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First Beach BBQ of the Season

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First beach barbeque of the season, thanks to the tiny BBQ I bought a few weekends ago. It was perfect except for when this BBQ noob ran out of propane, but luckily the grocery store nearby was stocked and even a brisk wind off the ocean was no match for our blankets. We had green beans and garlic in foil, veggie burgers and corn on the cob basted in a sweet and spicy coconut milk sauce.

Ross Bay Beach is along Dallas Road, across the street from the Ross Bay Cemetery. There’s a washroom nearby too. The views are great and the rocks are nice but it gets dark a bit faster than the Dallas Road Beach.

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Spring Fling/Fake Summer

 

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The Boys

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Weekend Cabin

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Kerria

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Sakura Witch

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this is THE SHOES

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Last night I had the pleasure of seeing this is THE SHOES perform at Copper Owl in Victoria. I worked with Sabrina in Vancouver and the last time I saw her and Jereme perform was probably two years ago. It was fantastic hearing how their sound has grown and developed into a fierce, howling, train-chugging-down-the-tracks unstoppable blues force. After a night of drinking beer and talking music, we took some time this grey morning to snap photos in front of Big Blue, their trusty touring van. That beast has been to PEI and back!

Check out their music and upcoming tour dates here– they’re off on another tour in February!

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Alex in Seoul

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Alex is a model/writer/photographer/fashion icon from Seattle who was working in Seoul while I was there. I met her through Anja, who took some pretty amazing portraits of Alex in Portland. Anja insisted that Alex and I would get along and she was absolutely correct. After we had established that I liked taking photos of people and that she liked to pose, our day was pretty much set. We visited some tourist sites, green and red and cream wooden palaces, ate BBQ sitting on the floor around a charcoal grill, and Alex demonstrated her love for K-Pop during a visit to a neighbourhood idol shop. Girl is legit– back in Seattle she hosted JK POP, a Japanese and Korean pop music dance night.

We ended the day at dusk in the presence of a monument dedicated to the man who created hangul, the Korean alphabet. The air was still and heavy and hinted at snow. I believe it actually did snow, a few days later, and that strange tense feeling of the impending weather revisited me while reading Alex’s blog entries about the frigid Seoul temperatures.

Alex writes about her life in Japan and posts her lovely photography on her blog. I’m crossing my fingers that Alex and I will cross paths on the streets of Tokyo sometime in the near future– the dream!

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The Cottage Garden

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If you ever have the pleasure of visiting Kevin and Ian at their delightful home, known as “The Cottage”, then chances are you will get a tour of Kevin’s incredible garden. Having witnessed Kevin’s green thumb over the years– I remember when he lived in a small one bedroom apartment and grew a jungle’s worth of tomatoes in his sunny living room– I was excited to see what he could do with an actual plot of land.

With summer’s end drawing nearer, much of the garden has been harvested, but an abundance of cherry tomatoes are still choking the greenhouse. (Did I mention the greenhouse that they built out of old window frames? Seriously.) Kevin filled a bag with tomatoes for me, but I finished it before I even left.

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