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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

What I Did on My Spring Vacation

My Spring 2013 vacation to Alberta

We drove to Vancouver and spent the evening with friends, then drove the next day to Vernon in the Okanagan Valley and visited with family. In the car I read To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.

My interest had been piqued by reading Are you My Mother? by Alison Bechdel. There are many references to Woolf's book as Bechdel analyses her own family dynamics.

As I reread To the Lighthouse, I found a bookmark that indicated that I never finished it the first time, many years ago - this time I really loved it and found the writing to be exquisitely luminous. Inside the front cover were pencilled notes in my mother's handwriting which I found quite poignant.

In Vancouver and in Vernon I worked on English paper pieced flowers for a future art piece.

We drove through the Roger's and Kicking Horse passes to Calgary where we visited with grandchildren and walked in Fish Creek.

During our down time at the hotel I knit socks and read quilting and sewing magazines.

I knit most of a pair of socks.

After several days in Calgary, we drove north in an April snowstorm to Fort Saskatchewan.

Then we drove home to Kamloops and finally Denman Island, and celebrated JM's birthday with a pie made from rhubarb from the front garden.

We love our family and friends, but also love being home!

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