Sometimes, our wee cat Taxicab decides we cannot get along without her help. Today, she was helping GJ with his new drawing…

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For the last few years, we have hosted a group of friends for Christmas dinner. My favourite part of preparing for these events has been designing a display for the dinner table. We rarely use our large table for dining, as it is also GJ’s workspace, so it takes a special event to clear it off. This year, I chose a snowy woodland theme. I made five little trees with Sculpy low-fire clay, painted them white, and sprinkled the wet paint liberally with fine glitter. These were placed over battery-powered tea lights, and arranged with other candles and various curios we have collected. I cut some holly leaves from wool felt, and needle felted the berries, then combined these with sprigs of cedar to create napkin rings. I also decorated a trunk in the living room with cut glass dishes to hold pre-dinner snacks. The dinner was delicious, as was the table, if I do say so myself!

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In the dark morning hours of the last Monday in November, I hopped onto a bus which took me to Swartz Bay, and the first morning ferry to Vancouver. My sister was visiting the big city for the week, and we took the opportunity to spend some time together, as we wouldn’t be able to spend the Festive Season together this year. We enjoyed a gentle day wandering in the beautiful city; spent some time on Granville Island, heard a lovely young man play beautiful music, and ate a delicious dinner at Vig’s. The last ferry at 9 pm brought me back to Victoria.

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A little after sunrise from the deck of a BC Ferries vessel to Vancouver.

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A lovely morning sky on South Granville Street. A few flakes of snow fell here and there throughout the day.

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Looking towards the North Shore mountains from downtown Vancouver.

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Musician Shawn Bullshields sings sweetly in the icy-cold air of Granville Island.

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Late afternoon sky from Granville Island.

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I loved the colours of this church and the autumn leaves around it in the dwindling daylight.

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Waiting to eat at Vig’s new location on Cambie Street. So delicious, beautiful space, and wonderful service.

Another perfect autumn day, this time for a bicycle ride. We are so fortunate to have a wonderful cycling trail system. I took the Galloping Goose trail out of town, and then turned onto the Lochside Trail heading north. About 20 minutes out, I turned right onto the Blenkinsop Greenway which took me to Blenkinsop Road and my shopping destination, The Rootcellar. It was a crisp and cold day, but bright, and so very autumnal.

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Heading home along the Blenkinsop Greenway. There is farmland on either side of this section of the trail.

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Many starlings.

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From the trestle bridge approaching Swan Lake.

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Swan Lake in Saanich.

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Another view of Swan Lake through copper-coloured leaves.

I’ve been working on a new series of neck pieces lately. Here are the first few…

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A lovely warm day last week enticed us out for a long walk. We just took our usual route along the harbour and waterfront, and through Beacon Hill Park – plus coffee with a friend. A perfect autumn day.

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We were on the walkway along Dallas Road, very near Odgen Point, when we saw a small crowd watching something in the water below. The tide was high, so conditions were perfect for this pair of harbour seals (adult and juvenile) to feed on a school of tiny fish they had boxed in against the wall of the road/walkway. The younger one seemed to get bored once in a while and dart out to sea before coming back to help with the hunt. Perhaps it was actually rounding up escapees!

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Bobbing upside down to watch the prey and decide her next move…

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A beautiful bald eagle sits atop the Totem Pole in Beacon Hill Park. Once the tallest in the world, this majestic pole was restored in 2011. Read more here.

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Bright colour, dark sky – Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC.

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A yellowing ginkgo tree at the edge of a reflecting pond in Beacon Hill Park.

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Coffee, cappuccino, and hot chocolate while sitting outside in the sun at the new location of Discovery Coffee.

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Back home to Chinatown underneath this beautiful sky.