Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Rainy Day Garden Walk


Mother and Daughter shoes in the autumn leaves

It's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. There is much reason for gratitude. Family, friends, health, jobs, freedom - the list is endless. Our family celebrated with dinner on Saturday night, and dry grilled ribs in place of the usual turkey. It was loud with the little ones in high spirits and so delightful. After the littles were put to bed we sat around talking, talking, talking. Good times. 

After church on Sunday we were invited to our son-in-law's parents for turkey dinner. It was most delicious - Sandi's stuffing was remarkable, the turkey moist and the company convivial. A walk through Butchart Gardens helped settle the meal a little. 

 

Autumnal colours are muted yet, with hopes of more vibrancy if the temperature drops a little. 
 

Drifts of bright leaves here and there.
 

In the always-peaceful Japanese garden, mushrooms spring up from the moss, perhaps giving shelter to any garden fairies nearby.
 

The stepping stones - always a favourite. The curved lines, the reflection, the hint of red in the background - serenely beautiful.
 

The dahlia borders were anything but serene. Vibrant colours popped against the grey skies and drizzle. Pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, whites - in all sizes and shapes. These are just a small sampling.

Wishing all my fellow Canadians a very Happy Thanksgiving Day! I'm thankful for the wonderful people I've met through blogging - I'm amazed by the kindred spirits who find each other on line. Thank you for your comments, your emails, and for reading this little piece of my life.

Linking up with Mosaic Monday, hosted by Judith. 

"Give thanks to the Lord for he is good." Ps 136:1

38 comments:

Marilyn said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! You holiday weekend sounds just perfect. With a walk at Butchart Garden it was even more special. Those gardens are so beautiful with every season, just lovely!

kyllimarjaana said...

Lovely post. Pity, we don't celebrate thanksgiwing here in Finland. - Beautiful japanese garden, the weather seems to be stil warm. Here is a late autumn, almost all the leaves are fallen. We are ready for winter to come.

Cindy said...

I would love to walk and lurk looking for fairies under mushroom caps and beside the fungi also. Yes the stepping stones are a very nice gesture to the path and yard. This will be the first time not being around family and or friends for Thanksgiving, oh well, a time to reap and a time to sow

Millie said...
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Millie said...

I enjoyed your photos so much. Happy Thanksgiving. Indeed,the Lord is good!

GretchenJoanna said...

Thank you for the dahlias and the Japanese garden - both so beautiful they fill me up. And for sharing your thankfulness and thankful day's joys. God bless you all and give you another year with blessings piling up.

Karen said...

What lovely photos! autumn in Canada is grand isn't it!

Maggie said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Lorrie, it sounds as if you've had a perfect weekend so far. The photos from Butchart are stunning, so beautifully composed.
Thanks for sharing your day there with us.

cucki said...

Beautiful photos my dear xx

Elizabeth said...

Happy Thanksgiving Lorrie!
We don't celebrate here, but it is lovely to read about other countries and their Thanksgivings.

Sara D.B. said...

Lovely photos! This time I especially enjoyed seeing the beautiful autumnal colours and the dahlia mosaic.

Marigold Jam said...

What stunning photos - beautiful.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Lorrie!

When I was in Bible School in Michigan, we always celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving, because we had break over American Thanksgiving, and had several Canadian students each year.

I too love the way kindred spirits find each other, even online!

Deanna

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Lovely post colored autumn,greeting from Belgium.
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Beth said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Lorrie! Loved seeing your images from Butchart Gardens. It is a magical place!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

How lucky you are to have an after dinner walk at Butchart. We're having leftovers for lunch today and then off to a hockey game in which our granddaughter's boyfriend plays. Then the long drive home, but it's been nice for the whole family to be together.
Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

Connie said...

Butchart Garden . . . how wonderful and such brilliant color. I love those stepping stones across the water. thanks for sharing:)

Donna said...

Oh my your garden images are stunning...the bright green grass with the red leaves, and the mushrooms not mention the dahlias. What a special spot.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Beautiful images...I especially like those brilliant red leaves on the branch.

Happy Thanksgiving a bit late :)

Kati said...

The autumn colors look so pretty where you are. Our colors aren't as bright yet.

podso said...

Always nice to see the Butchart Gardens, that we visited on our 25th! I love the color of autumn on a gray day and the dahlias are such a beautiful shade. I share your gratitude, it has been nice knowing you for quite a few years now!

Cristal @ Dapple Design said...

Happy Thanksgiving again. I'm glad the rain held off for your walk in the gardens. Cute mushrooms!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Great photos, and the flower mosaic is so pretty. Thanks for sharing your holiday with us.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your evening.

Ida said...

Wonderful post. I've always wanted to visit the Butchart Gardens and just now I got to visit a small portion through your lovely photos. Those Dahlias were gorgeous.

Donna said...

Happy thanksgiving! Ah, Butchart Gardens is a delight no matter what time of year! Lovely scenes. And I love, love, LOVE that first photo of the feet! Let's see, which feet belong to who? I guess that yours are the ones in the black shoes, LOL.

Chy said...

Beautiful colors!!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Happy Thanksgiving - and thank you for the lovely tour - the gardens are spectacular! Especially loved the red leaves and the Dahlias - splendid.

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you. And thanks for such a lovely reminder of how beautiful a rainy day garden walk can be. Happy week ahead!

Kathy said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Beautiful photos!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Lorrie! Your photos are beautiful. It is a dream of mine to visit Butchart Garden one days!

Cheryl said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! It sounds like you had a lovely time (times!) of celebration. His gifts are so many, --yes-- online friendships included!

Thanks for sharing the wondrous views of Butchart Gardens.

Poppy said...

Both your celebrations of Thanksgiving sound wonderful, Lorrie. Your walk around Butchart Garden was certainly a feast for the eyes! The hot hued leaves and bright Dahlia blooms are beautiful. What a lovely little escape into autumn.

Poppy

heather meads said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too Lorrie, it sounds like you had a great weekend!

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Lorrie, I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving weekend. Butchart Gardens looks so pretty. Pam

Deborah Montgomery said...

Your photography is beautiful! Love all the colors and those mushrooms especially.

aimee said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Love the photos of the dahlias, bright autumn leaves and mushrooms!
Blessings,
Aimee
PS: Been meaning to say that I love your header photo collage:)

Wandering Wren said...

What a wonderful Thanksgiving you had, and fantastic photos!. I am admiring the red leaves against the burgundy bush and the green grass such a wonderful mix of colours!
Have a great week!
Wren x

Jill said...

What a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend....dinner (made my someone else) family and a walk through stunning gardens to bask in God's beauty. Sounds perfect!