I Can See Clearly Now

I can see clearly now, the hedge is down…well about 2 or more feet anyway. Ok I stuck that song in your head now didn’t I? Couldn’t resist it.
I’ve had that song in my head all week as I watched that hedge get trimmed.

My view for many long months went from my kitchen window and then smacked abruptly 20 feet later right into the hedge.


Oh sure, you could see the sky and the sunset above it but it was not enough. No I wanted more. I wanted to finally seeing the distant mauve hills of Sooke that are miles and miles away.

Now I know it’s supposed to be kilometres being Canadian and all, but how does kilometres and kilometres away sound? Metric is not poetic, although in this case it rhymes.
You can just barely make the hills out, in this photo, but let me tell you, in the winter, when all the leaves are gone, and it’s cold and wet, this view is worth a million bucks to me.


So it’s not an ocean view or anything really magnificent or earthshaking but I need it. I need to see that distance on the horizon. There is something about being able to see for a long distance that is somehow calming, and hopeful at the same time. Maybe the hedge makes me feel claustrophobic? Like I’m boxed in with no where to go, no future? I don’t know.

But next time to you go the ocean, or you stand out on top of a hill where you can see for a long distance, pay attention to how you feel. There is something physical that happens, to me, anyway. I just naturally take a deep breath and let it out slowly and my stomach and the rest of my body just relaxes. And crazy as it sounds, to me, if I can see the distance I feel like I can see my future much more clearly.

Now if only I could convince the guys to cut it down just a couple more feet…..


2 thoughts on “I Can See Clearly Now

  1. mary-lou says:

    You know, I never thought about how looking out toward the horizon line (if you have one to look at) makes me feel, and you’re quite right, there is something expansive about it, and calming.

    Thanks for another great posting Helen, reading these are like adding a lovely thick cream to my coffee, even if I do drink it black :^)

  2. Hart says:

    Grow, grow grow, the Laurel hedge has got to go! Well I think Laurel’s new style is wonderful! It just grows too fast, now I can see you.

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