Friday, July 21, 2017

Everyday Adventures - Day 18 - Home

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View from my kitchen window.

Home-ownership is an adventure alright. There are so many variables, and so many things to ponder...

There's the neighbours.

(Who thought it would be a good idea to give those kids whistles?)

There are chores.

(What happened to days off?)

There are little things - like the actual arrival time of the scheduled tradesperson vs. the promised arrival time of the scheduled tradesperson.

(Where is that guy?!?!)

And there are big things - like the event that necessitated the phone call to the tradesperson.

(When did the furnace stop working?)

Then there's the finances.

(How are we going to pay for this?)

Sometimes it's hard not to wonder about our choice.

(Why did we decide to do this anyway?)

But when I look out my kitchen window, and I can see across the entire valley, I'm glad we've made this house our home. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Everyday Adventures - Day 17 - Camera

Look! It's a selfie of my camera!

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OK, it's a selfie of my phone, but it's what I currently use as a camera.  I still marvel over that from time to time. I'm taking pictures with my phone.  Wow!

I've owned a camera since about sixth grade.  My first was a Polariod that took black and white pictures.  Then came a Kodak Instamatic with a drop-in 110 film cartridge. Eventually I made my way up to a Minolta 35mm auto-focus. Then a 35mm Nikon SLR camera handed down from my Dad. Then my first digital camera - a birthday gift from Hubby. 

I still have many of those cameras, though they sit unused. They have been replaced by the camera in my phone.  

No wonder it looks so smug in that selfie.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Everyday Adventures - Day 16 - Walking Meeting

Walking Meeting Minutes 
July 16, 2017
  • Laurie
  • Hubby
Agenda Items:

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  • Steps were taken
  • Words were exchanged
Look at things:
  • "Things" included but were not limited to: people, trees, cars, wildflowers, dogs, birds, clouds, sky, mountains, meadows, ponds, water lilies, fish and boardwalk.
Take pictures:
  • See below:

  • A light lunch was consumed and enjoyed. The Everyday Adventure Committee wishes to thank the caterer.
  • Moved by Hubby and seconded by Laurie that we should do this again soon. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Everyday Adventures - Day 15 - Weather

Saturday was windy: a difficult weather-type to photograph. I figured the beach would be the best place to capture images of the wind. White-capped waves, sailboats and kiteboarders were all in my mind when we started out.  What I didn't expect to find was smoke.

Hubby and I could smell the smoke before we saw the plumes in the distance, but we couldn't tell where it was coming from until we arrived at the beach. Once there, we discovered we had stumbled on the perfect vantage point to watch the action. We stayed for a short while and watched the helicopters pulling water from the ocean to douse the flames.

Another couple on the beach told us fire had been going for at least an hour, though they didn't know what was burning.  It wasn't until much later that we learned that it was a brush fire. We were relieved that no one had been hurt, and were grateful that the firefighters managed to get it under control before more damage was done.  It has been dry here lately, and, given the wind, things could have been much worse. Our little valley is very fortunate that it wasn't thrown into a nightmarish adventure. 

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If you zoom in you might be able to spot the helicopter. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Everyday Adventures - Day 14 - Nature

I woke feeling yucky on the morning after my road trip. Had I over-adventured? My sore throat and general achiness seemed to indicate that I was the newest victim of the summer cold rampaging through my workplace. To prevent the spread of germs I quarantined myself. I cancelled my plans with friends and went back to bed.  Too bad.  We were going to hike to a swimming hole for a dip. It would have been a perfect opportunity to snap "nature" pictures.

Instead, after a good sleep I wandered around my yard snapping pictures.  That was enough adventure for me. 

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Pileated woodpeckers were here.

Flycatchers were here.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Everyday Adventures - Day 13 - Road Trip

Hooray! The prompt for "road trip" fell on a day off, so I planned a wee jaunt for myself. 

Tank full.  Radio on. Windows down. Let's roll!

First, I headed to Buckley Bay where I grabbed a cappuccino at Weinberg's Good Food.  I don't normally drink cappuccino, but hey, I was on an adventure so a new beverage was in order.  

After a delightful half hour of sipping and writing - writing in public is also adventurous for me - I stepped into Fanny Bay Oysters Seafood Shop for some candied salmon then continued on my way.  

I drove toward Royston, detouring down unexplored side roads on my way. (Well, obviously they had been explored by someone, just never before by me.) 

I eventually made my way to the Royston Seaside Trail.  I found a picnic table and snacked on salmon then went for a short stroll along the water. 

Bits of rusted metal are strewn about the beach.  I'm guessing they've washed in from the Ghost Ships of Royston over the years. 

Its not as spooky as it sounds.  The ships were deliberately beached to create a breakwater for the logging industry years ago. 

Ghost ships in the distance.

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My road trip was only about 55 kilometres round trip. The perfect size for a mid-week adventure for one.  Me!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Everyday Adventures - Day 12 - Make a New Friend

Make a new friend.  On a work day. Not going to happen.

So, do I skip this adventure? I didn't want to do that either, so I asked Hubby to forward the picture below:

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Georgia dressed for the day.  Note the maple leaf collar. 

This is Georgia.  We met her, and her people, on Canada Day. Though, as you can tell, she wasn't particularly interested in us, we were quite taken with her. She was going to be my "new friend", until I told Hubby why I wanted the picture.  He suggested that we actually make, as in construct, new friends. This was such a great idea that I decided we had to do it.

We had a gleeful, if brief, time "making" our friends. We could have spent longer on them, but it turns out that the cheap clay I picked up for the project was kinda unpleasant to work with. Still, we had fun, and I love the results.  Meet our new friends:

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They're still sitting on my dining room table.  I don't have the heart to squish them out of existence.  They make me smile every time I see them. I might have to keep them as a souvenir of this tiny adventure.