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"Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and at once you learn how big and precious it is."
Maxim Gorky

Friday, June 24, 2011

An Island adventrue...

When in Vancouver, you simply MUST make a trip to Granville Island.
It's a public market, a culinary extravaganza.
An arts and culture centre.
A working ship yard.
A cement plant.
Home to Emily Carr Art Institute.
Land of Granville Island Brewery.
And much, much more!
Underneath the Granville Street bridge, awaits this most fascinating place.
People live, work, play and come here for all of the amazing treats and treasures.
We spent the morning here with my brother last weekend on a short trip over to the mainland.
It's not really an 'Island' although it is almost surrounded by water and boats are everywhere...
These little aqua buses ferry you from points all around the area...
Granville Island is in between two other bridges.
One is the Cambie St bridge and the other is a gorgeous Art Nouveau bridge which connects Burrard St with downtown Vancouver...
Once inside the public market, you will be so inspired to cook and eat that your head will spin!
There are acres of asparagus...
...castles of carrots...
...mountains of morels...
...forests of fiddle heads...
...satchels of sunflowers...
...towers of tea...
...chestfuls of cherries...
...basket loads of bread...
a cornucopia of strange fruit...
...oodles of olives...
...rivers of ravioli...
...loads of leeks...
...masses of mackerel...
...a plethora of prawns...
...fiddling...
...and feeding...
...cheese-aholic? No problem!...
...bad hair day? no problem!...
WHEW! Time for a rest with brother Dan...
...now back to the important stuff...
Food!
I always thought this place had the most brilliant name...
Yummy soup stock!
Now lets get down to business and get to the chocolate booth!!!
These are edible works of art!
If this place doesn't inspire you to eat, drink and be merry, I don't know what will!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Back in the saddle!

Whew!
It's been a while since I've been on line due to crashing hard drives
but I'm back with the further musings and wanderings of a farmlass...
Lets see...where was I?... Oh yes...
I had been sitting out by the pond taking pictures of frogs and water lillies,
and so a life continues.
We put this pond in about 4 years ago after one of our goats died and we had to have a hole dug.
When our friend came over with his digger, we thought why not get him
to dig a hole for a pond and hence Licorice Lake was born (the deceased goat was called Licorice).
A word of warning to any pond virgins out there.
Do your research!
We've learned so much about why not to have a pond.
Algae being the biggest problem since our pond is in full sun.
We were also given 5 large goldfish and ended up, at one point, with about 200 offspring!
We now enjoy it the way nature intended and don't fuss with it anymore.
Anyway, the fish population has worked itself out, the plants are healthy
and there is a lot of life in the water including frogs, dragonflies, water beetles and
numerous other creepy, crawly bugs.
The show stoppers this time of year are the water lilies...
Enjoy!