Fewer Faces and Bigger Spaces

Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.” – Rumi

Most of my solo walks are heavenly – there are often small paths and walkways leading to lush gardens and on todays’ walk down by the lagoon, a friendly black crow walked with me flying from one tree branch to another and when she neared the old stone bridge, she called good-bye to me as only a cheeky crow can. It was magical to walk with her on a path empty of people after an early morning rain shower.

As I wandered, I noticed a musician and his female companion sitting underneath the tall canopy at a picnic table almost hidden from view – he began to strum his guitar and they both started to sing a haunting song, another woman stood nearby entranced. I walked on my favourite upper path overlooking the ocean filled with joy at this unexpected gift. Some of the tree trunks nearby sported large red construction paper hearts tied with old-fashioned twine imploring passersby to hug them and leave the date…

The paths I lately walk beside the dark green lagoon reveal heaps of goslings nestled together with their watchful parents nearby; an older gentleman walking towards me remarked to his wife, “It seems to be the year of the Canada Goose”, and he was right, I was met with downy goslings almost every step I took!

This unique season unfolding during a world-wide pandemic leaves me breathless with its fierce fuschia, pale yellow and vibrant red blooms punctuating shimmering greens – there is fragrance all around emanating from young snow white rhododendron bushes and floating from waning cherry blossoms. Perhaps this unrelenting virus has put everything I see and feel into sharp focus, like a Monet painting come to life.

Above an outcropping of rock by the ocean, ravens and eagles soar as I walk on an almost empty seawall, apex predators ever alert for unsuspecting prey. Their raucous calls yet another form of music to my ears on this fine spring day. I’m forever grateful that these late spring days offer such respite from staying inside, there is always a friendly face to wave to and something new to see…

Today feels like the first of many summer days to come so we packed up some salad and sandwiches to head into the slowly awakening park to find a picnic table far from the madding crowd. What a surprise to find two empty freshly painted tables (in warm terracotta hues) waiting for us near the for now closed Railway Cafe. We vowed to try to do this at least once a week after a wonderful lunch in the open air!

On my solo walk later in the afternoon after fruitlessly trying to find some quiet space, I wandered back to the cedar grove near the Great Blue heronry I noted earlier, to drink some cool water underneath a majestic tree with just enough sunshine among the shadows. There are two paths on either side of me with a few trees between them to allow me a view of the many people heading to picnic areas and down to the beach. The fragrance of spring is in the air with the odd prehistoric chatter from the many heron nests, this tiny oasis a perfect place to write and read a word or two.

COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifting in our part of the world – a recent foray to a boarded up downtown that kept me away for over 2 months revealed colourful murals filled with whimsy and good wishes. Just a few retail stores took their murals down to welcome masked shoppers on streets devoid of their usual activity. A new world is unfolding and I hope to step boldly into the future with the mantra, fewer faces and bigger spaces, as my armour guiding the way. Tomorrow seems closed for the moment, a new day will dawn – this cannot be forever.

Spring’s romantic side is on show near the Rose Garden in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).

This beautiful blossom heart was discovered near the Stanley Park Pavilion, its fleeting beauty a sign of hope to warm the hearts of everyone who passes by.

Shimmering green just a wander away from our apartment on the edge of a rainforest!

This post is dedicated to our Provincial Health Officer (British Columbia), Dr. Bonnie Henry, whose calm words became the title of my post. She comes to each press conference wearing kick-ass Fluevog shoes and cool jewellery, weaving words of hope amid the hard data.

 

 

 

 

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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47 Responses to Fewer Faces and Bigger Spaces

  1. utahan15 says:

    cherry lane
    and lovely bc
    greet ashley
    on your side
    and jeanette nicole
    on the merican side

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  2. Silent Hour says:

    Doesn’t walking with an animal make you feel blessed, or lucky? I loved that crow!

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  3. Quirky Girl says:

    I’m sure I’ve said this before, but you have such an incredible flair for magically painting whimsical scenes with your words, where I can easily picture myself walking those beautiful paths in such realistic detail. And as always, I look forward to the accompanying photography too! 🙂

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  4. Yes, thank you for the lovely tour. I feel refreshed and hopeful. You’re blessed to live in such a place and have calm and wise leaders.

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  5. calmkate says:

    yes you literally take us there … the goslings, the crow, the picnic in the park, such eloquent words in magical surroundings! Thanks so much 🙂

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  6. markmkane says:

    Loved the pictures Kimberlee. Your words elegantly describe what many of us are seeing in our own community surroundings. It almost harkens back to the past where technology was nigh and times were much simpler.

