Sunday, October 10, 2010

Canadian Thanksgiving

    It's a gorgeous, sunny day. The temperature is in the high teens. [centigrade]  It honestly couldn't be better!! I think the earlier Thanksgiving date makes much more sense than celebrating it in November, when it's cold and dark, and much too close to Christmas. [which is my least favorite time of year]
    I spent the morning doing some decent painting  ... for a change.  And this afternoon, I've been out with the lad, having a great ride. I am still keeping our sessions short, as his hind leg still swells a bit, and the bone bruise is large. I'm also cold hosing after a ride. Rode him quite loosely today as well, all off my legs, and let his head pretty much go where it wanted as far as length of neck. I did it this way because yesterday I rode him more "put together" on the hands and legs. He was just fine with that today.
    I was also irresistably drawn to the garden early this afternoon. The flowers are still blooming, so I got my camera to collect some reference photos for painting this winter.
    Driving to work on Friday, I heard that a horrific winter is predicted for Vancouver ... the worst since 1955!!! My stomach was in knots all day thinking about it! I HATE winter: the cold, the dark, the snow. I will not drive in it. I've had two accidents driving in the snow, and now I completely balk when it comes to getting around in it. My version of Hell is not fire and brimstone; it's ice and snow and cold and dark.
    Enough about that! It's sunny and warm. Let me show you some of the photos I took today.

Roses are in bloom

Note the honeybee on the aster



  1. Wow! The lighting and vivid colors are spectacular. What a glorious day. Happy Thanksgiving. And I hope your winter is mild and over quickly, too.

  2. Darn, I just lost an entire comment, so I'll start again.

    Hi Kathryn,

    I just found your blog. I love your floral photography and your horse paintings are gorgeous!

    Don't you just hate it when they start telling us how bad the coming winter is going to be? (I've never heard them say it's going to be a really nice, mild, green winter. Darn.) Try not to worry about it - we'll get through it.

    They're saying here, in Ontario, it's going to be a really cold winter. Cold, I don't mind but like my Dad always said, "the older you get, the more you hate the snow."

    It was a super Thanksgiving Day here too. Yup, I agree, it sure beats having a Thanksgiving Day in the colder weather.

    As Arnold used to say ....... I'll be back......


  3. I just wanted to say thank you so much for visiting my blog and for leaving your lovely comment. You have a lovely blog here and some stunnig photographs! I am looking forward to seeing some of your paintings :0)