A great day today, the snow is melting fast. There are road building crews working feverishly to berm up the Little Manitou, hopefully to prevent serious flood damage. It is almost a loosing battle from my vantage point. I post this painting of the spring melt at a place called Clearwater Lake, I lived near there for many years and it holds a special place in my make up. I just returned from North Battleford where I was helping my dear friends Dean and Barb Bauche renovate their bathroom. They lured me up there with a promise that Dean and I could do some collaborative paintings but that didn't happen because of all the work that had to be done:( They did treat me to a house concert performance by Valdy which was awesome to say the least! Last time I saw him was at the Trappers Festival in The Pas, many years ago. I also had the pleasure of staying with my buddy Ross Nikoforuk and going to a Bruce Cockburn concert in Saskatoon last Sunday. He played my all time favourite song, "All the Diamonds." Thanks Bruce, you made my day.