We visited the Isreal booth.

Mike and I went over to the Fusion Festival today in Holland Park in Surrey. It was a nice event! Not too crowded and the temperature was just right – a little cloudy and cool.

The photo above is my favourite portrait I’ve taken in a very long time. We found him at the Israel booth.

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A Backyard Tea Party

by Carol Browne on July 6, 2014 · 0 comments

in Edibles, Family and Buddies, Festivities

Seriously?Poor Abby. How did this happen to a nice dog like this?  How did she end up with a Cabbage Patch Doll hat on her head that my grandma knit for our baby dolls in the ’80s? Let me tell you.

Alysia came over yesterday afternoon and brought Abby, the best behaved dog in the entire world. She hung out in the backyard while Oscar and Donner watched through the screen in amazement. I don’t know if they’ve ever seen a dog before, but certainly not since they’ve lived with us. Abby was calm and sweet and was not interested at all in the Smashy Brothers. They just stood by the window and watched her.

We took photos in the backyard and then I mentioned we should have a tea party. Next thing you know, Alysia put Abby on the chair, I brought out tea cups and these Polariods were made.

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Delicious and elusive white turnips

But first, kitty feeder update:

1) the cats were up at 2:30 am messing with the feeders. They knew something was in there. My sister had to shoo them away so she could sleep (her guest quarters = the living room couch).

2) at 3:51 am, Oscar was climbing on my back in bed. Sheesh.

3) 4:15 am the first feeder opened. Neither cats realized anything was going on.

4) 4:18 Oscar figured it out.

5) Donner’s didn’t open up until about 4:20. He didn’t know what to do at all. I ended up sitting by him until he ate out of his feeder. They need a few more tries before they get what’s going on. We’ll try again tomorrow.

Now, back to today’s adventure and why there are no photos of us kayaking.

I shot our whole adventure in film, so the photos won’t be available until tomorrow after 4 pm.  I hope that’s PHOTOS because I forgot how to use our Diana camera and pretty much rolled through about 5 shots before remembering I had to watch the counter on the camera. I doesn’t stop for each shot. Oh well. I figured it out again by photo number 9, so with any luck one photo should have turned out in that batch. Just one good one would be lovely. Also, of note, it was cloudy today, and these cameras work best in the sunny sunshine. Oh man. I really hope I get 1 good one.

In the meantime, please enjoy these photos of a bowl of vegetables (more about that later) and these flowers now blooming in our garden.

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Hup Holland Hup

by Carol Browne on June 18, 2014 · 1 comment

in Edibles, Family and Buddies, General

Holland fan

While Mike went to work all decked out in nearly every piece of Netherlands regalia he owns, I stayed all snuggled in the bed. Day 1 of my vacation started off slowly and late in the day. Delicious sleep! But, I did get cracking, eventually, put on my rubber gloves and got to cleaning up the place before my mom and sister get here tomorrow. I’m happy to say, for the first time ever, I got all the housecleaning done by 7 pm tonight. YES! No 1 am clean ups for me this time. Hooray! Also, every piece of laundry is done. There is no space in the sock drawer for any more socks, that’s for sure.

And, the guest room is ready.

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Bitter greens

June 10, 2014

I’ve been on a juice kick the last couple of weeks, but I’ve been trying to find the right combination of greens and lemon to take the bitterness away. It seems like the greener the veggies, the more bitter the juice is. Somehow, the lemon takes the sting out of the greens, but only sometimes. […]

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June 4, 2014

I really like the way these film photos turned out from the old Pentax ME Super. Definitely an outdoor camera on a sunny-ish day. Judging from the weather over the next few days, I should really be making the most of my lunch half hours and get some photos in. Another thing I really liked […]

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The old farm truck

June 3, 2014

Yesterday at the farm in Ladner I am up late on a school night for a few reasons. 1) I’m a bit of a  night owl. 2) I was out late-ish tonight. I didn’t get home until nearly 10 pm. 3) I had a hankering for Butternut Squash Soup. Weird. I know. But it had […]

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With a cherry on top

June 1, 2014

This was one of yesterday’s treats. A perfect looking butterscotch sundae. We went over to Burnaby yesterday just to experience the ice cream at Glenburn Soda Fountain. Delicious, pretty and very clean. We’ll go back another Faturday to try a real Egg Cream. I have no idea how chocolate syrup, milk and a lot of […]

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“Sometimes we may rely too much on filters.”

May 27, 2014

WERD. I am guilty of over-using the photo filters for sure. Today was long and a bit odd. Oh well. I survived it and then met up with some friends after work and that always brings things back to normal. As normal as a monkey made out of a coconut WITH a spot in his […]

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Delicious eggs

May 15, 2014

I stumbled upon this recipe on facebook and decided to give it a try tonight for dinner. We eat a lot of eggs. They cook up quickly – very convenient when you get home after 8 pm and didn’t make any chili the night before to heat up in a pinch. Also good in a […]

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