Monday, July 7, 2014

A Scoop Of Whimsy In White Rock

WAKING UP to a flute player on the balcony and a crowing rooster decorating the front lawn must make the owners of this house in White Rock smile.

I enjoy seeing their leap into whimsy each time I travel along Marine Drive.

The obviously creative owners are local artists I believe.

The eye candy they call home reminds me of strawberry shortcake, lollipops and ice cream sundaes.

The more you look the more you see. It took a while to realize there was a pig with polka dots on the patio beneath the suspended bicycle.

No matter which direction you turn your gaze there is something new to discover.

There are delicious swirls and curls everywhere and gumballs the size of Easter eggs.

And why not add a pink playhouse to be the cherry on top of such a fantastical home?

Does the whimsy stop at the front door? I can easily imagine there is much more creativity to find under the umbrella and roof of that house. Maybe one day I will receive an invitation to come inside.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Feel The Rhythm Of A Happier Beat

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS that sit idle beg to be heard and joyfully played in my corner of the world and all over the globe where less anger and sadness and more gladness is needed.

Listening to a pan flute played by a busker at Granville Island recently inspired me to search online for something similar. I stumbled onto a sensational tune played by Leo Rojas on YouTube.

Treat yourself to a moment of pure joy, let your heart soar, empty your mind of its usual chatter and get miraculously lost in the happiest of all beats HERE.

“Music is a moral law,” Plato is said to have philosophized. “It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Visit Postcards From Penelope Puddle to view local BC scenes. Copyright by Penelope Puddlisms

Monday, June 30, 2014

Abundance Of Gratitude At Granville Island

GRANVILLE ISLAND is an oasis amid Vancouver City life and the perfect place to enjoy a face-to-face visit with my friend Carol and her adorable sidekick Black Jack from bikesbirdsnbeasts.

It was fun to chat and catch up on the news under a typical West Coast mix of cloud, sun and occasional drizzle.

Although the sky held promise of a rainbow, it was the sea that produced one when Carol arrived on the multi-colored Aquabus.

It was early morning and crowds were just starting to build.

While children fed pigeons, locals and tourists searched for tasty treats to eat on the plaza or to bring home. Decisions, decisions … it was not easy to pick when there were so many choices.

The Farmer's Market overflowed with luscious food and flowers.

Much of the produce is grown in BC.

If you did not have an appetite before you arrived, you certainly would after wading through this horn-of-plenty.

Handmade original art also abounded. I came face-to-face with a painting behind glass that was etched on the unevenness of a stone.

The work is by Michelle Vulama who also paints on jam-jar lids and cereal boxes.

I was enthralled by the mystical sounds of a pan flute permeating the air. Luis Martos is a busker at Granville Island. He blew me away with his Pied Piper rendition of Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah. Although I could not find him playing it online, some of his other tunes are on YouTube.

Granville Island, located under a bridge, was an industrial area before its transformation and is now surrounded by high-rise buildings with expensive water views.

The waving flag reminded me that Canada Day was approaching on July 1st and that I would be lucky to live almost anywhere in this vast land that is a cornucopia of abundance and acceptance.

Have you felt gratitude wash over you? It is an imperfect world where not everyone on the planet has equal wealth, rights or opportunity for contentment. So good conversation with Carol in a peaceful setting filled with plenty of food for the soul and senses made me feel very fortunate indeed.


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