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"Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and at once you learn how big and precious it is."
Maxim Gorky

Friday, October 7, 2011

Song for Friday...thanks.

Since it's Thanksgiving here in Canada this weekend, 
I thought I would post a beautiful autumn song.
Nothing like getting cozy with your sweetheart on a crisp autumn evening...
Feeling much love and gratitude for all those in my life
and love for those who have gone but left enduring memories behind.
And to all of you...have a light filled weekend, kick around some leaves,
eat lots, smile often, give your sweety a squeeze...
Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ancient art...modern technology...

Back in the '50's, some brilliant film maker invented the 3D movie experience.
Audiences donned special glasses and were brought into the film as if they were part of the action.
Last night, for the first time in our lives, Tom and I went to see one of these movies.
We were both surprised to find out this little known fact about each other after 12 years!
With our ticket we were given the updated version of the 'special' specks'...
I like how it says "real 3D"! (as opposed to fake 3D).
The film was in a word 
"The Cave of Forgotten Dreams" is the latest by Werner Herzog.
You may know him from such films as "Grizzly Man" or my favorite "Fitzcarraldo".
He is an incredible film maker and has such an interesting way of telling a story.
"Cave of Forgotten Dreams" is a documentary about the cave paintings inside 
a lost place called Chauvet in Southern France.
32,000 years ago people went far into these limestone cliffs and began to tell
a story of great animals that once roamed these lands.
This cave is so fragile and an important archaeology and geological marvel 
that it is locked up and guarded form the public.
Werner Herzog and his film crew were granted permission to film in 
these caves for a very short time.
It is an exclusive look into a world of stories of which we will never
know the true meaning of.
The detailed artistic impression of the animals on the walls is stunning.
If you love art, history, exploration, or are just in the mood to be 'WOW'd'
you must make a point of seeing this film.
The music is just as haunting and beautiful.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Share the land...


 al·lot·ment[uh-lot-muhnt]  noun 

1. the act of allotting.  

2. a portion or thing allotted;  a share granted. 

3. (in U.S. military use) the portion of pay that an officer or enlisted person authorizes to be paid directly to another person, as a dependent, or an institution, as an insurance company. 

4. British . a plot of land rented to a gardener.

Now that we have the definition of allotment understood, I can take you on
a little tour of Sooke's community garden.
This post is especially for Gwynneth over at "ook" who keeps me
up on her allotment plot across the sea in Wales.
 Many people don't have the space for a garden and look to these
pieces of land to get their hands in the soil and a bit of home grown food on the table.
There's also a more important reason which is the sense of community
and kindred friendships through gardening that echoes many
peoples feelings about this place.
The day I went down there it was a gorgeous, sunny day and a handful 
of people were busy cleaning up and harvesting the bounty.
Here's Phoebe, one of the organizers and all 'round 'regular sunny faces down here.
Phoebe is also involved in the Sooke Food Chi project, promoting locally,
affordable food for all people in the area.
People of all walks of life can come to the many workshops and teachings provided here.
I found it interesting to see all of the different styles of gardens people have and their little
garden plot # paddles reflecting individual personalities as well...
The beauty of this place is the sense of kinship and shared spaces...
Very inspiring and motivating!
The fall harvest is showing off in big plump pumpkins...
Perfectly purple cabbage...
...showing off it's big elephant ear-like leaves...
...crazy, curly kale...
A few gardeners got their hands on some mammoth sunflower seeds and
boy are they living up to their names!!
...and just to give you a good idea of contrast, I had this eager lady stand next to the big boy...
They'll be some happy birds this winter!
This woman was happy to show me some of her bounty...
 She was giddy with excitement about her carrots, because she said she's never grown them like this before. She's so happy to have other gardeners share with her their tips and tricks with her.
Gardeners are the creative type in case you hadn't noticed!
...recyclers on the move.
Patterns on the cold frames caught my eye on this sunny day...
Bees are making homes in Sunriver as well...
Plots can be large or small but the important thing is that people are out there' growing food and flowers and enjoying the sense of camaraderie which comes with community.
It's all about sharing the land, your knowledge, a tip, a bit of compost and a cup of tea.
Just enjoying being out there.
And bringing home a bit of the harvest as well.

"Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community.
When people plant corn, they're saying "let's stay here"
And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another."
                                                                                           Anne Raver

For more information on the gardens and other related projects, have a look here.