Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Grand Adventure

My daughter has been talking about doing this hike the past week or so.
So even though I knew it would be a long one, I asked if I could join her. 
And off we went for a grand adventure. 

First of all I should tell you this trip follows a bit of a beaten path in places,
 and a well marked trail for a few kilometers, 
but the toughest sections you are really on your own for. 
We started by spending about 3 hours climbing straight up from the highway you can see far below.
And with my fear of heights this had some challenging and difficult moments for me. 

When we reached the top the view was spectacular 
in all directions.

And we rested for a bit.
This image looks very still - but in real life the wind was howling all around us. 

There were numerous alpine flowers

the colours in the lake were spectacular

and beautiful patterns filled our camera frame.

The mountains go in all directions for mile after mile,

and are home to many Dall Sheep.

Some of which got a little too close. 

We followed the little beaten trail 
along the mountain top

many feet up above the valley floor. 

for mile after mile, until we eventually made it down again. 

Time - 8 hours 
Distance - 16 kms/10 miles
Elevation Gain -  1312metres/4300 ft
Aching Muscles - Many
Adventure - A Grand One!

Thursday, June 26, 2014


I called it  findings
in the hope that I could 
find some time
 to find the creativity
that lately seems to 
be slipping through my fingers.

I worked so hard to find it
and now I have to work hard to keep it. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Coming Into Rhythm

There has been a big change in the rhythm of my life.
Work has shifted into the busyness that summer brings with staff and visitors
Home's rhythm has changed to include the busyness of the daughters returned from their winter at school
Forest fire season has begun, which changes the rhythm of the times I spend with the fire fighting hubby.

 I hope that I am beginning to find the rhythm of the season
in order that I find some time to create.
For create I must, or else I am not the whole that I am meant to be.
The whole that keeps me happy. 

I found some time to paint this week.
And I will continue to work towards 
coming into a comfortable rhythm.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Finding My Creativity

It has been so long since I have had a chunk of time to be creative.
But it finally happened - This week I had some time - but I couldn't figure out what to do.
I tried and tried  to be creative but it just wouldn't come.
I guess I am out of practice.  

I finally made these cards, using some dyed tea bags, and my hand carved stamps. 
and although they are okay
they have not satisfied my need to create. 
I will continue to work to find something more creative to sink my whole self into
or at least that is what I hope. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Rustic Wear

I have never been one for jewelry that sparkles and shines, 
but the idea of these rustic necklaces quite excited me.

And so I made a bunch

And now I just have to decide which one I want to keep for myself. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An Unexpected Quiet

I have been working about 70 hours per week for the past month, 
and have missed having time and energy to create. 

Today I didn't work, and I have been busy creating. 

Paint, pastels, and ink meet up on these tea bags,
creating a piece that I am donating for a 
fund raiser for our local ski club. 

The frame the ski club provided me is a deep frame,
so I decided I needed to add some natural elements that have some depth.
So a couple of rocks and a beach stick were added.

And it is now headed to the fundraiser that is taking place in a couple of days. 

I called it 'An Unexpected Quiet'
Perhaps that is because that is what it gave me as I worked on it
or perhaps because that is what the place that the image depicts gives to me. 

Either way I have enjoyed An Unexpected Quiet today.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Stone Pins

I have taken some small stones
added some of my birds 
and put a pin on the back

They can be worn alone

with a friend

or in a group.