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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The mornings are cooler now which is delightful. Yesterday I went straight to the waterfront on Dallas Drive at the bottom of Government Street. A single crow watched me carefully in case I was carrying a muffin. Sadly for us both, I was not.

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I’ve been walking for about an hour a few mornings each week. I love the light and the cool, and the way the air smells. Here are a couple snaps from yesterday.

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We were gifted a bag of quince which we helped pick from a small tree in friends’ back yard. I found this recipe, bought some lids to go with our assortment of jars, and embarked on my first canning! The jelly went fine, ending up with 5 1/2 small jars. The paste is more like the consistency of apple sauce, so I’ve been mixing in with my morning oats (yum!) and might use the rest in some baking. I love the delicate rosy flavour of the quince; I’m quite addicted.

Fuzzy and flavourful: my new favourite fruit!

Fuzzy and flavourful: my new favourite fruit!

Weird that a yellow-fleshed fruit can make such red jelly! No colour added!

Weird that a yellow-fleshed fruit can make such red jelly! No colour added!

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