Monday, August 9, 2010

photo of the week..

Right now it seems our photo group is on hiatus ...just a minute..must go Google that word to make sure it applies..... back in a minute....














Yep.... perfect... a break ... that's what we're taking... summer break more or less....

Anyway.... thanks bloggy buddies for all your comments on my whine about learning to golf.  All taken into consideration, even the ones about giving up, but only briefly on those.... becuz, this is something I absolutely DO want to do.

It is like several other things in my past that all of a sudden I just had to do and eventually did manage to do at least  to my own satisfaction.  I had always wanted to shoot a bow and one day overheard a conversation of some archers.  I was almost too shy to ask...but, finally just forced myself to turn around and tell them I had overheard some discussion about archery and wondered blah, blah... which led to me finding out where and when and eventually going to the club.  And, finally, even on to a bit of competition... and a medal!  I get easily embarrassed it seems and it does make it a bit difficult to go forward with some things...but, if I really want it...I just have to slog onward with pink cheeks and neck.... til I finally relax enough to just be there doing it and having fun with it.

Then, there was motorcycling.  I love motorcycles. I had ridden behind on so many bikes for plenty of years.  Finally, after one particularly gruelling trip of over 2200 km on a particularly uncomfortable tiny extension, laughingly called a pillion "seat" .... which caused my knees to be up around my ears.... and which after hours, hurts!   ... I proclaimed that I was never riding behind anybody again.  I was riding my own darn bike next time.  Well...I didn't have a bike or a license... but, Mr. BV said... "alright..... get on with it then" and went right into the house to find a cheque ... for lessons.  Whoops... me and my big mouth.  So...I learned to ride.  In my 50's ....

And, now... it's golf.  Every day someone else on a motorcycle bites the asphalt because a driver in a car doesn't see them.  So, I'm selling the bike because the traffic situation is getting too crazy and Mr. BV worries about me when I ride off by myself.  He happily bought me a golf membership so that I would "please do something less dangerous".  I've loved golf since I first tried swinging a club back in the late 80's just walking around with a group of guys on a small golf course.  Sure wish I had begun this as a kid though... same as motorcycling.... but.... there is hope even for us oldsters.... it can be done.  At least well enough to enjoy a walk in the beautiful park-like settings.



















All of the ladies, and even the guys, (who are pretty great golfers) that I have met so far are more than helpful and encouraging.

My sister and Mr. BV are my greatest cheerleaders and always have such clever suggestions. Our Mom used to be our biggest cheerleader as kids and even into our adult lives.  Always so encouraging.  Perhaps because she had dreams and aspirations; most of which were never realized, even in the tiniest way.  The one thing she did do that amazed and confounded us all was some acting.  She loved to sing, dance and act.  I think that was her secret dream .. but, the war came along; she made some very poor choices and the rest was mostly rotten history. However, one day when we were still kids.. she joined a little theatre group.  HUH? we couldn't believe it.  Nor could dear old Dad. He was not pleased of course.  He was insanely jealous of her, never allowed her nor wanted her to be around other men without him standing right there.... and so, the third war was on.  Anyway.. short end of the story... she loved it... learned lines like nobody's business and was a great little actress.  Her first year with the troupe she got actress of the year... and made three enemies within the acting group ..  they felt she upstaged them... was written up by local critics as being pretty darn amazing.  But, she only got to do a few years of that before the situation at home became too much of a problem to continue.  I remember how nervous she was...how she even managed to buy some special deodorant that actually stopped her from sweating because she soaked straight through costumes.  How she managed to cope with all odds to do something she so longed to do even though her insides must have been screaming.  My Mom .. my hero.... and she always said to us kids...if I can do it, anybody can.

She taught us all to dive the same way...  she didn't even know how to swim really, but could do the sidestroke enough to stay afloat for a bit.  Dad was teaching us to dive, but in his typical drill sargeant manner... basically killing us off and making us kids cry by the end of it.  She stood on the platform, glared at him.... and dove into the water in a perfect imitation of his perfect dive and from his letter perfect (of course) instructions. Her first dive in her life.  Boy, oh, boy...if Mom could do it..so could we!  I stepped up, did mine and the rest of the kids followed suit.  Hah! ... we all spluttered to the surface and swam back to shore or the dock... laughing and crying.... there you go Dad, dammit!

This week, after getting some help from one of the pros...and hitting a lot more balls..... (I even have a small callous if you can believe it!) .... I feel quite a bit more confident.  It's still a bit nerve wracking for me.... but, soon, I hope I can just go there and wander around in total bliss....

On Saturday night it is what we have been calling "date night".   It is mostly couples golfing and there are plenty of times for just two at a time.... how wonderful.  It feels like we own our very own private course.  It is so peaceful... so quiet... it's beautiful.  Afterwards... drinks and a light, late dinner... what fun.

The sunset was spectacular the other night. The sun a brilliant, almost fluorescent, fuschia.  And I didn't have my camera!   On the 6th tee a little deer was nibbling on some foliage...she just moved quietly further up the hillside... I was so happy she didn't get frightened and have to bound away..... we've seen another down nearer the river..or perhaps it was the same one....

A baby muskrat lives under the bridge on the walk over to the little island green...soooo cute....

and the flowers and plants....  amazing right now.... the colours....!!

Taking my camera again next golfing day....



















today, I better get out there and do some digging in my own garden.... not much is getting done around this yard seeing as I am never home anymore.

Oh, and...guess what?  You know that old saying about "if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear"?.... same thing with flowers blooming....  yes, they do still bloom even if I am not around to notice it right away.

Look what I found growing in my very own garden!  The most beautiful, soft custard yellow mini carnations!  First time this plant has bloomed and I've had it years.  I even moved it half way through the season because it didn't seem to be doing much ...I thought it would probably just croak, but, I guess it likes the new spot.

9 comments:

frayedattheedge said...

Glad the golf is going better! Well done to your Mum to do something she really wanted to do, despite the obstacles.

Twiglet said...

Great blog and lovely photos. Well done with the golf!!

Serena said...

What a wonderful Mum you had, Vee. In some ways, your post reminded me of my own Mum and Dad. Our Dad had no patience, a short temper and a heavy hand. He was like a Drill Sergeant when it came to teaching us anything and situations would often end in tears for us. Mum was the softer one who would step in and briskly diffuse a lot of the situations....then Dad would get mad at her for doing so. We were all happy that Dad mellowed with age.

Anywhoo, I enjoyed your post and I'm so glad to hear you are persevering with the golf. You can do it.

It does look like the Photo Group has taken a break, doesn't it? We don't have any topics at the moment either. Maybe we can re-group and set up another plan soon.

Serena said...

Ooooops, meant to say that the carnations are BEAUTIFUL!

Sue said...

You go girl with the golfing! I admire you.

Loved the stories about your mom, she sounds like quite a woman.

Hugs,

Sue

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Vee,

I enjoyed your post today and what a lovely Mum you had.
I agree bikes are dangerous, a friend of ours was knocked off his scooter and now has a metal pin in his leg.
Golf is much safer - have fun and enjoy your time on the green.
Love your pretty flowers, carnations are such a lovely flower.

Hugs
Carolyn

Clothmatters said...

Thank you so much for being part of our CDA Blog Hops!

Connie

Kerry said...

Great story about your mum, loved reading it, love the beautiful photos too! Good luck with the golfing (:

Beedeebabee said...

Oh Vee, what a lovely post! I so enjoyed reading about your mom. What a sweetie pie...Good luck with your golfing. It sounds like you're having a wonderful time learning! Those pale yellow carnations are sooo pretty! xo Paulette