Horizons

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.” – John Lennon

I’m sitting at Terry’s desk today, it’s cooler in his corner and the window here affords a somewhat different view. I can still see the sun-lit forest and a small slice of Lost Lagoon but I also have a rooftop to gaze upon, it is a sought after patio with a stack of terracotta pots leaning against the white chimney and I can see the tenants’ just-washed laundry hanging outside their open door. Summer has arrived (again!) and I’m looking forward to the warmer days ahead.

Summer so far has been filled with languorous walks in the forest, picnics in the park and many walks by the ocean, with nature just a heartbeat away, it is easy to capture that child-like feeling from summers past. Besides my almost weekly visits to the Farmer’s Market to shop with Mom, I’ve also been trying to take advantage of the free events that pop up during this time, making sure I get my fair share of culture, music and good food! One of our favourite festivals is coming up just around the corner, it is an East Indian Festival, held in a grassy field beside Second Beach – the scent of incense will be in the air as well as  the smell of delicious cooking, my eyes will be dazzled by all the colourful sari’s, my feet will be stepping over fallen marigold petals and the haunting music will be seducing my senses. We go not only to take in the visual feast but to also indulge in the free feast –  a small donation usually gains one two full paper plates of tasty vegetarian fare. If we are in the city, this is the only festival we will not miss and I can hardly wait!

This week also holds anniversary notes for me, two are very dear to my heart – first off, I can’t believe that one year has flown by already, that this once pie-in-the-sky blog is now filled with my weekly notes to my lovely neighbour Huguette; I’m so grateful for every reader who stopped by to read a word or two and hope that you have gotten to know us better through my words. Secondly, as I have mentioned previously, this week begins my last year of close surveillance from a cancer diagnosis (and two major surgeries to remove the cancer) in August 2012 – that feeling of waiting for the “other shoe to drop” is fading fast and I can look at the horizon again knowing that possibility dwells there. I am where I should be, every past and present moment distilled on to this digital page, drops of rain falling fast to become a river that will eventually bring me back to source, but not now, I have more writing to do…

One of many, a beautiful horizon shot taken from the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

One of many, a beautiful horizon shot taken from the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Another gorgeous sunset as seen from the balcony of our studio in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Another gorgeous sunset as seen from the balcony of our studio in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Journal Excerpt: December 13, 2000 – Mexico moments not to forget, scribbled down

  •  Our 20 minute hikes to the Conchas Chinas ( Spiral Shells) beach area; beautiful clean sand, lovely shells and warm soothing waters to play in, iguanas spying on us
  •  Meeting Brock Tully ( writer and Kindness advocate) from our own West End (in Vancouver) at the plaza in Centro during the processions and tanning with him at Conchas Chinas, he is such a nice person!
  • Also meeting Maria at “Monchies” (a funky hole-in-the wall eatery) with our Saskatchewan friend Al, a young Mexican girl selling yummy goodies from a small basket on her arm.  A tiny seven year old with a beautiful, long black ponytail. We saw her again at Cafe San Angel, she borrowed one of our black pens to write us her name – we later gave her one of our pens, she let us know that she would love one. She writes very well and also likes the printed word, I saw her reading newspaper headlines at a small store across from the cafe. She is a real sweetheart.
  • Seeing the fireworks display last night at the plaza to celebrate the last night of the processions. Very beautiful, quite different from our Vancouver fireworks – figures of flowers, fish, a camel, a dove, a huge butterfly (mariposa) and the Virgin Mary! 
A stunning horizon shot of English Bay off our balcony here in Vancouver, B.C.

A stunning horizon shot of English Bay off our balcony here in Vancouver, B.C.

I never tire of the view from Second Beach, Vancouver, B.C.

I never tire of the view from Second Beach, Vancouver, B.C.

 

 

 

 

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About anotetohuguette

I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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17 Responses to Horizons

  1. Nature and the eternal bond is beautifully portrayed in this write. Liked the message you have given, ‘be in the moment’, live in the present. Eternity of nature blesses souls who embrace life. Another wonderful write from you.
    Best wishes!

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  2. Shirley Ross says:

    Love the feel of this prose. Brings me closer to my childhood ocean upbringing in Cadboro Bay In Victoria. I could literally smell the pungent spices from the up and coming beautiful East Indian Festival. How wonderful to have a festival full of healing spices, near the ocean, with the ebb and flood of one of the greatest natural healers.
    May the rest of this year bring the happiness and abundance of healing to all.
    Love Mom

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  3. Your posts always inspire me, of course this one does too! Yes I haven’t met you, but through your writings I’ve come to know this much- you’re a strong person – and that’s something I admire about you.
    I hope the rest of this year brings immense joy and happiness to you ❤️
    And needless to say, these photos are wonderful. I live in a landlocked state, and I’m always, always looking for opportunities that let me have a glimpse of the mighty ocean 🙂

    Sending love your way,
    Cheers ❤️

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  4. ugetse says:

    Oh Kim, I remember how brave and noble you were in fighting those cancers. Your attitude , your caring for people and love of life are legendary . You are now crossing your fifth year and you are well. I am so happy to see the results. I am counting on having your notes for another fiifty year and more. . Always love reading you.. Be well forever. Huguette.

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  5. michnavs says:

    Beautiful photographs and a wonderful piece of reflection you have in there…

    Liked by 1 person

  6. You speak from the heart, enjoyed the read.

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