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As the grasses at Garry Point have turned yellow for the summer, the lupines have gone to seed, the blackberries are ripening and new wildflowers are in bloom. Blackberries and thistles... Gazania... It always surprises me how much change there is in a month...when you take the time to look closely. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at janice's mash-up
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The two days leading up to Adam leaving on Saturday afternoon were full of last minute runs to the drugstore and Target, getting some yen, getting skates sharpened, going over the itinerary and packing. Saturday snuck up on us and maybe that was for the best...not much time for me to get all weepy and mom-like. The airport was busy with the team and families... and then he was gone through security. I was a little anxious about the long, 10.5 hour flight and was glad when he texted that he had landed in Tokyo. JCIH (Japan-Canada International Hockey 2014)... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at janice's mash-up
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So one Wednesday evening in the middle of June, we got a call from a friend wondering if Adam might be available to travel to Japan for 10 days in July to play hockey. What? Gulp. A team of 16-18 year olds from BC travels to Japan every two years to play a series of games and participate in cultural actvities. The players all have some degree of Japanese heritage. Adam has known of this team but didn't ever consider trying out as he didn't think his calibre of play was at the necessary level. Three boys had to drop... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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I bought some pickling cucumbers at the Steveston Farmers Market on Sunday and that started things rolling this week. I figured once I had out all my canning stuff, I might as well get on a roll! So the week began with fresh packed garlic dill pickles... and then a big batch of tayberry jam... then blueberry apple-mint jam... and finally raspberry jam and jelly. The berries were all from local farms, the apple-mint was from my garden, the garlic from our local sharing farm and I used natural cane sugar for the jams and jellies. I also have recently... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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So this year's Canada Day was a little different for us... For the first time in 18 years, Neil and I went to the Salmon Festival together sans our kids. Adam walked into Steveston with friends to watch the parade and have lunch. Neil and I dropped Colin off at the Ships to Shore Festival on Imperial Landing where he volunteered as a first aid attendant for the day. Neil and I saw a bit of the parade, had some chow mein (of course), walked around a bit and then headed home. And that was basically our day...kind of non-eventful!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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All seven cousins were together again for this year's trip to Kelowna. Lots of sun, water, fun, games, stories and adventures to share! On Saturday morning, the boys were willing to get up early to go out on the lake to go wakeboarding - always one of their favourite things about the trip! Colin went to a skateboard park in the afternoon and then after dinner, we all went over to H2O, a great indoor water park and pool...a tradition. On Sunday we drove out to WildPlay, an outdoor adventure park with highropes, ziplines and crazy climbing challenges. The boys... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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May and June at Garry Point mean lupines in bloom. Meadows of lupines, in a purple wave, overlooking the mighty Fraser River. In May, the fields were flooded with purple. By late June, the lupines are starting to fade but still beautiful. The wild blackberries are in bloom and forming fruit along the river. The beach pea, which is a wild sweet pea native to Lulu Island, is in full bloom right now, along the south beaches of Garry Point. I have walked by these flowers for years, loving the colour but never really stopping to look closely and notice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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So its been a difficult month to say the least. The BC education labour dispute has turned our world upside down and we have all been affected in different ways. Things change on a daily, sometimes hourly basis, creating a need to be flexible and having to problem solve through many different things. So here we are today on what should have been the day that Adam and Colin picked up their report cards and yearbooks at their high school...usually a great day for them. Fortunately, we are well aware of how the boys have done in their courses and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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We spent most of the weekend at the Oval, as Colin was participating in the provincials for fencing. On Friday evening, he decided he wanted to fence the Cadet Foil category on Saturday morning so we drove by the Oval to register him and then headed back Saturday morning. Cadet is 15 and 16 year olds but some younger fencers "fence up" in this category for the challenge and experience. There were only 14 fencers in this event and Colin did okay in the round robin part (poules), winning 3 of 7 bouts. He went into the elimination round facing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Adam and I have been big fans of MAKE magazine for years and we are both of the tinkering, makey-type. I had heard about Maker Faires and last year, a friend's husband messaged me from last year's Mini Maker Faire in Vancouver and basically said, this is your kind of place! I was determined to get myself there this year and Adam was game to go with me, until pressing social events came up. I went anyways and when I walked into the PNE Forum, I did a little squeal like a child visiting Disneyland for the first time. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Last Sunday we spent the day out in Coquitlam/Port Moody for the Tri-City Fencing Competition. Colin fenced in the Y14 Foil event with 18 other competitors. He finished the event with a bronze medal, a little disappointed. For the first time, he also decided to fence in the age group above, Cadet Men's Foil which is boys 16 and under. It was a smaller group and Colin was very happy to earn another bronze medal. Next up is the BC Provincials! Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at janice's mash-up
Karen- I rode my bike along the Railway path yesterday and kept wishing I had my camera!
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The beginning of May has always been about motherhood for me. My mom's birthday is May 6 with Mothers' Day just around the corner from that. This year was a hard year, one of mixed emotions for me. Holidays are hard. My mom loved holidays. We got through Christmas, Valentine's Day passed by and my sister lovingly sent the boys chocolate eggs for Easter, just as my mom would have. I knew May was going to be tough emotionally and I would need to find ways to honour my mom and find strength instead of falling into darkness. The Sunday... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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April where we live is a little unpredictable...warm spring sunshine one day and then a stormy grey day the next. The cherry blossoms emerge in all their glory and some years you have to be quick to capture them in photographs before they all get blown away in a rain and wind storm. This year, I was lucky and on a few visits to Garry Point, I was able to capture the cherry blossoms from different perspectives. Closer... And looking very closely... And one of my accidental favourites...I used the fish eye lens instead of my macro lens on my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Last week I was fortunate to visit New Orleans for three days to attend the big (like 8000 people big) annual NCTM math educators conference. I was presenting a session on Friday morning and attended sessions on Wednesday evening, Thursday and Friday afternoon. I filled in any free time with exploring the city. First impressions of New Orleans...unique, lively, very rich in a deep, historical culture and beliefs. New Orleans has always been on my bucket travel list and I am so glad I was able to go - only wish that Neil and the boys had been with me... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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I have lived in the Vancouver area all my life and I realized today that I have never been to Maple Ridge. Colin was registered for a fencing competition at 1:30 at Meadowridge School and we left at 11:30, thinking I had lots of time. Well, mapquest and the Mary Hill Bypass led me astray and we ended up at the end of Fern Crescent with no way out and fields all around us. Hmmm...thank goodness for lovely people walking their dogs and Siri. We got there just in time...it was a long haul and we took a very different... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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After a great time in the Dorado/San Juan area, we packed up and drove East to the town of Fajardo. Fajardo is a coastal village with an "old town", the ferry docks and a more modern developed neighbourhood. We stayed at the Fajardo Inn which is high up on a mountain top with views of tropical rainforest and the ocean. Our first adventure on this side of the island was to visit El Yunque rainforest. We headed inland and drove up a lush, humid, very tropical mountain. Sounds of frogs and tropical birds filled the air and there were so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at janice's mash-up