Friday, December 31, 2010


Thanks to all who have visited GDP this year.

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Enjoying a break from the rain

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Man At Work

Bruce Somers quietly goes about building some of the coolest structures on Gabriola, like this one down at the south end.

Monday, December 27, 2010


I meant to go to the post office today, I really did. But the rain was too relentless and the woodstove was too warm so maybe tomorrow.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hawk Owl's Workbench

My neighbour Hawk Owl gave me a wonderful old Pentax film camera awhile back so I used it to photograph the workbench in her studio.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

ABC Wednesday > W is for Wool

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.

Global ABC

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Hank Rides On

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.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Skywatch Friday #62

Approaching the ferry terminal after a run to Nanaimo. If the sky looks a little grainy, it's because I had some ISO 800 colour film in the Leica.

Global Skywatch

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ABC Wednesday - V is for Virtuoso

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.

Global ABC

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Shauna and Nathan

Shauna McAllister and Nathan Tinkham during a recent show at The Roxy. Their version of Hank Williams I`m So Lonesome I Could Cry was as good as it gets. The girl can sing!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Command Center

Controls of a working man's boat

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


The fine art of staying warm

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010