After a cool, wet spring, the sun graced us with a blazing, though short-lived, appearance a few weeks ago.
In celebration, my son and I spent the day at Bear Creek Park, one of the many green sites that earn Surrey its title, 'City of Parks'.
While I dislike having my photo taken, Jules was only too happy to pause and offer a smile as we wound our way to the Chapel In The Woods, a quietly reverent spot.
I'm told weddings are actually held here, though I've not managed to be there at the right time.
Flowers and foliage were vibrant in their new growth, the warm sun urging them to preen and proudly show off their fresh beauty.
In the Japanese Garden, I took into my soul this wonderful poem penned by Korean-Canadian writer/theologian, Rev. Byung Sub Van, and carved onto stone. It is both simple and profound.
As usual, I was captivated by water and the ever-changing ripples caused by a light wind.
Of all the gardens, I most enjoyed the West Coast Native Walk, as the varied hosta and lacy fern are more beautiful to me than the most exotic of orchids.
and letter-inscribed glass roof.
A few final shots, a miniature train ride and a visit to the Art Gallery completed the afternoon beautifully. My one regret was that the only wildlife we encountered were these metal fellows in the
Of such simple pleasures are memorable afternoons made.....