Monday, 11 December 2017

Coming out of a Fog...

Since last Wednesday I've been in a bit of a fog...we are experiencing a temperature inversion which means it is colder at lower elevations and warmer at higher elevations resulting in a lot of fog.
 Approximately 15 minutes after the above picture the next one was taken.  This has been my view for several days and sometimes even thicker.
 Thursday morning it was very soupy.  I needed to go uptown to my mom's place to drop a few things off.
 Here is the view from her 13th floor condo...mine is somewhere in all that fog along the river.
 Looking a bit farther east.
 Looking west towards Moody Park you can see frost on the roofs.  It was freezing at my place and about 40 uptown.
 Looking north towards the mountains we call the Lions.
 Descending back into the fog in Queen's Park.
 On Saturday I drove up Burnaby Mtn. to take some pictures of the city.  This is looking north and east up Indian Arm off Burrard Inlet.

 Looking towards downtown Vancouver.
 Swinging more north and west you should be able to see the Lion's Gate Bridge linking downtown Vancouver to West Vancouver.
 A longer shot of how sunny and clear it was on the mountain.
 Every so often there were these fog eruptions.
 Driving back around Brentwood and heading into another fog bank and across looking at some of the buildings along Kingsway in the MetroTown area.
 Caught this sight as I got home with the sun shining thru the end condo's windows.
 Our pump has been repaired and the waterfalls are flowing at a slower rate than usual.
 The next few pictures were taken of the sunset last night. Love the pink highlights in the clouds.
 Pale lavender and pink tones.
 Sky deepening in colour.
 Clouds starting to leave.
 Almost now clouds.  But surprising almost most of the evening I could get a good view of the condo across the river but just before I went to sleep the fog had returned very thick in a blink of an eye.
 This popped up on my Facebook page yesterday such a pretty view.
 I found that you can review your Intagram for the year and went back and checked out 2016 mainly quilt related with a view of the snowy courtyard.
 This year's review was mainly images from my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt with a centre picture of my tulip quilt.  I've actually been adding some tulips to the DTRH quilt lately.
This is the view this morning, I'm hoping the fog is gone for awhile.  Back to prepping leaves and bias for the DTRH quilt.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Roses in December!

On November 30th I got the last of my sitting bunnies stitched which is the deadline for the next month's instructions to arrive.  Sarah was a day early so it arrived on the 29th here as we are almost a full day behind her time zone in Australia.
 I decided to keep the hearts the same and also the circles for these borders.
 You might notice that they all have Sew in approximately the same place on the hearts.
 I also added an inner ear on the front ear, Sarah had it on her placement guide but didn't share the pattern as she chose not to have it on her sitting bunnies.
 A couple of the participants made them longer limb than the pattern, one person did a ying and yang set of bunnies instead of the heart in the circle.  It's amazing what is out there in cyber land if you look for hash tag downtherabbitholequilt or sarahfielkebom2017 on Instagram.
 My design wall won't show the whole quilt but here is her line drawing of what's next vines and flowers and on December 15th we get the final pieced border instructions.
 I've had a pair of visitors to my patio recently.  Couldn't get them both at the same time.  One flew off.
 They are Norther Flickers.
 I got out and took a few pictures of the Super moon on Sunday evening.
 Caught it just before it disappeared behind the clouds.
 Today we woke up to frost on the quay and beautiful blue skies.
 The snow on the Golden Ears mountains looks nice and inviting and hopefully with stay up there than down at my level.
 This is the world's tallest Tin Man!  He got a new paint job a couple of years ago and is looking dapper against the blue sky.  Soon he'll be in the shadow of a condo that is being built behind him.
 Such a dapper guy.
 The Riverside Market has some great graphics on the exterior.
 Tre Galli makes wonderful gelato, coffee and pizza.
 Longtail kitchen used to be a fish shop but the graphic suits it well, they have great Thai food.
 Roses still blooming in early December.
 This looks like a filter but that is how the rose actually looked with the side lighting sunshine.
 Love this one against the background of the tree trunk.
 Pampus Grass up close and personal.
 A bit farther away against the blue sky.
 Rose hips and a fading rose.
 I always forget the name of this flowering tree that starts blooming in December.
 The blossoms are so delicate but strong.
 There are lots of buds yet to come.
 All the leaves have gone along the quay.
 Love the effect of this peeling bark Maple.
 Yes we do have wild life down here, raccoons, skunks and coyotes are in the urban neighbourhood.
 The periwinkle suffered in our hot summer but is putting out blossoms now.
 My wreath looked better against the white door but I still love it against the almost same colour of red.
 Such a pretty shaped tree with all the leaves gone.  Still waiting on parts for the water pump but the ponds are now full.