Monday, November 29, 2010

The Last of Fall

The leaves are pretty much gone now.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Living Roof

The cob wall at The Commons got a living roof this year. And speaking of The Commons, locals be sure to get your tickets for next Thursday's benefit concert at The Phoenix.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Portia and Myles

Portia Boehm and Myles Black performing at The Roxy

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

ABC Wednesday > S is for Storyteller

Ivan Coyote is a national treasure. She's famous for her live performances (storytelling) but her novel, Bow Grip, is easily the best fiction I've read this year. She was on Gabriola recently for the 7th annual Poetry Gabriola Festival. Let's hope she comes back soon.

Global ABC

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Not really cold by Canadian standards but pretty darn chilly for Gabriola in November!

Monday, November 22, 2010


My front yard

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Snow on the Ginkgo

This morning, Gabriolans awoke to the first snowfall of the season. We may be in for a cold winter.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Island Books

I love this store. I also appreciate the fact that it's right next door to the library!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Poets By The Sea

This year's Poetry Gabriola Festival was over-the-top in a good way. Amazing! And the beautiful setting (Dragon's Lodge) helped to make it so. Click HERE to see a slideshow of the whole weekend. Locals, mark your calendar for next year!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Alphabet Soup

Served up this afternoon at the Poetry Gabriola Festival.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Poetry Gabriola Festival

Here's a snap from last night's opening ceremony of the seventh annual Poetry Gabriola Festival. If it looks like fun, it was! Islanders, this is a not-to-be-missed event so get on over to Dragon's Lodge this weekend and check it out.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembrance Day

This photo is from last year's event at the Memorial Cairn

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Old Wagon

This was probably a delivery wagon in Nanaimo about 100 years ago

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rain Doll

Waiting in the drizzle at GIRO

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Goodbye Old Swings

I wonder how many Gabriolans and visitors have had a go on these rope swings at Whalebone Beach? Here's yours truly on the ropes almost exactly two years ago

But it looks like they'll be history if the RDN gets it's way and ditto for the sturdy stairs that lead down to the water. Seems a shame to me and a case of over-regulation for no good reason. Maybe they know something I don't but I was on those stairs just a few days ago and rickety they ain't!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I have a soft spot for big old Cadillacs so I couldn't resist a snap of this beauty at the end of a dead end street. I know, I know, they represent over-consumption and all that but hey, my dad had one and when he passed, it came to me. It was a triple black '76 Coupe deVille and it's hood was the single largest piece of sheet steel ever used on an American passenger vehicle. Driving it was like driving your living room.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Global Theme Day > Public Transportation

For public transportation on Gabriola, the Green Bikes are the only game in town. Here's a file photo of the fleet from last September.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants