Winter in Vancouver: Sunrise on Sunset Beach

Winter Sunrise on the Sunset

I can’t be the only one to be wondering “Where the heck has 2015 gone??!” Exactly one year ago today, I was getting my office cleaned up and organized before leaving on my six-month sabbatical. In some ways, that day seems so long ago, yet the year has gone by in a blink of an eye! Is that the sign of getting older? I’m not sure. Regardless, we’re both excited for what 2016 will bring ๐Ÿ™‚ | Winter sunrise on Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC

We have been on vacation while Jonty’s brother was visiting for Christmas, and for the last few days the weather has been glorious! Clear skies have made for some cold days, but when playing the tourist in our own town, it’s much nicer to leave the umbrella at home in exchange for a toque and warm gloves.

The added bonus to the clear skies have been the superb sunrises!

We went to Sunset Beach for the sunrise (?!) a couple of weeks ago. Even though we were looking out to the west, the glow of the sunrise cast an almost ethereal light over the water – it was gorgeous and very calming! | Winter sunrise on Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC

… and cold!! | Winter sunrise on Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC

I think we managed about 20 minutes before we decided a hot cup of coffee would be the next best decision ๐Ÿ™‚

We hope you all have a safe and joyful evening tonight, as you ring in the New Year! Here’s to adventures in 2016 (and yes, the van is still supposed to be coming shortly)!

Happy New Year!

Vancouver: Shades of Fall

Weekend Meanderings: 50 Mm Shades of Fall

Back in January, when I started my 6-month sabbatical, I decided to make a conscious effort to use my big-girl camera more and really start working on improving my photography skills. It’s definitely a slow process, but a fun one! Practice, practice, practice! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have the original kit-lens that came with the camera body we bought a few years ago, but the more pictures I take, and the more I look at the other people’s pictures, the more I’d like to experiment with different lenses. Enter Lens Lenders, a Canadian company that rents camera lenses! They send you the lens in the mail, along with a pre-paid envelope to send it back in, and you don’t have to return it until 4:00 pm the day after your last rental day, which means you basically get an extra day free! I was impressed with their service, it’s a great way to try different lenses before spending an (often) significant amount of money – I’m already looking at which lens I’d like to try next ๐Ÿ™‚

I rented a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 prime lens over the Thanksgiving long weekend. The weather was a bit hit-and-miss, but we tried to make the most of the moments it wasn’t raining.

Scenes from “The ‘Dale”… | Kerrisdale, Vancouver BC

The dry summer we had is evident with the hydrangeas outside our apartment. They are definitely not as full as usual, but still oh-so pretty! | Hydrangea petals, Vancouver BC | Hydrangea petals, Vancouver BC

I wanted to try shooting with a prime lens for a few reasons. First, there is no zoom, so you have to physically move around to get the shot you want. It definitely takes some getting used to! Second, this lens is great in low light situations and allows for those uber-dreamy blurry background pictures (much more so than my current lens) and I really wanted to take advantage of that, especially for some of our food photos.

One thing I love about Vancouver is that, even on the grey days, you can always find pops of colour. After the leaves fall, you just might have to look a bit harder to find it ๐Ÿ™‚ | Granville Island views from False Creek seawall, Vancouver BC | Granville Island views from False Creek seawall, Vancouver BC

I think we hit almost every type of weather last weekend – a bit of sun (we managed some great sunrise pictures from Queen Elizabeth Park), a lot of cloud, and a healthy dose of rain. | Granville Island views from False Creek seawall, Vancouver BC | Sunrise from Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver BC | False Creek seawall, Vancouver BC

And the best place to turn when it starts raining cats and dogs? Head to a cozy neighbourhood pub, find a bit of light along the way, and wait for the storm to pass ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Weekend!

Weekend Meanderings: Grey Morning, Great Beer, Green Eyes

This past weekend we spent our days walking / hobbling around the sea wall, snapping some pictures, checking out the IDS West show (in search of inspiration for Moby), and working up an appetite by bouldering (Moira) and doing pull-ups (Jonty, now up to 95 in a session!).


We were hoping for another spectacular sunrise, but the clouds had a different agenda. Nonetheless, we sauntered along the sea-wall, enjoying the scenery. For being just gone 7:00 am on a chilly morning, False Creek felt remarkably busy! Kayakers already on the water, dogs being walked, runners dashing around… | Cloudy-morning walk along False Creek, Vancouver BC | Cloudy-morning walk along False Creek, Vancouver BC | Cloudy-morning walk along False Creek, Vancouver BC

We haven’t been on this side of the seawall to see the Granville Island “workers” on display. I like the pop of colour they give to an otherwise ordinary work yard. | Cloudy-morning walk along False Creek, Vancouver BC | Cloudy-morning walk along False Creek, Vancouver BC


After our climbing session, we stopped in at Brassneck to fill up our growlers. The local craft breweries are just starting to transition over to some of their autumn beers. Quite tasty! | Heritage Candy Factory building, Vancouver BC


The Interior Design West Show was on this past weekend, highlighting some of the local Vancouver designers and craftsmen, as well as western companies (many from California). We were hoping to get a few ideas for Moby, especially when it comes to small-living designs. | Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver BC

Some of the design companies we found were quite interesting!

  • Cerno Group: For minimalist lighting design (they can run off of 12V power, which is great for the van! This one looked ideal!)
  • Resource Furniture: For neat space-saving, collapsible / folding tables and beds
  • SemiHandmade: Make doors, drawers, etc. for Ikea cabinets, which might be useful (they have a discount for shipping to Canada…)
  • Fancy induction stove-top (too big for the Sprinter, but it gave us a good idea of how thin the cook-top will be)
  • Lots of different ideas for taps, faucets, flooring, and so on

It was quite a walk out for Jonty on his crutches, so he took a breather inside while I did a quick lapย around the Convention Centre and Canada Place for a few pictures. | Views of Coal Harbour, Vancouver BC | Views of Coal Harbour, Vancouver BC | Views of Coal Harbour, Vancouver BC | Canada Place cruise ships, Vancouver BC

It was a glorious day (albeit a bit windy), but the sun was shining and people were happy ๐Ÿ™‚ | Coal Harbour and the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver BC | Coal Harbour and downtown Vancouver buildings, Vancouver BC | Coal Harbour and the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver BC

We’ve got another appointment with the orthopedic surgeon today, and we have a pretty good idea what he will say. Hopefully Jonty will get an estimate of his recovery time!

This weekend is supposed to be another sun-filled one, so here’s to making the most of it! Now, let’s just see how far we can go on those crutches ๐Ÿ™‚