Tuesday, September 7, 2010


My Summer (which didn't include blogging) seems to have come to a close. This is not a lament, as I am looking forward to the sights and smells of Autumn and the familiar routines that bring a sense of rhythm to everyday life.

The signs are already here; the nights in Vancouver are getting cooler and I have seen evidence of a slight golden hue on some of the trees, and of course the ubiquitous miniature red monkeys have returned to their ancestral nesting branches outside my back door as they always do this time of year;
I went for a delightful evening walk a few nights ago at sunset and listened to a classic Elliott Smith album on my iPod while watching the sunset over Ambleside Beach. The crisp air filled my lungs with that sense of wonder and anticipation that I often experience this time of year. I get quite introspective as the season changes and I often find myself walking aimlessly, allowing my mind to wander in various fanciful directions.

It is a time when I feel most human and alive, and feel more inspired to enjoy the abundance of life as it unfolds around me, free occasionally not to worry much about accomplishing anything that is "productive". Sometimes it is just good to breathe in deeply and scan the horizon for something magical, as an act of surrender of sorts towards the divine . I am looking forward to more of this.

(looking south-east towards Stanley Park and downtown from the North Shore - courtesy of the West Van seawall, one of the best places in the universe to wander aimlessly)


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Vancouver is indeed a wonderful place to wander, and I wish you many happy strolls.

It's wonderful that you have a red monkey habitat in your yard. It's a protected habitat, I imagine?

Westcoast Walker said...

Hi Barb

The red monkey tree is protected indeed, though I can't always guarantee safety for the monkeys with my abundantly energetic halfings around, as they also like to hang from trees.

I am also glad that you have been able to wander aimlessly in my fair city as well!

Allison said...

Glad you were able to have a nice walk over the Lions Gate Bridge tonight as well. Thankfully the path was lit by Gracies Pearls for a safe return home. :)

Westcoast Walker said...

Hey Allison - indeed, the eloquent array of Gracies Pearls hanging overhead provided safe (and well-lit) passage for my journey home. It was kind of magical.