we found a sweet little place to live in a little hamlet called Deep Cove in North Vancouver. it is a five minute walk from the beach. a ten minute walk from a cute village. the place itself is across the street from hiking trails galore (complete with a family of owls that have lived there for many years). you will have to trust me when I tell you how beautiful the space is, (I will post some photos when I get settled).
the search for a place to live in the Vancouver area has been grueling and we are so relieved to be done. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have found something close to the city but not in the city proper as I was a bit worried about living in an urban environment again after so many years being close to nature. this is the perfect alternative. the drive to downtown Vancouver is about 20 minutes, (I will be taking public transit in one day a week to teach).
we became excited to learn that Deep Cove was a haven for many artists and writers in the 60′s (Malcolm Lowry was the big one). a friend wrote that there was also a great experimental musician and artist named Al Neil who called it home. i got very excited reading about his work and process. his sculpture work made me a bit giddy when I read that he would collect things on the beach every day and create assemblages (some of which are still there apparently), from his website:
“Neil started producing large-scale assemblages in the trees outside his place in Dollarton, BC. Working with his partner Carole Itter – sometimes in collaboration, sometimes in tandem – he produced an ever-changing tableau in the woods beside his cabin. These works were never meant to be static and they show the age and condition of the elements within them. They take on many different configurations, a little bit like improvisational jazz.”
I love the idea of pieces that change regularly and are altered by weather conditions, time, moods, erosion, culture, etc.
much like life really. like us.
what do you think of the new digs? comments are OPEN, hurrah!
(a big thanks to the design team at ALSO for the new site).
You must visit the front page, there is a new interactive feature for you to play with called “explorations”. I think we’re going to have a lot of fun!
my good friend Pixie says about owls:
Owl is higher wisdom, mystery and night magic. Her senses are keen and her vision long for seeing that which is often difficult for other creatures to detect. Owls indicate flexibility and adaptability, making them ideal guides for long or dark journeys. They can hear the mystical whisperings of our secret wishes and unconscious desires, making them very useful when we are called to listen to a much quieter voice within. They can open up portals of the deep self and help one acknowledge messages that it is time to hear. While owls have access to the deeper truths, knowing when to go about business silently is another of her gifts.