|Joan, reading the "directions" - "Ruby Sunday"on the trail. |
40 years together...to the day! There's been lots of adventures! :)
We have several pieces of art that give have given great pleasure over the years...and great inspiration. Two are on the sidebar of this blog. One of them is a portrayal of Joan's yellow sea kayak in the Salish Sea, and the neighbouring Coastal Range of British Columbia. It was created by our good friend and stained glass artist, David, in Calgary.
The other, a fabric art created by two wonderful women, Evelyn and Joy, includes two sea kayaks against a back drop of the rising sun and the Southern Gulf Islands, near where we live on Vancouver Island.
|"Tomorrow's Challenge", an everyday reminder back home.|
In lieu of a gem (expensive and rather dull in my mind), I suggested an awesome day out in the Scottish mountains. Much to my relief (but not my surprise), Joan accepted my anniversary "gift" with great enthusiasm! Gifts, after all, that work for both the giver and the receiver are absolutely the best! :)
It was the first real "wintry" day since arriving in Scotland just over two months ago, and with our days here now numbered, it was important to get some "elevation". We've been deeply touched by this rugged and ancient land and the warmth and kindness of its people. Since the beginning of time, people have sought out "high places" for the purpose of reflection and thanksgiving.
|Winter had come to Loch Brandy...one of our most favourite places.|
|To look up, and into the challenges "tomorrow" will offer is to be drawn forward.|
We went up as far as we could before losing light. The view was amazing, the perspective refreshing, the challenge of the hill literally breath-taking, but exhilarating.
|And it's always "forward" we must go.|
All too many in our world live lives constrained by the daily struggle to simply survive, until the next day comes. We must do better and work towards creating a world where all can dream...and grow...and be affirmed in anticipation of hopeful possibilities.
|Following the setting sun, comes the star-filled night.|
Sunrise always follows, with the promise of "tomorrow's challenge".
From Arbroath, the "Birthplace of Scotland", on the edge of the North Sea,