I Dreamed of posting for 26 Consecutive weeks to Celebrate each letter of the alphabet for ABC Wednesday's final run-through after 10 years with the Current roster of Dedicated hosts at the helm. However, my Decision to learn to Draw as a total beginner, and then to Choose the subject of Critters so that I could satisfy last week's "C" theme and join Eileen's Saturday's Critters, was a Challenge that took me two weeks to Complete. This on-line lesson came with a video but no instructor, and pausing to piece together the steps to the final image was Discouragingly slow. I gave up for Days at a time but finally Dug Deep and Completed the lesson. Officially, this is my Contribution for the letter "D" but the Capitalized "C" words (not bold) are a token effort to Catch up the missed post.
On Saturday, I took a video of Bill encouraging Black Jack to Dash through the snow. If you listen carefully, you can hear my gasps of pleasure as I watch them.
During our week of good weather, we went to English Bay a couple of times. I tried to get some photos of Black Jack but..
elve into each nook and Cranny, Determined to oust any and all critters.
The last time we were there (Thursday, Feb.2), the Divine sun gave just enough warmth in the afternoon to make the ride Doable for the three of us. This robin..
We've also been to Olympic Village Park a Couple of times. You can see my shadow, and that of another person, as I photograph the beaver Dam.
to a beaver, that's all in a Day's work.
Though we didn't spot beavers on this most recent visit, we saw lots of Ducks.
"Just follow me!"
this article tells quite an amusing story of a Vancouver person who's relationship with crows is much more strained. There is Definitely more to Discuss on the topic, so I hope to return to it in the near future.
I am always intrigued by Athleticism and Discipline, so whenever we go to our "secret" outdoor Court to play pickleball, we walk across the street afterwards to watch the skateboarders under the Cambie Bridge.
I will turn 70 tomorrow. I have been a slow learner in life, but the older I get, the more I appreciate having so much left to learn. For one thing, I will have to live a very long time to acquire even a modicum of the knowledge I've missed. For several years now, Bill and I have read aloud to each other every evening unless we are going out. We choose a variety of genres and subjects and many stories have affected me Deeply, but the last book we completed stands in a Class by itself. I knew about the Cultural revolution in China and about the Tiananmen Square protests, but this book brought the composers, musicians, writers, and other artists to the front of my mind as never before. It made me think about the Children as well, and I find myself looking at all oppressed people in a new light. Let's just say I highly recommend the book if you are looking for a good read.
Another discovery came about because Bill ordered tickets to see an Early Music Vancouver concert. Paul, his nephew-in-law, was performing (he is in the front, in the photo below), and Alexander Weimann was conducting, and he knew the performance would be first class, but what I didn't know is that I would meet two new Composers for the very first time. Hearing their music and learning something of their stories absolutely blew me away. I'll just mention one here; Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges was born to a plantation owner and his African slave, Nanon. His accomplishments as a violinist, conductor, composer, swordsman, dancer and as an advocate for political equality are truly extraordinary. You can read more about him here and one of his symphonies can be heard here.
Alexander Weimann runs on stage in this photo. He made us smile when he said that he felt like a "pig in mud" to have such a wonderful orchestra under his baton.
Coming back to critters to Conclude the post, I will Cut the Commentary to only the briefest of Descriptions.
Barrow's Goldeneyes on English Bay.
As much as we enjoyed the sun, it wasn't warm enough to melt the ice that had formed on Beaver Lake. The ducks were impressed.
or should I say, Demanding, handouts.
Yet another trip to Olympic Village park. A female Merganser showed up.
Here we are at The Buzz, our favourite art gallery café.
You can see through the window that it is snowing, but we are snug and warm and surrounded by art. We Dawdled as long as possible before leaving. I hope in this gargantuan post that you have made at least one Discovery to catch your interest. Many thanks for Dropping by, and many thanks to the ABC hosts and to Eileen, Critter-watcher extraordinaire! Their links are at the top of the page in case you would like to Contribute your own stories next week.