Rosemary for Rain

Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” – John Updike

As bikes flow past behind the wooden bench I’ve found to sit on, I’m grateful for the dappled shade surrounding me on another day caught up in a heatwave. On my way down to the beckoning ocean to catch a breeze or two, I made my way underneath a towering green canopy filled with the prehistoric squawking of Great Blue Heron young, with the immense shadows of the adults flying overhead, I felt like I was wandering through a hidden jungle at the edge of our burgeoning global city. I have already met a friend and there are too many strangers to count claiming their own patch of shade – it seems if I gathered all the news of the day, it would be shouting out loud, “our world is burning”, in fact, the whole Northern Hemisphere has become victim to climate change, experiencing its hottest year on record. Sadly, it looks like the tipping point is upon us…

Hopefully an evening at the beach to hear cello playing beside the sound of ocean waves will be a balm for worried hearts. I walked down to English Bay with a Mason jar of ice tea to meet my Mom, eager to hear the cello player, a traveller who asked to join in for the sunset revel that we love so much. Each song played that night drew people closer to the sounds of the accordion, guitar, and drum as the red sun set behind the haze of smoke drifting in from Alberta, Saskatchewan, California and as far away as Alaska, Russia, and Greece, a reminder of how connected we really are!

We woke this morning to the acrid scent of wood smoke permeating an apartment open to any breeze that might blow in during tropical nights reminiscent of Mexico. Each summer we hope for days redolent with soft, warm sunshine and enough rain to keep the grass cool and green. Instead we are left with thirsty leaves falling in late July and grass so dry, a careless cigarette tossed can start a brushfire. As I move from room to room up here in my aerie, my eyes anxiously scan the horizon looking for smoke, a sense of menace overshadowing what should be idyllic days.

There are still good things to contemplate – sitting on my balcony in velvet darkness to watch the yearly fireworks display over the bay with a glass of dark red wine, delighting in the scent of magnolia in the air on walks through my neighbourhood and rosemary for rain (a beautiful Italian saying I came across recently!) as temperatures drop leaving behind the hottest July on record.

A beautiful shot of one of a trio of “forgotten beasts of the forest” near Lee’s trail in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).

Another beautiful beast captured near Lee’s trail, one of our favourites, in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).

…and drumroll, here’s the third beautiful beast to be found near Lee’s trail in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).

At the time of this posting, no rain has fallen in over 30 days…



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44 Responses to Rosemary for Rain

  1. Shirley says:

    Rain has become the most precious commodity. Fires rage everywhere, prayers for wild life, and the safety of others. Beautiful fireworks, especially from South Korea., love was the theme. Air bursting with hearts, happy faces, and blues reminding me of Forget-Me-Nots. The world becomes smaller, as firefighters from other nations arrive, to lend a needed hand. Sipping a cold Chai Latte helps.
    Love Mom

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    • Thank you, Mom and yes, we’re so grateful to have firefighters from Mexico, New Zealand and Alberta here to help stop these destructive energies from re-shaping our world…a cold Chai latte sounds wonderful!


  2. michnavs says:

    Hi there Kim…your post is just so timely…we are all complaining here about the rain. Yes rain…it has been rainining so hard lately and as usual we have to re consider most of our errands and obviously, flood follows after a rain…i am just lucky i live in a “no flood”zone area…..

    You made me sit down right now and watched and appreciate the rain knowing that in some parts of the worl it hasnt rain so far…

    Hope rain would come soon to you..

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    • I remember your Summer Rain poems, Mich…your words here are so cooling…when it rains too much here, we often pray it might find its way down south or across the world!


      • michnavs says:

        Thank you Kim for remembering those poems..they are the most significant poems i’ve written; as it was about my father who passed away…

        I have been so busy lately and kinda feeling the lack of enthusiasm and inspiration to write so i am keeping my mind busy too by reading and visiting my favorite blogs … (includes yours…)

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      • It rained for a wee bit last night and I thought of you…the air seems fresher, the birds have something to drink today, and I am glad!

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    The weather is all extremes these days…too much or not enough. Hope some rain makes its way to you soon.

