This past week I went to the Celebration of Life for one of my Nanaimo friends, Donna Miles. Held at the German Club, a facility in a leafy valley near the waterfront, the service included a releasing of purple balloons with wish cards attached over the trees and into the infinite sky. Over the next few days I spent some time on the waterfront rocky beaches of the Cedar and Yellowpoint peninsulas, Cedar-by-the-Sea, Blue Heron, and Roberts Memorial, collecting driftwood and arbutus branches for a planned installation. The shoreline along here is rocky but beautiful; in spots, large purplish-brown jellyfish have washed ashore. This was a surprise to me – I had no idea that jellyfish were present in these waters. Arbutus trees in all their gnarled beauty are plentiful here but it’s difficult to find windfall branches; I did manage to get some, which, along with the driftwood, I piled into my microcar and took back to the ranch.
See some pictures here.