On Sunday last we walked to our friend  Billy’s place in James Bay for our annual pumpkin carving evening. Just the walk through the gorgeous autumn dusk was spectacular, and then we had so much fun with friends old and new!

The Inner Harbour and a sliver of waxing moon.

The Inner Harbour and a sliver of waxing moon.

Billy cut the bottoms off the pumpkins instead of the tops so he could put them over his patio lights.

Billy cut the bottoms off the pumpkins instead of the tops so he could put them over his patio lights.

Glowing ghoulishness.

Glowing ghoulishness.

This is GJ's pensive fellow.

This is GJ’s pensive fellow.

I think this was my favourite; old style and totally spooky.

I think this was my favourite; old style and totally spooky.

Caught a beautiful sky in my neighbourhood the other day, as the daylight was fading away. We are finally starting to have some real autumn days after a very prolonged and delightful summer. My favourite time of year!

500 block Fisgard Street, Victoria BC Canada.

500 block Fisgard Street, Victoria BC Canada.

500 block Fisgard Street, Victoria BC Canada.

500 block Fisgard Street, Victoria BC Canada.

A recent show at Dales Gallery featured the beautiful photography of Dag Goering. His compelling images of elephants are traveling the world to bring awareness to the ongoing challenges these magnificent creatures face. Dag and his wife Maria Coffey run Elephant Earth Initiative which “supports pragmatic, science-based approaches to elephant welfare and conservation.”  They also have a wonderful adventure travel company called Hidden Places Travel.

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A beautiful October mid-day storm sky.

A beautiful October mid-day storm sky. Looking towards the Olympic Peninsula.

Another view…

Another view…

GJ has a Zissou moment.

GJ has a Zissou moment.

Our dear friend Dame Mailarta has organized another wonderful show for the International Mail Art Exhibition: Mailmania 5. This year’s exhibit took place at the Slide Room Gallery at the Vancouver Island School of Art in September. Art was mailed to Studio J from all around the world. Check out the Mailarta blog here, and send some art along!

The Dame in cardboard with a wall of art stamps.

The Dame in cardboard with a wall of art stamps.

We were moved to see this peice by our beloved Rachel Berman who passed away this last spring. Rachel sent a lot of art through the post to so many people; we are honoured to have known her.

We were moved to see this peice by our beloved Rachel Berman who passed away this last spring. Rachel sent a lot of art through the post to so many people; we are honoured to have known her.

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This floor-to-ceiling piece came from the UK.

This floor-to-ceiling piece came from the UK.

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Our new cat, Miss Bunny Drummond, loves cat grass. I caught her sleeping with her head on the wire cage over the pot where it sometimes grows. We had to incorporate the little wire cage so the grass could grow a bit before she munched it down.

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Today, with a light fog rolling through the city, I walked through Beacon Hill Park. I love foggy mornings best. The leaves are changing rapidly now and the shiny brown horse chestnuts are mostly down.

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