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  4. Miriam says:

    Praying for rain for you. Here in Australia, in the north, farmers are also experiencing the worst drought on record. However where I am there’s rain. Life is so unpredictable. Let’s focus on the good and pray that Mother Nature intervenes with some heavy tears. xx πŸ’•

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  5. It has certainly been a tough year for many parts of the world Kimberlee. I hope you get your rain soon. Those tree photographs are beautiful. 🌼

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  6. calmkate says:

    lovely post, spectacular gnarled trees, love them.
    Yes out west here our farmers are in a six year drought so 30 days seems tiny 😦 praying that we get a balance of weather and life.
    SO enjoy your posts …

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  7. markmkane says:

    The pictures are simply amazing Kimberlee. I really enjoy reading your posts because it truly evokes such vivid imagery in my mind. It’s like a nature scene that is playing in real time in my head as I read your words. I’ve said it numerous times and I’ll say it again, you are a gifted writer!

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  8. I truly hope the rain will find its way to everywhere it is needed Kim, it has been the hottest and driest July here too and we had forest and gorse fires in different parts of the Highlands. The concert on the beach sounds lovely and I hope there will be many more wonderful moments for you to contemplate with a fine glass of red wine πŸ™‚πŸ’– xxx

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  9. I’m glad you’ve had a little rain at last, your words describe beautifully the reality and the wishes of the season, the fears for the present and future, and the ways we take comfort where we can. And those trees are wonderful, they really do look like beasts of the forest.

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  10. It’s so sad that our summers now come with fire and smoke, crisp grass that crunches beneath our feet, and rainless heat. I would love to sit by the ocean and listen to music and feel the Pacific breeze. I too think we’ve passed the tipping point, but it’s never too late to change and become stewards of the Earth. Beautiful writing as always, Kim. I love the beasts in your forest. πŸ™‚

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  11. Kimberlee, you artfully capture the ominous, scorched atmosphere you’re living in right now. It’s a frightening thing when not even rain comes for relief. As you mention, fires rage in so many places, burdening our global environment with so much smoke. I can relate to the longing for relief as we in California nearly suffocate on some days. I traveled 2.5 hours just to sit near the ocean for several hours yesterday. My heart is with you and yours as you grieve, do all you can, pray and wait for rain.

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  12. Quirky Girl says:

    Hoping you finally received some rain! It rained here every single day for over a week straight, and I desperately missed the sunshine. But I know we need rain for everything to thrive and grow, so I can tolerate those rainy days if I must. πŸ™‚

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    • We are still veiled in devastating coastal smoke and wake up to a red sun each morning…we’re wondering when the rains will come (in the past, Terry would often check the weather station for rain warnings, now he checks it for air quality readings!). Thank you for thinking of us and stopping by…I must pop by and get my Jett fix soon!

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  13. Drought is such a terrible thing! The area of Texas that I live in was under a drought that lasted for five years. At the end of that five years, both of our lakes almost dried up completely. I cannot believe people out there who do not believe in climate change, and it is so sad that our wonderful planet must suffer at the hands of much industrial carelessness. I am so sorry for what you are experiencing. Music is such a soothing, wonderful thing that does draw people together. I’ve never heard the phrase, “Rosemary for rain,” a lovely saying indeed.

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    • Today we woke up to a fast-falling air quality reading, what a relief to once again open our windows to let in some fresher air…I’m sorry to read of the drought situation in Texas, it’s hard on every green thing, animals, and human beings…thank you for stopping by, it warmed my heart!


  14. It is sad that the world is going through what experts term it as ‘the beginning of a catastrophe; Droughts are terrible and so are floods. While the rains deserted you in your side of the world, it vent its fury in ours. India has suffered and is still reeling from the lives and property that have been lost and destructed over the last month. The rising temperatures and sea levels coupled with man’s need to destruct in the name of civil wars leaves us worried about what we are leaving behind for our children.

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    • It’s heartbreaking to see our only home broken in so many far-flung places…even today, the news is full of the devastating effects from earthquakes, storms, and fire…I’m glad we can share our outrage and sorrow through our pages…thank you for adding your voice here, it warms my heart!

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