Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fisheye Fun!

My new Nikon D5000 camera has a fisheye setting and for the first time the other day I tried it out.
I think with practice you could turn out some interesting photos, but for now I just found it fun.
Here are two I took at the lake on Monday.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bridal Veil Falls

In BC the joke is that if you wait fifteen minutes the weather will change. It is so true. 
We have had a strange year. The winter was warm and sunny through February.  Remember all that great weather they were talking about when the Olympics were here? That seemed to be the end of it and all of us waited for that nice spring weather we usually get - okay sometimes we get and we miss it when we don't . The middle of July arrived and I was still bundling up at night when I was outside. I was convinced that we had blown our sunlight along with our tax dollars on the Olympics. Now almost the end of July and the temperatures are soaring. There is  a fire ban in effect throughout the province threatening to spoil a few planned campfires for the August 1st long weekend.
Monday  Miss Lucy, Fred and I went to Bridal Veil Falls. It was a reward as such for our girl as she had her annual visit with the vet and needles are not her favorite thing. 
It was stunningly beautiful there.  The sunlight streamed through the trees and bounced off the water. The waterfall truly looked like a brides veil.
We went as far up as we thought was safe with Miss Lucy and stood in awe. It was well worth the climb.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

HUH? Our Strange English Language


  1. He could lead if he could get the lead out.
  2.  The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  3. Since there is not time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present. 
  4. A bass was painted on the head of a bass drum. 
  5. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes. 
  6. I did not object to the object. 
  7. The insurance was invalid for the invalid. 
  8. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  9. They were too close to the door to close it. 
  10. The buck does funny things when the does are present. 
  11. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line. 
  12. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow. 
  13. The wind was too strong to wind the sail. 
  14. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear. 
  15. We must polish the Polish furniture. 
  16. The dump was so full it had to refuse more refuse.
  17. The farm was used to produce produce. 
  18. The bandage was wound around the wound. 

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Some thoughts on Canada Day

 Happy Canada Day!
When I was a young woman I lived in another country for about four years. Upon my return I realized how great my country was and I fell in love with it. 
Today I still love my country, but like every thing, as we grow older we tend to change and that is what has happened to my country.  
As a country we began to think that the grass was greener on the other side. Isn't that always the way? We began to change how we viewed the rest of the world.  In order to fit in we began to get into things that most Canadians find wrong. Like the war in Afghanistan. We began to think that we needed bigger and better and to get this we traded with countries like China,  that do not respect human rights. It meant that we can buy that note paper for pennies, but it also meant that we lost manufacturing jobs.  Canadians have always prided themselves on their position on human rights, but now to keep the lifestyle that most Canadians have come to enjoy many Canadians have chosen to turn a blind eye to trade with countries that routinely violate human rights.  I think that makes us more likely to become blind to the human rights violations that take place within our own Country at times. 
So now, I have to ask are we a better country for the changes? Do we want to give up our ideals;  health care for all, human rights, affordable housing? For what are we giving them up?

For me - I still love my country and cannot fathom living anywhere else in the world, but I am not sure that we have or are changing for the better. I think that maybe, sadly some day there will be a better place for my grand children to live.