Bulacan Backyard

January 12, 2012

In 2003 I visited The Philippines after meeting the person online who would turn out to be my partner and husband.  This part of the country is just outside Manila in the Province of Bulacan (the word ‘bulak’ means cotton, which there was quite a bit of when King Philip of Spain took over the islands in the 16th century).  The little barangay (community) of San Jose is part of the larger municipality called Plaridel.

In the yard of the family I was staying with in San Jose were all kinds of trees and plants.  This was to be the first of three visits I made over three years until I brought  my partner to Canada in 2007.  He is now an LPN in a geriatric facility here in Kamloops, and a Canadian citizen, and has come to love our -20C winters and +40C summers.  We were married by my Pastor sister in 2008 in Clearwater, B. C., at a beautiful resort there.

This painting was done while sitting on the porch, and reminds me of that first, personally-momentous visit over eight years ago . . .

'Bulacan Backyard'

11 Responses to “Bulacan Backyard”

  1. Thank you for taking the time to view my work and leave such a nice remark.


  2. Genie said

    Beautiful! (both story & the artwork)


  3. Oh, thank you very much Jen! I’m glad you like it that much!


  4. Reblogged this on Jenny's Serendipity and commented:
    What a great love story! Mabuhay to both of you Lance..


  5. You know what I am gonna do reblogged this……..


  6. Why thank you, Ann. You always post such fascinating and informative pieces, not to mention lovely animal photos you’ve taken. Your part of the world is such a rare treasure. We need to keep it and care for it.


  7. narhvalur said

    Absolutely fabulous paintings! Ann


  8. you always have something on yours that gives one a lift.


  9. magsx2 said

    What a lovely story, and I love the painting.
    Thank You for visiting my blog.


  10. thank you, kim. only -11c this morning.


  11. 3wishesstudio said

    Beautiful story and art! You can keep your cold winters! Best, Kim


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