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A quick peek around the yard today

Warm days are becoming more common, which means an outside break at lunch is so, so necessary.

A birthday outing

Today is Allan’s birthday, so we went on an adventure to surprise him for lunch. Afterward, we took a walk at Roberts Memorial Park – and proceeded to get muddy. Zeke had fun frolicking, even after he slipped on the sandstone. We even ran into (almost literally) two tiny snakes. Thankfully the rain held off until just after we got back to the car. The drive back down home was pretty good. Even with the sections of pouring rain, the hills looked beautiful with the misty clouds tangled in the trees. Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday.

Hello, April

Today has been beautiful. I started with the perfect playlist this morning, and work went well. I decided that allergies be damned, it was too nice to be inside and went to the beach. The wind was cold around the bluff, but this area was protected and the sun was warm. Perfect for a short on-paper planning session. It’s amazing how a sunny day can completely boost your mood. Hopefully, today is enough to get me through what looks to be an overcast week. Boo.

Meet Zeke

Zeke is Adam’s newly adopted dog. He’s only nine months old, so he still has a bit of growing left to do (!!!). He may still be a puppy, but he did great on our walk down the beach today – despite one or two little dogs taking offense to his presence.) So far I’ve determined he likes to lick you, isn’t sure about large bodies of water (waves are scary), and he can lick the cat food right out of their tunnel feeder. He has skills.

It was a perfect early spring day. Not too warm or cold, and though a few drops fell we avoided major rain. Everything is blooming now, including the hill of daffodils at Beacon Hill Park. Zeke’s a little too energetic to sit still for long, but maybe next year he’ll be calm enough to try a shot of him in the flowers :)

Cutie face

It’s a good weekend when I get to spend time with this crowd <3

Roberts Memorial Provincial Park: Part 2

Roberts Memorial Provincial Park: Part 1

Today was an exploration day with Adam. The sun was out, but the wind was still quite cold. Not that this fuzzy guy seemed to care :) The sandstone beach looks like a strange moonscape (more photos in part two) and is quite slippery in sections. Luckily I think I used all my slipping powers on the icy snow earlier in the day.

Needle Felting

I made my first needle felting project yesterday. It’s hard to believe this started as a pile of fluff almost as big as my head. If you want to stab something a million times, this is the craft for you! I decided that my first project should be something simple, so I went with a jewelry drop zone for my nightstand. For a while, I was worried about how it would turn out – it can be hard to gauge the final shape when you’re poking blindly into fluff with a sharp needle. (Ps, watch your fingers.) Eventually, I made it solid enough to add the colour swoops.

[Back view]

All in all, I think I did alright for my first project! (My second and third were round cat toys that I doused with catnip :D) What have you made lately?

Tempting the winter gods

I drove back yesterday after an extended visit with family. I was originally going to leave there and go to Vancouver on Friday, but Snowmageddon kept me there all weekend, waiting for safe roads and no blowing snow. Oh well. Yesterday was perfect driving weather, except for the cold (-17 when I left), with clear blue skies most of the way. I’m glad I waited a few days, especially after seeing so many cars off the road in the Fraser Valley.

While there (and pre-snowstorm), I had a photo day with Dad. We shot Warren for a while, then once naptime hit we went out in search of landscapes. It was quite hazy in town, but over the hill in Rose Hill the sky was clear. Beautiful!

And now today is full of flurries, only this time I can enjoy them without thinking about driving through mountains. My garden is buried under several inches of white and seems quite minimalist. It’s coming down almost frantically, heavy and wet. With the wind it’s blowing around so much it sneaks into your coat (brrr), but it’s pretty and I am home so I don’t think I care.

Green and wet

It’s a bit of a dreary day here in Victoria. A light rain is falling, and the overcast sky feels like being tucked into a blanket. I’m fighting urges to nap with cups of tea. It’s peaceful, in a way, like a deep breath after holding it in.

This time of year, I miss the riot of colour summer brings, with flowers everywhere and colourful fruit. But in summer, I’ll miss the saturated greenness of winter. So many shades and shapes, all coated in rain drops.