“ The walls and ceiling were so hung with living green that it looked a perfect grove, from every part of which bright gleaming berries glistened. The crisp leaves of holly, mistletoe and ivy reflected back the light, as if so many little mirrors had been scattered there.” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
The above quote reminds me that I’m a “crow person” at heart, I’m forever chasing all flashes or glimmers of light. At this time of year, here in the West End, with the holiday season upon us, my eyes are happy to take it all in.
For me, it usually begins with that first sighting of apartment windows decorated in colourful lights and my bed left unmade on the day Terry and I make our way into the park to our summer picnic area at the Railway Concession. It is here where the many volunteer firemen/women from the Metro Vancouver area have been setting up for the annual “Bright Nights” – they spend many hours of their free time putting up and decorating with what might be miles of stringed lights. It officially opens today but Terry and I know of an inner trail that hugs the fencing around the miniature train tracks allowing us a delicious preview. To walk on this trail, covered in a blanket of damp autumn leaves with just a hint of frost and see the many twinkling lights in the quiet, is magical. Each year the display is different, the more than life-size polar bear figure, the many nutcracker soldiers, the choir singers and various angels just waiting for us to find them. Starting today one can enter this magical place with a small donation, the hard work of these volunteers results in the donations helping burn victims healing in our hospital Burn Units. Terry and I are always happy to do this – the lights twinkle the brightest from 3 pm onward and we often plan our walks near this time to make sure we capture the full, dazzling effect! And as Huguette reminded me, there is always good hot chocolate to be had and freshly popped organic popcorn as well. To walk among the fragrant cedars, sipping hot chocolate and hearing the ravens call, is a particular joy of mine and heralds the coming of winter for me. As December is just around the corner, I invite you to share some of your particular joys with me and my other readers in any comments you might want to leave! A small gift for one of my readers (you know who you are!) is the “Visual Notes” page I created, it can be found when one clicks on the “About” page icon; I was asked to include more photographs and I’m happy to oblige as there were many images captured as well as notes taken both here and there.
Journal Excerpt: November 29, 2011
There is a scent of incense in the air, it is my Mexican reminder of the coming holiday season. It is so exotic especially on a beautiful, sunny morning with the jungle and ocean all around.
I found it hard to write last week’s post, I wanted to express and share so many feelings and emotions as well as add a hopeful note to all of the heartfelt words out there and after many moments of thought I had to post it even if I felt it might be imperfect. I want to end this post with the vision of incense sticks burning and the Dru yoga mantra of, “Peace, Peace, Peace” and a thank you to those who let me know that my vision for this post came through, you warmed this crow’s heart!