smoke on the water…

and with a nod to Deep Purple- there really is fire in the sky! and smoke and cinders and something called “particulate” as well.

I don’t know if the news has reached wherever you are but Vancouver and most of Western Canada are in the grips of what has turned into a nerve-racking heat wave. Temperature records are being broken all over and huge chunks of the western provinces are going up in flames. Thankfully there are firefighters coming in from all around the world to lend a hand.

Vancouver B.C.  July 6, 2015 A thick layer of smoke and haze from local forest fires continues to hang over  the lower mainland, here covering the waters off of Kits beach in Vancouver  on July 6, 2015. Here a detail frame of the sun just before it disappears early from the evening sky.       Mark van Manen /PNG Staff  Photographer   see Vancouver Sun/ Province/ News  Features and Web. stories    00037775A    [PNG Merlin Archive]

Vancouver B.C. July 6, 2015 A thick layer of smoke and haze from local forest fires continues to hang over the lower mainland, here covering the waters off of Kits beach in Vancouver on July 6, 2015. Here a detail frame of the sun just before it disappears early from the evening sky. Mark van Manen /PNG Staff Photographer see Vancouver Sun/ Province/ News Features and Web. stories 00037775A [PNG Merlin Archive]

Smoke from wildfires in the interior of British Columbia blanket the Lions Gate Bridge Vancouver, B.C. Sunday, July 5 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Smoke from wildfires in the interior of British Columbia blanket the Lions Gate Bridge Vancouver, B.C. Sunday, July 5 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

I borrowed the above images from the Vancouver Sun newspaper  site, this link will take you to a gallery of images if you want to see more.

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Now this not mean much to you but this is near where I live and at the bottom of the hill you can’t see, is where the harbour is and the water, which you also can’t see.

It’s been tough breathing this past week and I find myself checking the air quality daily, which is not something I usually do! Today has brought some rain, not much but enough to “wash” the smoke from the sky. On a quick trip to the shops this morning everyone I saw was smiling through the raindrops!

The heat wave has sent the garden into overdrive and I am knee-deep in cucumbers, ankle-deep in green beans and just dipping into the first of the tomatoes. I can’t ever remember them being ready this early in the season.

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Despite our favourite river getting lower and lower we have managed to find some pools deep enough for Ned to have a float….

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….and he’s discovered the place to be between walks is in the hosta bed….

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….which probably isn’t great for the plants but oh well, it’s been too hot to argue!

Things are happening in the studio, mostly in the morning before the heat is just too much to take! I have been dyeing, planning and preparing for a new body of work and experimenting with a bit of eco-dyeing as well. Good friend Anni Hunt and I spent a day playing and we got some lovely results….

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Hopefully there are going to be some treasures inside these bundles, I’ll let you know when they get unwrapped.

In the process of re-organising and setting up some new work, I have been playing with some very small bits of mixed media, I found this image of the harbour, which originally had a perfectly normal grey and rainy sky.  A little sand paper and some paint and it has become the perfect place for me to record a few thoughts (and fears!) about the “end-of-days” skies hovering over Vancouver.

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If you know a good rain dance, rain song, rain poem or any other rain inducing thoughts, I would be happy to hear from you!

Bye for now, Catherine

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6 comments

  1. Hi Catherine We are at the Vancouver Island Music Festival and it has been raining since this morning so someone in Courtney must have done a rain dance. Third year we have come here in out motor home and we have never had rain before. Hope you are getting some there also. Val

    Val Marus

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  2. Catherine, that sounds terrible. I hope that things ease up soon and you get some more much-needed rain. The eco dyeing results are great, beautiful colours and definition. I’m glad that Ned is finding places to cool down. Make sure that you take care of yourself.

  3. It’s just as smoky here in the Okanagan, and it seems that the half hour of rain yesterday did little to alleviate the heat and/or smoke. Joining Ned in that cool pool is worthy of consideration! He looks so blissful! Beautiful results from the eco-dyeing; looking forward to seeing some of your new work. Till Sorrento…..

  4. I would love to have some of that heat, then you can get some of our rain and cold? Outside, the temperature is below 15 degrees Celsius. While the rest of the world have a heatwave, Norway has a colder summer than usual. We almost had the same temperature during Christmas.

    • Oh Greta, that would be such a perfect solution! We could send you lots of dry heat in exchange for some rain please…Sorry your summer is cool- but it sounds like perfect weather for doing some stitching. It’s too hot here to sit with fabric in your hands.
      Hope I will see you at Festival in a few weeks!?
      Catherine


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