Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cinema in the Park

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I love our neighborhood. Last night me and a few friends gathered with a few hundred other people to watch The Neverending Story for free in a community park a few skips from our house. It's one of my childhood favorites, so I was in heaven. My friends however were probably confused as to why I still think it's one of the greatest movies ever. Being in the eccentric neighborhood we are, it made perfect sense why they would choose such a strange and imaginative movie -- it made both the kids and the stoners very happy. I just couldn't believe how many people had clearly never seen it before -- at least now their lives are complete.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

The Cutting Garden

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I was very impressed with Flora Grubb's Cutting Garden in California the first time I came across it because of its responsible approach to floristry -- they use exclusively local (and often native) flowers, more than I have seen any other florist successfully use. When recently again looking at the work of Susie, the designer, I was stunned by the creativity, daring, and use of organic elements to create such true to nature floral designs that were also so unusual for traditional wedding arrangements. Each piece shows a strong understanding of colour and movement and to me they are true works of art. I love the use of pitcher plants, tillandsias, and succulents. If I were to have a 'personal floral style' this would almost be it.

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All designs by Flora Grubb Cutting Garden. Second from last set of photos belongs to Feather Love Photography, last photo belongs to Ryan Anson.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Picnic in the Park

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Queen Elizabeth Park, homemade Italian deli sandwiches (crunchy seedy bread with avocado, prosciutto, hot genoa salami, tomato, havarti and cucumber), ginger beer, beautiful weather, and time to walk, time to talk, and time to nap.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Freezing Summer

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I'm thinking ahead this year.

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Tillandsia

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Air plants amaze me. They are my current favorite (along with the constant staghorn fern and more recently, anything bonsai) and I cherish the few that I have. I bought two of these Tillandsias while in Chemainus, at a street market and the third was from Celsia Florist in Kitsilano. Celsia had a beautiful display in the windows of tillandsias sitting in empty ball jars, that were then hung with twine right in the window to catch the light. I happened to have a couple extra jars at home, but wanted to add a bit of a visual anchor to the bottoms of the jars -- hence the (lightweight) buttons. Now to just find a place to hang them...

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I would suggest if you create something similar to these that you take the lids off the jars at times to let the tillandsias breathe -- and regular misting never hurts!

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Oh and can I just add: Happy Anniversary E & R, you are lovely.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

VanDusen Paradise

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My mom and Step-dad were in town three weeks ago and we spent one of our days together wandering through gardens and parks and bio-domes. VanDusen Botanical Gardens was our last real stop of the day and we first had a relaxing lunch in the shade at the patio of Shaughnessy restaurant (mmm...crab croissants...) to refuel before touring the large grounds. The gardens are stunning. We couldn't have asked for better weather or a nicer season. Since very few seasonal plants were really in bloom (i.e. cherry blossoms, poppies, etc.) we were able to really appreciate the hard work and love that was and is put into the landscaping and design of the park.

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My favorite photo. I feel like there should be people flying through the trees or something magical happening that you can only see if you look long enough.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Not correct

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We bought a watermelon from the Main Street Farmer's Market last week. We knew it was a yellow watermelon -- we bought it mainly for the novelty of that fact. We did not know what yellow watermelon tastes like and now we do: water. It made me really want pink watermelon, perhaps I will buy one tomorrow -- and a BC cantaloupe. Yum.

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