Friday, September 21, 2018

Meeting up with friends in Canada. . . . . . . . . .

We arrived in Victoria, British Columbia yesterday morning via ferry from 
Port Angeles, Washington. Cool and damp, with a little rain in the afternoon, 
it actually felt good after the heat, high humidity and post-hurricane conditions
left behind in North Carolina.

Meeting up with old friends is always fun. . . . . . . . meeting up with friends
whom you've only known via your blog for many, many years, is even more 
than fun, it's an awesome experience!

Here on beautiful Vancouver Island, I spent a few hours last evening 
having a delicious dinner with two very special, long time Canadian blog friends, 
Honora of 'Pondside' and Lorrie of 'Fabric Paper Thread'.
Our husbands were also there, to take photos of course, and whilst they 
talked at one end of the table, we three chattered non-stop for more
than three hours. . . . . . . about everything under the sun.

September 20, 2018 - Honora, Mary, Lorrie - Victoria, BC 

Thank you again Honora and Lorrie, for taking time to 
get together, for the sweet gifts I'll take home as memories of Canada
 and you, and most of all, your friendship via our blogs for so many years.
It was definitely written in the stars that we would meet some 
day, and at long last it happened!

We wished you, our mutual blog friends, could have all been there with us!

Off this morning to explore lovely Victoria.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Carolina wrens forever -

. . . . . . . . and even in the winds brought by Hurricane Florence.

My pair of sweet wrens stayed around all through the stormy days - looking 
for insects, chirping loudly, and taking shelter on the porch when the rains
were drenching everything. 
The sun is back at last and things will be drying out.
We had limited time to do a complete clean up outside before leaving for
 Canada very early yesterday morning. It will wait for our return.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Scribble Picnic ~ EXPLORATION

Our creative host Michael has resurrected SCRIBBLE PICNIC following a busy
 summer when we took a break. I've missed you all and hope you are ready to
share your fantastic art again.
Here's my story and art piece for this week's theme - EXPLORATION.

In January 2013 I took a trip to explore the bottom of the world. 
My first thoughts were probably the same as what most people think. 

Why on earth would you want to go there?
Because my best friend Paula invited me to celebrate 
our 50 years of friendship on an Antarctic expedition. 
We followed British polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's
 amazing January 1915 journey.

Isn't it all just white ice and snow?  
No, definitely not - think every shade of blue, green, and turquoise.

Isn't it freezing cold? 
In January it was summertime - temperatures were comfortable
 around 40F with light snow now and then.
Remember, no bad weather, just the wrong clothes. 
Travel always requires that you be prepared.

What is there to see? 
Icebergs, some over 2 miles long. Cobalt blue ice.
Hundreds of thousands of adorable penguins, stately black and
 white adults, and fluffy brown juveniles who will waddle up to you
 and peck your rubber boots.
Seals so fat and huge they make one actually feel petite.
Giant birds such as petrels and albatross flying overhead.
Barnacle covered whales spyhopping next to your Zodiac boat, 
 making eye contact - such a thrilling moment.

 It's too far away! 
Maybe not an afternoon sail, but two plus weeks on a fabulous 
expedition ship being waited on, fed well, talking to interesting people from 
around the world, and seeing incredible wildlife is fabulous, even in heavy swells.
OK, I admit crossing the infamous Drake Passage was more than swells!

Surely it's awfully dangerous!
Much in life is dangerous - driving in traffic, crossing the street,
eating contaminated lettuce, being robbed or worse in your own
comfy neighborhood. . . . . . and much more! 
Why pass up the chance of a life-changing, awesome adventure, breathing
 the cleanest air on the planet and sailing through the purest water, all because
 it's a little dangerous!

If interested in seeing more of my exploration of the Southern Ocean, 
Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Antarctica Peninsula, go HERE.

Meanwhile, consider joining us here at Scribble Picnic where you don't have to 
be 'an artist' (I'm not), but you can create something special to share with a lovely
 group of people from around the world.
Go HERE to read the FAQ's for the art co-op, then sign up and
join in. Hope to see you at the 'picnic' soon.

P.S.  For those of you who don't already know, I met up with Michael in
 Fort Collins, Colorado a few weeks back. Despite having followed each
 other's blogs for many, many years, we'd never met in person. 
Although too brief, it was an awesome time, and you can read my
 post on our time together HERE.

I am on my way to Canada - so am a bit late at the picnic!
Also, this hotel room is not the best place for WIFI so may have to 
leave my comments later, sorry!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Window Seat -

Crossing the Rocky Mountains - August 2018

I still prefer the window seat in order get a view when the clouds allow. . . . . . and
 of course to take photos of the often wild and awesome scenery below.
These days, on long haul flights, especially over night, I often take an aisle seat 
which makes it easier to get out if seat mates are sleeping.

Our trip planned for this week was somewhat questionable when
Hurricane Florence paid us a visit, but thankfully it looks like we'll make it. 
Planning to meet up with two very special long time blogging friends - and
many of you already know these lovely ladies - in one of our favorite cities
 on a beautiful island.
Western Canada we'll soon be on our way!
More later!

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