Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves.” – Humbert Wolfe

It’s the first day of autumn and after an early morning rain and atmospheric mist, I’ve found a weathered bench to sit on above gently rolling waves – slate blue with the bright afternoon sun sparkling like champagne upon them dazzling my eyes, A lone paddle boarder makes their way across the expanse between two large leafy trees adding a grace note to the unfolding day. I hope it’s a sign of more beautiful days like this to come…

I try to collect grace notes throughout my days as we make our way out of this pandemic and the reckoning left behind. Every once in awhile I see someone walking down our busy urban sidewalks reading a book and it makes me smile. Despite collective worries they’ve managed to create a mobile sanctuary adding yet another grace note to the vista from my outdoor table at my local coffee bar. Although, my favourite readers are those I find reading in the fragrant grove just down our street enticing me to wander and get lost in my own book!

Any hope of more fleeting days of forever summer have been extinguished by cooler than normal temperatures and early storms, bringing relentless rain and fierce winds. Our bucolic neighbourhood lost another great tree one street over leaving part of the leafy street naked. It fell across the road taking one or two smaller trees with it while striking the side of a three story building and shattering a window. I wonder if those now unshaded windows will reveal dusty corners and surfaces creating extra fall cleaning for the tenants affected after the loss?

This October weekend has been awash in rain resulting in many cups of tea inside, catching up on correspondence and gathering the ingredients for hearty fall soups. In between the rain showers today I stepped out with only drops of water from the canopy above falling upon me from golden leaves, the summer sun stored within creating much needed faux light. Other colours compete for my attention too – glowing reds, burnished ambers and dark green.

A stop later by our local library and community centre yielded two gifts, a new magazine to take out and a notice board filled with the musings of fellow West Enders describing in beautiful poignant words what our vibrant community means to them. One magical excerpt described a swathe of green grass that became an oasis for a young father and his children during the harrowing lockdown of last year. Located beside a parking lot closed to discourage large crowds and movement, they named this sacred space Greenhill Park where it hosted many a picnic and precious playtime hours. I often walk by this lush parklet and after reading this man’s words I know I’ll be thinking about this West End space differently. Another writer wrote about her childhood wanders with her mother to the Saturday morning West End Farmers Market with her current read a constant companion. These two offerings lifted my spirits in place of the warm sun making the errands of the day effortless.

November-like weather has also wandered in early chasing away any lingering summer-like days of fall, luckily we’ve found a local sanctuary of our own to wander to in the aptly named Park Pub – a safe place to raise a glass against all storms and celebrate life!

This is the route I take to the fragrant grove down my street, I never fail to meet someone I know!
We went on a three hour wander through the forest and visited this ephemeral garden, this photo was taken earlier but even with a deluge of colourful autumn leaves, this sunburst design warmed my heart.
This gorgeous capture was taken on that three hour wander on a trail we call Jack’s Trail, it’s a wide open space where one can stretch out their arms and breathe deep…I stood for several minutes in sacred silence with only the falling rain, it was heavenly!
This beautiful capture is found above Third Beach, we came upon this peaceful spot after walking several favourite trails.
This stunning shot of English Bay (Vancouver, B.C.) was taken at the end of our rainy Saturday walk, we came home invigorated and settled in with a coffee for Terry and an English Breakfast tea for me!
As an added note from our rainy wander, a capture on one of our favourite trails showcasing the height of the trees in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).

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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32 Responses to Wandering

  1. Your words really brought autumn alive for me and I was taking time to absorb and appreciate the changes in season along with you. Happy Autumn Kim!

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Such lovely trails and nature you have access to, Kim. I love your mossy forests!

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    • We have 1,000 acres to explore, it’s very island-like as the forest is surrounded by kilometers of stone seawall…this spacious park was the perfect place to hang out during lockdown and even today we feel blessed to have moments where you feel you have the whole park to yourself.
      Thank you for enjoying the sights, Eliza and leaving such a lovely comment!

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  3. murisopsis says:

    Beautiful photos to punctuate your wonderful descriptions! Here it has gotten cold in just the last 2 days. We haven’t had to rake any leaves yet but it looks like this week will have pulled some green from the trees and possibly leave then bare in the next couple weeks!

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  4. Luanne says:

    What a beautiful blog post. Your words and the photos!

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  5. Your posts always leave me feeling peaceful, Kim. I can’t wait to visit your city and parks, drink tea or coffee at the cafes, and take in what feels like an artistic and creative community. Thanks for another lovely post and beautiful images of autumn. 🙂

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  6. ugetse says:

    Hi Kimita, love your text, love your photos. You are always very inspiring. Cannot wait to go back and visit my favorite trails shown here. Love also the citation. ♥️🥰🌹

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    • I was hoping Terry’s beautiful images would entice and inspire you…Terry shares the same name as the artist who created the natural installations, he thinks Terry may have created the “nest” on Jack’s trail (I’ll take you on that trail one day, Huguette!).
      I hope you checked on your door for some Halloween treats…

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  7. Ah it felt so autumnly lovely to wander and linger through with your post! I am totally inspired to go be lost in the woods for some hours of the day. Your words brought alive so many glimpses and the pictures so beautiful, I loved them all!

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  8. Aww, this post is gorgeous. It made me smile and feel grateful for where we live. The west coast is magical and ripe with beauty. I love your observations and appreciation for it all. Your words are calming and bring me so much hope. Thanks for that!

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    • I was thinking of you when I posted, West Coast friend!
      I read your recent post and left a comment but I’m not sure if it went through…your moonlit photo was beautiful and my heart went out to you regarding your recent loss.

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  9. markmkane says:

    Loved the pictures Kimberlee and especially your description of Autumn in your area. Living here in Hawaii I don’t get to see that season. I LOVE how you’re so descriptive, I always feel like I’m there walking by your side. You have such a talent for drawing the reader into your world and having them experience it as if it’s in real time!

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    • You would’ve loved my late afternoon walk home yesterday via English Bay and by the edge of the park, Mark!
      The recent storms left heaps of colourful leaves to walk through and intricate designs upon the grass…it was a very atmospheric and heady day after days of rain…there are still lots of trees that held on to their leaves which added to the beauty all around me.
      Thank you so much (always!) for joining me and others on these heavenly wanders!

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  10. Kathy says:

    Your blog feels like a grace note, all filled with evocative descriptions, beautiful pictures and hope. I am deeply breathing out: ahhhhh, thank you for all that you have given here.

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  11. Aww, thank you so much, Kim. It warms my heart to know that you thought of me when you wrote this post. I can’t believe how lucky we are, how beautiful and lush our surroundings are. It’s like Disneyland for our eyes and soul at all times. I’ll never take it for granted. Also, thank you for your kinds words about my loss. Sadly, I checked all my spam folders, and your comment is not there, so it’s off in the abyss somewhere. It means the world that you read and commented, so from the bottom of my heart, thank you. It appears we have woken to another fantastic west coast day. I hope you do some more exploring today and take it all in the way you always do. ❤️

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    • Wasn’t this past weekend incredible? My thoughts were with you as I lost my Dad three years ago on October 1st…I often wonder what his thoughts would be as we make our way through this pandemic, no doubt he would soften all the rough edges and make me smile.

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  12. calmkate says:

    your meander with nature and words are always heartwarming as you gently recall the wonder of being alive in a community where you belong!

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  13. It was good to take just a little trip back in time to the delights of autumn. Your beautifully described walk made me feel like I could see the scenery but also feel the heart and soul of the place.

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