Cycling to Royal Roads

So much fun to meet up and cycle with friends Dan and Shelley.
We have skiied and cycled together in the Kootenays and in Japan and cycled in the Loire region of France. This spring we met up in Victoria to cycle out to the gardens at Royal Roads University.

Kayaking


Thanks to a referral from a friend of a friend I have a 3 month housesit on the west coast of Vancouver Island this winter. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be kayaking with new buddies and to have a winter of adventures to share.

A local choir

While housesitting in a small village in the Loire Valley I was invited to attend the choir practise for an upcoming performance of Mozart’s Requiem. My neighbour asked me to take photographs for the choir’s website and I was thrilled to be hearing the music from within the choir.

Back in La Creuse

It’s wonderful to be welcomed back by one of my favourite characters. I do love my repeat housesits. I’m back for my third time here with Henry, Marika and Benny and the chooks and ducks and fish. Alright, really it’s just Benny and Marika and Henry who actually remember me, the chooks and ducks and fish simply accept my care without much personality involved. I do enjoy watching the chooks and ducks interact with one another. And the fish rise to feed and let me catch glimpses of them.
Lovely to be here together!

Keeping cool

Recently I accompanied one of my favourite dogs and her owner to walk around a large local lake. We ended our walk at the dogfriendly beach where Ruby made a new friend and cooled off from her run. Sue and I enjoyed exchanging travel stories and sharing time together with Ruby. Another great summer day!

Diving again

Great to be back diving one of my favourite sites on Pender Island with dive buddies Carol and Derek. Carol and Derek have shared their knowledge and love for this beautiful area with me for several years. It’s wonderful to be back in the water together.

Happy Canada Day

The views are always spectacular from my friends’ James Bay condo and this evening’s fireworks were as fabulous as the the sunsets and sunrises. Such a wonderful day spent cycling, swimming and walking along the seashore.

Sharing a housesit with longtime friends

It’s always a pleasure spending time together with longtime friends in beautiful new locations. Many of my homeowners have encouraged me to invite family and friends to visit and stay with me while Im caring for their pets and home.
More love all round!
Recently my longtime friends Dick and Micki joined me on Saltspring Island. Dick is an accomplished musician who plays in 4 different bands in Victoria. Jimmy was lulled to sleep while Dick played a waltz.

Spontaneity


Todai-ji Temple in Nara houses the Daibutsu Buddha. His right hand is expressing the mudra to repel fear.
I’m dealing with fear of loss of freedom and mobility since my ski injury last year. I’ve been physically active all my life, with no serious injuries or illnesses. Last year I broke my fibula and stretched my ACL. I was walking within 5 weeks of the accident and had excellent results from working with a physiotherapist and an acupuncturist.
But it was 6 months before I felt like myself again.
Ive hiked and cycled and walked and practiced yoga and qi gong. I feel strong and flexible.
I decided not to ski this season.
When in Nara recently I visited the Todai-ji and saw kids sliding through a hole in one of the pillars.
Then an adult crouched down and slid through the pillar.
And so did I.
A spontaneous moment.
And I replay the sensation. And try to retain the delight of sliding through.
I hope to return to backcountry skiing.
Meanwhile I shall seize every spontaneous moment that presents itself.