Vimy Ridge Day 2021


 
Commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which began at 5:30 am on Easter Monday the 9th of April 1917.  The battle continued until nightfall of the 12th of April when the Canadian Corps of four divisions gained firm control of the ridge. They suffered 10,602 casualties: 3,598 killed and 7,004 wounded. Four members of the Corps received Victoria Crosses for their actions during the battle:

  • Private William Johnstone Milne of the 16th (Canadian Scottish) Battalion.
  • Lance-Sergeant Ellis Wellwood Sifton of the 18th (Western Ontarion) Battalion
  • Private John George Pattison of the 50th (Calgary) Battalion.
  • Captain Thain Wendell MacDowell of the 38th (Ottawa) Battalion.

To view more images of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial I invite you to visit Remembrance Day
 

The haunting Flowers of the Forest is played by Pipe Major Angus MacDonald of the Scots Guards who for several years was the personal piper to Her Majesty the Queen, and described as one of the finest bagpipe players in the world.

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Lest we forget 🇨🇦

never again


 
Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day to honor the six million Jews, men women and children murdered by the Nazis. My ink drawing from today is of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin which we visited in 2007, as we remember and say, “Never Again.”

Humbolt Strong


 

In remembrance in my studio today on the third anniversary of the Humbolt Broncos tragedy.

#HumboltStrong 🇨🇦

remember her


 
Our beautiful camelias are back and with it my annual cameliaddiction; with a little bouquet of thanks for our healthcare frontline heroes on this Easter Monday. They are very much in our thoughts as our numbers are sadly going in the wrong direction.
 

 

 
I would like to dedicate today’s post to the memory of beautiful 10 year old Aye Myat Thu, who was so cruelly murdered by a military sniper in Myanmar on March 27th. Her story in yesterday’s New York Times under the title, “She Just Fell Down. And Died,” is heartbreaking. Please read it so that her short precious life can be remembered by us all.
 

spirit park easter spirit


 
A moving anonymous installation for Easter Sunday in the Pacific Spirit Park Vancouver, today as always an uplifting place of sanctuary and peace.
 

Good Friday


 

 
A good Friday afternoon on Good Friday in the studio. Wishing everyone a happy and safe Easter weekend as our thoughts are once again of those in Washington on yet another sad day in the American capital.

From Yardwork to Artwork: After the Storm


 
After our recent storm making the most of a downed photinia branch in the studio today, and once again using one of its branches as a pen for the ink drawing.
 

 
 

 
And so after five years the story returns. Do you remember From Yardwork to Artwork:The Photinia Story Part One. from May 2016.

Lynn Valley Strong


 
Moments of peace, tranquillity and joy from the Pacific Spirit Park last week to ease our troubled souls. Every day brings news of unimaginable horror, from young children and protesters murdered by troops in Myanmar, school children bombed in their schools in Syria, boys as young as nine beheaded in Mozambique, mass murder in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado; and now here at home terror in a library in North Vancouver with one person killed and six injured.
 
      
 
     
 
Today our thoughts are with the families of all those affected and with the community of Lynn Valley, especially the children who witnessed it all on what should have been a happy Saturday afternoon in their local library, and wishing those who have been injured a full recovery. 🇨🇦

world theatre day


 
Remembering the late and great Douglas Campbell on this World Theatre Day as we look forward to the return of live theatre everywhere and especially our beloved @bardonthebeach here in Vancouver. You have all been sorely missed.
 
All the world has been a stage this past year and all humanity merely players with far too many sad and lonely exits and far too few comforting and loving entrances. Let’s hope in the coming year we can all soon be with the ones we love once again. It’s been too long.
 

Happy World Theatre Day to my theatre friends everywhere. ❤️

Georgia on my mind – Part Two


 
Giving water to those waiting to vote has now become a crime in Georgia. Here are a few who seem to enjoy their water but will remain silent no doubt on this Kafka-esque, upside down, crazy-town ruling.
 

 


 

“This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end.” President Joe Biden