Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Bench With A Message & A Bottle

THE BENCH at Elgin Heritage Park facing the Nicomekl River is one I walk by often. The plaque on the bench titled Hugh’s View gives people a reason to pause. It reads, “Love, compassion and integrity make a family strong.”

A bottle in a paper bag littered the bench one day. Its open mouth gaped at the scenery in odd juxtaposition to the noble sentiments attributed to Hugh.

The drinker was likely wrapped up in his inside rather than outside view.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Stuffed Toys Ready For Pickup By The Fence

WE ARE never too young or old for a stuffed toy to cuddle but some (no matter how cute) overstay their welcome. This bear, with the year 2000 sewn into the bottom of its foot, and two bunnies that might have been Easter gifts looked forlorn in the shade of a big fence at a home where they once were cherished. Will a new family scoop them up or will they end up in the trash I wondered?

Almost everyone has found comfort in plush animals. They peak our imaginations and sit politely in tiny chairs at children's tea parties. They are as consoling as security blankets and as forgiving as pet puppies. I don't remember my childhood favourite but my daughter's favourites have a place in my home. Most are stored in plastic bags waiting for a new generation of hugs.

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Sunday, 14 June 2015

Shady Spot For Cool Cat

CLEVER CATS like this one curled into the tail end of a shady spot know how to stay cool on rainless hot days.

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Family Heirlooms & History Up For Grabs

A SHADOW fell over the colourful memorabilia hanging on a picket fence. At the foot of the fence, a number of items no longer useful to the family having a yard sale were bagged, boxed and openly displayed.

Remnants of a trip to Hawaii, a cardboard box marked "gloves", a lamp with a burgundy shade, his and her lifejackets, and a plaque with the word "babe" on it were all available to new owners at a fair price.

It is easy to feel like a spy, detective and time traveler all rolled into one at yard sales. They not only reveal interesting family history but also show how fashion, entertainment, home d├ęcor, humour and cultural trends subtly evolve over time.

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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Carefully Tended Community Garden

ONE OF THE littlest libraries in BC is at the foot of the Alexandra Community Garden. I might be reading too much into it but the honour system must flourish here amid the plants since there is no need for a library card.

Thanks to the welcoming atmosphere created by volunteer-tenders from the Rosemary Heights and White Rock Senior Villages, passersby can pause a while to read or dream or watch the vegetables grow.

I noticed that the birdbath was scrubbed clean and replenished with water.

The daisies were primped and gloriously beaming.

Strawberry plants were heartily growing and a picnic table ...

set with a vase full of flowers was prettily arranged by the garden tenders.

Down the street, a poppy with bluish-gray spores waved as I walked by. I have seen pink and red but this lone pale-purple bloom was a garden unto itself.

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Dad's Parking Sign At The Fence

UNLIKE the neighbouring seaside town of White Rock, Crescent Beach in Surrey is remarkably empty of parking meters. This adds to its appeal for visitors such as myself who drive there almost daily to go for walks along the waterfront.

On warm summer days it sometimes seems as if Crescent Beach is the weekend destination for all the Lower Mainland. Visiting vehicles are often parked in front of local homes, making it awkward for the people who actually live there.

Understandably, signs have sprung up to indicate where folks cannot park. My favourite is a slightly bent sign (above) tacked onto a strong cedar fence that says Dad’s Parking Only … All Other Will Be Crushed. Looks as if someone actually tried to remove the sign that I am happy to say could not be crushed. It sets a friendlier tone than some others.

Now here is a sign that means business.

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