Sunday, July 30, 2006

Blustery Day

As tornado-like winds ripped through the market and Snug Cove Saturday morning, vendors were hanging on to their tents and wares for dear life. It was strong enough to take down this tree along the main road, which would then create a bit of a havoc as it hit the powerlines and left most of Bowen without electricity.

It was most fortunate that there was a detour available through Cates Hill Road to get to the other side of the island, otherwise the backlog of ferry traffic could have been darn ugly.

Desperately in need of warmth and fuel, we packed up early and headed up to Artisan Square to grab a late lunch at The Galley Bistro with our friends Holly and David.

Other than the quick hellos in the ferry queue, we haven't had much time to catch up. They haven't participated in the market this year due to their ever growing business and since they also had no power at their gallery, we called this impromptu rendezvous a divine intervention. This was also an opportunity for David to give us a personal invite to celebrate Holly's birthday next weekend. *wink*

The absence of light on this cloudy day made for a somewhat romantic ambiance. Only cold plates were being wine and a Lazy Fisherman sandwich next to the fireplace it was.

Comfy, cozy and yummy...aah.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Guten Appetit!

Tonight we celebrated the birthdays of brothers Walt and Collin and our dear friend, Paul's 50th with one of Jesee's killer paellas.

Loaded with plenty of goodness from the sea, both surf and turf lovers alike consumed this masterpiece with contented happiness.

While we ate the birthday Schwarzwaelder Kirschtorte that was lovingly prepared by Elfriede, we sat back and enjoyed the view of the endless* cruise ships sailing by at sunset.

Niklaus led the group in German folk songs, as we all held hands and pretended to sing along before laughing at our silly selves. Prost and more champagne please!

Danke Walt and Laura for sharing your hearts and your home and graciously hosting another hübsch event.

Current Music: Moby 18

*It was explained to me that ships try to travel during the time of slack water, hence why they all appeared to be sailing at the same time.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Quotes of the Day

Here are a few quotes that might help you better understand what it's like to live with an artist...

To be a gourmet you must start early, as you must begin riding early to be a good horseman. You must live in France, your father must have been a gourmet. Nothing in life must interest you but your stomach.

-Ludwig Bemelmans


The true gourmet, like the true artist, is one of the unhappiest creatures existent. His trouble comes from so seldom finding what he constantly seeks: perfection.

-Ludwig Bemelmans

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Meet Ralph, the sock monkey...

and his new owner, Matthew who tried to convince us that Ralph is for his niece, but we know better.

*wink-wink, nod-nod*

Ralph is the fruit of it's clever creator, Kirsten Degner. His friends at the Funny Farm will miss him dearly, but they needn't worry about him, as monkey business is Matthew Freed's middle name. This talent behind artspot has a mischievous sense of humour that will do well for his new found friend.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

for august babies

vintage swarovski peridot and sterling silver necklace
seventy-five dollars

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Nearly killed and not so thrilled!

As a token of his appreciation for the work we did on Danika's fundraiser, Papa Dan Schroeter kindly gifted us the use of his Whistler condo for a week.

We had an über fun time riding both XC trails and the Bike Park. The weather was sunny, HOT and clammy. Add a pack filled with tools, energy bars/drinks/gels, along with two-litres of water on our backs, throw in some mosquitoes for good measure and Bob's your uncle.

Unfortunately, during our ride on Thrill Me, Kill Me, Jesee flung himself down a small cliff before finding safety with the helping limb of a Charlie Brown tree. Like a trooper, he finished the two-hour ride, but soon admitted that he needed medical attention.

While Jesee nursed his knee, the rest of us ripped the trails of Crank It Up, Angry Pirate and Devil's Club. Some of it was more than I bargained for and definitely a test of my nerves, since I'm afraid of heights. Even though the Angry Pirate got the best of me, I escaped unscathed.

As a reprieve for my aching body, we went to see The Devil Wears Prada. Stanley Tucci was bitchy, witty and hilarious and Meryl Streep makes my boss look like a pussy cat. Eric Lurio from the Greenwich Village Gazette describes it best - "Dilbert Meets Sex and the City". A chick flick worthy enough to add to my limited DVD collection.

We also watched some FIFA World Cup (Portugal and their demise with the French), while knocking back some Lifty Lagers and Hot Wings at the Whistler BrewHouse. This combined with Tylenol 3 made for a very loopy Jesee, as he felt NO PAIN.

We only dined out a few times, as Jesee ensured that we ate like kings 3x/day. The only restaurant deserving of mention is Crêpe Montagne. We found the organized dance performed by the kitchen staff in barely 25 square feet of work space quite impressive, as was the service. Unlike our friends who indulged in Nutella crêpes first thing in the morning, we nourished ourselves with a breakfast crêpe of eggs, back bacon and Gruyère. DÉLICIEUX!

Jesee celebrating his 47th birthday at the top.

We ended the week with a visit to the Farmer's Market that I've heard so much about. It was somewhat disappointing considering the hype around this market. There were several jewelry stalls, but nothing which compared to Izzy & Buds, which leads me to believe that Whistler might be in need of some fabulous, goddess jewelry.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Canada Day at Bowen Market

The Bowen Market is officially in full swing. Once again the hubbub of vendors came out of hibernation and worked like crazy to set up their tables before the crowds arrived. It always takes a bit longer to set up the first display of the season at Bowen. Unlike an indoor display, one must carefully prepare for the potential damage of the winds that can strike at any given moment.

Rumour was told that a group of cruise ship travelers would be flown in by seaplane to Bowen Island for an excursion of hiking, biking or kayaking. The pressure was on to get as much product out on the table, as market coordinator, Basia Lieske screamed out at us. Imagine Ty Pennington from Extreme Home Makeover...only she didn't need a bull-horn!

Beautiful, exotic, ebony-skinned women from Jamaica and the Virgin Islands came in droves, swarmed our table and practically threw their money at us! Somewhere on the open waters of the Pacific are a group of Caribbean Queens looking mighty fine, sparkling in Izzy & Buds adornments.

Love, exciting and new
Come Aboard. We're expecting you.
Love, life's sweetest reward.
Let it flow, it floats back to you.

Love Boat soon will be making another run
The Love Boat promises something for everyone
Set a course for adventure,
Your mind on a new romance...