Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday, August 24, 2012

Alberta bound

Views from the road- Calgary to Drumheller to Red Deer to Edmonton, (so far!)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Okanagan Valley

I just spent a few days in the okanagan valley swimming, hiking, looking for rocks and feathers and looking at deer. It's beautiful out there, see:

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sneak peek

Here's a little preview of the cross stitch sampler I am currently working on. The text is from a song by my pal Andy Swan, good dude. The pictures are not the best, you get the idea.


So I have the means to post again but you will have to wait for pictures from all my stops. I'm in Vancouver about to leave for the okanagan and now that I've safely made it over the border I was admiring all the ephemera I have collected. Here it is:

Portland- A chicken feather and fiber from all the different goats who have lived at Project Grow, which is an urban farm and drop in centre for adults with disabilities. A magic place.

Seattle- I met a boat carpenter, Jacob,  who gave me a knot book, a knife and some rope to practice. That's a Napoleon knot I made. And a book of Flannery O'Connor novellas, and an assortment of stones and shells from Discovery Park. 

San Fransisco- A sand dollar, a unicorn paper cut from my friend Emily, and a notepad sent from Toronto by Martina.

Vancouver- three crow feathers, and a knot I made in Stanley park. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Carefree Highway

There was absolutely an anticipation leading up to leaving LA, starting my adventure, seeing new things, leaving some things behind,letting go and starting fresh. There has been a real recurring theme of loss with my visit to Los Angeles and so as not to let me off too easy, a few days before I was to leave for San Fransisco, the apartment I was staying in, was broken into. My friends were at work and I had been gone only four hours when someone got in and took my computer and phone, two computers and an iphone belonging to my friends. Hannah the cat, we assume, slept through the whole thing, (or else expressed her dissatisfaction in not being petted to the intruders. Her life is a travesty.) Suffice to say posting may be scarce from here on out. But I've counted myself lucky. It can be important to consider that when one thing is taken away perhaps another thing has been spared. So it frames travel in this interesting way, a letting go. So as I was riding the 8 hours between Los Angeles and San Fransisco by bus and watching the painterly landscape flit by I thought about Gordon Lightfoot, Carefree Highway let me slip away on you.... He has all these stories of continous loss, lost love, lost railway tickets, lost opportunities. There are all songs about moving around and leaving parts of yourself behind. Well, I'll meet you at Massey Hall Gordy- it seems so far away now!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Echo Park

Yesterday I made a visit to the Echo Park Time Travel Mart. An essential stop for any traveller.

The shop is a storefront for the Los Angeles chapter of the 826 writing and tutoring centres, a Mcsweeney's invention. The mission for all the 826 centres is just to provide tutoring and writing help for young people, plus each one is a supply shop of some kind wherein all the proceeds go to the centre. I plan on checking out the Pirate Supply store in San Francisco, and the Space Travel Store in Seattle.

Items of note at the time travel store include any number of robot related supplies, disguises from various time periods, Caveman scents, Viking Odorant, and you can even purchase a wormhole- for a reasonable price I might add!

My favourite feature was the community bulletin board, here's some highlights-

To top it off I also attended a dodgers game- those who know me know that I'm not a huge baseball fan, but I love baseball stadiums. And Dodger's stadium is really strange, you can't see the stadium itself from anywhere in the city because its on a hill, but sunk in. And the parking lot alone was a sight to see!

 So the Dodgers won, for anyone who is interested. And there were fireworks! Hot Dog!