Well here we are, Trip is about to start week 4 of his treatments and then at the end of Feb. we will pack up and return home. We are certainly enjoying our little apartment on the Kennebecasis river. It is a beautiful view, close to the hospital and stocked with everything we need. Trip is holding up very well and keeping busy. When he is not eating, sleeping or at the hospital, he is taking time to work on his novel and he has completed a beautiful new painting. At the end of week 2 - Trip's daughter and family from Toronto came to visit and they surprised us by all arriving in their new Tye Dyed shirts! Great jobs James!
Trip: "Hippie Ki-Yay is finally completed. This acrylic painting of a stallion beginning to rear up into the heavens takes me back to when I worked during the 60's as a groom at a racetrack. I'm always amazed when I sit down to a blank canvas, pick up a brush and then whisper to myself as I dip the brush into a dab of paint, "Let the magic begin," There is something about a horse that I can't really describe with words but the good vibes and what the peace symbol says on this stallion's forehead, gives me good vibes and an expression of breaking free - freedom perhaps being the key word. He's big and powerful, I can feel his energy and yet he is not threatening in any way. During this time when my physical being is being assaulted, watching Hippie Ki-Yay come to life or canvas helps liberate my inner-soul, takes my mind off my problems. In short, a little Haiku for you -
rearing midst the starry night
snorts Hippiie Ki-Yay
Peace my friends and may good energy be with you." Trip (want to learn more?)
Daisy has also been keeping herself amused. When she is not being caregiver, chauffeur and personal maid, she has taken up drawing mandalas.
Daisy "I always find the winters in New Brunswick, long and cold and quiet. This is ok, since I am generally inside by the warm fire on my homestead in the rural countryside. I sit in my big chair, next to the woodstove and plan hot meals with comfort food from our winter stores. After busy summers at the market and in my little shop, the autumn consumed with doing up preserves and meat pies and preparing holiday baking for my customers over Christmas, the quiet and respite of January and February are welcomed. Simply caring for my family is enough. Since I am not working at the farm market at the moment and have no customers, I am just cooking to keep Trip and I fed and comfy. This leaves me a LOT of time! We brought several artistic things to keep us busy, lots of books and of course Netflix binges to tide us over.
Being much less artistic, I had to find things that I could do, enjoy and feel successful at. I love the concept of mandalas. The Mandala comes from Buddhist and Hindu origin and it allows for creating a meditative state of mind - one can gain a sense of wholeness in body and mind. This sounded perfect to me. Allowing myself to just relax, go with the flow as they say and spend a few hours just not thinking or worrying or stressing. This is ideal for me at the moment.
To prepare, I search sites and my mind. I like to incorporate, peace, love and daisies... I put on peaceful sixties tunes and let myself go, before I know it, hours have gone by ....
I have created some in colour, some black and white, some more structured and some very loose....This allows me growth, personal reflection, time to lose myself in my work as my hand moves, emotions erupt from my soul and provides me with an outlet for creativity....
I look forward to producing more pieces and perhaps even transfering to other pieces of art... I think these will be gorgeous in the "hippie hangout!" ..." Love, Daisy ✌️
Trip 'N Daisy
Follow our blog as we tramp around the country in our revamped old trailer. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Trip has been to every province, territory, etc in the country. Daisy has been to all but the northern territories and provinces. Together, they have driven across Canada in 2010 with two kids and lots of breakdowns and stories! Most recently they traveled to Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia. Watch for more stories to come! Canada - we love it!