Nautical Doors

The Tall Ships have been and gone.

After much anticipation and massive preparations, 25 Tall Ships visited Halifax for a festive weekend July 30 – Aug 1. There were parties, concerts, picnics, ship tours and fireworks.

Led by Sail Training International, Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is a transatlantic race of 7,000 nautical miles taking place over the course of five months in 2017. The race started at the port of Royal Greenwich in Great Britain on April 13.

It finishes in the port of Le Havre, France, which will welcome the grand winner between August 31 and September 3.

The Race route included stops in Portugal, Bermuda, the United States and Canada – coinciding nicely with Canada’s 150th Anniversary as a county.

From Halifax, 13 of the ships made their way to Lunenburg for the weekend of August 10-12. And what’s time we had!!

Alongside Lunenburg’s “shorter” waterfront (no high-rises here!), these tall masts seemed all the more impressive.

The party is over now. And we wish them all Fair Winds!

Linked with Norm’s Thursday Doors

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Lovely Lunenburg Waterfront

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Acrylic (from a photo), 15×30          Janet Rimmington, 2015

My first love has been watercolour painting, working on and off in the medium for many years.  But after some prompting by a couple of painting friends, I’m trying to paint with acrylics.  It has been a bit of a learning curve for me. Seems I can’t quite shake the watercolour painter out of me. But the greatest advantage of acrylics is that they are so forgiving.

This is my most recent piece and it a pretty big one (for me).  And it represents a pretty big commitment of time.  Several weeks.  (I generally complete a watercolour in one sitting).  I feel  pretty happy with it.  That is important because it is already spoken for and will likely hang in a place where I will see it regularly.  It would be nice to be able to enjoy that, and not have it haunt me.  If you know what I mean.

I worked from a photo which explains all the lovely green (not easily found in Lunenburg in February).  And not a snowflake in sight!!  For that reason alone, it has been a lovely diversion…. it feels more like July. Or… as Vincent Van Gogh has been quoted:

I dream my painting, and

Then I paint my dream.

Water the Garden; Love

Write down the first words that come to mind when you hear the words rain, home, soil ….. and use those words in your title…(just a little explanation – Daily Prompt)

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Rain??!  Okay, okay….I know we need it; we need lots of good, clean water to sustain us.  And I know that lots of places in the world are hungry for it.  I’ve been to Australia – land of the Big Dry – and I’ve experienced the difficulties of rationing water.  And I don’t enjoy it.

But, enough already!  We have had so much rain in the past few months. Last summer I didn’t water the garden once – not once! Why?  Because we had enough rain.  It feels like it rained all fall. Today,  after all the excitement and preparation and anticipation of a good, old-fashioned blizzard, what did we get?  Freezing rain!!!   Now, I don’t like to seem ungrateful, after all we are on a well here….and, you know what they say: “at least you don’t have to shovel it”.  But you can’t build snowmen with it either …. just saying.

To me, rain is water. Beautiful, garden-watering, well-filling, life-sustaining water.

IMG_2313 Soil.  I grow as much of our food as my garden and climate will allow.  Here are some garlic cloves being tucked into my garden last fall and hey will be the first green sprouts up in the spring.  This warm soil is full of nutrients and life.  When you say soil,  I think: garden.

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I love my Home. I love the house with the furnishings (some acquired over time, as a result of hard work and some inherited) and I am passionate about the property with the gardens.  I am rooted to the land, the landscape and the community.  This is where my family is.  My home represents love.

It is a good thing I like it here so much.  Because today I was here all alone with the winds lashing the windows with all that freezing rain. (No one to play board games with on this snow day) But I am grateful to be sheltered and warm and nourished with a bowl of Ginger Carrot Soup, pulled from the freezer, made from these vegetables from my garden, my home where we have enough.  Enough water.

Water, water…..

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.
– e.e. cummings

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Photo of the start of Nova Scotia Schooner Association Race (July 2014), out of Riverport.

It was an absolutely spectacular week of races. In Nova Scotia, we are almost completely surrounded by water….nearly an island. Water plays a part in our lives everyday….our livelihood, our recreation, our scenery, our weather. It flavours the very air we breathe. It is our essence.

This post is in response to the daily assignment for Photo 101 – Day 3: Water