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dressing in black

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on this wintry day …

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Rebecca

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in black

advances

down the middle

of the street

oblivious to traffic

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dark mists

and Avalon

the perfect rupture of sky

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from her fingers

black threads

spin skirt

and widow’s weeds

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black painted nails

blackened sockets of eye

her lips black also

from a feast of berries

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Copyright  2000  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

January 31, 2014 at 11:04 am

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excusing the difference

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On this cold and wintry day …

along the Atlantic coast

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When my son went to school, we often went to theatrical presentations at the school.  The young people were so talented and the presentations so well executed, I often went away with the lines of a poem running through my head.

One evening performance was particularly memorable and inspiring.  It was a production of Romeo and Juliet, and in this ‘version’ Rosaline was given an on-stage role.  Rosaline is the character who does not appear in Shakespeare’s play but has a background role as Romeo’s first love.

The young lady who played the part of Rosaline was memorable for her costuming and her on-stage presence.  She was dressed entirely in black Goth except for her hair – bright pink.  I remember her soliloquy – she begged us to look past her difference and see the person within.

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pink roses

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heroine

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her hair

a stroke of pink

on the brown audience

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more compelling

than the script

or the decorated stage

not surprising to see her name

on the program

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Rose

in the part of Rosaline

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in black but for the hair

even her lips

implore the audience

to pardon the difference

to understand

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if only he had lived

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she, of course, the heroic one

not Romeo

or Juliet

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not the dead

but the left-behind

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last rose

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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

January 29, 2014 at 9:17 am

another Cornwall gate

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Yesterday, I completed another in the ‘Cornwall gates’ series.

They are fun to find and paint.  I have learned this – trying to paint what is just beyond the gate takes away from the mystery!

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January 23, 2014  'gate in Ponsanooth'   Jane Tims

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January 24, 2014 at 10:05 am

walk along a shady lane (day 6)

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‘Biking’ in northern New Brunswick, I am constantly on the look-out for scenes and themes quintessentially ‘New Brunswick’.  And the long lanes leading to homes set back from the road leap out at me …

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map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)

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8-6   January 16, 2014   30 minutes  3.0 km (Dalhousie Junction to Point La Nim)

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When I was a kid, I spent hours wandering up and down the long lane at my mother’s ‘old home place’.  There were blueberries to pick, a lovely shade, a breeze coaxed from the hot day by the two rows of trees, and a dear silver poplar to turn its leaves in greeting as I approached the elbow of the lane …

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It’s not the same, of course, without trees, but most lanes show the center grassy strip, flanked on either side by tracks worn by years of cars coming and going …

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lane 2

treeless lane along the Restigouche River shore (image from Street View)

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And sometimes planted trees take the place of the narrow wooded walls of the lane in my memory …

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lane 1

a carefully planted lane (image from Street View)

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But occasionally, I see a treed lane and I feel like a kid again, eager to go wandering …

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January 21, 2014  'lane'  Jane Tims

January 21, 2014 ‘lane’ Jane Tims

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Copyright 2014  Jane Tims

swing in the orchard

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On this cold and snowy day …

'willow swing'

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in the orchard

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the old swing

soothes its child

its ropes fray

squeak with laughter

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if you hang around under apple trees

you understand the patchy shade

the reason the grass grows only so high

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in summer, the boy ties the swing high in the tree

and the mower moves under

brings Timothy to its knees

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spares field mice and bedstraw

makes mounds of hay to land on

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Copyright   2014   Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

January 20, 2014 at 7:25 am

Cornwall gates

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Among the paintings I did during my virtual cycling trip along the Cornwall coast are a few on the theme of gates and entryways …

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September 14, 2013  'afternoon by the gate'  Jane Tims

September 14, 2013 ‘afternoon by the gate’ Jane Tims

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October 24, 2013  ' gate on Old Church Road'   Jane Tims

October 24, 2013 ‘ gate on Old Church Road’ Jane Tims

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January 9, 2014  'gate in Falmouth'   Jane Tims

January 9, 2014 ‘gate in Falmouth’ Jane Tims

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January 10, 2014  'rainbow gate in Falmouth'   Jane Tims

January 10, 2014 ‘rainbow gate in Falmouth’ Jane Tims

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January 12, 2014  'red gate'   Jane Tims

January 12, 2014 ‘red gate’ Jane Tims

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Gates are symbolic of so many things.  They represent any portal into a new place, a new life, a new adventure.  We know what is on this side of the gate.  We may not know what we will find when we open the gate and step through.

This week, I am stepping through a gate, by taking the first step toward showing my paintings to the general public.  I have submitted one of my ‘gate’ paintings (‘rainbow gate in Falmouth’), for showing and sale, to Isaac’s Way at 649 Queen Street in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

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Isaac’s Way is a fine dining restaurant  as well as an art gallery.  Since 2007, they have held 19 showings and auctions of the work of local artists.  Paintings are shown in the restaurant and sold by silent auction.  A large part of the money raised from the sale of the paintings goes to sponsor a charity.  The auction ending January 26, for example, will go to help enable underprivileged children to take winter music lessons.  For more information and for a look at the art in the most recent showing (ending January 26th, 2014 at 9:00 PM) go to  http://isaacsway.ca/art/

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If you are in the Fredericton area, I encourage you to visit Isaac’s Way, to see the paintings and enjoy the comfortable atmosphere and delicious menu items.

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Copyright  2014   Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

January 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm

dangers on the roads (day 5)

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On day 5 of my virtual cycling beside the Restigouche River, towards Dalhousie, New Brunswick, I encountered part of a story …

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map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)

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8-5   January 14, 2014   35 minutes  3.0 km (Maple Green to Dalhousie Junction)

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Along the route, I passed two police cars, headed in the opposite direction.  Hmm, I said to myself, you never see two police cars together unless something bad has happened.

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police cars

(image from Street View)

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So I was not surprised to see this figure flagging me down …

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flagman

(image from Street View)

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Or the real flagman and two power trucks …

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power trucks

(image from Street View)

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And a broken power pole.  An accident, now four and a half years in the past (the Street View image was taken in 2009).  But a reminder of the dangers and sad history of our highways.

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downed power pole

power pole, broken in half (image from Street View)

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January 14, 2014  'railway crossing on Route 134'   Jane Tims

January 14, 2014 ‘railway crossing on Route 134’ Jane Tims

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Copyright  2014   Jane Tims

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