Monday, May 16, 2011

spring can take your breath away (#457-473 of 1000 gifts)

I must be sounding awfully redundant as I recite the past seven days' worth of spring's slow creep and the odd social and family event, I thought, as I again contemplated posting this week's gratitude list.  And so a few days ago I went back into the archives and read a half dozen or so weeks of 1000 gifts posts. Surprise! instead of feeling bored, I felt blessed! I hope they strike you the same.

My little review made me realize that this is becoming a log of photos and memories I would not have the discipline to list and blog each week if I weren't for this 1000 gifts challenge — so thank you, Ann. And I carry on!

457. The pink dogwoods are in bloom! (These are just across the street from our house.)

458. Wonderful spring smells

459. This little mailbox vignette along our walking route.

460. A spring-flower arrangement.

461. A yellow bird visited the pine tree in our backyard for about 5 seconds. I was sure he'd be easy to identify, but not so much. Come back yellow bird!

462. Elder blossoms.

463. A gorgeous heart pendant necklace from hubby (for my recent birthday).

464. A coffee evening with friends we met way back in singles in Saskatoon. Love getting together with old friends.

465. Pastels. These rhodos start with tinted blossoms that open to the palest shades of off-white. I think they're actually prettier when they are partly closed.

466. The Buddy Greene special on the Gaither Hour (talk about a man who oozes music!).

467. Saturday we spent the afternoon with friends in West Vancouver. It was gorgeous! (Those West Vancouverites sure are partial to palms!)

468. Love the pink tulips and blue forget-me-notes.

469. Love the orange and blue.

470. Love the green (Bells of Ireland). Notice the two different centres.

471. Our friends took us to this little tended garden along the railway track right-of-way. They formerly lived in the building just behind this and know the woman who tends this garden. She's an octogenarian! Can you believe the clematis (the thickly flowering plant that has taken over the fence)?

472. Grebes. The water was full of them.

473. Beach peas! Bright, wild, and beautiful.


If you'd like to join me and many others collecting One Thousand Gifts, please do. Some members of this gratefulness community post their gifts on blogs, while others list them in private journals. Instructions on how to join are here.


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Wonder said...

thank you for sharing these beaUtiful pics! I'm thankful for God's creation too!

violet said...

Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment, Wonder! Spring is a beautiful time, isn't it!

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

What a great project. Thanks for sharing so many beautiful bounties.

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