Monday, May 20, 2013

Sharing my Happy!

The mind ought sometimes to be diverted that it may return to better thinking.
                                  Phaedrus


Well I have to say this past Saturday turned out to be the best I could remember. I know you all know there had to be an auction involved and you are certainly right about that but it was also a very long day that I enjoyed on so many levels. The scenery, the stories and the amazing people I had met all combining to make for a huge smile on my face that still remains this Sunday morning as I sit here reliving it over a leisurely breakfast laughing with My Hero while staring out over those luscious green fields and watching the wild turkeys strut their stuff, and not seeing a cow in sight.

 Have you ever heard that saying “I am so happy I could bust”, well that is exactly how I am feeling. I am afraid this may be a long story folks so put your feet up grab a coffee or tea and let me share some of my happiness with you. This may take a few posts; I do hope you do not mind. I know many of my friends and family are going through tough times right now and since I know I cannot change any of that I hope they can forget for just one moment about the troubles and maybe find a few smiles here. I know I needed that and I did find them.


It was early Saturday morning of our Victoria holiday weekend and knowing we were going to an auction My Hero and I were excited, there are not supposed to be any ladders at this auction, but you never know and since haying is not for about a month or more and we find we have lots of free time. Well… let me rephrase that we make lots of free time because honestly on the farm there is so much to do but as we get older we realize how important free time together is and we also know that work that needs to be done will be waiting for us when we get back. Off we go with my Pink Cadillac’s, wool sweaters, fleece and snacks packed in a bag in the back of the pickup. Leo (my camera), My Hero and I are now prepared for anything. I cannot believe it is almost the end of May and I have yet to feel that warmth that spring is supposed to offer.

As soon as we arrived I knew this was going to be a wonderful auction I could feel that happiness bubbling inside me even though it had been one heck of a week. I could see the family and knew they were happy with this great turnout, this is always so hard on the families to watch their family things sold but it would be so much harder on a family if no one showed up at these auctions. We must all support one another. Farm families need to know there is support even after the inevitable happens and everything has to be sold. As farmers we all understand that day will come.


The first thing I noticed was the amazing barn a little tired and worn but I could still feel its pulse and I  imagined it as it used to be. I approached the owner to see if he minded if I took photos he agreed. I quickly walked myself down the freshly cut grass leading to this magnificent and I believe in its day productive piece of history.

I made myself around the barn inch by inch grabbing every angle hoping to capture the life that still remains and the life that has disappeared. I had vowed years ago I would capture as many of these pieces of history as I could, I am doing my best so they will not be forgotten at least by me, I think they deserve that. I have recently been called a hoarder of digital camera cards and I am thinking there are worse things to be a hoarder of, like let us say ladders for instance. If only because of the difference in sheer size I have a lot more room to expand. After many shots I headed back to the auction to search for My Hero and poke around seeing if there was anything I would like to bid on.


On finding My Hero he immediately and I must say excitedly started telling me about a ladder he had seen, I could not believe it, he always seems to find those things, I was happy about that because now I knew he could keep himself occupied and not want to leave early while I waited for a box I had noticed on a table while coming from the barn.

These days I rarely buy things at auctions, it may be because of the few hoarder shows I had seen, I try to leave that part to My Hero he always seems to find something. I tend to go looking for the stories, some photos and the interesting conversations with the people I meet. This time I looked while walking by and my heart started pounding when I saw tucked neatly in a box something I have been looking for since returning from Victoria BC last year and ever since hoping to buy one someday.


I am a big fan of the Canadian artist Emily Carr, I have always loved her work probably because she truly viewed her world in a very different way and her love of the wilderness is not so very different from my own. Her love of all things that Mother Nature has always provided us for free and her incredible gift to capture the way she saw it and share that through her paintings has always grabbed my soul. I have no idea why but it is a connection I have always felt since the first time I saw one of her paintings capturing that B.C. wilderness and depicting those enormous B.C. Douglas Fir Trees towering to an incredible sky.

