my grandson Jack who is coming in August and we danced and chanted and I held up the boots to the Great Spirit as I danced in thanks.  




I danced every inter-tribe dance (why I have so few photos) with apparently a 60's vibe going on ... so I was told.... hehehe



It was such an honour to be part of this special day....but you may be wondering why I mention colouring books. Well I had the opportunity to speak with Raven Crow for a bit before the general public arrived for the Pow Wow. Both of us have rediscovered the joy and therapeutic value of colouring and colouring books during recovery from very serious illnesses. In Raven's case it was after a series of strokes she had that she first began to draw, and she has developed a series of colouring books entitled The Gifts That Come From My ?Strokes? She is a courageous and inspiring person and I was so happy to have met her and discovered her art. Please have a look at her wesite here.  I purchased the third in her series and each drawing has its own story waiting for each of us to add to.....I think that is what I really love about them, that they have the power to heal through creative expression. 


 Here is my colouring book. Its been a busy past couple of weeks, but over the coming weekend I'm going to unwind and get into some serious colouring. I will post my own interprtetation of Raven's drawings shortly.  You can see my mini Canadian flag in the background. All set for Canada day festivities next. 

To my Canadian readers if you land on this page Wednesday....Happy Canada Day! Have a great one!  


Not So Wordless Wednesday Tuesday

Signs Signs

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. :) 


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.

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 learned that I had weathered that storm, I too told this to my tree friend.  

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. :)