I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetouseness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large garden.
- Abraham Cowley, "The Garden" (1666)

Monday, 24 November 2014

 Read the post before this one first, somehow they are mixed up!
Hornby Island and on to Sointula......
There was this amazing market amidst tall tall trees that had a lot of very inspired arts and crafts and victuals! Love these sedums.... givvin' me ideas.
Hubby appreciated this talented lass and her accordion.
Back to Vancouver Island and on northward to Port McNeil and across another ferry to Malcolm Island to Sointula.  Some Finnish folk came to the island in the 1800's to start their own type of Utopian Society and left behind many ancestors that are still there, and a few more who love the quiet simple life there.
We stayed in Sointula Hostel and loooooved it!
Organic garden where we could pick fresh food for dinner!
This simple diagram is stapled into my mind now. It seems to have unleashed creative confidence in me. Make art - even "bad" art is good good good.
and for some reason....
simple things like this seemed to really tickle me.
A lot of the old-growth trees were logged and the second-growth trees are now quite big themselves - but look at this massive old fellow secreted away in a quietly-marked path. Absolutely majestic he is. (so is me husband gesturing to the side.)
eye candy everywhere...
brightly coloured houses....
and whimsical bicycles here and there....
all these inspirations have caused me to begin to paint my socks off.
I am having so much fun. Thanks Sointula. xxoo

Long - time - no -blog......
First of all - We are settled in our new home. We are renting until we find a wee hoose to buy. The space here is limited. I have sorted, turfed, donated and re-organized to make things flow here. This did not stop me from falling in love with this FREE - gold velvet chair that was unwanted and sad at the end of driveway at a garage sale. The newly shorn Henry is posing sporting his Lion Cut. He feels he looks sleek and sultry reclining on gold chair.
This summer we took a week and went up-island, to take a ferry or two to reach Hornby Island.
This is a magical spot that is known for amazing beaches and is a hippie-hideaway.
Our campsite was right next to the funky little shopping area full of cool art, clothing, books, yummy food and restaurants.
The beach is white sand and surrounded by very unusual rock formations.
This little house was full of Waldorf - toys and beeswax candles. Situated on a magical fairy-like piece of land with tall trees and a hushed atmoshphere.
Many housse such as this one that some creative souls pulled out of there imaginations to our realm.
First shock and then a pall came over us when we heard of Robin Williams passing. Here reading in our paper with photos of him when he visited Vancouver Island while making a movie.