 I always knew she had written stories and published them but had never read nor paid much attention to them as I always wondered if an incredible artist like her could possibly write with the same passion and quirkiness that has always came through in her paintings. Ever since seeing that book on the shelf in Victoria and reading a few passages it has left me very curious and needing to know. Oh I truly had to get this book no matter how cold it was that required my standing in the sun with that wool sweater and fleece jacket, and then just as fast the getting hot requiring peeling off those layers one by one, trading those Pink Cadillac’ s for  my shoes and donning a sun hat and seeking shade. I guess that spring weather has finally found us.


I knew this was going to be a long day as I watched the auctioneer start on the tables far away from my book, yes I know I was calling it my book, but I also knew I was going to get it well at least I hoped. I wandered around with Leo knowing we had lots of time to explore.       (To be continued) Part 2

Later

34 comments:

  1. Ah, cliffhanger...
    (love the title)

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  2. Beautiful old barn. I'm glad you found a few things at the auction- and your hero found a ladder. Your pictures do look bright and sunny so maybe spring has finally arrived to stay!

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  3. what a great old barn that is!

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  4. I thought he was done with ladders!

    I hope you got your book :-)

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  5. So now we have to wait to see if you got your box of books? You dickens you!

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  6. Yet another cliffhanger! ;)

    I love, love, love that barn and fence.

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  7. There you go again, leaving me hangin'.

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  8. I am waiting for the next installment!

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  9. He will be able to climb really, really high with all the ladders he is collecting! :) I hope you got your book...I have a feeling you did!

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  10. Thank you for sharing your happy, B. I needed that this morning!

    Ladders are everywhere, aren't they?

    I hope you got your book! I guess I will have to wait until your next installment to find out. :-)

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  11. love the old barn and fence, too.

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  12. Love the pictures of the old barn and fences! I hope you got the book!

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  13. Awesome barn pictures, Miss B! Love the old weathered look with green grass.

    Oh, you found a gem of a treasure! I hope you got the book.

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  14. Love the barn and towering tree....and I truly hope you get your book. (More ladders? Really?)

    Thanks for sharing your happy and I'm looking forward to the resolution of your cliffhanger!

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  15. oh my, a cliff hanger. I really do hope you got that book and that you're enjoying the stories right now!

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  16. I know you will get the book.

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  17. Oh gosh, I hope you get the book! :) I love the photos of the old barns. I'm glad you capture things like this and share them with us!

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  18. Love your photos, especially the one with your feet. Have a wonderful week my friend and get those feet up more often.

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  19. Lovely photos, especially that one looking up the tree. Excited to hear what you bought this time!!

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  20. Indeed. This looks like a happy life! ;-)

    Warm greetings from the Netherlands,
    DzjieDzjee

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  21. Hmm ~ with baited breath ~ ;)

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  22. B-I thought your hero was done with ladders too! You just have to have gotten that book!! I'm waiting anxiously to find out too:) xx

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  23. You take the coolest pictures B. Wish I had that talent... Plus you can write. I need that talent also.

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  24. So few people are truly able to see and know that they are in a place of joy. Enjoying all the scenery, doing what they love! I adore reading your posts as you always make me smile, love that you are in such a happy place!

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  25. Oh the treasures to be had at auctions! We are putting on another one on June 8th. I'm sure I'll come home with something!

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  26. One can never have too many ladders. :)

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  27. Enjoyed your barn shots very much. I like how you said one of them still had a pulse. :)

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  28. post and beam barns are such wonders of architecture and historical richness. Have you ever heard of the book " Barns of the Queens bush?" the author lives locally and I highly recommend it!

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  29. Sounds like a lovely weekend, Buttons. I like your photos, very artistic! I have heard of your artist, Emily Carr and have read her biography from a book in the library. She had a very interesting life! I do hope you got the book! Hugs, xoxo

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  30. You keep doing this, leaving us hanging!!

    Doesn't it feel great, to feel so joyful!! I am so happy to see you enjoying Leo so much!!

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  31. beautiful old shed! i would've done the same, capturing every angle. i can almost hear you and your hero's ladder/camera card discussion in my head. lol!

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