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    • I think that’s why I’m hearing that many of us are now baking bread and working on craft projects…I’m not baking bread but I’m thankful I can buy local and support a small bakery or coffee bar. Thank you so much for stopping by, Mark, it’s always a joy to see your words here!

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    It’s lovely to get out in such nice weather. Your walk and picnic sound wonderful – I love a nice picnic in a beautiful place!

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    • We’re trying to keep a sense of normalcy as the world isn’t out of the woods yet…the forest seems worlds away from the pandemic and provides refuge from the relentless news.

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  8. murisopsis says:

    I love crows – they do like to hang around and somehow sense when they’ve found a receptive soul. I envy your variety of places and spaces to walk. We have to drive a bit to find shade and serenity… And I am also very very envious of your leadership. We are saddled with a ridiculous President.

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    • My heart goes out to our neighbours across the border, some calm leadership would go far in this tenuous world…let’s hope for some positive change in the world, pronto!
      We had two sweet crows drop by this morning for some peanuts, they’re a joy!

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  9. ugetse says:

    It is always a joy to receive notes from you. Your notes are so descriptives and so full of magic. Lately I have been walking in your path. To me, it bring nostalgia for what was and no longer is. I wish I had your beautiful faith. You bring us hope. You bring us love with your beautiful words. Thanks again Kim for another cheerful note and great photos.♥️😘💐

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    • I’m so glad we went on that magical walk after our gypsy picnic in the park, that path never fails to calm me with its wild green spaces!
      Thank you (always!) dear neighbour…

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  10. One visit to Victoria and the gardens there made me a fan for life…BC is now one of my favorite places to anticipate a return to!

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  11. The serenity of your post feels so opposite of what’s happening in the US, Kim. It’s like a breath of fresh air, even while it fills me with sadness. I love accompanying you on your walks and can see the goslings through your eyes, hear the music through your ears, smell the sea, and relax. Thank you for the peaceful post. It’s much needed. ❤ Be well.

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  12. Jolene says:

    Your words are heavenly, and speaks of understated grandeur. My mum and I feel very lucky to have visited BC / Vancouver last year, before all this mayhem around the world. You’ve painted some serene scenes indeed, almost nostalgic… Hope you and family stay safe. ☺️

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  13. michnavs says:

    It felt like i was walking with you too and is beside you in that picnic table with those delicious sandwiches you prepared.

    I am glad that restrictions are being eased down now..we just have to be careful though. Send my love to Shirley Kim❤❤❤

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    • My Mom is keeping well and wears a mask when she goes outside…I run into many of her neighbours who let me know how she’s doing…living in an independent apartment attached to a long term care facility that lost 11 souls to COVID-19 is tricky…everyone must adhere to the social distancing measures to keep the remaining residents and tenants safe.
      Thank you for stopping by and checking in, Mich, it’s much appreciated! X

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  14. Thank you for taking us on these beautiful walks Kim and it’s so lovely you had a crow for company too. The world is slowly opening up here and it’s a blessing to be so close to nature. Stay safe and well 💜 xxx

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  15. floweringink says:

    This is so beautiful. Otherworldly, Like a fairy tale. I feel as I I have gone a beautiful walk with you.

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  16. And this post leaves me breathless with the music of your words. Poetic and beautiful descriptions Kimberlee.

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  17. Travis says:

    Thanks Kim for your descriptive phrases, its almost like being there. I’m glad someone is enjoying my new picnic tables and knowing that it is you and Terry makes me happy, I miss you both. Don’t know when I will be back there, but hopefully we will be open at Lumbermen’s Arch soon, so hopefully see you soon.

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    • Hi, Travis!
      It’s great to hear from you and yes, we can hardly wait to welcome you back. Terry often walks by Lumberman’s Arch to see if the concession is open yet.
      When I wrote those phrases, I was hoping you might stop by and see them…

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  18. Miriam says:

    What a beautiful walk you’ve shared with us Kim, rich in nature’s beauty and like a wondrous colourful Monet painting. And how lovely to have that unexpected gift of music as well. Simply beautiful. Wishing you well as we step forward into a new earth. Love and hugs xx

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    • Nature is our only constant it seems, I’m so blessed to be able to access it when I falter…it makes me happy to have lovely readers like you walk with me, Miriam! Thank you for stopping by…
      I’m looking forward to accompanying you on your future road trips!

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