I’ve been getting back into painting a bit more regularly.
It’s funny how life has a way of passing by faster than you really notice. Here I was thinking that my last post was just a month or two ago.
In the meantime I’ve been doing more writing by hand, and I’m just now starting to transcribe some of it onto my computer for editing and expanding. I’m excited to share more of my writing with you!
There’s one thing that I always notice and miss when I’m away from home: the green. I am incredibly lucky to be living in a place that has so much nature everywhere.
A small haven in the middle of the city
Even just a short walk from my apartment, I find myself in a little bit of heaven. A small retreat that’s there whenever you want it.
I’ve seen adults gathered around having picnics. I’ve seen kids playing. I’ve seen people watching as their dogs romp around in the grass. And I’ve stood in the welcoming embrace of the green.
It may not be blooming all year, but even in the winter, the plants wait for their chance to shine.
And it amazes me how the plants adapt to whatever structures they encounter. How it has grown so strong around the metal building. How it now depends upon it for support, just as the building depends upon the plants for its life.
I love the life in this city. The one that breathes from the roots all the way to the leaves.
Strawberry planter not used for strawberries.
It’s quite amazing what a bit of green can do for a space. It’s a colour that calms, and yet rejuvenates. I love having plants around the apartment, bringing life to squared, static walls.
We have a small balcony. There is space for a small table and two chairs. It’s enclosed by walls, though there is no roof. It’s grey. Or rather, it was grey.
My fiancé and I love spending time outside. And summers in Vancouver are absolute perfection. There are gorgeous trees outside our apartment that are wonderfully green all spring and summer. But our balcony was rather lacking. We wanted to sit outside, but the space was rather dreary. We decided that our next home project was to transform our balcony into a cozy, warm space.
Is it weird that I find the trowel really cute?
We started with plants. Green, and pops of colour. We don’t have space for many, but already the change is notable.
We also bought a cheerful blue outdoor rug, and lights to string above. Lanterns will certainly make an appearance as well.
It’s a work in progress, of course. There is much to be done, and I don’t have a green thumb and am definitely learning a lot about gardening as we go. Any tips and tricks that you may have are well appreciated!
I will be posting updates on the transformation of a plain and grey space to one full of life and light.