Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Debra Bernier

Debra Bernier, a Canadian artist/sculptor creates beautiful works of art using driftwood, shells, clay and other natural materials. Her Studio/Etsy shop, Shaping Spirit, is located on Vancouver Island where Bernier is influenced by the surrounding habitat, coastal and woodland and the rhythms of nature through the patterns of moon and tides. She says that her art speaks of the unity between humans and nature and helps us to discover the big stories hidden in little things.

Ammonite Woman

Geode Baby

Bernier's work may be viewed on her Facebook page and in her Etsy ShopThere's also a quite lengthy - 162 photos - posting of Debra Bernier's work at Bored Panda

Besides sculptures, she has canvas prints, art cards, calendars for sale. A good deal right now is her calendar, 2 for the price of one - one for you, one for a friend - with free delivery within Canada. C$40.00

Aside: re Calendars: I'm lucky to have a beautiful 2020 Boxer Puppies Calendar (Thanks Jacquie!) and (is there anything cuter than a boxer puppy 💖)

But I might be tempted to try one of Debra Bernier's calendars next year 😉

Friday, January 17, 2020

One Page Calendar

I've never thought about a calendar this way before. What do you think?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Just Because

From the movie, I Love Melvin (1953) 
Noreen Corcoran, 10 years old, and Donald O'Connor, 28

(reminder to email subscribers: to see the video, click either on the link for Some Favourite Things in the body of the email or on the title, Just Because)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River
Diane Setterfield

What an amazing story! Set in 19th century England in the area along the Thames between Oxford and Cricklade, Once Upon a River reminded me of the National Trail long distance path called the Thames Path that now seems like it might be a possibility for my future trekking.

True to its title, the tale meanders here and there, floats the reader up and down and carries us relentlessly along. It’s hard to look away.

Here’s the publisher’s blurb.

On a dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are retelling stories to while away the dark hours when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. 

Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed.

Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But the answers proliferate nonetheless.

Three families are keen to claim her. A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son's secret liaison, stand ready to welcome their granddaughter. The parson's housekeeper, humble and isolated, sees in the child the image of her younger sister. But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot be everyone's. Each family has mysteries of its own and many secrets must be revealed before the girl's identity can be known. 

Once Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combined folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, the beginning of this novel will sweep you away on a powerful current of storytelling, transporting you through worlds both real and imagined, to the triumphant conclusion whose depths will continue to give up their treasures long after the last page is turned.

Bottom line: I loved it and was totally immersed! ;) 

Oh - and by the way, Once Upon a River was on the shortlist for the GoodReads Fiction Award this fall.