Article about the Peace Garden

August 8, 2016

Starts on Page 6 of the August “Eyes on BC”.

By David Morrison.

 


Skydiver and fish

July 24, 2016

Great day at Woodwynn yesterday. Caught this very special moment with my cellphone!

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End of June – Woodwynn Peace Garden

June 30, 2016

Something new from Deryk….  this one didn’t “get away!)

(We’re watching the movie “Big Fish” to celebrate.)

We had a warm spring so perhaps the timing will be different in future years, but this year, June was an amazing time of colour in the Peace Garden. The lavender bloomed all month and many of the sage plants bloomed as well. We actually expected all of the sage plants to flower but it seemed to be pretty random. Perhaps since they are still really relatively new plants (just a year old) it will take time for them to all flower or perhaps there will always be some plants that don’t flower in a given year.

 

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Apple tree lane is thick with apples that are full size and quite red at this point and beautiful pink poppies appeared by magic near the meditation nest.

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We’ve kept up with the watering. We’ve almost kept up with the weeding….

We never stop appreciating the beauty of the location and we are always grateful to be a part of the farm!

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And there are interesting developments around the farm outside of the Peace Garden as well🙂

 


Linking to a post from Destinations, Detours & Dreams

June 13, 2016

Thrilled to have the Woodwynn Peace Garden featured here:

http://www.destinationsdetoursdreams.com/2016/06/a-peace-garden-and-a-home-for-the-homeless/

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And a big thank you to Donna Janke!


KIDCARECANADA

June 5, 2016

Time for a post about an organization I’ve been part of for nearly two years. KIDCARECANADA. It was conceived and built by my wonderful friend Estelle Paget and is a charitable society creating (and sharing) captioned and translated videos on the topic of nurturing infants and young children.

KIDCARECANADA

http://kidcarecanada.org

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I love the work I do for KIDCARECANADA and I can’t say enough good things about the great content provided by the experts Estelle has selected. We have a brand new 6th annual report, which explains it all beautifully and is linked below. Definitely worth a read.

And a share🙂

Here’s a quote:

“We produce a trust-worthy and evidence-based educational program called HUGS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE.  It is currently comprised of over 100 videos of varying lengths, and Learning Guides to deepen understanding and enhance learning. Our videos bridge the gap between the science and the practice of early childhood development, and show how to raise emotionally-healthy children.  This work informs parents, caregivers and professionals about early nurturing, healthy brain development and social and emotional development.”

Here are some links:

KIDCARECANADA’s 6th Annual Report: http://kidcarecanada.org/sites/default/files/research/pdf/annualreport2016online.pdf

Twitter https://twitter.com/KidCareCanada,

& Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kidcarecanada/

Hope you follow, like, share widely, etc.

 

KIDCARECANADA

http://kidcarecanada.org


Some much needed rain at the farm today

May 28, 2016

 

Sage, apples, lavender – everything is growing beautifully at the Woodwynn Peace Garden! With the weight of the fruit, some of the trees needed staking and that was on today’s task list.

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And we’ve been watering for several weeks now – with an easier system than last year… bigger barrels, more of them, and a pump with long hoses that spray. This is bliss compared to last year – small barrels, a holding tank, a short hose and the dip-the-pitcher-into-the-buckets-that-are-too-heavy-to-carry method of hand watering. This was slow, but it did give us a chance to assess each plant every time we watered. Now that the plants are well-established, they need less attention and less water as well so it’s still a task, but not as grueling as last summer. Just the same, all the water still comes from a distant pump on the farm and has to be transported with a truck.

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Even with our easier system, the forecast of a cooler summer is welcome to us! We were delighted with today’s rain. Glad that the volunteers who came out today were not afraid of the weather and we thank them for all the weeds they pulled! The compost heap is now Very Full. We have the weed situation basically under control, but we know that those thistles and blackberries would dominate quickly if we left things for more than a few weeks. That’s why we keep at it, every week, during the growing season.

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Oh and I can’t stop playing with panorama shots and iPhone “special effect” apps. This image is the east barn near the pump house.

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My thoughts on the Chemainus production of “Harvey”

May 14, 2016
I’ve already written this for my Facebook friends, but here it is again for others….

First, my super big “Thank You” to Chemainus Theatre and to all the supportive folks who visited or shared their best wishes to me for my glass-exhibition-artist-reception last night. My glass will be on display for the duration of the play “Harvey” which runs till May 28. I saw the play last night and absolutely loved it!
And here is my “review.”

The Chemainus production of “Harvey” is truly wonderful. I have always been deeply moved by the story and in this interpretation, there is all around great acting and a really magical transition from a grey world to one that pops with colour. I was reminded of exotic birds – revealing their glorious plumage in a dance of life. What a great symbol to represent the tension between our inner lives and the constraints of reality. To me “Harvey” is a gentle and perfect exploration of the things that really matter.

http://chemainustheatrefestival.ca/our-shows/harvey/
http://chemainustheatrefestival.ca/review-harvey/

Deryk caught a photo of me at the reception evening and I’m posting some other photos as well. I hope that light shining through coloured glass does a bit of what “Harvey” does: adding brightness to the everyday world.


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