Sunday 3 July 2016

Settling in

With my moving date now a couple of weeks behind me followed by a period of unpacking that I can only describe as "epic" (and still ongoing), I'm settling in to my new home. Life in a more compact space in a more urban setting is different and there will always be things about my previous home and neighbourhood that I will miss - my garden, my neighbours, my favourite walks with Lily, my roomy studio. However there are a lot of pluses about this new life, and there is one in particular that is an absolute delight.

Only steps from our doorstep Lily and I have discovered a pathway into glorious green-belt of big trees.

 It's alive with birds and wildflowers and bunnies.

There is a trickling stream and a secluded pond.

There are winding trails to explore, and even though we're just a stone's throw from the balconies and patios of adjacent homes it feels like we're in a forest which, in fact, we are - an urban forest.

It's a place where a small black dog can chase a ball.

Suspended in a tree, reminiscent of George Sawchuck, a skeletal plane drifts in the breeze.

A snug birdhouse offers refuge and ample berries provide food for feathered creatures.


To date I have seen goldfinches, various sparrows, flickers, hummingbirds, loads of robins who sing enthusiastically, chickadees, towhees, grosbeaks, juncos, bushtits, waxwings and other songbirds. I have heard tapping and observed the work of what looks like that of a pileated woodpecker.

And at night, to my profound delight, I have been serenaded by the voices of barred owls. When I first heard them I could hardly believe my ears. It felt like I was being welcomed home - a good omen for the life I will make in this new space.

It feels like a gift to have found this place - a compact, modern abode with a separate studio space (more unpacking!), a small yard for Lily, and a forest on our doorstep.

And housecat Hugo has also found new ways to entertain himself.

For now, the unpacking continues. We are settling in.


  1. HaHa love that hugo has found some entertainment as well. Its sounds a looks lovely and small but full space...Congrats on your new digs!

  2. Lovely. Glad to hear you are enjoying your new space.

  3. Love your photography ! Nice to hear you are settling in. Brigitte Sooks