Magic Realism

Summer is for surrendering; winter is for wondering.” – Debasish  Mridha

Early summer has brought changing skies, muggy air and the rumble of thunder. Looking in four directions yields a bank of dark clouds, stunning blue sky, a butter-like glow from the sun and soft rain leaving a shimmering iridescence behind. Gone for the moment are days held hostage by yet another heatwave and the threat of forest fires, but with this weather pattern starting to become our new normal, these moments will be a short reprieve from a new reality. 

With a blustery sea breeze, early morning and afternoons are the perfect time for cool walks in the park and lunches to be eaten outside. Today I’m patiently waiting to share a box of fish and chips with Terry at a favourite concession in the park. We’ve found a sunny spot where we can enjoy our Stash Lemon Meyer and Sunny Orange Ginger ice tea with our own tubs filled with a brightly coloured green salad (lovingly prepared with the generous produce from Saturday Farmer’s Market visits) – we try to picnic weekly during the fleeting months of summer, choosing the day based on the weather forecast.

Afterwards, I couldn’t resist stopping by the Pollinator’s Paradise, a beautiful pagoda structure located across from Lost Lagoon housing native Blue Orchard Mason Bees (Osmia lignaria). The waters of the lagoon are dark brown with sparkling waves bumping against the lush edges of the gravel path. There is still some ice tea to sip as I sit on the low stone wall watching swallows skim over the water and breathe in the subtle scent of salty summer air. There are exotically attired butterflies and dragonflies sharing this space and the many languages floating on the air makes me feel far away from the domestic life waiting for me behind closed doors.

Wanting to linger on this glorious of summer days, I wandered over to the Stanley Park Nature House to admire the new landscaping where I spied a small green turtle sunning itself on an exposed rock and upon climbing some stone steps, noticing some guerrilla yarn bombing in vibrant shades of lemon yellow, pale blue, slate gray with magenta and emerald green wrapped artfully around some black wrought iron fencing. A shady bench with a view of Grouse Mountain in the distance and the last of the ice tea are perfect footnotes to a spontaneous lunch out in the wild.

A walk down by the ocean on my way to buy coffee for my Dad’s cupboard this week had me yearning to join the swimmers bobbing gently among the undulating waves. The colour of the water, a rare sight, replacing the typical Pacific cobalt blue were tropical shades of dusky green and azure creating an otherworldly moment, making one feel that time travel exists if we are willing to go for the ride.

But in between this summer magic, niggling bites of reality leak in…blood tests not ordered in six years, my family doctor suggesting I don’t look when I take my requisition to the lab in preparation for my first yearly check-up after being cancer free for 5 years and the harrowing days of waiting for another shoe to drop when magic left my world briefly all those years ago…what a relief to finally see the results and magic’s return, I’m still here, happily writing down my world, in wonder of what might be around the corner waiting to find itself on my pages.

A beautiful shot of the Pollinator’s Paradise pagoda across from Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).

A sweet birdhouse nestled amid the lush greenery of Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.)

Mid-summer finds us seeking the shade-dappled trails of Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).

This post is dedicated to my Mom who shares her Farmer’s Market bounty with us each week and surprises us with tasty soups as well!



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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36 Responses to Magic Realism

  1. Shirley says:

    Opened my patio door wider and can feel the breeze, sluggish ,heavy, due to fires. Went to shop yesterday, and found 5 wonderful paper cartons with cooked food, l pair of sneakers, brand new, all for those in need sitting atop a large paper collection box. Vancouver is alive, well and caring.
    Love your blog,

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    • What a surprise yesterday morning to smell smoke so close to the city, that ocean breeze helped so much but there is still a haze close to the mountains and a hint of wood smoke in the air. I’m glad to read that there is kindness still to be found in our busy city…you must be on your way to the Farmer’s Market, I’ll make my way up the hill to see you this afternoon!


  2. markmkane says:

    Glad your health is okay Kimberlee. I loved reading this post. Just mentioning all of the breezes and waves makes me feel a bit cooler mentally since I’m experiencing hot, humid days here. Loved the pictures which helps to put your descriptive passages into perspective. Hate to say this but I’m looking forward to when you share your posts of fall and winter since I don’t get snow here.

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    • There is a hint of fall in the air at this mid-summer point, we have leaves so thirsty during this heatwave that some are beginning to drift down and the chestnut trees are shedding their seed pods way too early…fall and winter are magical seasons to write about, right now, I’m starting a list of summer things to do or attend before this lush season ends! Thank you, Mark (as always!) for your unwavering support, your words never fail to brighten my day!

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  3. Sandra Leigh says:

    Hi Kim I am glad to hear of your magic between moments! and it’s full moon on the bay tonight! I hope you and Terry are keeping cool as cucumber… 🙂

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    • Hi, Sandra! It’s wonderful to see your beautiful words here…we have fans blowing in the bedroom and living room but are so grateful for the ocean breeze at the moment after a smoky day yesterday! Namaste, my friend!

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  4. Quirky Girl says:

    Life is full of magic, even in those moments of struggle or uncertainty.

    Congrats on a clean bill of health! ☺

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  5. manyofus1980 says:

    congrats on the good health results! and your writing is so captivating. I loved reading about your adventure!

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  6. Lovely post, Kim, and I’m so glad to hear that your tests came back with good news. No wonder you live so present in the moment. I love the way you notice the details in your walk and take joy in the being. ❤

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  7. What a wonderful way to spend the day. I love fish and chips especially al fresco. I am so glad you got good results Kimberlee. Long may you thrive…

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  8. A beautiful write and dedication to your mother Kim and so happy to see you are here to enjoy the magic and share it with us. Enjoy the amazing scenery, delicious food and have a wonderful weekend! :o) xxx

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    • My Mom’s thoughtfulness and generosity weaved itself into my post and I thought, she deserves a shout-out! Thank you for the beauty of your words here…I’m looking forward to losing myself in your part of the world through your latest posts, Xenia!

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  9. Beautifully written, you conjured up a lovely sense of place and time, I’m glad that you’ve had some good test results and hope you have good news when you see your specialist.

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  10. calmkate says:

    Your words are so poetic and peaceful … may all your tests reveal nothing but good health!

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  11. I love your beautiful description of summer. It is my favorite season although I live in Texas, and after June you really can’t go outside without having a heat stroke, lol. I enjoyed the detailed imagery of your post. I wish I lived close to the ocean. I am glad that your tests came back with good news. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. 😀

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  12. Mackenzie says:

    I could read your writing all day long! What a beautiful time, so perfectly described. Thank you for sharing, Kimberlee!

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  13. I love your patented brilliance/your gift for description…for capturing natures wonder and magesty…and, I am even more grateful for the grace that has kept you healthy! One has no idea what others have/are going through…thank you for sharing and inspiring us….you are incredible 🙂

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  14. Your words have the power to transform my presence in the air conditioned confines into a place so magical. The relief in getting your tests come clean is evident in your words. Life is beautiful! Wishing you good health and lots of happiness.

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