Glorious paint colors

Riot of color on Front Street, Port Elizabeth and all around the island…

Lower bay house
Lower Bay, Bequia
Paget Farm Community Center 
Water taxis Port Elizabeth
our own front doors
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Fishing boat, Lower Bay, Bequia

Look what’s been hiding in my paintbrush

This is my version of a grackle in an almond tree, inspired by the grackles and almond trees at the Gingerbread Cafe, one of my favorite places to sit back and relax.  I just finished this yesterday.

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This started off in shades of blue, and I didn’t know where it was going, but this is where it ended up…

I’m so glad that the pain from the chickungunya is finally out of my hands so that I can be creative again.

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This painting of heliconia’s started off a riot of color, and I just let my paintbrush lead me and this is what came out…I didn’t plan on painting heliconias…

What do I miss from home?

I was visiting with a friend who is getting ready to leave Bequia permanently and she asked me what I missed from ‘home’

In no particular order, the things I miss from our life in Ontario:

-icy cold water right from the tap

-the long days of summer when it’s still light out at 9 pm.

-Big Hawk Lake, just north of Carnarvon, Ontario…a piece of my heart lives there as we spent so many weekends and holidays there having fun with family and friends, and we are lucky enough to be visiting friends there in just a few weeks time…the photo above is taken from our good friends property which is next door to where our cottage used to be.  Our old cottage has since been torn down and a new one built in it’s place.

-the occasional sighting of the Northern Lights which takes your breath away

-ice on wire fences and branches glistening in the sunlight on a cold clear winters day making the world seem like a magical fairy land

-the gorgeous yellow fields of canola in the farms around Erin and Grand Valley

-Debora’s belgian chocolate shop that was just down the road…yum…


-road trips with stops for picnics, living museums, art galleries, shopping…

-our church family, we’ve never found a church here that suits us; I think we were spoiled by our progressive modern lively church that it’s hard for the churches here to compete

-our very good friends that we’ve known forever and will be seeing soon as we are going up for a visit…

-family, I’ve especially missed out on seeing all of our nephews grow up from little boys into the fine young men they are today

-fall fairs, farmers markets, apple cider, corn on the cob, picking strawberries to make jam and pies, annual trip to the Shaw Festival, local little theatre…

I’m making myself homesick…not really, but I’m looking forward to our visit back to Ontario in a few weeks when we will get to cover almost all of the things above, though in June there had better not be ice on the trees!




Color in spite of a long drought

Some times  you have to look hard to find color when we’ve been in a drought for so many month.

bougainvillea at Lower Bay

Thank goodness for bright paint colors, but in spite of the drought even though your garden in general looks pretty sad, many plants still bloom.

Yellow Poui above the Frangipani

Yesterday, I took a drive around Bequia, from Hamilton, to Paget Farm, and up Mt. Pleasant in search of color.

Oleander in Port Elizabeth
False Frangipani in my garden at Spring