Friday, August 15, 2014


August in Victoria is a most beautiful month. The sun shines day after day and everyone is rushing around trying to pack as much summer as possible into the long days.  We've been taking little trips around the area, visiting tourist attractions like Whippletree Junction south of Duncan...  

spending time in my sister's garden with the lilies that coordinate with her bird house ...

Eating al fresco and taking Geordie for swims in the lakes and rivers...


... and enjoying wonderful produce from organic gardens with friends in the back yard.


This is a salad full of edible flowers that a friend brought over to our place for a dinner on the deck. Isn't that beautiful? It tasted beautiful too.

The back garden is almost finished.  Harry built a fence and a gate and we finally got the Italian spout for the water feature.

Here's the water feature in the evening with lights on. Doesn't is look great? We are thrilled with how everything turned out. 

Just in the last couple of days the weather has changed. On Wednesday we had a big rainstorm and it's been kind of cloudy since then. August usually brings us a weather change about this time. But often it's followed by another stretch of sunny weather.  I hope your August has been lovely too!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blogging burnout

I've noticed in recent months that many of the blogs I've been following for a few years now have stopped posting.  I think it's a symptom of blogging burnout. After a while the enthusiasm that we had for posting about our activities and lives starts to fade.

I'm feeling this as well.  I don't want to stop the blog altogether. It's something that I love to do when I travel, but my day to day existence isn't all that exciting. Writing and posting blogs shouldn't feel like a chore so I'm going to be posting only occasionally when the spirit moves me.  It may be weeks between posts, or maybe even months.

Recently I've realized that I havetoo many photographs on my iMac's hard drive. I've spent some time deleting some (over 1500) but I still have more than 20 thousand images.  Way too many. It's slowing my computer down.

I'm going to be more selective in taking photos and in deciding what to write about. But from time to time I'm sure I'll be inspired to put something up here so don't go away completely.

I'll leave you with this photograph of children decorating the road at the Moss Street Paint-In a couple of weeks ago.  I want my creativity and posting to be as spontaneous and joyful as chalk drawing is for these kids.