North Vancouver Street Art – Lonsdale Quay

Along an exterior wall at North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay Market you’ll find a 100 foot long mural titled Coastal Energy. Designed by local students and painted by artist Dennis Creighton, Coastal Energy is part of a city-wide series of public art called Studio in the City. Its purpose is to give local youth the opportunity […]

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Help me Decide!

I’ve posted on my blog every day of this year so far. It started off as a New Year’s challenge for the month of January. Once I had met my goal I decided to keep going. I’ve got lots to share still, which surprises me as I expected my content to dry up by now.

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Reminder

When I was out for my walk taking the photos for yesterday’s post, I came across this note stuck to the side of a Canada Post box. I kind of love it, for it’s positive reminder that during these dark times we can (and should) still be kind to one another.

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What is a Weekend?

Are you familiar with the scene in Downton Abbey where Dame Maggie Smith’s character asks, “What is a weekend?”? Her delivery is perfection. While the scene touches on the ‘modern’ invention of leisure time (for the period), not to mention the obvious class distinction between floors, I can’t help but ask myself that very question […]

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Street Art – New Westminster

It’s Friday! After another trying week, I’d like to share what I believe is the perfect spirit lifter to take us into the weekend. It’s bright, colourful and happy – just what the doctor ordered (along with social distancing and washing our hands, of course). I discovered this mural accidentally, but fell in love with […]

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Sea to Sky

Like many people around the globe, I’m finding myself feeling suffocated with cabin fever. I miss being able to leave the house without an action plan and spare disposable gloves shoved into my purse just in case. I miss seeing the flowers and trees come to life like they always do at this time of […]

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Vancouver Street Art – Mount Pleasant

Happy Friday! Here’s the final installment of murals I recently discovered in East Vancouver. First up is Lions Gate Bridge, which spans across Burrard Inlet and connects Stanley Park with the North Shore.

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Vancouver Street Art – Mount Pleasant

Here are a few more murals to, hopefully, add some fun and brightness to your day as we weather this crazy storm of uncertainty together. This last one depicts an old hamburger stand that stood on Kingsway for decades. It has since moved, but those of us of a certain age will remember the iconic […]

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Vancouver Street Art – Mount Pleasant

Here are a few more murals that I found in East Vancouver. My favourite isn’t either of the brightly coloured murals depicting well-known Vancouver sights.

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Vancouver Street Art – Mount Pleasant

Another day, another set of murals from East Vancouver. The Inukshuk is featured in the top two, which is a well-known feature along the city’s English Bay. The last of today’s murals is my favourite. Which is yours? Bonne journée! Marla

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Vancouver Street Art – Mount Pleasant

As I promised yesterday, I’m back with a few more murals that I recently found. Do you have a favourite? Comment below. Mine is of the crushed plastic bottle. At first I was annoyed by the parked car, but I think I actually like it being in the shot to give scale to the sprawling […]

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Vancouver Street Art – Mount Pleasant

Yesterday I shared a confusing mural I found here in Vancouver. It was one of a series of murals painted in a commercial warehouse area in the north end of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of the city.

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#WFH

Today was my first official day of #WFH (working from home). It also marked the first day in weeks where I didn’t have to discuss ad nauseum these troubling and confusing times. I realise that I’m one of the fortunate ones though, and I worry about those who can’t do the same. I recently found […]

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The Painted School

There’s an elementary school near to our house that I pass by regularly. I thought I’d share some of the colourful artwork that can be found across the property.

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Night at the Symphony

Four words I never thought I’d utter. But I’m so happy that I can now say I’ve been. A few weeks ago I was invited by a friend to attend a performance at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.

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Fire!

It was September 16th of the year 1868, and a long hot Summer day in the gold rush town of Barkerville. According to the story passed from one generation to the next, that afternoon saw a man make an unwanted move on a woman at the back of Adler and Berry’s New Fashion Saloon. A […]

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The Canadian Weather Stick

Growing up in Canada, we didn’t have televisions or radios. News came by way of dogsled. The only way to know the weather was to stick your head outside. If you got wet then it was a sure sign it was raining.

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It’s coming! It’s coming!

The first sign of Spring has arrived here in Vancouver and I’m practically hyperventilating with excitement!

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Barkerville Post Office

Because the old Gold Rush town of Barkerville was so remote, its residents struggled to keep correspondence up with loved ones back home. Initially letters were sent with friends traveling between Victoria and nearby Quesnel. It wasn’t very reliable, and I imagine it didn’t help with feelings of homesickness.

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Wells Barkerville Cemetery

Mine cave-ins, accidents, assaults, disease and old age. Life in a gold rush camp was difficult. Many of those who passed were buried in one of the areas four cemeteries.

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