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My long, snowy walk took me through Beacon Hill Park. I wandered along all the paths beside the ponds, until I began to feel the cold.

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View of the Legislature Buildings on my way to the park.

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Entering Beacon Hill Park from Douglas Street. The Garry Oak meadow is an outline of lacy texture against the snow sky.

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View to the stone bridge. I love the subtle shades of green, yellow and blue amongst the grey and white.

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Autumn leaves which never fell.

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A small iron bridge over a tiny stream.

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Walking back home to Chinatown in the snowy dusk light. The trees which line Government Street are now illuminated with red and pink lights for Valentine’s Day.

I love our neighbourhood! Chinatown, the oldest in Canada and second oldest in North America, is beautiful and magical – and never more so than with snow! After hanging out with our visiting family, I spent the afternoon walking in a sparkling blizzard.

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We had a few lovely days of snow last week, a rarity for February on the Canadian west coast. Monday was the best day. We spent the morning with family who were visiting from up island.

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Breakfast at Mo:Lé, watching the snow.

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Such a pretty pup! Lovely Lana.

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Still life with snow.

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All snow smiles for M, her pup Lana, and Uncle GJ!

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M builds a tiny snow person.

 

The cats lend a hand in a variety of ways…

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Sunday afternoon, about to start a new project. Lovely warm sunbeams streaming in the windows. But then…

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… Bunny Drummond stole my chair!

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So, I moved everything over to the sofa, and embroidered a spider.

Sometimes, our wee cat Taxicab decides we cannot get along without her help. Today, she was helping GJ with his new drawing…

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For the last few years, we have hosted a group of friends for Christmas dinner. My favourite part of preparing for these events has been designing a display for the dinner table. We rarely use our large table for dining, as it is also GJ’s workspace, so it takes a special event to clear it off. This year, I chose a snowy woodland theme. I made five little trees with Sculpy low-fire clay, painted them white, and sprinkled the wet paint liberally with fine glitter. These were placed over battery-powered tea lights, and arranged with other candles and various curios we have collected. I cut some holly leaves from wool felt, and needle felted the berries, then combined these with sprigs of cedar to create napkin rings. I also decorated a trunk in the living room with cut glass dishes to hold pre-dinner snacks. The dinner was delicious, as was the table, if I do say so myself!

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