The weather here has been miserable the last few days. After that lovely Thanksgiving weekend when we went hiking up to Garibaldi Lake, the sky darkened and a thick fog crept its way in and smothered us for 3 days. And I loved every minute of it.
Autumn is my absolute favourite season. October is my favourite month. At this time of year I get so excited about scarves, warm cups of tea, seeing my breath in the morning. I'm like the 80s at a Depeche Mode concert - I just can't get enough.
Getting that cosy feeling, I started looking at Marjolein Kuipers's candlelight pinterest board for inspiration. She has some gorgeous boards, but this one in particular kept me mesmerized for a good half hour.
It got me feeling warm and cosy and ready for fall, early nights drawing in, grey skies and red leaves. I created a few moodboards for inspiration before I went candle mad in my apartment... safe to say we don't need to put the heating on now, it's like an oven in here...
Pete and I took a trip to the island this weekend to see relatives for a birthday celebration. Usually when we go we stay over for the night, but they had their hands pretty full already so we opted for a day trip. It's the first time we've taken a car over together, and despite the ludicrous prices of BC Ferry crossings, it was a great opportunity to soak up some amazing views.
The crossing itself was gorgeous, it started out really murky and grey but brightened up as we got out to sea. I don't really mind a bit of bad weather, especially on the ocean. It makes it seem all the more mysterious, and a little bit spooky. One of my favourite things about the sea is that sense of the unknown, mysteries lurking in the depths.
It was nice to see the sun come out though, and the views coming back with the sunset were astounding. I've never seen such beautiful colours, the mountains and the sky in soft pastel tones against the dark water.
Despite the expenses and hassles of ferry trips, I have to say I do really enjoy them. Even in bad weather. There's just something a little soul settling about it; not having anything to do, no phone signal, no choice but to sit back and enjoy the view, soak up the changes in the weather. It helps when the ferry is only at a quarter capacity too, getting away from people for a while is definitely a big part of it. Maybe I'll make it a regular thing, a high dose in peace of mind...
At the bookstore today I found an amazing set of postcards based on the famous Penguin books from Sir Allen Lane. Pete's sister has an amazing collection of Penguin Books that I am quite jealous of, but as we don't really have the space right now to start collecting books, these will have to do.
I've already been through them and picked out my favourites, and can't wait to get a huge frame for them all. I even picked out a selection specifically for the bedroom wall, which I thought were particularly apt.
I am obsessed with postcards at the moment, and these beautiful, high quality prints have done nothing but encourage my fascination. If you're a fan of the classics and of great design, I highly recommend this wonderful box set, which comes in the coolest faux book box. A design delight that sits pretty on both my bookshelf and my wall. The only problem is I wouldn't dream of sending one of these beauties through the post...
i just discovered the Life Magazine archives online, and for the last two hours have been lost in a beautifully historical journey through time. i have always loved the images you can find in Life, it's always my go-to magazine when we go to the ABC used book store on granville/broadway. they just have this amazing way of capturing a perfect moment in time, and illustrating a generation in pictures. if you're into that sort of thing check it out, you'll fall in love. even if you're not it's worth a look, there are some really outstanding images to enjoy.
my favourite subject of choice today was London. In recent times I have lost a lot of love for my capital, so it was nice to get a little of that back by seeing it in a different age. it's almost like seeing it with new eyes...
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