Monday, May 14, 2007

The joys of a spring garden

The lilac tree bloomed just in time for Mother's Day! These photos were taken by Angela.
Early yesterday morning I went out into the garden and surprised a black squirrel, a robin and a chickadee going about their business.

We have 2 chickadee families living in our refurbished chickadee townhomes (the two birdhouses hanging off the tool shed). Hopefully they will start patronizing the newly stocked supermarket (the birdfeeder). The pool (the birdbath) is not yet open for business, but hopefully will be cleaned and ready in time for the summer.

The pansy bed is a riot of purple and the rose bushes and the jasmine vine are bursting with shoots.

Spring is here at last!


Thursday, May 03, 2007

Till We Have Faces

I requested C.S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces from the library some time ago after a friend told me about it, and finally got to read it last weekend. I was amazed and delighted by it, in ways I'm still trying to find the words to explain. The language is elegantly simple, the plot well-paced and exciting enough to keep a child entertained, and yet the ideas are so complex, multi-faceted and multi-layered. It has much to say about beauty, love, truth, freedom, sacrifice, and faith. It definitely merits a second, third, fourth reading...several readings spread over the course of one's life. As you change, so will the book.

Favourite passage, about Psyche: “She made bright all the corners of the room in which she lay. Always laughing, making all others laugh, merry, truthful, obedient, virtuous, spirited, compassionate, selfless...what every woman…ought to have been and meant to be.” 

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