watercolour on watercolour paper
9 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011
I’ve said that we are living in paradise here
we are – seafood available at every turn –
rolling fields with horses and cows set against
ocean views of breathtaking beauty. People
who are among the nicest in the world (I can’t restrict
that to one place because I feel lucky to know
wonderful people from all over the world.) But last
night driving home from shopping in Amherst about
45 kilometers away, we moved through a spectacular
thunder storm – lightning arced for miles across the sky
in glorious and terrifying patterns.
I was both terrified and mesmerized. This morning
the news told of people stranded on the runway in
planes at the Halifax airport for 8 hours, because the
ground crews couldn’t go out to service the planes while
the storm was happening.
The sadness is about having to go. I love this place, our
school house, the town, the province, the people with all
my heart. It is a wrench every year when we get ready to
leave. But instead I want to concentrate on how lucky we are
to get to spend time here. This morning I woke up to the
sound of rain on the tin roof. That feels exactly like being in the
middle of a rain cloud. And though I might love a bright
beach type of day, rain suits the moment.
My painting today is another watercolour of a woman gassing
up her car in one of the most beautiful areas of the province.
Despite the Full Serve designation on her pump, she is filling the
car herself. I like the way she is leaning against the car as though
it’s a trusted friend.
Have an enjoying-the-drama-of-nature day.