Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Townsite Brewing Co.

Powell River now has it's own craft beer...brought to us by Townsite Brewing Co.

The first keg was delivered to Mckinny's Pub at the Rodmay hotel on March 24th. I was lucky to have a taste and oh boy, it's really delicious!

A very colorful parade took the first kegs to the pub...the parade was led by a bag piper, followed by two goats, a biker and carriage, carrying a bride and groom...they were having their reception next to the brewery and were asked if they wanted to be in the parade...

And the mastermind behind this hugely anticipated event, Karen, owner of the brewery, way to go Karen!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


When forsythias bloom spring is here...the yellow flowers bloom quite early making it easy for me to forget about the short days of winter.

Forsythia are very low maintance and easy to start from cuttings...last summer I snipped a few branches from my neighbours bush, I put them in a bucket of water and well, I know it seems too easy, but I just left them there for a year, making sure the bucket never ran dry, that's it. Only one of the four branches grew roots but that's OK, I'll snip some more this year, in the bucket I place all sorts of cuttings, some take some don't, but it's so effortless that it'w worth a try.

This is my "cuttings bucket", at the back of the house, out of sight and the hot sun. I have a cutting from an unknown bush which growns outside my diner but love the berries...I hope it roots!

As you can see the forsythia grew quite a large root ball over winter.

An a bonus...a new shoot.

I planted the cutting in some compost and new soil at the edge of the yard hoping to create a privacy fence.

The hot dry summer may kill your new cuttings so it's best to plant cuttings in the spring and fall as new plants need lots of water.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A day at the park...

All she wants to do is swing oh my what a fuss she made when it was time to go!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Finally finished this skirt...believe it or not the pattern is only two peices, very, very simple, but it still took me 3 weeks to complete, next I will tackle the top...I hope I can complete it a little faster!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Uniquely West Coast

Heading to Earls Cove from Saltry Bay on BC Ferries....wind blowing...making it hard to take a breath...the clouds gather between the mountains...this is the West Coast of British Columbia.