Crows Fly Over Main Street

My daughter spent quite some time living in Vancouver.  For some reason I always put up a bit of a wall when the possibility of traveling there was considered.  I’ve had a friend living there for decades.  And then, Bobbie moved there.  But, I always felt some fears around its density, compactness or some unnamed unknown.  A drunk person poured an entire glass of beer down my back at a Dave Matthew’s concert in Rogers Arena one night, years ago, and the same night, I stayed in an Otto Rogers themed room. That sums up my experience of Vancouver, until recently.

On the afternoon and evening of August 20, 2019, I had opportunity to walk and see a touch of what my daughter experienced.  While I never did get to the water’s edge, I did walk a stretch of Main Street and visited one of her work places, a shop called, Front and Co.  I’ve snapped a few photographs of places along the way.  One has to admit that the vegetation is lush in Vancouver and varied.  I tried to capture that as well.

In the evening, we gathered to feast and to toast Bob.  One beautiful friend of the family delivered ‘Bob Likes Thai Food’ for dinner and another brought flowers and wine.  As we sat, sharing stories, a huge murder of  crows flew over our heads…a movement that is repeated each evening, like clockwork, over the house.  I was overcome with the magic of this, the sounds of it and will never forget it.

When it was pitch black, we walked and talked our way to the neighbouring cemetery.  There, we opened up a blanket and sat down, overlooking the lights of Vancouver.  We talked until the early hours of morning about absolutely everything, but mostly Bob.

I snapped a photograph of sculpture in the Vancouver air terminal before leaving.

I’ve recently had another dear friend move to Vancouver.  I have family in Comox.  Vancouver, I’ll be back!

Things Change

I purchased a kitchen chair for $5.00 at the second hand shop and decided to refurbish it to add another place at the feast table.  It’s a fantastic chair because it was solidly built in Canada.  I really like things that are manufactured in Canada!  I didn’t take a ‘before’ photo (the chair was painted white), but got one in the process.  I sanded off the old paint finish and then I adhered the Psalms and a portion of the Gospel of Matthew to the piece. Then  I began to paint layers, beginning with the red that you see here. 

Red at the elbows and ankles.

I then went into it with transparencies of burnt umber and pthalo blue, two of my favourites! I’m not certain that it’s done yet…I think I’ll be moving back into the metallic gold with some pthalo blue tomorrow.  It’s fun to watch things change while listening to good music.  Garnet Rogers, Stan Roger’s brother, played for this project.

An Afternoon With Garnet Rogers

Create some unity with gold.


Canadian Thanksgiving

Crazy Times

A feast set for 17 this year!  I send out my gratitude for the food, drink, friends and family!  I love you all and wish you bounty and safety throughout this coming year.



Adrienne, did you take my leftover mashed potatoes home and did you skim the apples off the carrots?