Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Blue Delight

I have always loved perennials and English style gardens, and for me the Delphinium is the king of the perennials. This week I saw some spectacular ones and photographed them to share with you..

The blue ones are my favorite. Delphinium, also called Larkspur, can be found throughout the Northern Hemisphere.


"The flower offered of itself
And eloquently spoke
Of Gods
In languages of rainbows
And secret silence..."

~Phillip Pulfrey

"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."
Claude Monet

Did you know that they are poisonous?
 In fact all members of the Delphinium genus are poisonous to both humans and livestock. I don't know the active ingredient, but I am sure that there is a mystery somewhere with death by Delphinium. 

"You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet."
Hal Borland

"The name "delphinium" derives from the Latin for "dolphin", referring to the shape of the nectary." (Wikipedia)

I love the delicate colours of this one:

Well that's my tribute to the Delphinium, I hope you have enjoyed it. What's your favorite flower?
I have finished two paintings this week. The first one is called "An Apple a Day":
The second is called "Rainbow of Beets".

Both are ink and watercolour, or mixed media works.
 They are the latest of my Food cards, which include a recipe card using the pictured ingredient. What are the recipes for these cards, take a look:
or all the food cards at:
 Until next time...

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Thanks for stopping by,
happy Whimsy Wednesday


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Magna Carta- signed? or sealed?

This week marks the 800 th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. King John could read but not write so did not sign the Magna Carta, instead he used his seal. Writing was a skill left largely to scribes in the 13th Century.

“No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.”
These words, written in the ‎MagnaCarta‬ in 1215, are a cornerstone of the British constitution. Although most of the clauses of Magna Carta dealt with specific grievances such as property rights and taxation, the 39th clause guaranteeing all free men the right to justice and a fair trial are echoed in many constitutional documents around the world." (British Library)

This video from the British Library explains how the 13th battle between King John and his barons led to the world's first bill of rights.:

"The political myth of Magna Carta and its protection of ancient personal liberties persisted after the Glorious Revolution of 1688 until well into the 19th century. It influenced the early American colonists in the Thirteen Colonies and the formation of the American Constitution in 1789, which became the supreme law of the land in the new republic of the United States. Research by Victorian historians showed that the original 1215 charter had concerned the medieval relationship between the monarch and the barons, rather than the rights of ordinary people, but the charter remained a powerful, iconic document, even after almost all of its content was repealed from the statute books in the 19th and 20th centuries. Magna Carta still forms an important symbol of liberty today, often cited by politicians and campaigners, and is held in great respect by the British and American legal communities, Lord Denning describing it as "the greatest constitutional document of all times – the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot".[1]
Celebrations took place all over the world on Monday, June 15, 2015: 
In England:
Britain's Queen Elizabeth led celebrations to mark 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John at Runnymede England in 1215.
Magna Carta
In Vancouver:
I attended "1215 and all that - A MAGNA CARTA NIGHT CELEBRATION" with my husband  ( a member of the organizing committee).
The program cover for the event (below) is the work of BC artist Anne-Marie Harvey:
The evening included an Octocentenary Dinner, with foods selected that would likely have been available in 1215. Potatoes, squash, carrots and many other foods were not available in Britain in the 13th C.
The meal was "washed down" with wines from the Okanagan Region of British Columbia with special celebratory labels (also Anne-Marie Harvey's work).
There were honored guests from England, including the guest speaker, Anthony Arlidge, QC; a Queen's Counsel for more than  30 years, who was called upon in 1990 during a case to argue the meaning of clause 40 of Magna Carta.
He co-authored "The Magna Carta Uncovered": 

 Front Cover

"2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the grant at Runnymede of liberties to the freemen in Magna Carta. The story of how Magna Carta came into being, and has been interpreted since, has more twists and turns than the best soap opera. This book tells the history of Magna Carta in a concise and readable fashion and will be of interest to the lawyer and layman alike." (

A historic week and a most interesting event.


I don't feel worthy to be on the same page as the Magna Carta so will delay art updates until next time.

