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 a friend in a peaceful setting filled with plenty of food for the soul and senses made me feel very fortunate indeed.

Listen to the national anthem O Canada being sung a cappella (video above) and visit Postcards From Penelope Puddle to view more BC scenes.

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Copyright by Penelope Puddlisms


  1. Granville island is such a delight for the senses, all of them. And it seems that everywhere you turn there is another photo op. The flowers...oh the flowers. Nothing like that up here, but I can enjoy them through your images.


  2. I have never been to Granville Island but, after reading this, I would like to very much.

  3. Great post!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

  4. I agree with EG, I'm ready to go there for a visit! Great post for the day as always!! Hope you have a great week!

  5. I loved this sequence of shots. Looks like such an appealing place.

  6. A beautiful place to spend time with a friend! Your photos are very nice.

  7. Lovely array of photos for OWT ~ Love the dog! ~ Fun in the sun ~ thanks, ^_^

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  8. Wow, so many choices to have fun! Flowers and local products are temping but what charmed and pleased me the most was the music and sound of the pan flute which soaked into deep inside of me. Thank you for the link. My upcoming post is going to be also about an island in the busy urban bay. I enjoyed the last two posts for your clever title, writing, and photos as always. I’m slowly back to blogsphere.

  9. Life is so much better when we appreciate it! What a lovely set of shots.

  10. Vancouver is a city I have always wanted to visit. Your photographs are lovely.

  11. Happy Canada day. I hope you enjoyed your time with Carol.

  12. Hi Maria! I am listening to the wonderful pan flute playing by Luis Martos as I type. It expresses a happy tone of gratitude that works perfectly with your beautiful write-up and photos. The picture of Luis Martos, by the way, is absolutely spectacular, and I love the one of Black Jack too :) Thank you for taking time to visit. It was such great fun.. I can't wait to do it again very soon!

  13. Fantastic post and all those lovely photographs! Very enjoyable, thanks Penelope :)

  14. I love Granville Island as you well know. It is where we met one time for coffee and a walkabout with our cameras. Loved all your images!

  15. Lovely post, lovely place! Maybe we will be lucky enough to visit there again someday soon. The rainbow harbor boat is so cute. So fun to visit with your good friend in such wonderful surroundings. And very belatedly Happy Canada Day.


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