Autumn is such a brief moment in our seasonal cycle, but despite it's brevity... it reigns with an intensity and radiance which totally captures the eyes and hearts of all of its subjects. There is a liveliness and lilting spirit in her court... that is unmatched (in my mind) in any of the other seasons. There is fanfare... majesty... opulence and unparalleled abundance in all parts of her kingdom.
There is music... dance... fairs and festivals of the Arts to honour her magnanimity and benevolence... performed and celebrated in every corner of her dominion. We kneel solemnly in gratitude to momentarily... yet traditionally acknowledge His... or Her countless blessings in this Kingdom rightfully called... Eden.
It is our traditional weekend of Thanksgiving. Families across the breadth of Canada will join hands around a table of plenty and offer thanks for blessings... small and large. It is my favourite holiday really. It symbolizes the real essence of giving thanks. It emphasizes the importance of families... shifts away from any need for gift-giving and focuses on the reality that our Creator's greatest gift to "Us"... is this Eden.
So on this special weekend for "Me"... I choose to remember Thanksgivings passed... and those family and friends who linked hands and are no longer physically with us. I choose to give thanks to those young men and their families... who made the final and ultimate sacrifice of their own hopes and dreams... to insure freedom and shared plenty for all of us who remain to enjoy it. I choose as well to remember those less fortunate and to offer some of my own bounty.
To all of my Family... Friends and Followers... I wish each of "You" and "Yours" a Happy Thanksgivings and further health and blessings! Today's posted image is a portrait of my maternal Grandfather's wheelbarrow painted... totally en plein air on Wednesday afternoon. I gave it to friends Grace and Rolly Hallyburton to be permanently placed in their beautiful... and lovingly created Eden on Orr Lake. Deb and I were married at the center of the bridge spanning their lily pond. This painting... like an onion... reveals its love of art... whether painted... gardened or just viewed in subtle layers. I hope that you can "read" those layers.... created over generations... and now combined and revealed, I hope... by my brush.
Happy Fall....good painting and Thanksgiving to All!