I don’t have any new Canadian photos to post, but in honour of my country’s 146th birthday I have posted a photo of what I have come to think of as my home. I hope you like it.
To my Canadian friends and family…Happy Canada Day!
This year has been momentous. I have watched as my family and I have adapted to our move from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, to Jakarta, Indonesia. I moved from teaching in a public school to an international, private school. I moved from one of the most beautiful places in the world (nah…it is the most beautiful) to a place I haven’t figured out yet. I moved from mountains and rivers to busy streets and overpopulation. I moved from ease and comfort (with a bit of financial challenge) to a place of challenge.
2012…the year of the move.
I was on my way home tonight and the clouds parted a little and made me think there was a chance I’d see some nice weather. No such luck.
Sadly, as I look at this photo, I can’t help but hope for some Spring weather. It seems like everyone else is getting nice weather but me.
Do I sound whiny? I think so.
Hi. There was a school dance last night. This means that I put in a 18 hour day. I was up at 5:10ish, was teaching by 7:15, was supervising the dance by 6:30 and got home around 11:00.
Right now, my brain feels as though it is made of concrete. It is largely immovable, heavy, and grey. Lifeless, really. Now, all I have to do is get through the day. Thanks God, for Fridays.
It snowed last night. Right here, in the Lower Fraser Valley of British Columbia. It dumped snow for many hours, but there’s always a little green to go around. This is kind of what winter looks like where I live.
This is one side of my commute home. Despite my distaste for snow and winter cold, I do consider myself lucky that this is my eyeful on the way home every day. Pretty sweet. Or, maybe, just pretty.
It was chilly today in the valley. Must have hovered just above zero for most of the day. I know this because this morning, when the raindrops left on my car were frozen, the mountains all had fresh caps of snow. A lovely bunch of cupcakes with vanilla frosting. This evening as I returned home, the frosting was still there.
I took a detour tonight, through the farms that exist alongside the highway. The blur in the foreground is one of the many friends I’ve made on my commute.
Pretty floating mountains (I think Cheam and a couple of others).
Pentax K20D; Sigma 70-210mm; f8; ISO 100; 1/160 sec.
Hi. I’ve been a bit busy lately, so I thought I’d tell a short story through photos to illustrate part of why I’ve taken an accidental one month hiatus from posting photos. Besides the ending of the school year, which was busy (as usual) and emotional (we lost quite a few staff members to layoffs, transfers and retirement), the Family B moved. We sold our house in May and moved on July 1st. We’ve found a few perks have come with moving to a new house.
This is Cultus Lake. It’s a summer retreat that fills up with Lower Mainlanders from everywhere from Vancouver to Chilliwack. It used to be 40 minutes away from home; now it’s only 15 minutes away. Yay!
Yesterday morning the kids and I went for a walk. This is off the Rotary Trail, which is five minutes from our front door. I guess there’s no excuse not to go for walks along the river.
Last night, while barbecuing on our deck, I snapped this photo (actually a photomerge of two photos to create the panorama effect). This is the view out my back patio doors. Yay!
There are some drawbacks to moving (stress of the physical and mental varieties / moving further away from my family), but I think the move has been positive. I plan to post daily starting today. Thanks for checking in an sticking with me. See you tomorrow.
Four of the many reasons I love the Lower Mainland of British Columbia: tulips, farms, mountains and sky.
Pentax K20D; Sigma 70-210mm; f4; ISO 100; 1/640 sec.
Oh Canada! Oh Montgomery, Ricker, Bilodeau, Nesbitt, Robertson, St. Gelais, Heil and Groves!
We couldn’t be prouder. Thanks.
Pentax K20D; Sigma 70-210mm (@210mm); f8; ISO 800; 1/160 sec.