Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Month of May ~ Musings and Memories

Why does it seem like this was a very long month?  Could it be because we experienced both winter and summer weather and everything else in between during the month of May?  We waited patiently for spring to arrive...and then went from cold and wet weather right to sizzling summer temperatures.

I'll post one photo of the first of the grass being harvested on the farm (our latest spring cropping ever) and then go back to the beginning of the month.

Ranen had a birthday and the two of us went on a birthday outing.
It began with mango ice-cream waffle cones at Birchwood dairy...
(which we ate on the lawn in the sunshine)
and then on to Michael's and Bath and Body Works.
We each found a few things to take home.

I also went to hear her play violin at the Abbotsford Music Festival...
where she played beautifully!

Since Ranen and Auntie Broni share a birthday, we usually have a joint family celebration.

We tried something different this time...
booking a room at a local restaurant for the whole gang.

The separate room was a brilliant idea!
We kept our noise to ourselves.
At least we tried.

Ranen is now 11.
I won't share Broni's age without permission.
But here's a clue: She is the same age I was when she and Jeremy were married.

Wishing them both a fabulous year! 

We had a few outings this month...
mostly on Sundays, since the weekdays were all about getting fieldwork done on the farm!
'Tis the season.

Cheam Wetlands Park is just a 15 minute drive from our doorstep...

...and a lovely place to walk on a Sunday afternoon in May.

We had a provincial election on May 9th.
I voted in the advance polls, since I knew I would not be around that day.

Four of us...
who were best friends in high school...
took a little trip to Victoria for two days.

We had not been all-together since graduation. 
Since we all turn 65 this year...
we decided that was a good excuse to plan a bit of a celebration.

Vi, myself, Darlene and Carol.
What fun we had!

We sailed across to the island in the morning...
checked into our condo on the waterfront...
and then walked to Fisherman's Wharf for lunch.

While in Victoria we walked around the inner harbour...
toured the old Empress Hotel ...
did a 'Hop-On Hop Off' city tour...
visited Beacon Hill Park...
had a lovely lunch at the White Heather Tea Room in Oak Bay...
and did a lot of catching up!

We had a wonderful evening together in our suite...
enjoying an appetizer buffet, birthday cake, and refreshments...
while reminiscing about old-times.

We talked family. 
And faith. 
And politics.

We tuned in to see the results of the provincial election.
There was no clear winner that night.
There still isn't. Really.
We aren't cheering.

We discovered that after all these years...
we could just pick up where we left off and have a wonderful time together. 

We are all on the same page when it comes to things that matter most in this life!
We are also committed to praying for one another.
Friends are the best.
I love these true friends-of-a-lifetime!

Here are a few more pic's from Beacon Hill Park.

We had an 'up close and personal encounter' with this peacock.
He was a pretty boy!

We walked through this sea of blue flowers to a viewpoint over the Juan de Fuca Strait.
Apparently they are satin-flowers...which thrive during a cool spring.
Beacon Hill Park is worth a visit!

And one last photo from Victoria...
Fisherman's Wharf as the sun was setting, taken from the deck of our hotel.

I'm not sure how we managed to pick the only two days in early May with half-decent weather.
It was cool...but we never had rain!

Mother's Day 2017...
with Jeremy, Heidi and Kris.

And just for fun...
we re-enacted a photo taken on Mother's Day in 1981.

The five youngest grands ~ Micah, Maggie, Ranen, Lucy and Ryder.

Photo taken Mother's Day afternoon...
a little sunshine.
A lot of clouds.
Then rain.

On May 20th...
the sunshine arrived.

The grass harvest began.
Temperatures soared to the 30's (90' Fahrenheit).

We were not expecting a windstorm with that kind of heat!
Many of the young leaves on the trees shriveled and wilted.

Another Sunday afternoon walk took us through the new community forest on the eastern hillsides, not far from our place.

Moss covered boughs, ancient trees and silence.
It's a great place to spend some time! 

