Sunday, June 17, 2012

Putting On A Happy Face In Ocean Park

PEOPLE PUT ON THEIR HAPPY faces at the Ocean Park Day celebrations last Saturday. The day before had been summery, warm and muggy. But since the rain tends to make an appearance most years at the annual event, locals were prepared not to be deterred from having a good time.

Sometimes that included putting umbrellas over buggies ...

and discovering festive wonders under cover of tents.

The party atmosphere was topped with a little magic. Everyone seemed to be having a marvelous time despite the drops ...

knowing that the sun, as it always does, would eventually shine.

To see last year's Ocean Park Day event click here. You can also visit my other blog Postcards From Penelope Puddle to view more BC scenes.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Changes & No Changes In My World

I WAS WISHING my recent visit to New Westminster was due to something more enjoyable than an appointment with an eye specialist to follow up on the laser surgery I had last year to repair tears to my retina. It was raining hard so a lot of people brought umbrellas that they parked on chairs in the waiting room. Each umbrella seemed to say something about its owner and I sensed a cheery attitude in the gloomy gray of one woman's selection.

Earlier at the parking lot it was impossible not to notice a monster hole nudging the side of what looked to be a lovely old heritage home. I can't remember what was there previously. But it is not unusual to see construction transformations everywhere.

I'm guessing that soon there will be a very tall highrise next to the small wooden structure similar to those in the background. The house clinging to its little patch of earth (photo, 2011) reminded me of my retina trying to stay attached to the back of the eye wall.

The doctor saw no change or worsening of my condition so it was a pleasant ride home in the rain. Gazing out the window I recalled similar weather during a previous visit. The rain is constant as are the mail carriers (pictured above) in their bright yellow coats who let "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night ... " stop them from getting a letter to its destination. Technology has made communications so swift, however, that this traditional method is fondly referred to as "snail mail". Changes amid the sameness are inevitable.

I have also made changes to my blogging and will spend much of my time at Postcards From Penelope Puddle. Hopefully folks who have links to me now will visit me there. It is refreshing to create an alternate space like a different room in a house attached to the same place.

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