the wonderful pink-to-raspberry colours of the salmonberry blossom.
Feeding hummingbirds from your feeder is all very well, but let's not forget that nature was doing that job long before us, and let's leave as many patches of the hummers' treasured spring treats as we can.
Also roadside is this gorgeous moss-covered boulder. Cleaning this area of its native trees and shrubs to put in nursery trees for landscaping, with bark mulch and/or lawn around, will mean less and less of the conditions that allow this native moss to thrive. Meanwhile, we turn to our gardening magazines to find out how to whiz up moss and buttermilk in an old blender to paint our placed boulders with in the hopes that they will one day replicate this beauty that Nature produced.
We're having a community meeting this weekend in the hopes of finding ways to protect what we most value about our island home. We're fortunate to have a very wise and skillful facilitator ensuring that the process is respectful to all and that we emphasize the positive.
I suspect this will be a challenge though. Besides the damage I showed you the other day, I have since learned that several neighbours had their telephone service cut for two days (!!) to expedite this move (lines had to be taken down so the house wouldn't hit them as it was moved through). Since one of the neighbours involved is our volunteer fire department's chief, this constituted a safety hazard and not just an inconvenience, and it suggests that just a bit too much accommodation of this kind of development is happening at a bureaucratic level. Whatever, folks are definitely riled.
And because blog-readers cannot live on island news alone, here's a nod to the style-o-centric crowd. When I finally bought a pair of skinny jeans a few weeks ago, I posted that I hoped to try them out with a favourite white cotton shirt-tunic. I did, and I think they work well together. Not so sure about the shoes, though. I'm really looking forward to weather that will make a pedicure worthwhile, and then I'll wear the jeans with some colourful heeled sandals. I love that they work equally well with heels or flats. I have to say, though, that while I liked the price on these Wilfred jeans ($130) from Aritzia, the denim does lose its shape/bag out more quickly than with my more expensive jeans. I'm not sure how many days' wear I could get from them, for example, traveling in Europe, where I'm not going to spend time in a laundromat.