welcome to my kingdom

Did you know that today is World Read Aloud Day.

No more precious moments than reading aloud to our two beloved granddaughters

WPC: Variations on a Theme




Light Painting Variations for this week’s Photo Challenge.

WPC: Silence

The Cenotaph, Victory Square, Vancouver

More than twenty thousand men, women and children standing in silence for two minutes at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month during the 91st Annual Remembrance Day Service in 2015.

In response to this week’s photo challenge from Cheri…“What does silence look like? Show us your take in a photograph.”


Three photos from today’s walk for this week’s photo challenge: weathered

joy to the world



“Evoke the excitement of entering a new year with a photo that shows growth.”

I can’t think of anything more perfect with which to respond to this first photo challenge of the year from Jen than these two photos of our beautiful granddaughter exactly one year apart enjoying Santa’s gifts on Xmas day.

Xmas Day 2016

Xmas Day 2017

Growth was also seen in our family in 2017 as we celebrated the birth of our second beautiful granddaughter in May who like her cousin gives her parents and grandparents nothing but pure joy.


Wishing everyone such joy and happiness in the year ahead.

This week’s finial photo challenge of the year asks us…

“To celebrate the end of the year, share the most meaningful photo you’ve taken in 2017.”



Without a doubt this was one of my favourite and most meaningful photos of the year,
which I posted for International Women’s Day last March.
Take a look back at the UN Women’s web site and use this opportunity to read again their statement “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.

backdrop to a life revisited

A year ago almost to the day you may remember I posted backdrop to a life part 1 and part 2. This was in response to the Discover Challenge from the Daily Post: Finding Your Place, in which we are asked by Cheri to bring a place alive that means something to you.

Yesterday the snow returned to Vancouver and whilst not as heavy as last year my muse, Kitsilano Beach, became a winter wonderland once again.

Today the snow stopped, the sun shone and camera in hand how could I not venture out and capture it all.

Happy Holidays everyone.

are we there yet?


Ascending the over four hundred steps of the Torre del Mangia of the Palazzo Publico in Siena.
Visit Italy Day Five to enjoy the spectacular view from the top of the tower.

WPC: Ascend


My beautiful granddaughter fearlessly ascends to great heights every single day.