Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
My wife and I get our eggs from Taylor at Paradise Island Farm. And lately we've been getting some of the woolen goods as well, including a pair of handmade felted alpaca wool slippers that are without a doubt, the warmest thing I've ever put on my perpetually cold feet. Like wearing a sleeping bag.
Every tourist that comes to Gabriola snaps a pic or two of these beautiful animals (the farm is right on a main road) but probably not with black and white film in a 50-year-old camera.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Gabriola said farewell to Hank Sirlin today and the Celebration Of Life took place in the same room where he left us, at his home overlooking the sea. The house overflowed with friends, neighbours and relatives who shared great stories about our pal. Hank founded the Green Bikes Program which is how I came to know him and for me, those public bicycles will be his legacy.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
There are so many great musicians on Gabriola and today we have one not previously featured: Leah Hokanson has chops for days on classical piano but she also plays, sings and writes in the jazz idiom. When not at the keyboard, she runs Lulu, a wide-reaching local performing arts organization. The woman on the left is Deb Vitek, an in-demand oboeist doing page-turning duty for Leah during this concert.