December 2017 Monthly Word: ARCHITECTURE

We’ve officially hit the last month of 2017! While the stores and media adverts have been reminding us of the upcoming season since October, we’ve held out on getting too Christmas-y until today. Come December 1st, the Advent calendar is making its appearance, we can’t wait to see all the festive lights, and it’s only a matter of time until our favourite gingersnap cookies are made. November was a gloomy-weather month and My Month of Black and White has come to an end. I’ll share the full photo round-up in a few days time.

December Month of ARCHITECTURE

This might not be the most festive of words (unlike my December 2016 word), but I’m looking forward to it, none-the-less. I’ve focused on the word Buildings before, but I think ARCHITECTURE has the potential to include so much more! I’m thinking buildings, bridges, art work, design… Basically any man-made structure that catches my eye is going to be fair game.

So, I’ll be dedicating December to my month of ARCHITECTURE I would absolutely love to see what ideas you come up with, too, so if you’d like to join in, please do (as many or as little photos as you’d like). I’ll post my findings on various social media places – Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter,  tagging #MyMonthOfArchitecture and #MyMonthOfDecember.

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Here’s to a month of ARCHITECTURE!

Saturday Snippets: 25.November.2017

Gosh, we’re already at the last weekend of November! We’ve entered in our first bouldering competition of the season, and we’re looking forward to climbing some fun problems tomorrow!

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 25.November.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • For those climbers who have ever had to leave a piece of gear behind on a route, because you couldn’t get to the top, here’s a potential solution. Or, just carry a bail-biner 🙂
  • Mmm, a lovely lentil coconut soup / stew for the changing seasons.
  • I saw this recipe, thought it would be a nice weekend treat, and bought persimmons the following day. At the rate we’re eating them, I may have to replenish the stock!
  • We love a good whiskey every once in a while (single malt, please). We tend to buy a bottle to mark a special occasion, and drink them at the same rate (i.e. special occasions). If you haven’t been bitten by the whiskey bug yet, here’s a guide to start. Oban and Cragganmore are two of my favourites!
  • Come December 1st, we’re all for looking at Christmas lights. Here’s 32 places around Vancouver, where you can find the best and brightest.

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

  • We’re still figuring out our shower. We think we’ve settled on a shower pan, and we’ve ordered a shallow drain, which has arrived already, and we’ve ordered some other parts. Jonty will probably start prototyping out a box for it next week.
  • We’re also still trying to decide on the best place for our bikes in the back. Every time we open the back doors, we’re convinced we have tonnes of room back there. And every time we bring our bikes around, still nope! They’re just awkward to fit in there – too tall or too long. The last time we tried to figure out a bike storage solution, it was to determine the bed height. Now that we have the bed in, our physical constraints ain’t moving! We’ve tried out a few different orientations, so we’ll see which one ends up the winner.

Vancouver Mural Festival walk:

This past week, we’ve been hit with our classic Vancouver weather – rain. So much rain. Instead of focusing on the grey and dreary, I thought it would be nice to inject a bit of colour into this post.

A few weeks ago, we had a glorious day of sunshine and we used it to get out on our bikes and trundle around the newest murals in Vancouver. We did this last year as well, by making a bit of a day of it. Cycling around, looking at art, popping into little shops for coffee and nibbles and the occasional brew.

If you live in Vancouver, or are planning to visit, walking around the murals would be a great way to spend the afternoon. The Vancouver Mural Festival website has all the artist and mural information, as well as a map of where everything is.

Here are a few of our favourites from this year!

ARI DE LA MORA + IRVING CANO – “Dance the Dance My Girl”

TYLER KEETON ROBBINS – “Trees Burn While Flowers Bloom”

JENNY RITTER – Community Mural

JANE CHENG – “Holograph”

CARRIELYN VICTOR – “Scolder Dives for Berries”

ANDY DIXON – “Vancouver Studio (After Matisse), 2017”

PAUL WINDSOR + JESKA SLATER – “Eagle Opens Up”

DAVID ULLOCK + DOUGLAS NHUNG – “Luxurious Dreamscape Bubblebath”

GHIA COLLECTIVE – “Community Tree”

LORETTA LIZIO + CAM SCALE

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 18.November.2017

The Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl in on this weekend, and we’re planning to check out some of the artists around town! We went last year, as well, so the plan is to check out the other areas we missed last year. If you’re in the Vancouver area, it’s a great way to check out local artists – there’s something for everyone!

