Lately round here

September 16, 2017

Hi everyone,
What a difference a day made. And then a week!
This is the sun the day after my last post and smoke rolled into Vancouver from the interior, Washington and Oregon wildfires.

This was the state of the world at 10 am.

I’ll tell you something though, although the smoke was awful to smell, the red sunlight was magical. Like living on Mars.

Look at my pristine city!

It was so strange seeing it enveloped in a smokey haze.
I must admit that while it was a little surreal, it was a little romantic as well.
But it didn’t last long. A few days later, some rain and a good westerly wind and Vancouver felt much fresher.

It’s been nice to be back home in Vancouver after three months away.

The summer’s been very dry and I’ve been busy trying to water the gardens.
The bees are loving the autumn crocus right now.

My neighbour has sold her house in 10 days for over $2 million to a construction company and that means a new duplex next door.
That is the state of real estate round here.
I’m not thrilled about that and must admit I now have moments of seriously thinking about moving out of this neighbourhood.
It’s ridiculous to think I’m going to be the only single detached house in a block of duplexes. The only problem is the minute I sell this house it will be bulldozed over and all this beautiful Craftsman heritage will be lost. There is a company who moves homes though, so I might just investigate that option. Wouldn’t it be cool to move one’s home onto some lovely plot of land? Hmm.

Well, in the meantime…and it will probably take a full year for the company who bought the house to get their permits in order…I’ve managed to snag all my neighbour’s sky blue bearded irises!

Robbie has been helping me with some projects.
One thing is he has stained and varnished a shelf we built several years ago for under the window in the family room. It tops off the custom bookshelves.
I love the deep rich wood grain which has come out of this piece of inexpensive pine.

The other thing I snagged from my neighbour is her, much better than mine, 3 compost containers, AND the compost! And the cement tiles for underneath.

The plastic pot is for collecting plastic bags which I use in the kitchen compost bucket for holding fruit and veg waste till I get it into the bins. Later, I just pick up all the used plastic bags and take them to the recycling depot at once. Yes, I know I shouldn’t really be using plastic bags to line the kitchen compost bucket. I’m working on it.

But doesn’t this little corner of my garden looks great and organised now?
I love it.

We’ve really been hanging close to home lately, and also probably because of jet lag and I turned my ankle again! (Darn skater’s ankles!)
But we did pop down to the Shipyards night market last night for supper.
This is actually only the second night market I managed to get to this year and the season only has two more Fridays to go.

We came down for the sunset.

And the fish and chips.
We really felt like having fish and chip.
The HMCS Ottawa was in port.

We sat on the pier, watched the city sparkle and took in the people watching and activity around us.

Then we stayed into the night listening to the band and Robbie did some dancing with the crowd.
At one point he had the whole dancing crowd dancing back and forth and then he started dancing around them all!

Today, being the last sunny day forecasted, we decided to drive out into the country and have some lunch at Fort Langley.
The traffic slowed down on the highway for some emergency vehicles and for a few minutes, we had this beside us! So cute!

I really love being in the country and especially in autumn.

We looked around at our lunch options at the Fort and everything was packed to the max.
We finally got a table at Wendel’s Bookstore and Cafe and had a lovely lunch.

Then a little mooch around the new stores.
My goodness Fort Langley os growing at an alarming rate.
Pretty soon the country is going to be the new city!
Here are a few things we found:
Chloe loved these charming pillows.

I loved this calendar.

And these huge wooden beads.

Well, that’s it for now.

Hello from Sunday night and a last for the 1st of October
Second day back in Vancouver and all hands on deck for an art show!

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  • Reply Robert Frank Gasch September 17, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Beautiful Life!!!

  • Reply Melodye September 17, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Boo on the encroaching duplexes, but hey, you’ve managed to stave off the ill effects so far…!

    Congrats on the “finds” (compost bins and iris bulbs), and oh, I hope you bought some of those cheery pillows and wooden beads!

  • Reply Dana Fulton September 17, 2017 at 3:48 am

    I so enjoy being a distant participant in your beautiful, joyful life! Thank you, once again, for letting us enjoy your journey with you!

  • Reply marian September 17, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Beautiful… thank you 🙂 x

  • Reply Susan September 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Being by the docks is always great. Seafood tastes the best when looking over the sea. Lucky you, getting the iris and compost bins. Great recycle. Your woodworking is superb. Nothing better than freshly stained wood. Lovely trip to the countryside. Glad to hear the smoky air has passed. Enjoy! Susan

  • Reply Daryl September 25, 2017 at 5:28 am

    oh so lovely … all of it including the smoky skies!

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm October 3, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Hey V .. it must be lovely being home. Gosh that is amazing that you would be the only single detached. Such a Shame … Sunset and fish and chips, perfect! 😀

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