A “sea change” around here usually means that a change in the weather is coming – most of our weather comes from the direction of the Ocean! Right now there is a bite in the breeze – the skies are changing – Fall is on its way!
We have really noticed the change in this last weekend. Leaves are starting to change colour – some are dropping to the ground – and some are simple dying back. Blackberries are ripening rapidly. I have already made multiple bottles of jam and a couple of pies – oh I love blackberry pie! And my freezer is filling up with the free bounty. This year a friend invited me to pick on her property – the easiest picking I have done in years.
We walked at Chase River Estuary, Neck Point and Nanaimo River Regional Park this weekend. Each one different, but all in the throes of change. There were very few birds to be seen this weekend. Crows, a few gulls and of course Canadian Geese – though the geese are starting to head south. The Estuary was particularly quiet.
As we walked around Neck Point, we saw a gull – with an eating problem – the sea star hanging out of his mouth was bigger than his throat – I am not quite sure what he is going to do about it!
We also saw a couple of seals floating around the rocks in the bays and a very happy squirrel – eating away at a pine cone. In the small marsh was a large turtle, sunning himself on a log – the lighting and angle were perfect for a wonderful reflection.
The skies at Neck Point were incredible, clouds piled upon each other, or broken with blue – these were the portents of the fall ahead.
At Nanaimo River Regional we saw a couple of frogs, one in the water and one on land. I am always happy to see the frogs – it means that we live in a very clean environment, frogs are always the first to suffer from pollution. It was here that I really noticed the leaves changing, as we walked along the pathway, leaves were falling, dancing on the breeze in front of us as we continued along the path. The White Pine’s were heavy with their large cones – if only the squirrel from neck point had seen these cones – they were almost as big as the squirrel!
“Sea Change” also can mean transformation. And right now I am transforming some yarn and beads into a shawl – one fit to evoke a time and place – one fit for Rock and Roll Royalty! I am cruising along on the main body of the shawl, it is slow going with beads on more and more stitches on every right side row – this shawl will gleam gold as the wearer moves!
There is energy in this change – I hope that you are ready for an incredible Fall Season!
Happy Walking and Happy Knitting!