Sunday, July 23, 2017

Same old, same old and fabulous new!

We saw Richard and Grace tonight and Richard fixed up my computer problems (same old, same old, poor guy...thanks so much!) and we went to this wonderful Japanese Bar-b-q restaurant which is really close to us just on Denman.  They love this place and I had an eye out for it myself but so great to go with them because the menu is huge and they ordered.  We absolutely loved everything and this will be a spot to go to for us for sure.  Wow...thanks,  it was a wonderful evening.

We love The Sylvia and the Cactus Club but one thing I really loved about this place (in addition to all the fabulous food) was there was a real mix of ages.  The Sylvia tends to be more our age and the Cactus Club tends to be the young crowd.  Well,  we're not complaining.  We know we can always get into The Sylvia because it isn't so popular and the Cactus Club is pretty amazing for food and in the off season we get in there with no problem either.  We are situated in a wonderful area.

Ah well,  some weird thing.  Photos don't seem to be uploading.

  This is the restaurant.

I can at least mail myself a photo and then download it.  Richard will sort it out I'm sure.

 Pondering the menu...

We had so many things I probably forget half of them but I do love the presentation on these little skewers so you can lots of different things like chicken hearts,  chicken livers,  beef,  pork,  smelt, chicken, something like a tourtiere, some nice salad...and more.

Grace "won" these two packets of Pocky.  Kind of a nice idea to have a raffle.  I think you could win something substantial.

These two not my photos.

Richard brought us these very cool sunglasses from his company.  We're 100% in terms of free sunglasses with the Celebration of Light,  Car to Go,  etc.   and now these which are very special.  Thanks, kid!

Mounted Unit in Vancouver

Interesting article and of course the horses will be out in force come the Celebration of Light beginning next weekend.  We saw the barge for the fireworks is there already when we were at The Sylvia yesterday.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A wonderful day with Linda and Cec and Carol and Dave

We do so enjoy our times together and particularly special since we're not next door now.  Carol and Linda and I grew up in the same neighbourhood so we've known each other for 66 plus years.   Linda is wonderful in organizing coming in on transit.  We started here with a drink then went to The Sylvia. for lunch  I just got a few photos at our place but I'm hoping Linda will post some of her photos on her blog.  We had great laughs over the "Naked Bike Ride" which went by and also the geese were going crazy going back and forth across the street.  Lots of laughs and remembering old times.  Love you guys!

"the boys"

"the girls"

"Almost all of us"

The crazy geese (photo courtesy of Linda).  They have recently had traffic control at this crosswalk on the weekend to keep the cars moving and the tourists safe.   But it seems the geese are finding this quite a game and are also always crossing back and forth now.  While we were having lunch we noticed the traffic control left...and so did the geese!

New cool place in Palm Springs

Susan and Chris,  you might want to stay there!

Dusty Palm Springs is in the midst of a major revitalization, with a flux of new restaurants, boutiques, and luxurious hotel opening in the heart of the resort town. Leading the charge of city’s modern transformation is Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs, which will be downtown Palm Spring’s first new build hotel to open in decades when it welcomes its inaugural set of guests in October.
The Rowan marks Kimpton’s first venture into the region, and the brand—which is largely known for luxurious urban oases—has artfully mixed its city-slicker style with the midcentury modern high-desert design that has come to define Palm Springs. The resulting sleek seven-story building is filled with natural light—making the most of the dramatic San Jacinto Mountains and Coachella Valley vistas by employing windows at every turn. For an even better way to take in the sweeping views, guests of the hotel can head to the rooftop—which is the highest rooftop in the city, and the only one to feature a sparklingly blue pool.

Friday, July 21, 2017

I have decided this painting is now complete.

I think I started this one a couple of years ago and I did have some idea of adding something and then I stopped because I really rather liked it as it was.  It was just supposed to be a background to something...something that I have forgotten.  Possibly the bright colours of parasails?

"Looking towards West Point Grey"
14 x 18 acrylic on canvas

Monet exhibit at The Vancouver Art Gallery

John mentioned he was somewhat disappointed because the paintings he had seen in a book he had were much better.  Yes,  I would have to agree with that and especially if you've seen the absolutely magnificent panels of water lilies at the Orangerie Musee in Paris.  I guess the Vancouver exhibit was very interesting to me because I hadn't seen these ones before and some were moving to an abstract quality and since my abstract experiments which were quite fun I found that aspect intriguing.

Linda,  you might want to try to take in the Orangerie but I know you're pretty booked in Paris.  You can get quite a good idea of the room and the paintings on the link.  I couldn't pick much up for images but these few will give you an idea of the size of the paintings and how wonderful they are.

Yummy chicken pot pie....who knew?

It never occurred to me to order the chicken pot pie at The Sylvia.  I guess I have too many memories of soggy bottoms and tasteless fillings in the chicken pot pies I've had.  The other day when we were having dinner at The Sylvia (Jim needed a treat and steak-frites did the trick) I noticed something rather delicious looking going by.  It could have been a very large French onion soup but I know they don't have that. It turns out it was a chicken pot pie with a wonderful looking flaky top and in a pot so no soggy bottom and the server said it got rave reviews.  I had already ordered but we took a young UBC prof out to lunch Thursday and I just had to order it....chicken,  bacon, pearl onions,  and mushrooms.  It was fabulous and Judith noted it for herself for another time.  It seems her mother made a wonderful one and this looked like it might live up to it.

