Sunday, November 18, 2012

Gray November Textures



Almost all the colour has disappeared from the landscape. We've had some roaring wind; I hear it keening above the house as I write this post. This afternoon we went for lunch to a restaurant on the Selkirk Waterway. It's part of the Gorge, a long, winding inlet off of Victoria's Inner Harbour, which I wrote about in last week's Mosaic Monday post. 


Grey sky, grey water, grey wood. That seemed to be today's theme colour. We didn't walk for long. One of us didn't have a suitable jacket on and got pretty cold. (It wasn't me.) 
 

This wooden tube, also seen in the mosaic above, from a different angle, is an early water pipe to provide running water to homes in the 1880s here in Victoria. Narrow boards, grooved to fit snugly, shaped by an expert cooper, carried water from a well to individual homes. Imagine the work that took. Amazing! 

Thanks for all the well wishes for my back. I'm feeling much better - just have to take it easy for a few days until everything settles down again. 

Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary of the Little Red House.  

29 comments:

  1. These are wonderful photos. They look just like our day today. Cold, windy and gray. A really nice mosaic

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  2. Love the little tidbits of historical information I find peppered throughout your posts. Those wooden water pipes are amazing.

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  3. It does look like early winter in your photos, Lorrie. The water pipe was a igenious way of bringing water to homes in the past centeury. \\

    I hope your back feels better soon!

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  4. Wonderful shots of the place. I like that wooden tube.

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  5. Beautiful pictures..
    Happy Monday x

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  6. Looks like a cold winter day there, but your photos are wonderful. Thanks for taking me along on your walk. Have a happy week ahead.

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  7. It was so interesting to see the early water pipe; the workmanship is wonderful. As for fall, not a leaf is left here.

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  8. That wooden pipe was amazing! I had no idea that water pipes were made of wood. You're right, that's a LOT of work!

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  9. A study in gray for sure with just a pop of yellow on the birch tree. That pipe is an amazing piece of history.

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  10. In your photos, at least, the grey has a chilly beauty. . . and the water pipe is fascinating!

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  11. I am always sorry to see the autumn colors disappear...and yet there is something beautiful and calming about a gray landscape. Lovely pictures, Lorrie!

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  12. You depicted November beautifully...in all it's 'grayness'.

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  13. I would never have thought that I'd include gray in a list of favourite colours. But not that long ago I realized I like gray... a few gray days included.

    Our world would be a lot 'grayer' if we didn't have this particular colour in the palette adding depth and richness to the moasic of our world.

    Guess that turns out to be one of my little unexpected glimpses of 'heaven'...







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  14. Your gray photos are fabulous. Ha! Suitable jackets are key in these neck of the woods!

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  15. Great photos - that water pipe is amazing, and it's also quite beautiful - it looks like a piece of modern art!
    Thanks for visiting my blog - happy Mosaic Monday!

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  16. Wonderful photographs, especially the water pipe. Thank you for visiting my blog, we still have some marvellous Autumn colours here in the UK. We were in Suffolk and Essex yesterday in the countryside and I wanted to stop all the time and take photographs!!!

    Have a good week, Jackie in Surrey, UK.x

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  17. We have such great memories of the harbour at Victoria. Our daughter and family now live in Sooke but lived in Victoria when we first visited. The water pipe is very interesting. We are having a lovely sunny day for mid November so we have been out for a drive and a walk to enjoy it before the winter sets in. Thanks for stopping by my site this morning. It is always nice to meet another Canadian blogger.

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  18. If that water pipe could talk, I'm sure it would have been proud that you took the time to take it's photo. What a nice architectural element. You captured it so nicely.

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  19. Your pictures look exactly how Washington looked as I left yesterday! Grey, cold, and windy. Now that I'm home, I'm missing all of that! ::Jill

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  20. The grey cold look is so like England! Hope your back continues to heal. Having a hard time with Sciatica myself.

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  21. Love the rugged and weather beaten shapes and colours. The sky has a lot of contrast in it these days. Valerie

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  22. That looks lovely - compared to the weather we're having right now! What a nasty bit of storms coming though, hope you are warm & dry! ~ Heather

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  23. Oohhh that wooden water pipe is really neat. I am not a fan of gray and yet, the colour does serve a purpose. When we first built our home 31 years ago, for many years the colour was Weathered Elm and it was a shade of gray and I did like it. Happy Thanksgiving to you and to yours~

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  24. Grey is not such a bad colour when it’s part of nature.

    Besides, your landscape may be grey, but how clean and tidy it all looks. Funny, that that should be my first impression. Im am used to messy English towns.

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  25. More poetry Lorrie...who would have thought that grey days could be so pretty?! I'm especially appreciating that vintage water pipe!
    Love,
    Tracey
    x0x

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  26. That pipe truly is amazing! Enjoy the season.

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  27. Beautiful mosaic, and that is an interesting tube!

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  28. I've heard that it's been pretty stormy down there, can't say that I miss that November blusters.

    In the garden center the windows, and the roof used to bulge with the wind...hated that.

    Jen

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  29. What pretty fall scenery and the flume was a great find! A little surviving history is always a good thing.

    Yeah, the Pacific Northwest is a little rainy and windy these days isn't it?

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