Rainy Day Writing

Writing, Reading, Inspirations and Aspirations

Author Archive: Ilona Elliott

Fifty Shades of Rain

Rain hangs about the place, like a friendly ghost. If it’s not coming down in delicate droplets, then it’s in buckets; and if neither, then it tends to lurk suspiciously about in the atmosphere. Barbara Acton-Bond It’s the twenty third of January, and I swear we haven’t had a day without rain since the New …

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From Healthy to Extinct in 350 Years — Hakai Magazine

In 1844, six men set out from Iceland in a small rowboat. They were headed for Eldey, a low-lying bare rock about 15 kilometers off the southwest coast. Rare great auks—large, black-and-white, flightless seabirds—nested there and the men had been commissioned by a specimen dealer to get hold of any birds they could find. Jumping… From …

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A New Years Toast to the True Grit of DIY Dreamers

So the holidays are over… Somehow we managed not to have any drywall dust flying around during Christmas dinner, just a little grit from the sanded grout we applied to the newly tiled kitchen wall. SOMEONE managed to get grout in the kitchen sponge so that the plates made little scratchy sounds on the island …

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The Tomb of The Abandoned House Cat: A DIY Holiday Story

It’s all just too frightening to think about, especially with Halloween being over now and the merry and bright holidays coming…

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Life After Sixty: Idle Threats

If we ever run out of food due to nuclear holocaust, at least I will know where to forage for bits of protein and fiber.

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Life is a Trip and Then You Die

…I feel things just as deeply, I experience life just as fiercely…

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A Van Named “Christine?”

…I haven’t heard him cooing the name Christine yet as he’s buffing the back bumper…

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Charades Anyone?

Life after Sixty Series The old man and I play a lot of charades lately. And no, we aren’t particularly keen on party games. Nor are we attempting to relive our summer camp experiences (because we never had any.) Well, maybe the old man did a couple of boy scout camps but they didn’t play …

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Life: The Surgeon and The Sculptor

Life is a surgeon. With a random hand. It’s impossible to get through it without going under the knife from time to time.

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One Great Shot: Hunting the Milky Way — Hakai Magazine

As other locals from Victoria, British Columbia, might know, the best views of the Milky Way can usually be found far from city lights, down the West Coast Road. The night I took this image was a special one. After keeping a close eye on the conditions, some friends and I decided to visit Sandcut… via …

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