A Reality Check For A Busy Body

I wish I could say I’ve been away; somewhere tropical sipping cocktails with tiny umbrellas, taking pictures of my sun-kissed toes which I then posted on Instagram for my 4 followers but the truth, dear readers and friends, is far uglier, even sinister.

I have been busy.

Mad busy.  Mostly busy with work but also busy dealing with Life’s unexpected challenges, like yesterday’s unforeseen trip to the doctor for a tetanus shot because…

of busyness.

There I was in the kitchen, mobile phone cradled between left ear and raised shoulder, talking about a photographic shoot our company had commissioned, while opening a can of tomato paste when the call ended and I  rushed to complete the task at hand because I had a campaign to finalize and a How-To doc to submit and so, lifted the rest of the lid with what I thought was my thumbnail but in fact I used my thumb and there was blood, lots of blood and I had a flashback to a day, not so long ago, when we had to rush my eldest son to the doctor when he was four (maybe five) for a tetanus shot when he stood on a rusty nail..

The doctor was kind but he looked at me disapprovingly when I explained that I wasn’t really thinking.  I just did it like I was Superwoman because some days, most days lately, I feel like Superwoman.   And right then, I knew I was in trouble. I was trying to make dinner in under ten minutes which is unusual for me, because I love cooking. Correction: Used to love cooking.

What happened?

While I write this, I realize that ‘my word for 2015’ – the word I chose for myself this year was ATTENTION. In fact, there were two words: WONDER and ATTENTION and the two are interchangeable now, because if I am not paying attention I am missing out on all the wonder….

Just this past week I had the opportunity to visit one of the world’s most spectacular gardens – The Butchart Gardens, on Vancouver Island.  I went to the island on a business trip and then, since hubby accompanied me, decided to stay on an extra day.

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‘Sunken Garden’ Butchart Gardens – photo: Y McAdam

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Sweet peas! LOVE them! Photo: Y McAdam

One of the first thoughts I had on getting back home was ‘I have to go back’.  I have to go back and drink in all that beauty and sink my toes into the dark earth and watch for the unfurling of petals; the rustling of leaves.

I’m less harried now.  My heart is lighter – happier.  And it’s because I’m sharing this with you and because I am writing again, and the writing is not for work, it’s not going to pay the bills but it fills up my Spiritual tank.

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The Exotic And The Exquisite

My favourite flower is probably the peony and I say “probably” because part of me thinks it’s ridiculous to favour one perfect creation over the other – like who doesn’t like a rose or a perfectly skirted tulip?

See, I tried to capture the peony’s loveliness but my camera failed me (once again).   This particular peony was being courted by a striped knight when I took this picture.  He was lost inside her; deep within the golden centre of her loveliness.

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For some truly exceptional pics of peonies and other flowers visit this blog.  Beautiful, right?

Anyway I love peonies.  I read about them in Africa – long before I crossed the equator on my way north.

I came across them in a book and I am sure the book was Memoirs Of A Geisha.

I read about their exquisite lushness before I actually saw one and before I could pronounce “peonies”.  I would read them as “pee-oh-nees” and then one day in conversation with an American friend of mine, Tracey, I said ‘I love those fluffy-looking, pom-pom flowers.  Y’know pee-oh-nees” and my friend frowned so hard her face cracked into a grimace.

‘No,’ she said,’not “pee-oh-nees” but “pee-a-nees” with a  soft ‘ah” sound.’

But then I came to Canada.  And everyone I know here pronounces it as “pee-nees”.

I don’t know if it matters really.  I just know I  love peonies.  I ❤ peonies so much I’ve been working on a poem.  In it I hope to describe something of their exotic appeal and satin-like loveliness and how when I’m near them, I fall in love all over again with life.

Do you have a favourite flower?  Is such a thing possible?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sights Seen (and some Imaginings) on my Sunday Walk

Just before the clouds burst I ventured out and into the park and found this clever sign.Image

 

 

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Once in the forest I followed this path: safe in the knowledge that the forest beings appreciate the sweet crumbs and dry fruit I leave behind and have granted me and mine safe passage past faerie rings and frost giant kingdoms.Image

 

On the other side; ducks waited on silver pond for their Sunday share.

And at the end of my hour walk I stopped in the village for my own reward:-)

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