There is much to be concerned about globally...many things appear to need fixing...old ways seem not to suffice. Uncertainty hovers.
January is named after the Roman god Janus. He had two faces: one faced forward and the other looked back. A description that fits at this very beginning of this new year.
It’s important to be thoughtful about the immediate past, to discard what didn’t work and to attend to what did. It’s important to be focused on the future. The universe only looks one way: ahead.
The casual greeting is important: Happy New Year.
Essential to step out with promise and hope...and with gratitude. Unknowns abound. Pay attention to opportunities (which change brings with it). Don’t overlook small things. Seeds bring results. Oh yes...choose a path and really focus on it.
Did you see the news snippet about the cashier robot...emulating a human? Now there’s a call to understand what it is that makes us human. It is definitely time to consider the study of philosophy...ideas are needed. Who, what, where, when, how...the five essential questions. Maybe 2023 will be about answers?
We do live in an interesting time, at the divide between technology and humanism. Time to be thoughtful...looking back and looking forward...yes, it’s January.
Truly...Happy New Year!
Open the door to change....
December is a time to enjoy seasonal delights, to take five and catch up with friends and relatives, to savour the past year’s events, to remember the point of seasonal celebrations: a thank you (that essential attitude of gratitude) for the past and also a looking forward.
December is that bridge every year...a taking stock and a lovely leaping forward...the clean palette of a New Year is on the doorstep. 2022 seems to have been one of those archetypal shift years. 2023 will have its own parameters. Always good to leave the door ajar...to invite the new.
Meantime, light candles, welcome traditions, enjoy special menus, welcome those on their own, join in sing-alongs, watch old movies, be part of the annual tried and true seasonal December events...important, at the same time, to leave the gate open for the new. Smile a welcome.....
...it speaks the tongue of grey...pearl, charcoal, racing green, uniform grey...sky and sea blend...cloud shimmers. A time to keep summer-summer firmly in our imagination as we drift down into shorter days.
November: rain, dusting of snow on hills and mountains, shafts of unexpected sun bursts that ignite the golden leaves threading the forests. Beauty resides in Fall, too.
Catch the special events at ArtSpring, watch for WinterCraft at Mahon Hall, enjoy the artist openings at the Ganges galleries, taste the special menus at our great restaurants...seasonal fare by talented chefs.
Be inspired by early holiday light-ups...seek out the hiking/walking trails on softer days...do day trips to our nearby sister islands...downsize the clutter...catch the live music venues around the town. Needing some ease? Try one of the amazing spa rituals.
Lots to do and see on Salt Spring and the Southern Gulf Islands. Be there. November says hello.
October...a mix of late summer warmth and crisper days to come.
This shift of season makes us restless. A voyage to or from Salt Spring is an easy-peasy way to indulge in a day trip adventure.
Missed the annual amazing Apple Festival? Visit the cideries, the farm gate stands, the Tuesday and Saturday markets...enjoy the heirloom orchards. A lovely season to visit a Gulf Island.
The days are shorter, which means star watching pleasures await. Orion is marching winter closer.
Already here? Day trips to our sister Gulf Islands, or to Vancouver Island, to Victoria, even to Vancouver if a city day beckons...only a ferry trip away.
So many October events afoot on Salt Spring and the Gulf Islands, including the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend, that one doesn’t have to go anywhere at all...be a visitor in your own back yard.
Get out and about...seasons change and beauty remains. Meet you at Ruckle Park for an Autumn ramble?
Early September eases into real Fall.
Fog over the Harbour and threading through forested hills...a softer morning and evening, with summer afternoons...smooth seas and Orcas on the move, exciting kayakers and paddle boarders with their sudden appearances...it is also a season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness” (as the poet Keats reminded us).
Catch the local produce at farm gate stands, at the Tuesday Farmers Market in Ganges Village, and the famous Saturday Market continues. Wine tastings at the vineyards, cideries and craft brewery are open. Enjoy the patios and decks around the town...the coffee stops...special harvest menus and dining with a view.
Thinking of visiting? It’s the perfect time of year to give yourself the gift of “time out”.
A resident? It’s also civic election time (mid-October voting)...time to pay attention to those running for office and to think about outcomes for the next four-year term. Be informed...and vote.
Meantime: September spells the magic of lush harvest. Beauty is everywhere on the Gulf Islands. Catch a sunset at a beach. Watch the geese formations winging south. Starwatching is a Fall gift. Enjoy!
Summer-summer invites us to pay attention to the beauty shimmering around us.
Salt Spring and the Gulf Islands breathe blue, that lovely French blue palette, of sea and sky. You know...the hue that makes us dream.
It’s a short season. Remember your Omar Khayyam (“the bird is on the wing”), and give yourself permission to enjoy this season’s ease....
A kayak meander here, a sunset beach there, a drifting across a lake on a paddle board, an ice cream cone on a dock, a coffee at a seaside patio with a view...pack a picnic and scamper down to Ruckle Park (always a good place to start).
The ferry goes back and forth, to and fro, and the floatplanes chortle in and out. The Harbour ripples through the marina.
Somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, everyday concerns pile up...summer-summer turns away...later is the mantra. It can all wait.
Right now, a seal slides past, an eagle ponders from a tree, and summer smiles over Salt Spring...enjoy.
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4 - 105 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2V5
Direct Tel: 1-250-537-7647