Saturday, February 27, 2010


I happened to be at a friend's house (with a BIG TV) when we won a medal early on in the games. She was so into it, she had no idea I was taking the photo.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Rainy Twilight At Folklife Village

Haven't posted a Leica photo in a while. M3 w/ 50mm Summicron, Ilford XP2 film

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rowboat At Berry Point

The guy in the background just happens to be an award-winning author who was out walking his dog.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mei Han's Zheng

The zheng is a large Chinese zither. This one was played by Mei Han at last weekend's Red Chamber concert at The Haven.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Ever since it opened nine years ago, Suzy's restaurant has been the place to eat and meet on Gabriola.  But she's recently decided to move on so the business is for sale. The menu is interesting and varied but what I will really miss most are the exquisite desserts.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sunlit Chair

I'd like to be able to say that this beautiful chair was handmade by a Gabriola artisan but in all honesty, I don't believe it was. It sure looks good in this rich afternoon light though.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Red Chamber

I've seen a few hot bands in my day. In terms of sheer virtuosity, The David Grisman Quintet comes to mind (early incarnation with Mark O'Connor on guitar and Rob Wasserman on bass). Then there's The Hot Club Of Nashville. Well, let me just tell you that Red Chamber can hold their own with anybody on any stage anywhere. The quartet plays traditional and contemporary Chinese music and just for kicks, their encore was a medley of Cape Breton tunes! Thanks to Poetry Gabriola for bringing us this amazing concert.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Art and The Artist

Here, Hadancy seems to be taking a bite out of her finished piece but not so. It's just sort of a signature thing.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Painting Horse In Action

She's adding a splash of red to a piece that was otherwise mostly greys and blacks. Every few brush strokes, she got a treat from her owner. And she got carrots from me when the paintings were done.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday Signage > Hadancy The Painting Horse

Today, I witnessed something rather unusual (no, not the first Olympic gold medal won by a Canadian on home soil, though I watched that too) even by Gabriola standards. I watched this horse, Hadancy (Day for short), create not one but two paintings which were commissioned (and paid for in advance) by a European patron. Amazing! Day's owner Sandi put the acrylic on the brush and held the canvas while Day, with the brush in her teeth, made the actual brush strokes. I have more photos so stay tuned...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010


It's been a while since I've posted a tourist picture. This is the Entrance Island lighthouse as seen from the end of a dead end street. It's currently still manned but is scheduled to go automated which seems a shame in an "end of an era" kind of way.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Erotica, the annual group show at Artworks, opens tonight and I blew it. I had an image picked out (not this one) to be included but didn't get it framed in time. Oh well, it'll keep til next year.

I found these sexy seashells sitting on the windowsill of a shed on the North Road.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


We've had some nice days but still...the rain.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Wee B&B

The cabin is 100 square feet. There's a bicycle wheel in the gate. It's the smallest and least expensive B&B on Gabriola. Mainly for cyclists, it sits on 20 beautiful acres at the south end of the island. No website yet but if you want to stay, just drop me a line and I'll put you in touch with the hostess.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Many Hands

Laying out new garden plots at The Commons

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sunday Signage > Spring Beach House

Nice place with a nice view.  Check it out here

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Another Day, Another Garden Statue

Buddha in the bushes at Wild Rose Garden Centre

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

ABC Wednesday > C is for Couple

Note the wedding band on the woman's left finger. Photographed in a friend's garden.

Global ABC

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Petroglyph #2

Gabriola is known for it's petroglyphs but I haven't posted a photo of one since way back in November of '08. This picture was taken at the south end of the island behind the church and it's been in the hopper for over a year. I'm posting it today because the thread going on over at The Gabriolan.

Monday, February 1, 2010