Tuesday, August 07, 2018


I was going to buy some seasonal fruit for another galette attempt this weekend, then remembered the many blackberry bushes I passed on my way to the river the other evening. So I went back to the Arbutus Greenway with a container. Pastry turned out much better – less water, rolled out thicker, not overbaked.

Monday, August 06, 2018


Fun story!

Last time I was back home I was snooping through my dad's stuff (like you do) and found an envelope of photos he took in his 1950s Vancouver days. One of them depicts an old Spanish-style Texaco station and for some reason, I was determined to find its location. My other question was less likely to be answered—where the heck was he standing (a roof?).

I checked the Vancouver archives and found a couple of similar stations but no cigar. I pessimistically resorted to Google where I quickly spotted a building that was not Texaco but looked like the same building. Turns out professional photographer Raymond Parker was quite interested in this building in the 1980s and documented a couple of its changes (from carpet store to plant store) from almost the same vantage point—an elevated parking garage. He wrote a blog post about it in 2015 as well as a post for Vancouver is Awesome in 2017.

In this article, he mentioned that upon zooming in on his photo he could just make out the Texaco letters under peeling paint, and had scoured the internet for an image of the original station. So I sent him the photo which initiated a nice little email exchange.

Read Raymond's follow-up that resulted.

And here is the hideous current location at Broadway and Heather — an extension of Michael's craft store.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Garibaldi Lake

The longest hike I've done so far – 5 hrs 40 mins. Garibaldi Lake Trail was closed so we had to take the same longer route, Taylor Meadows, there and back. Was a scorcher today at 31˚. Fairly busy for a Thursday, so I imagine the weekend might be a tad annoying. With lots of breaks, calories, and water, this was not as daunting as I feared, tho the tiring first 7km of endless switchbacks requires a certain level of fitness and resolve. Groomed trails with no real obstacles and some boardwalks. Trekking poles and bug spray for deer flies recommended. Info

Saturday, July 21, 2018

St Mark's Summit II

Read about our first time hiking here. This time it only took 3 hrs 45 min including an extra stretch to the next lookout point where we quickly had a sandwich (too many humans). Began at about 7am and trail was very busy on the way down. Full info here.