Wednesday, October 31, 2007
With the general fireworks ban it's been wonderfully quiet this year and I hope it stays that way for tonight. It was becoming like Bagdad and big problems for the police and firemen.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Quito sitting pretty.
Quito and Kerry
Roger talks about the cross belt
More about the cross belt
Monday, October 29, 2007
(Sorry some are a bit blurry but I didn't have my tripod)
Their beloved Sandy, a golden retriever, who was a part of the family for many years.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The Three Musketeers
Rog and Kerry's son, Patrick, with Quito
Kerry at the Citadel Theatre complex.
Kerry and Donna
Kerry, Quito and Roger
Neil and his good buddy, Quito.
Roger talks about his experience flying with the Snowbirds.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
It got up to 25C yesterday for a bit (a record) but very cool today but wonderfully clear and sunny. Had a great dinner last night at the restaurant at the theatre..Alberta prime rib was fabulous and the play, "I Claudia" was excellent. I was very impressed with the theatre complex...three theatres and lots of plays going on.
I don't think I would have recognized Edmonton from our time here at Otto and Janette's wedding 35 years ago. Amazing development...over a million here now.
It's been great to see Kerry and Roger and then Donna and Neil arrived today and we've been having lots of laughs.
It's cooler today but wonderfully clear and sunny. I enjoyed our walk yesterday around a ravine area close by and have an idea for a painting already. We're off now to buy painting supplies for Kerry...she is going to become a convert!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
An Isabel Dalhousie novel and amusing and thoughtful. Lightweight but McCall Smith is always charming.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Review: 'Amazing Mrs. Pritchard' takes charge
I'm off to Edmonton Wed. for a mini reunion with a couple of old school friends, Donna and Kerry. We're all really looking forward to it!
So, I dug out my big wool sweater I bought in Donegal, scarf, tuque, gloves, etc. Then I checked the forecast to see if I need my snowboots...it's warmer in Edmonton than in Victoria today! Victoria and Edmonton are predicted to have the same temp Wed (13 C) and then it does get cooler in Edmonton. Who knew!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
This is a new restaurant on Cadboro Bay Road next to Slaters. The menu looked interesting and they did an amazing job of creating an attractive space out of nothing. We were looking forward to having a new restaurant in the neighbourhood and probably would have become keen clients.
We had to wait an inordinately long time to get our wine yet one staff member stood in a daze at the bar the whole time and did nothing. The wine list is VERY small and no mention is made of where the wines come from. The wine we chose was from Australia and was unknown to us but was very good quality for the price.
Our first complaint was about a tapas "special" ($8) that consisted of a very small single one inch square of ravioli. This was taken off our bill after remarking that it was a joke. We had been warned that the dish consisted of one piece but I don't think anyone would think it would be so small. The filling was miniscule and unrecognizable. It was absurdly presented in a glass with a small pitcher of broth to pour over it. Weird presentation to say the least. The other tapas of escargot and the charcuterie plate were excellent quality and although small, not a laughable size. We commented positively to our server.
We decided to just order the tapas first and then see if we wanted main courses or continue with tapas. We also like to dine leisurely. Our server asked us three times in a five minute period if we had decided on our next course. What's up with that?
We decided on main courses. Jim had pasta with Chorizo, Monique had the mussles, and I ordered the rack of lamb. Again, Jim and Monique's portions were small but not laughable and of good quality. My "rack" of lamb was another story.
The server rudely walked away and refused to listen when when we complained about the "rack" of lamb which consisted of 2 small ribs of lamb, a bit of squash and roast potatoes served on a small sushi plate. This was listed as a main course and the cost was $30.
All tables were full but people didn't linger. Perhaps they were going home to order pizza to get a decent feed.
When I googled to see if there was any info or reviews I picked up this one:
"I walked in for lunch and I was treated horribly at the door. Over half of the tables were empty and I was told no that with no reservation too bad. I wasn't offered a table for later in the afternoon or even to book for another day.
