Sweet Tidings

May and October, the best smelling months? December: evergreen, frost, wood smoke , cinnamon.” – Lisa Kleypas

A creamy hot chocolate and Harry Potter were my companions today after practicing yoga at home amid the tail end of yet another historical weather system. The sun made an appearance earlier in the afternoon but soon became swallowed up by stormy clouds and falling rain.

The West Coast has been hosting a rare weather bomb (Bomb Cyclone) for two days now resulting in falling temperatures, pounding rain and destructive winds. Trees bursting in brilliant colour dance as gracefully as they can holding fast to their fluttering leaves while others stand sentinel over heaps of soggy leaves ready for winter. On my way to the shelter of the coffee bar I walked on sidewalks blanketed in a tapestry of fallen leaves, the mingling of colour reminding me of another place and time – the weaving of burgundy, dark green and mottled pale yellow resembling medieval wall hangings.

Back at home we were treated to a darkening sky reflected in neighbouring apartment tower windows – with fast moving clouds in shades of smoky peach travelling in between shards of bright sunlight revealing heavenly blue. Lately, the unsettling weather has paused briefly before a welcome flash of sunset resulting in glorious double rainbows, sweet tidings to those of us struggling during an autumn bereft of sun. Rainbows are a sign of hope and the ones that manifested this fall lifted our spirits…

Late November erupted in a once in a century weather event that created widespread flooding, dangerous land slides and loss of life. A town (Merritt) that I lived in briefly in my early twenties was left underwater and its 7,000 residents evacuated. In the aftermath here in our neighbourhood, we were left with lots of debris with parts of the stone seawall and sand strewn across paths by high tides. A huge barge was flung upon the rocky shoreline near Sunset Beach (where it still remains with a sign recently erected, Barge Chilling Beach, as a holiday gift to our city) and a curious wander down to the sea brought part of those stormy days we witnessed to life.

Lately I’ve tucked into Veranda Cafe’s cozy environs to enjoy another small hot chocolate or two and recently after a beautiful dry autumn walk up to the bookstore left behind the previous week’s heartbreaking images and the bare shelves we’ve noticed in our local shops as folks grapple with the reality of possible supply chain issues due to the damage sustained by several highways, effectively cutting off the city of Vancouver from the rest of the province and country. Thankfully, a state of emergency has been implemented (and at the time of this writing remains in place), army service personnel have arrived and the cleanup has begun.

The holiday season is now upon us too and once again, we’ll have to be creative with gift giving and gathering. Sweet tidings still abound in rare sunshine moments warming my back and in long walks through the park greeting fluttering golden leaves still clinging to trees that survived the onslaught of rain and wind. Wood smoke wafts through the air as colourful lights beckon from once darkened windows and as I wrote to a dear neighbour this morning – as long as we have music, art, and beloved books upon our tables, we are happy and well.

This wishing well looks magical surrounded by late autumn colour in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).
The Reindeer Cafe located near the miniature railway has hosted many picnics and served some delicious food over the years. It’s lovely to stop by and say “hello” to Travis (and Terry, too) especially during Bright Nights in Stanley Park.
This beautiful capture of Third Beach from Ferguson Point looks so inviting, in the height of summer we can imagine ourselves on a beach in Hawaii!
Oystercatchers are a joy to watch at this time of year, they are welcome visitors in late autumn!

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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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27 Responses to Sweet Tidings

  1. I’m glad you’re safe Kim and seem to be rolling with a good attitude. We had a tornado watch with strong winds and so many crazy weather events around the country. They remind me to appreciate what I do have.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    So many rough storms lately, hope your area gets back on track soon, Kim. Enjoy creatively!

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  3. murisopsis says:

    The weather has been brutal all over – we had high winds that peeled the siding off a house and felled several trees just north of us. We however had no damage… I hope Vancouver is back to normal soon and the shelves are restocked before the holidays!

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    • It’s funny, as we shop, some stores are bereft of holiday chocolate and tea while others have no frozen pizzas in their freezer cases! Luckily, we’ve been able to access what we need…we are also in awe of all the machinery and operators working day and night to repair bridges and highways as well as the many communities coming together to help their neighbours get back into their homes, sweet tidings for sure!
      I hope you have a calm holiday season filled with peace, love and joy!


  4. Kathy says:

    Your blog is a sweet tiding. Wishing a wonderful storm-free holiday week ahead!

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Kathy! The sun is shining, there is snow on the local mountains making spirits bright and this morning’s frosty rooftops bring to mind winter…I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday weekend and all the best in the coming new year.


  5. I’m glad you’re finding ways to enjoy the stormy weather, Kim, and I’m glad the clean-up has begun. Hopefully, things will start feeling back to normal soon. My heart goes out to those who lost their homes and precious loved ones. Thanks for taking me on your walk and out for hot chocolate. Happy Holidays. ❀

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    • I’m so glad you joined me on my walk and out for a delicious hot chocolate, Diana! There is good news just before the holidays, one of the major highways linking the lower mainland to the interior reopens tomorrow…in light of other recent news, we are all focusing on simple pleasures, feeling gratitude for our current good health and spreading as much kindness as possible.
      I hope your heart and home is filled with peace, love and much joy this holiday season!

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  6. Miriam says:

    How lovely to walk with you again Kim and to enjoy the world through your eyes. Seems these storms have battered much of the world. I hope the weather is calm and settled for Christmas. Enjoy all those beautiful simple things. I wish you all the joys of the season. πŸ’œ xx

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  7. markmkane says:

    Loved this Kimberlee! The pictures were beautiful and I liked that touch of history that you put in there. It helps to give some insight into the places you visited. As always, you paint such a vivid scene within my mind’s eye. You truly have the gift of prose. Please continue to do what you do!!!

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  8. calmkate says:

    wow that does sound like extreme weather, so glad you are safe and able to access what you need. Praying they get those roads and bridges sorted soon!

    Lovely photos and memories, I took a shot of a rainbow shining faintly through a heavy deluge … got to spot those signs that nature will survive πŸ™‚

    Warm seasonal wishes to you both, and enjoy a hot chocolate on me πŸ™‚

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  9. It is always such a joy to visit you on your walks, and the glimpses you bring us. I love the wishing well, I love it so much I actually have a small one in my little courtyard. The weather did bring a lot of intensity last month, so happy to know you stayed warm and enjoyed your visits around town!

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  10. Beautifully atmospheric, vivid writing as always Kim. I’m catching up, so I hope the bad weather and supply problems are well behind you now.

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