tulip fest 2020


A year ago today we were enjoying our annual visit to the Chilliwack Tulip Festival, which sadly is not open this year. Instead today we are enjoying a mini tulipfest of our own on our deck…


Tulips of the Valley, Chilliwack Tulip Festival


…plus a look back to my first iPad paintings from 2013 inspired by David Hockney…



…and given today’s theme I couldn’t resist including this visual pun from 1984 that really needs no explanation other than the lips were my then 8 year old daughter’s.


all the world’s a stage

Yesterday was World Theatre Day.
All the world has now indeed become a stage. I know we all look forward to the day when theatres, galleries, concert halls, sports stadiums will all come to life again. In the meantime we must thank our dedicated health professionals, first responders, hospital employees; essential service providers of every kind be they in food, pharmacy, truck drivers, flight attendants, and so many countless others.
The time is out of joint; how fortunate we are that they were born to set it right!

coffee cat

No surprise our Sunday couldn’t face the news conference as she took the “catastrophic mistake” remark rather personally for some reason.

Starts with C


Cookie Monster starts with C, being photobombed here by Grover, and not forgetting Bert and Ernie, all names that cannot help but make you smile. They certainly did for our beautiful granddaughter after Xmas.

a holiday travel advisory


Yesterday’s photo is a reminder to buckle up in anticipation and drive safely over the holidays, particularly if your passenger is a moose who has had one too many at the office party…

…which reminded me of one of Woody Allen’s classic stories from the sixties:

Happy Holidays

mission accomplished

Discover Challenge: Mind the Gap

The distance between idea and execution can be a source of frustration — or of inspiration.”

For this week’s challenge” asks Ben, “tell us a story — in words, sounds, images, or any combination of media — about the struggle to close the gap between an idea and its realization.”


I think I’ll just let the pictures tell the story in which the gap was brilliantly closed
and the pride of achievement glorious to behold.




Mission accomplished by our beautiful granddaughter ❤️

election day


Walking under the Granville Bridge on that magical morning that I posted about last week, this advertisement for a show running on the Island this month reflects how the results of today are very much in all of our minds at the moment.  Using a bridge analogy I wonder if the call will be One No Trump by the end of the day.  Good luck to all of my friends south of the 49th. You are in my thoughts 🙂



Today’s Daily Prompt from Cheri is the word Miniature. I thought I would re-purpose a post of mine from April 2014, which was in response to the Weekly Writing Challenge: Fifty from Vincent Mars in which we were asked to “craft a story in just fifty words”.

I hope you enjoy this miniature story with miniatures entitled:

Knot at Home

Homage to Franz Kafa’s Metamorphosis


Gregory awoke, still seated in his armchair, newspaper in hand.

Something felt very different.

He knew he was knot the same.

“I am in a giant Perspex box” he thought.

He remembered a book he had once read about a man becoming a fly.

He knew it didn’t end well.


Studio 365: Day 333

Day 333

A trio of threes for today and perhaps the the most literal representation of the word trio, unfortunately a week late for last week’s Photo Challenge. Nevertheless on this three hundred and thirty third day of the year I have been ruminating on threes all day. It’s amazing just how many exist in our memory bank; here are ten of them:

  • Those three blind mice never had a chance.
  • I wonder if the three coins are still in the fountain?
  • Goldilocks and her three bears.
  • Prokofiev and his love for those three oranges.
  • What about the three billy goats…so gruff!
  • Athos, Porthos and Aramis meet monsieur d’Artagnan, he’d like to join your guard.
  • Yes sir, Yes sir, Three bags full…and don’t forget the little boy who lives down the lane.
  • That third little pig knew to build his (or was it her) house with bricks…on your way big, bad wolf.
  • The Three Graces – beauty, charm and joy.
  • The Tricolour, together with Liberté, Égalité and Fraternité.

…and so many more.  Why not add some of your own.

Day 333 iii

This background to today’s image is a photograph I took this morning of frost on a glass tabletop on our deck. Winter is close at hand!