The Blue Blur

by Carol Browne on July 6, 2015 · 0 comments

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The Blue Blur Last night at the smokey beach, there were a few people around. Some were swimming in the high tide, some were just sitting on the sand, waiting for the sun to set and some were running in blue kimonos. Or at least one person was. I guess she was supporting the Japan Women's Fifa Team last night and she seemed in a pretty good mood despite the fact that they lost. Actually, second place is nothing to snob off at. Silver medal! Wait. I don't think that happens in Fifa Soccer. Sorry, Japan. Anyway, this Japanese fan ran across the sand right beside me. Even though she's not in focus, I love how the photo turned out (lucky accident). It looks like she's floating. She was carrying her sandals, but somehow, they blurred in with her hands and it looks like a claw. Creepy. This is what she looked like without the sandal claw. Running in a blue kimono It's not every day you see a person in a kimono on the beach. Today, the most popular topic of conversation was the forest fires. Apparently the ones in Pemberton are getting bigger and have not been contained at all. Frightening. The people up there must be worried. And it's not that far from Whistler, so I'm sure they're concerned, too. YIKES. Thankfully the weather has cooled off and the burning smell is nearly gone. It's supposed to rain on Friday, so hopefully that will help things calm down.

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Stinks like campfire. Everywhere.

by Carol Browne on July 5, 2015 · 0 comments

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Sun and the palm tree. BC is riddled with forest fires at the moment and today the air was filled with smoke and even some ash flakes. We went down to the West End of Vancouver today to visit our buddies, Gord & Jenn, and we ended up going for dinner with them near English Bay. Between the time we got there and then finished dinner? The air was so thick with smoke, it was pretty unreal. And the smell. The smell of campfire is so strong that it's starting to give me a headache and make me feel a little nauseous. It's still quite hot out (but hotter inside!) and we've got the fans on full blast. That's helping with the temperature a lot. But the smell. Whoa. Brutal. I can only imagine what the people closer to the fires have to deal with. UGH. English Bay at sundown I have seen the sun look like this before, but not in Canada. I've seen it look like this in Saudi Arabia during shamal season - sand storms where the wind would whip up the sand and there would be grit everywhere. You could feel it in your teeth and between your fingers and it would line the window ledges INSIDE. Blech. Fine, gritty sand grains. Everwhere. And the sky would be dark like this for a few days. It's a little spooky. The burning sun Hopefully this will pass soon. It's looking awful for many of the towns nearby the fires. There are SO many fires right now. Look at these numbers:
There are more than 70 wildfires greater than 10 hectares burning in B.C., and at least 171 total active wildfires. [SOURCE]
Frightening!

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Like a National Geographic photographer!

by Carol Browne on July 4, 2015 · 0 comments

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Mike in the bushes Me: Mike! You look like a National Geographic Photographer standing in the bushes like that! Mike: Or a pervert. FINALLY! Today we went to a local park I've been wanting to go to since we moved here in 2012. It's only about a 15 minute drive from our house. It looks really nice from the highway - a serene pond, always filled with ducks and, sometimes, a heron or two. The name of this park is the Serpentine Wildlife Management Area. Wow. That sounds very official and a little bit stuffy for a such a beautiful nature park. Although, there's lots of off-limits areas to the general public, so maybe naming it this way demands some respect for the environment. Respect like THIS: Heh. Nice hair. EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL BLOG. Heh. This graffiti bears an uncanny resemblance to Canada's Prime Minister. The artist got the hair perfect! Someone told me once that his hair reminds him of LEGO hair - you know, just one piece you click in? HEH. ANYWAY. RESPECT THE WILDLIFE, YO! Where was I? Oh yah, on the trail of Serpentine Wildlife Management Area eating fresh blackberries. YUM. This park was LOUSY with blackberries. There were plenty of berries for everyone! For the guests (of which I counted about 12 the whole time we were there.) for the birds, and for the bugs. We could eat berries all day. The next few weeks there will be plenty of ripe ones. I'm pretty sure Mike and I left a few ripe ones for others, but not too many. A farmer's shed The views are lovely at this park. We'll be back so we can go around the front and get closer to the water. We had to cut it short today because Mike had to get to work. The best part of this walk is that it is FLAT. No going up hill or downhill, just perfectly flat. I could have walked around this park twice! Out of the 145+ species of birds that live here, I counted 3. We need to come back in the fall and see some of the others.

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My work bio and new head shot

by Carol Browne on July 2, 2015 · 2 comments

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I'm telling you, writing a bio is hard work - especially the worky work kind. I need to submit my bio and headshot for work, so Mike got his camera with the flash on and took my photo. I like it a lot. I have to admit that my LinkedIn photo was not the best. I was wearing my winter jacket in it. Not very profesh. But now? Much more professional. Updated headshot Seeing that I take plenty of photos for other people's LinkedIn profiles, I should have a decent one myself, not a selfie taken in a bathroom somewhere. Here's my bio. Man. It takes ages to write like 5 sentences. Why? Carol Browne has several years experience assisting candidates to find employment in the applied arts – in Animation, Interior Design and Fashion as well as many years in the high tech fields. Her specialties include: a strong knowledge of the Vancouver labour market, recruitment, technical recruiting, prescreening and interviewing candidates. With over a decade of experience in arranging and administering wage funding for local BC companies on behalf of the federal and provincial governments, she was able to make many contacts in these industries. In her spare time, you can find Carol with her camera taking photos of just about anything. Well, this is the first draft. I'm sure it will change. Everything but the camera comment. That stays. Carol Browne says, good night! This is the last time I'll be writing in the third person. It's AWFUL!

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My favourite Canada Day parade member

July 1, 2015

So, even though I MAY have been complaining last night about not getting to sleep in today and being a lazy slug – WAIT. Are slugs lazy? Or just slow? I guess that’s not fair to slugs. Sorry to any slugs I’ve offended with that comment. It was based out of ignorance. ANYWAY, we got […]

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So much for sleeping in.

June 30, 2015

I was HOPING to have a leisurely Canada Day – just sleeping and watching movies. Instead, we’ll be leaving the house at 7 am and heading over to Steveston with some friends to some kind of Salmon Festival thing. Tomorrow will be well documented as I’m sure there will be many fun things to see. […]

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A Barn in the Distance

June 29, 2015

No idea if this was in Surrey or in Langley. I kind of lost track yesterday. I’m pretty sure it was still on the Surrey side, but who knows? Doesn’t really matter – both spots are beautiful in the country side. I had 2 interesting things happen today. 1) I met someone who recently moved […]

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Ghost Riders in the Sky

June 28, 2015

I was listening to a podcast about business stuff (on the Freakonomics podcast) a few weeks ago and the guest on the show was a business owner of an online magazine. He compared his success to a game of poker – sometimes you get a good hand, and then you play the hand as best […]

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The fishermen

June 27, 2015

The more we visit Ladner, the more I absolutely love it. It’s only about 20 minutes from our place in Surrey and there are all sorts of lovely little parks and views, there are eagles everywhere and farmland for miles and miles and miles. The air feels fresh and smells good. Heavenly. Today we found […]

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A teeny exotic bird

June 25, 2015

Here’s a tiny little bird from The Bloedel Floral Conservatory. This is not an ornithology blog, but I think he’s a Zebra Finch – an exotic finch, not a boring old local finch. He’s fancy! Looks like he’s from Australia. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Australia (OH MY GOSH! Nearly 20 years! […]

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