My National Gallery of Canada umbrellas fortuitously arrived early in the soggy afternoon. Now, I'm sort of hiding them from the Resident Fan Boy, who got me a lovely, if small and flimsy umbrella for Christmas, festooned with First Nation moons, and made in China.
|Empress Hotel and the Butchart Gardens|
|Oak Bay Marina and BC Legislature|
|Emily Carr's birthplace|
|Craigdarroch Castle and Tally-ho carriage|
I've secreted my new William Morris patterned "Strawberry Thief" umbrella in my packsack, and concealed my larger and sturdier Norval Morrisseau behind other brollies. The Resident Fan Boy, not the keenest of observers at the best of times, hasn't noticed yet. He will, and his feelings will be hurt.
But this morning is blue and clear, and the first thing I spot is a crow hopping along the curb in front of our building. One for sorrow.
I exclaim out loud when I spy another crow up the road on the next block: "And two for joy! Thank you!"
I realize, too late, that I'm right next to a lady in a wheelchair, parked on the sidewalk just around the corner, having a smoke. I explain the folk-rhyme to her.
"I'll have to remember that," she says, squinting up into the sunshine.
I stroll off to rescue worms.