The outside is the only place we can truly be inside the world.” – Daniel J. Rice

The shrill call of a woodpecker to her babies in the cavity prone dead tree breaks the slumbering silence of a late spring day that feels more like the first blush of summer. These warm days strung like bright round beads invite one to spend as much time outside as possible and it’s here in the middle of the newly lush forest that I find myself, writing at an old battered picnic table by the baseball diamond where I volunteered as a scorekeeper so many years ago. The large open space with its freshly mown grass soften the distant concrete edges of the city. In between words, I’m watching several crows forage for grubs to feed their young calling from the safety of tall, fragrant cedars. All around me echo the haunting calls of various birds, nature’s own amphitheatre providing the leafy acoustics for the robin, chickadee and warblers.

This soul has been feeling unsettled lately, often tuned into the staccato voices on the news, whispers of worry threatening to morph into a rushing waterfall, washing away those careful wish lists reminding one to practice good self care and have the best summer ever! Hungering to snip the frayed edges and pulled threads of my world, I’m drawn again to the green in the mysterious depths of the forest or near a tangled patch of  garden to seek that elusive peace that somehow slipped away without my notice.

I’ve begun to take early morning walks in the park, breathing in the beautiful fresh air has a way of lightening my soul and I often end up at a local market to buy the odd vegetable for that night’s supper, the scent of the produce taking me back to Mexico in a heartbeat. On sunny afternoons, lunch is taken outside wherever there is an empty picnic table or bench, we often end up at the Railway Cafe sitting at the picnic tables there while waiting patiently for our favourite trail to open again mid-month! As we walk afterwards, we are often rewarded with glimpses of nature’s beauty – recently we found ourselves competing with a tiny brown Douglas pine squirrel as well as the ever present black squirrels for the juiciest salmonberries (the first of the season!) in hues of ruby red and pale apricot while strolling down the road to the wooden bridge near the trail to Beaver Lake (and yes, there is a large beaver lodge out on the small lake!). On another walk near Lost Lagoon we were surprised to come upon the rare Common snipe with her very small downy black feathered chick feeding among the marshy grasses seemingly unaware as we watched them underneath the warm sun.

We must take time to head outside amid the green, to allow the unfolding season to bring us back to our wild selves and settle our restless souls…I’m so glad I heeded the call, I’m inside the world once again and my summer looks endless!

Writing near the towering cedars and baseball diamond at Brocton Oval in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).

A shot of the cavity prone dead tree where the woodpecker family is nesting near Brocton Oval in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).

We often picnic above this small waterfall near the Railway Cafe in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.). It’s a peaceful, lush setting for an outdoor feast!

A beautiful moon sculpture discovered on our favourite trail near the Railway Cafe in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).

The title for this post caught my eye, winking out from a colourful brochure about an upcoming play and when it caught the eye of my dear neighbour Huguette, I knew it was meant to be.



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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26 Responses to Unsettled

  1. Quirky Girl says:

    I can almost feel the tranquility of that cute little waterfall. 🙂

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  2. markmkane says:

    Love the pictures Kimberlee! You know, after all these years of writing, I’ve never written anything while I was outside. Your vivid imagery detailing everything around you is simply exquisite and makes me want to go outside, somewhere…and let the words flow from pen to paper. Thanks for inspiring me to try something new!

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    • Imagine what your pen will reveal in such a beautiful place as Hawaii…thank you (always!) for leaving such support and inspiration in your wake, your words are as ever, fuel for my writer’s heart!


  3. Ugetse says:

    Hi Kim, really love your opening quote. ” the outside is the only place…”. We are truly lucky to live near the park and for me the sea especially. Your description of nature never cease to inspire me. Wish I had your words and talent for writing. Enjoy your endless summer in the park. You shall find me near the sea. Big hug. Thank you for another note. Huguette x❤️. Oh I had forgotten about the title.

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    • To be near the forest and the sea is everything…I shall wander more often by the sea as the days unfold and hope to find you there, especially to hear the drumming as the sun sets! Thank you (always!) for leaving such lovely words…


  4. davidprosser says:

    Your words were pictures enough Kim but the photos you added were a bonus. You have a huge talent for being able to transport your readers to wherever you are, seeing and hearing whatever you want to share.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  5. A lovely journey so beautifully expressed in words. Indeed, you bring alive nature’s true emotion. Fantastic writing, Kim.

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  6. Shirley Ross says:

    Your mother loves this.

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  7. michnavs says:

    Wow..beautiful photos and vivid imagery..and what i admire about you the most is that you can clearly describe images of nature and can literally take me to the exact spot..
    Something that i cant do…i never write anytihing about nature yet..

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  8. I popped over to your blog. Your posts are not appearing on my Reader. 🤔
    You have some lovely picnic spots on your doorstep. Such a beautifully written post and great pictures. I also love the moon sculpture. Wishing you a beautiful summer. 😊😎😊

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  9. Only your way with beautiful words could do this scenery justice….your gift is your reward for having the capacity to appreciate nature’s many splendors. Your sensitivity and optimism is such a blessing….thank you for lifting our spirits even when you make ways to lift you own. 🙂

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  10. I can hear the birds and feel the tranquility of nature. It must be wonderful to picnic above a waterfall and live amidst nature’s bounty. Loved the pictures, specially the moon sculpture.
    Wishing you a happy summer, Kim!

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  11. Beautiful photos! Wow.

    So glad that you are availing yourself of the beauty of nature. Emerson has such good quotes on nature too… your post reminds me of his poetry. I think he says something like, The Earth laughs in flowers.

    Have a wonderful week, and blessings, Debbie

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