Sunday, July 31, 2016

back porch mirror

a soft, hard-working day . . . . cleaning and painting and organizing . . . . the second day in a row where this has been availabe to me . . . this little view into one of the back porch mirrors shows the rave little plants putting forth luscious pink flowers despite the drought conditions we have experienced for several months now . . .

Saturday, July 30, 2016

watch cat

after a brief but fruitful morning meeting, sid has agreed to terms as my watch cat . . . .

Friday, July 29, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

african violet

this is the very first african violet i have ever had that actually grew flowers!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

through jackson park

i rode out to the west end to visit my daughter as she worked at the fruit and vegetable stand out there . . . the journey was lovely . . . . passing through parts of cavan swamp and the gorgeous old forest in jackson park itself . . .

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


rain fell in the night . . .

Monday, July 25, 2016

up above . . .

canada geese making their way downriver . . . there was consternation when they saw me stop high above them, but - with steely resolve - they regrouped and continued on their paddle to the sea . . . .

Sunday, July 24, 2016

the dragonfly

resting on the wall right by the front door to my home . . .

Saturday, July 23, 2016

lily pads

it was a pretty warm day for riding. so i took extra water, 
and stopped every time i saw something that was beautiful!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016


this moment . . . a thistle so vibrant in a sea of queen anne's lace . . . captures my experiencing of this day . . . a warm and abundant day . . . lots and lots of pretty much everything. i began my day by stopping at the Silver Bean CafĂ© to pick up a little pile of giant cookies for an early morning tea party i was to share with seven (four-to-seven year old) girls and their yoga/dance/drama/art /music teacher at The Hummingbird Academy. it was loud, lots and lots of laughter, and for me - super-fun, and so very reminding of the lovely innocence and clear insights of little children. 
from there i rode my bike to lakefield and back . . . a hot hot ride for sure, but oh so gorgeous! in the afternoon i got to head back the hummingbird to share time with the little gang of girls as they painted. i'll post pics of that event later.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


i'm riding each and every day. reconnecting my body, my head, and my heart. 
an ojibwe friend of mine - lorenzo whetung - told me years ago that my rides are where i go to experience what he releases and receives in a sweat lodge. (nawww, not just sweat!) 
today, i caught myself flying, with the wind pushing me and the sky so very big and filled with the sort of clouds that take my eyes off the road and i knew that i had to stop. 
just stop. 
so i did, and spent time beside this beautiful river . . . 
stopping. it's under-rated . . . .

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

see what it's got

some people see skies that are "threatening" and cancel whatever outdoor event they are planning.

it's just like life . . . ride into the storm not away from it . . . see what it's got!!!

a morning ride . . .

no it didn't rain . . . !!

Monday, July 18, 2016


sid stands watch over the comings and goings on the sidewalk in front of my home . . .

Sunday, July 17, 2016

under changeable skies

a beautiful ride with my friend kris took place under changeable skies . . .
great white, grey and sometimes dark clouds drifted overhead . . . .

Saturday, July 16, 2016

from the sky

as i was tidying the front gardens . . . little twigs and leaves fell from above. i'm guessing it was the squirrels . . .

Friday, July 15, 2016

my favourite backdoor

there are two backdoors to my home.
this is one of my favourites!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

reed reflections

the wind was stirring up the skin of the water.
this caused the reed reflections to waver and wander . . . .

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

an early morning ride

an early morning ride beside a still-as-glass river . . . .

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

bike ride to lakefield

a bright, blustery ride up to lakefield and back . . .

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2016


i love falling asleep or waking to falling rain . . . . when it's on the other side of the window of course!

Friday, July 8, 2016

sid the regal beast . . .

today's porch guest was sid. unlike his neighbourhood chum miss scruffypants, sid is not partial to listening to me read to him. nope. sid prefers to bask in the adulation and praise that befits the feline king of the street.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

summer home

frank dizzle - the class fish - has arrived home after a bumpy ride in his "dizzlebucket "on my bicycle.
here he is enjoying his summer home . . . .

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

read aloud with the neighbour's cat . . .

yesterday. practicing a new read-aloud (for my class this autumn) with the neighbour's cat . . . miss scruffypants.

at first she has on her long-suffering look . . .

then she pulls out the "wellllllll alright then" . . . . look . . . .

but when the story gets going . . . she hunkers in . . . . .