Stanley Park

Sorry for the long delay in posting. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! We decided to take my grandfather to Stanley park since the weather was so gorgeous today. It’s a pretty typical thing to do with visitors from out of town, but it was quite different from the usual trip to theRead more

Stormy Weather Ahead

We’re sitting here tonight waiting for yet another major storm to hit the coast. According to the local news, we normally see about 2 major storms in an entire winter, but so far this year we’ve had 9, and it’s not even the new year yet.I have never seen such devastation to the city’s trees.Read more

Garden in the Snow

The recent snowfall has been wreaking havoc on local plants. Trees everywhere are breaking from the weight, including a beautiful old willow tree just up the block, and I noticed today that my rhododendron has several broken branches. Some things are holding up though, and look especially pretty set against the snow. This blueberry bushRead more

Scenes from a Snowy Day (or two)

The snowfall that we’d been promised arrived with a bang on Saturday night. We tend to get a few sprinklings of snow every winter, but the temperatures are rarely cold enough for the snow to collect, and it usually melts within a few hours. That wasn’t the case this time, and we’ve been enjoying havingRead more

November’s Garden

Our November weather has been absolutely crazy. We’ve had flooding, severe winds that knocked out power and destroyed several houses, and landslides that have filled the city’s reservoirs with silt, resulting in a boil water advisory for the past two weeks (and counting).Today’s forecast includes a snowfall warning for tonight and over the next fewRead more

Rainy Day Food

We’ve been having wicked weather lately – last week there was widespread flooding, and today we had a month’s worth of rain in 12 hours, with 100 km/hr winds to boot. Sounds like perfect soup weather to me! This is a basic recipe for a very satisfying and creamy milk-based soup. You can vary theRead more

Green Tomatoes

Just when I’ve totally given up on my tomatoes, the weather turns nice again! I made a batch of Green Tomato Mincemeat a month or so ago thinking that there was no way they’d ripen any more than they already had, but our weather has been incredibly sunny this fall, and it has really extendedRead more

Tomato Daze

I’m still dealing with tomatoes as they continue to ripen in dribs and drabs in our cool autumn weather. It’s supposed to be sunny and warm for the next week or so, and I’m hoping that the lack of rain will allow the rest of them to finish up. This morning I started drying what’sRead more

Here Comes the Rain Again

We’re going to be at a concert tonight, so I’m doing a midday post. Well, I think the fall weather has officially arrived. It started pouring last night and has been raining ever since – my silly coastal kids were so happy that they were running around outside in their pajamas and raincoats while IRead more