Until next time...


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Thanks for stopping by,
happy Whimsy Wednesday


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

A little bit of this and that

Wednesday? Well a day early, because I made a scheduling error, oops.

Today I have a an assortment of pictures, some from the park and some from gardens in my neighborhood.

First here is a Great Blue Heron fishing. I watched it for a while and I think it caught a couple of small fish, I was not quick enough to "capture" that with my camera. They are amazing to watch, still for so long and then a blur of movement, so quick if you look away for a moment you will miss it.

"Blue skies smile at me, nothing but blue skies do I see."
Irving Berlin
It is so green and lush in the woods, I think some of the pathways may vanish under the vegetation. 
But there are also lots of berries, these early salmonberries, and lots of flowers on the blackberries promise a good crop of berries mid summer.

The Strawberries are ready early this year too, a favorite around our house.
This little fella was "just hopping down the bunny trail" and stopped briefly to see if I had a treat for him.


Another bunny, and there are lots of baby rabbits too.
These Redwing Blackbirds seemed to appreciate the handouts.

Reminds me of this tune: "Feed the Birds"
The park is full of wild roses and daisies.

Anyone remember making daisy chains as a kid?

This beautiful Dogwood, Dogwood is the Floral Emblem of British Columbia.
I haven't seen many white Foxglove flowers, I share this one with you.
Honeysuckle, also early to bloom this year.
This is a picture of one of my Honeysuckle plants, a favorite of the hummingbirds.
I have an Art Show at Image West, and have been busy framing, labelling and hanging pictures.
I have started a few things this week but only finished one, and it is another food painting titled "Squashed":
Here is how it looks framed:
 It is the latest of my Food cards, which include a recipe card using the pictured ingredient. What is the recipe for this card, take a look:
or all the food cards at:
Here are some other cards I have recently added to the site:

To see all recent additions and names and details follow this link:
Until next time...

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Thanks for stopping by,
happy Whimsy Wednesday

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Adrift with little-uns

There is always something to watch at the park this time of year, I saw 3 different broods of ducklings. This little ball of fluff caught my attention. 

This mother duck had her "wings" or "feathers" full with 8 little ducklings. 

A closer look at one.
"Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath."
Michael Caine
She was "herding" them around the pond.
 "If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidea on our hands."
Douglas Adams
There are small drifts of "white stuff" along the edges of the trails in the park and in the woods, in some places about 4 inches, not snow but the fluff blowing off the trees (cottonwoods I believe).
It is at times like this that I am very thankful that I am not sensitive to pollen.

This duckling is a lot older, notice the colour in those cute little wings.

"That is my gift. I let that negativity roll off me like water off a duck's back. If its not positive, I didn't hear it. If you can overcome that, fights are easy."
George Foreman

I only saw three goslings so far this year and the parents were being very protective; at one point they even chased away a duckling.

Pretty cute!

As I watched one seemed to fall asleep on its feet; it sank to the ground burying its beak in the grass, a short nap until woken by the adult.

"Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swans egg".
Hans Christian Andersen 

Here is the last of the duck families. I noticed that not one of the three duck families had the drake in attendance, in that respect the geese seemed to be more conscientious parents.
"If you keep your feathers well oiled the water of criticism will run off as from a duck's back."
Ellen Swallow Richards

I also saw some newly fledged Redwing Blackbirds. The male RW Blackbird was chasing the Crows away and in one case I saw it actually peck at the crow.
The crows must be quite a threat to the newly fledged birds.

and just one more thought:
"Just when he thought the world was ending, the caterpillar turned into a butterfly."
This week I finished this painting, an ink and watercolour, of an artichoke which I called "Arty-choke":
Love the purple versions but as with purple beans they end up green when cooked.
 It is the latest of my Food cards, which include a recipe card using the pictured ingredient. What is the recipe for this card, take a look:
or all the food cards at:
In addition to the above card I have made several other card additions to the PS Whimsy site, view these at:
Until next time...

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Thanks for stopping by,
happy Whimsy Wednesday