A year later since the last post in this blog, I finally have the opportunity to sit down, take a deep breath and share about one of the biggest moves in my life! - literally, we moved!
After living most of my life in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia which included: school days, raising family, jobs, hobbies, discovering the love of photography through travel and day-tripping into the surrounding countryside, my husband and I decided it was time to try living by the ocean!
So, after a major de-clutter that included many trips to the thrift store, gifting kids and grandkids with 'family treasures' and a few trailer loads to the dump with items no one but the dog valued, we loaded up a BIG truck and headed off to a beautiful little island that sits off of the Sunshine Coast in southwest BC.
As impossible as it seemed then (and still does now, as I look back) we landlubbers took to the waves with all our worldly possessions stuffed into a couple of moving trucks.
The first few months, while the weather stayed warm, we enjoyed a lot of visitors - family and friends who thought we'd lost our minds moving to a place that that was a little less than convenient to get to and where we didn't know much of anything of the history nor the people who live here. Indeed, it was and continues to be a fascinating adventure that beholds new discoveries every day.
We are humbled when we meet the grandchildren and great grandchildren of the early settlers who years ago moved here with all their hopes, dreams and hard work. We depend upon the kindness of our new neighbours to help us learn the history and introduce us to this community of long-time residents.
From the big sky over the beautiful and ever-changing scenery on the water to the lush, fern filled forests, to meeting the lovely people who live, or partially live here, we have been having the best time ever!
My joy is exploring...yes of course, with my camera in hand and my dog, Carmella always at my side.
Carmella eagerly looks forward to her daily walks, runs and swims. She absolutely loves it here and she amazes us with her predictable and very enthusiastic jumping when we reach for the leash. She weighs about 75 pounds, yet with little effort she can easily jump a couple of feet off the ground, repeatedly.
Every day holds an element of wonder that nature joyfully reveals.
The ever-changing land and waterscapes demand my camera's focus so much that my greatest challenge is finding time to sit at my desk and computer to make greeting cards. But no worry, that's what the rainy days of winter and early spring are for.
Already there are many cards in the making displaying the natural wonders God has given here in this corner of the world. New series are in the making including Costal Captures and Legacy Trees. Watch for new cards in our online store and in card racks in the venues that carry our cards.