We had a really nice chat with Judith and it was great to meet someone so enthusiastic about teaching and her research projects.  She is certainly one busy lady!  There is some possibility  the next Aldous Huxley Symposium in four years time will be in Vancouver and she expressed interest in organizing it at UBC.  From what we saw of her today she would do a wonderful job and Jim would help of course.  Vancouver is a backup at the moment as they do hope to have it in Sanary (the actual conference would be at the university Jim taught at there) in the south of France where Huxley lived and wrote Brave New World.

Judith gave me her blog with the courses she teaches,  conferences,  projects.  I'm always on the lookout for new and different things to read so was curious about her course readings.    You can see she has her finger in a lot of pies.   I've read quite a few of the reading selections and an amazing coincidence is that one of the readings is "The Man in the High Castle" which is being filmed on Lost Lagoon!  Now,  how likely would it be that I meet someone who teaches this novel in the afternoon after I took photos of some of the set up for the filming!

Update: Jim tells me they were filming "The Man in the High Castle" last year at UBC so perhaps not so much a coincidence as she probably chose it if they were doing the filming when the course was going on.

Judith's blog.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Filming in our front yard

We noticed they painted the tennis courts a nice blue and then we saw the notice of filming so figured that had something to do with it but talking to a flagman today I think the Parks Board is redoing the courts.  The filming is taking place on the lagoon.  I was curious and took some photos.  There are lots of geese there so I imagine they'll be curious as well!

They're filming the TV series "The Man in the High Castle"

Monday, July 17, 2017

Jim's a bit better and the Blue Jays won

Jim woke up this morning without feeling like he had an anvil on his chest so although the ears are still plugged,  he's coughing less and feeling a little bit human.  We decided to treat ourselves by going to the Provence Marinaside in Yaletown and splitting a bouillabaisse.  It was excellent and just about perfect for lunch given we weren't ravenously hungry.  We lucked into getting the last outside table.   We always feel like we are just a little bit in Provence at this restaurant and the fellow we got talking to was from Provence.  I think he is probably involved in the ownership of the restaurant but Jim started getting into a coughing fit so we didn't talk long.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Life isn't always a bowl of cherries but...

We have been enjoying our wonderful B.C. cherries this last week or so.  When our family went camping in Penticton  it was alway in July when it was cherry season.  I ate lots of cherries.  We didn't have a lot of money but my Dad was determined to give us nice camping holidays in the summer.  The first year he bought a tent,  cooler,  and Coleman stove. Air mattresses were old inner tubes tied together (great fun using in the lake  in the day!) and sleeping bags were blankets pinned together.  The next year we got sleeping bags and then the year after we got air mattresses.  I really missed all the inner tubes that we could make rafts of and had so much fun with them.   Thinking I probably made a post like this at some point...ah well.


Especially for library lovers....

I've been following this blog by these folks who were visiting Paris.   I loved the photos and the text is interesting too.  The whole post is here:

Saturday, July 15, 2017

I just had to post this ...

From Linda,  my first friend.  We moved into the neighbourhood when I was four and she was four as well.   Since we've moved back to Vancouver,  we have had a lot of laughs and hope we'll have many more.

Building a dinosaur

I need a lift today and there is nothing like Linda's (Carol's friend) dinosaurs to cheer you up.  Jim still isn't very well and we had to cancel our birthday celebration with Linda and Cec and Donna.  There will be another time and Jim will eventually get well so we must try to keep our spirits up.

Carol posted the whole process of what Linda does....amazing!

Friday, July 14, 2017

A quiet birthday yesterday

Jim is getting better but we're glad we cancelled our plans for Whistler....altitude with his ear situation just wouldn't have been on.  We had lunch at Las Margaritas,  then Jim needed to do work on his current book project as his co-editors want to sign off on it soon,  and then we decided to have a snack and take in the music at The Sylvia.  It was particularly fun since we saw our "beach friends" who we haven't really been seeing since we haven't been at the beach.   It hasn't really been ocean swimming weather so we haven't really been missing much.   Most folks have been swimming but they are a lot hardier than we are!

This photo came up on Facebook memory from three years ago.  Richard was over and Jim was showing him his open textbook project.  So,  same old,  same old,  in terms of Jim always having something on the go...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jim's birthday gifts...

From me,  for the love of my life and who I've shared 50 wonderful years.

And from Elaine....another wonderful load of goodies and reminds us of our wonderful times together in France and Ireland...and Victoria,  of course.  Thank you so much,  dear friend.

Mistral Pour Homme Teak Wood soap,  Irish Whiskey Fudge,  Rogers Sea Salt Cashews,  a little flashlight....Jim loves such gadgets!

And special salts from France no doubt bought on her recent cruise which included France.   Fleur de Merlot and Fleur de Cabernet.  Special instructions from Elaine:  This salt is used after food is cooked and adds a wine flavour to meats or vegetables,  so used at table.

Sounds wonderful and can't wait to use them.

And this lovely tea towel although we won't be using it as that.  We'll find a special place for it.