Today marks the first day of the new Chinese lunar year – for 2015, it is the Year of The Wooden Sheep. Our neighbourhood, Canada’s oldest Chinatown, is very busy at this time of year! This coming Sunday, from noon until 4, the festivities include a Lion dance, dragon performances, kung fu and tai chi demonstrations, traditional dancing, and Chinese tea ceremonies.

2015 Year of the Sheep (© Firehorse Designs 2015)

2015 Year of the Sheep (© Firehorse Designs 2015)

The Gates of Harmonious Interest, Chinatown, Victoria BC.

The Gates of Harmonious Interest, Chinatown, Victoria BC.

The 500 block of Fisgard Street, Victoria BC, decorated with new lanterns for the New Year.

The 500 block of Fisgard Street, Victoria BC, decorated with new lanterns for the New Year.

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The sweet subtle signs of spring are literally in the air – we experienced the occasional scent of cherry blossoms on our long walk yesterday. Here are a few photos from in and around Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC.

Lots of snowdrops and the green beginnings of many other spring flowers.

Lots of snowdrops and the green beginnings of many other spring flowers.

These daffodils are early. Another week of this weather and they will be in full force.

These daffodils are early. Another week of this weather and they will be in full force.

Snowdrops, right on time. (Not unusual for snowdrops in January, and they have been around for a few weeks now.)

Snowdrops, right on time. (Not unusual for snowdrops in January, and they have been around for a few weeks now.)

The crocus, right on time.

The crocus, right on time.

Pink, pink, pink; so pretty!

Pink, pink, pink; so pretty! The cherry blossoms are early this year.

Early rhododendrons, usually in their full bloom in March and April.

Early rhododendrons, usually in their full bloom in March and April.

We received some beautiful tulips last week, so thought I’d photograph them with some of our treasures.

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Here are a few new pieces I’ve made in the last couple months. Some are available here.

Jade, freshwater pearls, labradorite, brass, chalcedony and velvet. © Firehorse Designs 2015.

Jade, freshwater pearls, labradorite, brass, chalcedony and velvet. © Firehorse Designs 2015.

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Jade and brass on braided cord. © Firehorse Designs 2015.

Mother of pearl and brass on braided cord. © Firehorse Designs 2015.

Mother of pearl and brass on braided cord. © Firehorse Designs 2015.

Black Jasper and brass on braided cord. © Firehorse Designs 2015.

Black jasper and brass on braided cord. © Firehorse Designs 2015.

Black jasper, pearls, velvet and copper. © Firehorse Designs 2014

Black jasper, pearls, velvet and copper. © Firehorse Designs 2014

Such a good helper (hinderer), just when GJ is working! Sweetest little girl…

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Lovely cold crisp morning today; perfect for an early-morning walk. Here are a few shots from around the Inner Harbour, Victoria BC Canada.

View out at the Inner Harbour from the south side of the Malahat Building/Old Victoria Custom House…

View out at the Inner Harbour from the south side of the Malahat Building/Old Victoria Custom House…

… and from the north side.

… and from the north side.

Entrance to historic Bastion Square.

Entrance to historic Bastion Square.

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