Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Looks amazing!!!

I usually don't get excited over movie trailers but THIS one just blew me away!  The cinematography looks amazing!  We definitely have to go see this one.  Wow!

Watch "Life Of Pi - Latest International Trailer" on YouTube

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


An interesting little seed that I recently found attached to my sock after an excursion around our yard.  Anyone have an idea what it may be from?


A couple of neat ideas, I thought, to display some of your favourite photos.


This sailing yacht just went past our house apparently on the way in to Victoria.  There is a classic boat show this coming weekend in Victoria and I am wondering if that is where they are headed.  Enjoy this video of the Tamsen.

Watch "Tamsen: Perini Navi Design" on YouTube

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A man of many talents.

Matthew Mitcham not only is a world class diver, but he can play the ukulele too!!

Friday, July 20, 2012


Um, what Summer? At least here on the coast of Vancouver Island Summer has been an elusive creature. Spring seemed to hang on forever and then, when Summer was supposed to start, Spring just didn't seem to want to let go! Sure, if we went into Victoria, or even Langford/Colwood, the temps went up and Summer seemed to be peaking from around the corner. Then, we would arrive at home, and there was our friend Spring greeting us at the front gate. Truth be told, I don't really like hot and humid, or should I say my physiology doesn't completely coalesce with those summertime elements. But I would like a bit more warmth around the yard for gardening, even something around 21C/70F would be nice. Oh well, life goes on, as does the garden. Speaking of garden, we've been keeping up with the growth rates of the outdoor plants and been somewhat busy with the greenhouse. The greenhouse has been supplying us with zucchini and acorn squash so far, with tomatoes just this week starting to ripen and falling prey to our harvesting techniques. We've even managed to swap some with a neighbour, in exchange for fresh strawberry jam. Yum! The green peppers are another matter - they appear to have been attacked by some kind of pest with holes in many leaves as well as almost every single pepper! Grrr! We've done some investigating via Google (I LOVE Google) and think the culprits are something called a looper. We've treated the plants with an organic insecticide and are anxious to see if it has worked. Nothing like big fresh green peppers right from the garden. I managed a few pickings of strawberries from the potted plants up on the deck, before the suspected raccoon helped itself over the course of two nights, while we were fast asleep of course!
Speaking of wildlife, we were on the front porch one sunny Sunday morning, with our coffee and tea, when the dog jumped up and ran toward the front gate, barking up a storm. We both jumped up just in time to see a rather large black bear go running down the driveway from the gate! It paused at the end of the driveway, glanced back to make sure that noisy black Lab was not in hot pursuit then limbered off into the forest. That is only the second time we have seen a bear in the almost 5 years that we are living here. We got word a few months back, from a neighbour, that he had seen two Cougars on his driveway up to the house. Since then we are a bit more cautious on our dog walks and maybe have just a heightened sense of awareness, especially of the crunching sounds in the woods just alongside the road. So far we have had no feline close encounter. We also have had a family of great horned owls living in the area, hunting rabbit in our yard as well as some of the neighbours. Those owls are quite majestic to see and really quite spectacular in flight as they swoop down for a meal. Bald Eagles as well as Red Tailed Hawks and some kind of Falcon have alos been frequenting the yard/hunting ground. One would think that would keep the rabbit population in check but they still seem to be everywhere!
We've been getting a bit more involved with the local community politics, as well as with our federal Member of Parliament, who is a really nice guy by the way. We met up with him and his partner at Victoria Pride this year, which had a record crowd by the way! Something like 20 more entries in the parade and a much expanded festival area at the end of the parade. We met some friends there and had a really great time. We've also been taking in a few car shows this year, with a big Jaguar meet coming up in Oak Bay on July 28th that I am really looking forward to! Shortly after that we have a family of five for house guests for 4-5 days so that should eb fun, and interesting. Yup, summertime in the Victoria area certainly does not have any shortage of things to do!

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Hunt.

Several guys from Sudbury, Ontario dressed up their truck with a guy tied to the roof. The driver and passengers put on Moose Head costumes. As they drove down the main street of Sudbury, they caused about 6 accidents. They were charged with Public Mischief and having open beer in a vehicle. Sudbury cops have no sense of humor.....

Thursday, June 7, 2012


While rooting around the 'net for farm info for work I stumbled upon a couple of interesting sounding recipes. One I will make for sure, the other not so much as I do NOT like root beer, BUT, I know a lot of folks do so I thought I'd post a recipe so you can make your own. THIS one I will definitely try! You can substitute yogurt for the kefir, if you don't have keir, which is the case for me.
Blueberry Banana Coffee Cake!
Here is a recipe for home made root beer. Combine with some home made ice cream and you'll have a fantabulous summertime treat!
Root Beer!
Give these easy recipes a try and let me know how they turn our for you. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Gay teen suicides happen weekly in Utah, official says.

Gay teen suicides happen weekly in Utah, official says - Blitz & Shitz This is horrible, that a portion of society would just sit back and allow this to happen. Shouldn't we all just get along and live our lives as best we can?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Milan's Vertical Forest

Have a look at this building under construction in Milan, Italy. Perhaps many more cities need something like this, to inject a bit of personality into an otherwise bleak concrete world.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Our forecast was calling for rain today but the sun was shining most of the day so we decided to get out of the house for a while.  We took the dog with and stopped at a local trail on the way home to get her out on a walk.  Here are a few pictures of Sooke basin, from The Galloping Goose trail.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mercedes Caraccioloa 500K

What an absolute shame that a piece of automotive art such as this Mercedes is left to rot in a salvage yard. Actually it is quite hard to believe. Anyone out there with enough chutzpah to try to buy it from the salvage yard and restore it to its' former glory? I would, if I won the lottery.