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March 7, 2016

“and I have miles to go before I sleep”

these words from a popular song were originally written by Robert Frost

P1080398and are playing over and over in my head

while stitching my homework

4 long evenings of intense stitching and I’m about one-quarter of the way to finished

P1080399working on a grid of six-inch squares

and I have to confess I’m not enjoying this!

on the Victoria waterfront – one of my favorite places on this fragile planet

P1080384one of two barges beached and grounded in stormy weather

the second barge had chemicals aboard and was floated and towed quickly

this one, surrounded with a boom to prevent any contaminated leakage

has been here for several days

as wind and waves pushes it more firmly ashore

P1080387you can see which way the prevailing winds blow by the shape of the trees on the bluff

 the oil companies assure us it is perfectly safe to navigate huge oil tankers up and down this coast

P1080388a little collection from the beach

pebbles, beach glass and a Canadian dime with the Bluenose sailing ship

can you imagine what they would look like covered in oil?

P1080390a more cheerful sight in the neighbourhood

a garage covered in beach stones with a soddy roof and daffodils

P1080394across the road the neighbours have their own flowers

P1080396two doors up the street the guardians of the gate are watching out for seagulls.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    March 11, 2016 11:18 am

    checking in from oz–sad about the barges, but glad that little handful of treasure is not oil smeared.


    • March 11, 2016 11:38 am

      Velma – I saw on your blog that you finally got off the ground, sounds like you are having a great time in Oz. Hope you survive the heat and don’t tangle with any roos.


  2. March 9, 2016 4:08 am

    No! I hate seeing that barge there! Ugh–I hope they get it away quickly and cleanly. The little sod-covered garage is a delight and so are your beach finds. Do you know the Canadian folksinger, Stan Rogers? He had a wonderful song about the Bluenose.


    • March 9, 2016 7:54 am

      Kerry – the barge is just a warning of future “accidents” and how impossible it is to be prepared for a quick response. Think every school kid knew Stan Roger’s song – now the replica Bluenose, in Nova Scotia, is in need of millions of dollars in repairs.


      • March 10, 2016 4:01 am

        American school kids don’t know Stan–our loss!


      • March 10, 2016 7:27 am

        Kerry – possibly todays Canadian kids don’t know about him either. My Mom’s family were Nova Scotian, maybe why I loved his music.


  3. Judi Bushby permalink
    March 7, 2016 7:02 pm

    Strange weather all over it seems. Autumn here and we’ve still got 36C+ temps and unexpected above average rain. Sstitching looks good. I did a similar piece for when I went to Bryan’s in October 2014 and I’m doing the hanten workshop on November. Maybe I should start stitching now! I look forward to reading all about the April one when you return and to seeing your jackets.


    • March 7, 2016 9:08 pm

      Judi – we’ve had a mild winter, the tug lost it’s tow because of human error a cause of marine “accidents” the oil industry refuses to acknowledge. The fabric is a light weight, crinkly linen which makes it easier to handle a large piece but a bit wiggly to stitch.


  4. March 7, 2016 4:51 pm

    Is your homework for a shibori class?


  5. trl710 permalink
    March 7, 2016 4:47 pm

    One woman in my group did her stitching on the plane. Her seatmates helped her!


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