We took Richard and Grace out to the Keg last night for lobster. Very dark so no people photos turned out. I ordered the whole lobster and they gave me this monster that must have been four pounds! Everyone else had a steak and half lobster and they all had to help me with mine.
All washed down with Sandhill wine.
Grace brought over these plums from her mom's tree. Absolutely delicious! Our neighbours in Vancouver had some plum trees like this and I always loved it when plum season came around. Yum.
A cruise ship passes Point Atkinson and Eagle Harbour in West Vancouver. The road you see carved into the mountain is the TransCanada Highway where it splits, left to go to the BCFerries Terminal at Horseshoe Bay, or right to the Sea to Sky Highway. Surprisingly, you can see the rugged tip of Anvil Island in the Howe Sound and Mount Tantalus still capped with snow. Regent Seven Seas Cruises Seven Sea Mariner departed from Vancouver on a 28 night cruise to #NewYorkCity with a stop over in #SanFrancisco. This was shot at the full extent of my telephoto lens across English Bay. Captured at Wreck Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ~ August 24, 2016
Katy and David from London came today with Katy's sister, Liz, who lives in Vancouver. Liz and Katy used to babysit Richard and Richard was the ring bearer at Katy and David's wedding. They have lived in London for a long time now and so do their two kids. It always a good time seeing them and telling old stories. They come out every summer so we see them once a year and have seen them from time to time in London. They have had a great holiday and flying home tonight...safe journey, dear friends!
We haven't been here for a while....Burrard Bridge a pain often and one thing and another. Lovely sitting outside and the hostess mentioned "Ah...I see you're getting our world famous tortilla soup"....yes, it is world famous for me. Best I've had anywhere!
I enjoy being on the Heather James mailing list. She does get the most amazing paintings...prices never published of course...goodness knows how much they cost! Susan and I really enjoyed the Calder and Picasso exhibit in Palm Springs last winter. One of these days I will get back into painting and it will probably continue to be abstract.
Notre Dame de Paris is my favourite building in the entire world and I love this rendition that Heather James has for sale. I also rather like Herbin's other rendition...very impressionistic.
Auguste Herbin (1882-1960) Notre Dame, Paris oil on canvas 24 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. 1908
Auguste Herbin was a French painter who worked in many styles before settling on abstraction. Early in his career, he worked in the Post-Impressionist, Fauvist, Cubist, then New Objectivist styles. Herbin abandoned figurative painting in 1927, shortly before he developed the Abstraction-Creation movement, which emphasized pure geometric shapes and bright colors. His artwork can be seen as a bridge between the Cubist movement and post-war geometrical abstract painting.
Notre Dame, Paris was painted in 1908 at the highpoint of the Fauvist movement, an avant-garde style of painting that broke from Impressionism in its undisguised brushstrokes and vivid expressionistic and non-naturalistic use of color.
The present painting is a remarkable demonstration of Auguste Herbin's uninhibited talents as a colorist. Bright colors paint the sky and the tree line, which partially obscures the cathedral, in tones of orange, yellow, blue, and green.
Artwork by Auguste Herbin is included among the permanent collections of the Tate Modern and Tate Gallery, London, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others.
Susan and Brian invited us and Nicki and Stan to their lovely home in Kit's Point. It was a fast easy drive over the Burrard Bridge. Parking is a nightmare over there so they have made two parking spaces in their backyard.
Susan cooked a fabulous dinner....wonderful bar-b-q salmon, corn on the cob, asparagus, a potato dish to die for and if that wasn't enough homemade pie. Wow...we were very spoiled!
It was great fun and so nice to see everyone. Thanks so much, Susan and Brian!