I have never been treated so poorly in a restaurant.
Make sure you have a reservation if you plan on going!!"
I must say that I also have never been treated so poorly in a restaurant. My guess is they will be out of business in a matter of months. I certainly won't be darkening their door again.
I just got off the phone from a call from the owner. Phoning to hear my side of the story seemed like a positive step; however, her attitude was high minded and no apology for the rude behaviour of her server. It seems everyone but us adores her restaurant. Such arrogance!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
John has been recommending Barnard for a while and dropped one over on his way back to Vancouver as the library didn't have the ones he suggested reading. I'm amazed our library doesn't have all of his as he writes a good mystery and and there's lots of "British" humour along the way. I loved the depiction of the "squealies" in this one...montrous children who need to be locked in their rooms at night. I'm looking forward to reading more. I'm sure my mystery loving friends will love him.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Richard, you've been a wonderful son and have had a pretty darn interesting life so far because of your willingness to do new things. We should get used to you coming up with new twists to your life's path but we continue to be amazed. So now, seven years after I made this little video you are working in film, got a degree in English and Fine Arts, and are playing the drums in a band.
Have a great birthday and enjoy the public debut of your band at your party!
Mom and Dad
Monday, October 15, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
"The Ragdoll is a breed of medium longhaired cat. It is best known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature. They are non-aggressive to the point that many cats cannot or should not be let outside for prolonged periods as many will not defend themselves and most do not hunt. The name "Ragdoll" derived from the fact that many of these cats go completely limp and relax when picked up. Ragdolls have a sturdy body, short legs, and a thick coat with Siamese-style points."
What a concept...breeding a cat for all the things we love about them!
Friday, October 12, 2007
A few quotes from stories that captured my interest...this isn't a tabloid but almost seems like it from these stories...
* "Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France, faces renewed speculation that his marriage may be about to break down after reportedly saying that he was getting ready for life as a bachelor. The level of feverish gossip in the French media and on the internet has reached unprecedented heights in a country which was once famous for ignoring its leaders' private lives."
* "Stringent new regulations and increased insurance premiums have pushed the price of a modest festive display to as much as £25,000, and out of the reach of many town budgets. Smaller towns may lose their Christmas lights
This year councils must use a pressure gauge to individually test every bolt holding a cable or light fitting to a wall. Only fully insured professionals can hang the lights and workers must use expensive hydraulic platforms to do the job because ladders are not deemed safe."
* "The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have issued a furious rebuttal to an "offensive" report claiming Portuguese police believe Gerry is not her father.
Kate and Gerry were "horrified and devastated" by the latest "absolutely untrue" slurs in the Portuguese press claiming Madeleine's DNA was different to that of her twin siblings – all three of whom were conceived by In-Vitro Fertilisation – because she has a different father.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
The following links to a rather interesting interview with Lessing about writers, writing, and how we should read novels.
BBC - BBC Four - Audio Interviews - Doris Lessing
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
We were listening to some of our Penguin Cafe Orchestra cuts last night and of course there is loads of stuff on YouTube. I have to get used to remembering that EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD is on YouTube! I wasn't familiar with this one. Guess there's a lot we don't know. We were introduced to them ages ago when we had the satellite dish and could pick up the BBC. We taped a great performance and interview with them from the South Bank Show with Melvin Bragg. Will have to try to find that video.
Monday, October 08, 2007
When we got home we enjoyed a brew of Spinnaker's special Titanic stout and Jim read us this great Thomas Hardy poem about the Titanic. Some excellent photos and info on this site as well.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Ian and Monique joined us for turkey dinner last night and we all ached from laughing so much! We're off to see the Titanic exhibit today so leftovers will be an easy dinner.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
This is an empty shop in Fantan Alley...I thought this version of "brown paper" was kind of neat.
An attractive construction wall...I wonder if yet another condo is going to be built here. I do wonder who is going to buy all these condos.