Thursday, January 31, 2013


a delight to my eyes
rare shadows, fresh snow
lit by a fleeting sun

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It happened one night

I wake, and

Willow, laden with snowfur and diamonds,

rests her elegant elbows

on the porch railing

Monday, January 28, 2013

Trapped by beauty


This evening’s snow

blossoms on the willow

and creates a pure white edging along the railing


A false harbinger of spring?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Promises, promises….


A sympathetic sun

tunnels through low clouds

to deliver a promise to winter weary souls

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Looking ahead


I sip my morning coffee

as the cars slip silently through

newly fallen snow,

and plan a bed of bright hollyhocks

for summer

Monday, January 21, 2013

Blue Skies, smiling on me…..


For the first time in two months

I travel the Yellow Lake Pass

through valley fog. 

 Arriving at the summit ~

blessed with misty hills and radiant skies.

My spirits lifted.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


the small village,
wrapped in cotton wool.
Hidden from the hills;
waiting for spring to escape
it’s own cocoon.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

High on the Hill


Ice crystals

gleaming, magical

transforming a resting world

with frosty diamonds

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Radio City presents Handel

Handel’s glorious Choral Celebration music……
I close my eyes and listen to the horns, the strings
the pure tones of the soprano, the rich bass.
And I imagine the notes rising up through the nave
to reflect the glory of the music
in the tender, fiery sky

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The garden on 10th Avenue

I pick my way to the church this morning
making my way over mounds of ice and snow
and as I am inclined these days my mind leaps ahead to spring,
or back, to gardens I have loved intimately
and with passion.

Monday, January 14, 2013

More Magic

Golden raisins, ebony bananas,
jeweled cranberries
and rich, crunchy walnuts
morph into tea time muffins

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Behold the dawn

A raspberry sherbet
escapes heaven’s soda fountain.
lying in a celestial puddle
on the rim of the eastern hills

Saturday, January 12, 2013

All a dither

an inquisitive blue jay
comes to my kitchen window
to inquire as to what I might be doing…..
Well of course, – running for the camera, with soapy hands -
all a dither!

Friday, January 11, 2013


in the sunshine,
against the blue sky,
the pussy willow makes joyful promises
of February opulence

Thursday, January 10, 2013

January 10th, 2013

Just the two of us
my youngest son and I
and we have a conversation of sweet note
over a cup of coffee, a slice of birthday cake and ice cream

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January 9th, 2013

The delphinium, if in the spring
it needs to be divided
plant the tender little new shoots
discard the hard old heart!
Can anyone credit such beauty
could hide a 'hard old heart'?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

January 8th, 2012

Tuesday, the 8th

Under the snow lies the hellebore
the mariposa lily
and a myriad of yellow bells
all whispering of hope

Monday, January 7, 2013


Monday, the 7th

Once again we are enveloped
in great drifts of snow
the blue jays dart through the dark trees,
brilliant against the white flakes
that fall, and fall, and fall.....

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sunday's Stone

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

My new birthday slippers
tickle my fancy
and lighten my heart

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Saturday,  January 5th, 2013
I dream of spring and apple blossoms
whilst Winter lavishes me with
grey skies, slippery roads
and the need for a cane -
which makes me feel like an old woman, alas

Friday, January 4th,2013

away with the garlands,
the toy soldier
the babe and the shepherds.
the candle stubs, the twinkling lights
but the spirit lingers

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January 2nd, 2013

Another small stone from the Similkameen
In the midst of drifting snow
I dream of blue skies
and pussywillows

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 1, 2013
A Small Stone from the Similkameen

delicate and slow to bloom
the paperwhites extend their lovely fragrance
into january
and I am reminded why I love them so.