My mom's irises bloomed in my garden for Mother's Day.
They are a beautiful reminder of her.

Though teeter totters and merry-go-rounds have long since been removed from school playgrounds...
one can still get injured there.

Lucy fell from the monkey bars and broke her elbow last week.
Thankfully, her uncle was working when she showed up at ER and was able to look after her.
She will be carrying around a heavy arm for her last month of kindergarten.

We walked along the  Harrison Lake promenade at the end of a very hot day this past weekend.

Harrison Hotsprings is one of my favorite local spots...
whatever the season.

I've taken a few photos here over the years.
Quite a few. :)

And then on Sunday afternoon,
with temperatures soaring into the 30's Celsius again...

...we packed up a picnic and headed to Silver Lake near Hope.

It was cooler...
and peaceful.
We read books and relaxed.

Late in the afternoon...
some friends joined us there. 

It was a lovely Sunday in May!

These last few days have been all about trying to get the corn planted on the farm.  
About half of it is done...
the rest will happen shortly.
Never before have we planted corn in June.

And that was the month of May 2017 ~ through my lens.
  I have much to be thankful for!



  1. Oh, Judy! I wish I could walk right into your photos and visit all the beautiful places you showed us today! You have such a lovely family and live in one of the prettiest parts of the world!
    What a blessing to have not one - not two - but THREE such good friends!
    I love your life and the way you live it and I'm thankful you share it with us!

  2. I agree with Linda's comment, I wish I could live in your photos. Your environment is so beautiful! Sounds like the month of May was indeed merry for you. I enjoyed your Mother's Day reenactment photo - so special. Your monthly posts are such a highlight for me, thanks for sharing your world with us.

  3. Oh wow - your May pictures are stunning. It's so lovely to see you with your friends and your beautiful family. The picture of your house taken on Mother's Day is SO beautiful. Your flowers and everything is so lush and green. Our field work over here is very much behind normal as well. We have yet to plant the soybeans and the garden. I hope Lucy's arm heals quickly!

  4. A very eventful, memorable month, again beautifully captured through your 'gifted' lens.
    I love the 'before and now' of Mom and the kids ... funny how the height difference shifted !

  5. Monkey bars! Blast. It must be nice to have a friendly face in the ER. ☺️

    Hope that June is a corker for you folks, far better than March, April, and May have been. Either way, it won't prevent you from having fun and enjoying your family and friends.

  6. You make the most of every month. Love the then and now mother's day photos. Looks like you've been overtaken in height by your kids. What an interesting year it has been. I do think from here on out every year is going to be interesting. Blessings..

  7. Your month of May looks great through your lens and words. That iris bouquet is breathtaking! I love how you could connect with longtime friends. Your Ranen is the same age as Natalie and I know how fun that is!

  8. There is so much beauty in your month of May. I am looking at that Iris bouquet that your Mom left for you and just can't get over how beautiful it is! I'm thinking that we might have to come find you at the wetlands some time. It's another place I've never been. Be careful what you tell us you are doing!

  9. The weather in the month of May was certainly...changeable! And the unsettled stuff is continuing into June.
    How wonderful to have those three friends to laugh, talk, and enjoy life with. Glad you enjoyed your visit to our town. I enjoyed seeing the reenactment of the Mother's Day photo. How time flies!

  10. Beautiful photos as always and such a lovely family! Our weather has been much the same here in the uk but we have had a lot less rain than usual, although today when we met up with Lorraine and John from Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart blog the weather was a lot chillier than it's been!

  11. It was wonderful to visit Victoria with such dear friends. Our birthday celebration was so much fun. You definately have a the gift of making those around you feel very special.
    Your pictures from your Mother's day celebration are great.

  12. It is almost like coming home, by visiting your front porch again! Really, it is so good to visit here and I have spent much time reading through each post. Like always, I found your family, your friendships, and your beautiful countryside, so good and so refreshing! Thank you for being here. Thank you for sharing life. Blogging remains a very special way to open up your heart and home to others.


'The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.'
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson