Silver Linings – Day 11.

“Morning to myself.”

Today I was focused on the reminder a friend sent me yesterday. “Feed your soul this weekend”. So I followed my instincts, followed my heart. I knew I needed time to myself. Time to write. Time to explore. Time to just be me.

For early winter, this morning was just about Spring warm. So I grabbed my bicycle and rode into the city for my haircut appointment this morning. Afterwards I walked my bike through the produce markets and picked up a small pack of smoked ocean trout, from a stall promoting this product that is produced just down the coast. Went passed all the morning breakfasters, coffee drinkers, and shoppers.

Down a side street is an unobtrusive warehouse with some tables and chairs out in the sun. This is the home of Kappy’s tea and coffee. All products carefully chosen by the owner. All coffee roasted carefully on site, by hand, for optimum flavour.

I was after the white tea that I purchased about 6 months ago. Sniffing the aromas from each jar to see if any others took my fancy. All so distinct and different smells, just in one variety!

Listening to some advice from the owner, I tested some green teas and got to an oolong (fermented) green tea. This presented an orange colour in my mind as I sniffed deeply. This tea so surprised me with its brightness that I asked for a tasting brew to take outside and contemplate.

I sat out in the sun and read an email while the tea brewed. Then I decided to ring my mum for a catchup chat. She was glad to hear from me and I was glad to talk to her for a short time. Tea tasting time! The first cup was mild. The second and third cups developed stronger flavours which were quite enjoyable with no bitterness (quality tea and water the right temperature helps). So I purchased 50g of the Oolong green and 50g of the Pai Mu Tan white tea.

As I was leaving I remembered there is a small art gallery a few doors up that I saw was opening it’s doors earlier. So I dropped in and took in some ceramic and visual media art installations. Then I photographed an interesting woven cardboard creation in the tree outside, because it caught my interest more than the presentations inside.

Rode home partly a different way to normal, just because.

Following my heart. Going at my own pace. Enjoying nature, sunshine, warm air, flying on a bike. Opening up to a friend. Supporting another. Keeping in contact. These are what fed my soul today. Brought me life and light.

What tea do you enjoy?


The Royal Croquet Club.

Victoria Square
Royal Croquet Club
Adelaide Fringe Festival
Warm evening
rain speckles drift down and cool on impact
Champagne, Rosé, fish and chips
Setting sun

I saw the croquet lawn
Surrounded by umpire chairs
Yellow lights strung overhead
Umbrellas, tables, seats
Relaxing in deck chairs
Food smells mixing with enjoyment
Eclectic atmosphere aplenty

I see the towering office blocks
Jealously overlooking the square
Chained in place by concrete
While firefly-like spotlights
Dance teasingly over their faces
DJ spins funky vinyl
We all relax it’s Festival time

(27 February 2015)


Looking Around City Streets.

faces in the street
all those people you’ll never meet
as they stride from place to place
stoic looks upon their face

but look around carefully
and some life you will see
shining through bright
not held in so tight

life in the eyes
or the look of face
you can smile and say “hi”
without disgrace

street faces

[inspired by the city photography (collaged above) of my friend Tim and also by a recent morning in the city, noticing the busy morning commuters moving with purpose albeit mostly lifelessly.]

Monday Meme – Vancouver Lights (Response)

Vancouver city lights
Shining so bright
All through the night
To my heart’s delight
As I look from this height
Oh what a sight
Emotions take flight
And soar like a kite
With the wind just right
I forget my plight
And feel no fright
This moment just right
This moment I write.


my response to Shawn’s Monday Meme photo prompt over at