Here’s what caught our eye in the online world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 18.November.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

It’s been a bit of a slow week here on the Moby News. Jonty is in design-mode, so nothing has physically been done in the van. We’re still trying to figure out the best way to make our shower and have been hashing out different setups. Nothing is ever a simple solution, but we’re getting there 🙂

On Visiting Dawson Creek:

Last week I had to fly up to Dawson Creek (no, not the television show… 🙂 ) for a work visit. One of my colleagues usually looks after this site, but she was going to be out of town and I was able to help her out. I’ve never been up that far north in BC, so a part of me was actually excited to go. It’s just unfortunate that my first experience up there was in the middle of November! It was -17°C when I landed, although the following day was slightly warmer (a balmy -10°C). Regardless, I was able to get out and explore while the daylight (and my frozen fingertips) lasted!

On the flight up, we were delayed in Prince George for a few hours, due to heavy fog and poor visibility in Dawson Creek. Once we got there, however, I was greeted with the most beautiful hoarfrost-covered trees. As I was “navigating” my way to my hotel (there are only 2 main roads in the town, no navigating really required), I saw a big park off to one side of the road and stopped for some pictures.

I assume it’s a well-used park, as the paths were shoveled clear. It would be quite pretty in the summer, as a creek meandered through it. I managed about 20 minutes of picture-taking, before my fingertips were red and I was beginning to lose feeling in them. Despite that, I really enjoyed the brisk walk out!

The following day, I had a few hours to kill before my flight was scheduled to leave, and the blue sky was beckoning me to do a bit of exploring of the town centre. The claim-to-fame of Dawson Creek is that it’s situated at Mile 0 of the Alaskan Highway.

At the central hub of the town is a nice art gallery and tourism information centre, built out of an old grain elevator. They also have an electric vehicle charging station! Colour me impressed 🙂

… A little something for you, Dad!

Again, it’s too bad that my first visit up here was in November because I think it would be a nice area to explore for a day or two (in the right season). The town seemed to have quite a few parks and green spaces, and a handful of quaint cafes and coffee shops.

I had stopped in at the Baked Cafe for lunch, and was treated to the most fantastic turkey sandwich on homemade bread. Everything there was made from scratch and looked wonderful. Cookies, cinnamon buns, bread, soup, you name it! I’d go back to Dawson Creek, just to eat there again!

My colleague did offer to trade me her Fort St John / Dawson Creek trip next summer, if Moby wanted an extended road trip. For that cinnamon bun? I could possibly be convinced! 😉

Happy Weekend!

October Photo Challenge: MONOTONE Recap

As this is posted, I’m sitting in the Prince George airport, waiting for the visibility to improve in Dawson Creek, so we can fly. More importantly, so we can land. So, I figured what better way to make use of the multi-hour delay, than to get out my October photo recap! When I was looking back through all the photos, I couldn’t believe that some of these photos were actually taken in October! I must say, that is the one thing I love about my monthly photo challenges – reminiscing about the month. October was my month of MONOTONE and I really did love trying to capture as many single colours as I could.

So here’s my MONOTONE recap for you.

The October Photo Challenge took me from …

… Gorgeous pale pink sunset skies to the solidly grey rainy skies.

… Bright white buildings to dark black coffee shops.

… All of the crisp colours of autumn, from the leaves to the food.

… Enjoying the tastes of Thanksgiving and enjoying the new murals around town.

… Realizing how colourful the world is, while waiting for the bus to come.

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ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

And just like that, we’re into November and a new challenge word! This month is all about BLACK AND WHITE and you can check out the details here.

Happy picture-taking!

November 2017 Monthly Word: BLACK and WHITE

Another month down, and we’re creeping towards the end of the year! One minute it was Thanksgiving and the next thing I knew, it was Halloween. October was another great month. Aside from a few days of torrential rain, the weather was actually pretty great, and I always find it helps boost our moods. And with that, My Month of Monotone has come to an end. I’ll share the full photo round-up in a few days time.

November Month of BLACK AND WHITE

Like the last few months, I’ve slowly been crossing words off my “photo word list”. Whenever I want to focus on Black and White, I can usually find an excuse not to. Like, when spring finally comes around, I want to be dazzled by the first signs of colour. During the middle of summer, I want to see all the green grass and blue sky! During the fall, I want to see all the gorgeous autumn colours! I feel like November might be a great month for this prompt – the potential for lots of colour is usually fairly low in November 😉

So, I’ll be dedicating November to my month of BLACK AND WHITE I would absolutely love to see what ideas you come up with, too, so if you’d like to join in, please do (as many or as little photos as you’d like). I’ll post my findings on various social media places – Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter,  tagging #MyMonthOfBlackAndWhite and #MyMonthOfNovember.

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Here’s to a month of BLACK AND WHITE!