Monday, September 15, 2014

Taking the Sea to Sky Gondola

We truly live in a beautiful area of the world.  Yesterday we decided late morning to take a drive up to Squamish to ride the new Sea to Sky Gondola .

Forty minutes past Vancouver, the drive on the Sea to Sky highway,  which is considered to be one of the most beautiful drives in the world. We drove into Squamish first and ate took advantage on yet one more beautiful summer sunday by eating outside on a patio before taking the short drive back to the gondola parking lot. 

 We were not the only ones with the idea and felt extremely happy to be able to grab a spot (a wide spot) to park.

The gondola ride takes ten minutes and rises 885 meters above sea level. 

Once at the top of the ride, we walked the easy trails and enjoyed the views in every direction.

There are plenty of easy trails and more difficult trails that provide a panoramic view.

Below us we could see the estuary where the fresh water meets the sea. 
The day was a bit hazy so I enhanced the photo above and below so that you could see the different colours of the water below us.

The estuary was busy with sailboats, kiteboarders and wind surfers.  It is said to be one of the best ten places in the world for windsurfing.

We couldn't believe they wouldn't tangle with each other.

It was good to do something enjoyable that we've never done to end the summer.

One more week of summer and now that the barns have been cleaned out and washed and my beloved has once again finished his cleaning marathon...
we'll enjoy each day of sunshine...
grateful for the summer we've had and looking forward to a new season ahead.

all for now...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Teaching Grammie to Rollerblade


Yesterday afternoon while the menfolk went Paintballing I allowed the little kids to talk me into letting them show me how to Rollerblade.  I mentioned I used to rollerblade a little bit and somewhere had rollerblades that were still like brand new.  They wanted to see them and by the time I got back they had found my helmet and proceeded to coach me in how to put the rollerblades on.

They showed me how to balance and promised me that if I would practice hard, the next time they would come, they would  teach me a few tricks.  All this... while I avoided the reckless gator driver.

Honestly, I did get better as the practice runs continued!

All in a days work for a Grammie.

And now... you know how our family really rolls.  Everytime I see this video... I just have to laugh.

Happy Labour day friends.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Preparing Supper for the Kiev Symphony Orchestra Concert

Yesterday I went out to the garden bright and early and cut Swiss Chard.

Kathy invited us to help make dinner for the Kiev Symphony Orchestra when they'll be putting on a concert in Chilliwack on September 9.

We decided to do the preparation of the Swiss Chard Rolls and the Apple Pies in advance which makes the day of the concert free to make buns and cut potatoes and bake the pies and the swiss chard rolls. 

There were onions to peel and chop.

Bowls and bowls of meat to mix up.

There was plenty of chatter and lots of happy encouragement all around.

Kathy is a fantastic organizer!!

We rolled up meat into those leaves lickety split and then stored them in the freezer.

Kathy will go and put them in freezer bags.

We mixed up large batches of pastry to make pies.

I doubled the flour but not the lard and yet we kept smiling and somehow made it all work out okay.
It happens!!
Lots of chatter... not enough concentration...
or something like that.

The apple peelers were busy getting the 25 pounds of apples peeled and cut up.

Do you all have apple peelers like this?
We all brought ours and those apples were ready for the pies in minutes.

 Easy peasy! 

We rolled out the pastry and the pies were crimped and glazed.

We started at 9:30 and by 12:30 we were at Kathy's enjoying a beautiful salad lunch!

It was a good day.

all for now...

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