March has finished, and so has my monthly photo challenge. It was my month of Today and today I have my TODAY Recap for you!
This month was a lot of fun, and reminded me of how I got started with the daily photo challenges. It was nice to simply snap a picture of what was going on in the day – no pressure 🙂
So what did My Month Of Today look like?
The March Photo Challenge took me…
… from lots of snow to lots and lots of rain…
… from strength training on the hangboard to power training on the campus board…
… from baking loaves of bread to simmering pots of jam…
… from coffee dates in the sunshine to coffee dates escaping from the rain…
… from enjoying a pint (of beer) to enjoying a pint (of ice cream)…
… from general traipsing about.
And just like that, we’re into April and a new challenge word! This month is all about VIBRANT and you can check out the details here.
This felt like a really busy week, what with a few site visits + tax season + van work… Suddenly we’re back at Saturday again! I had a few other posts in the queue to publish this past week, but it was not meant to be. So here’s to next week 🙂
Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 08.April.2017.
On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:
- We finished our power training last week – we changed up some of our campus routine and tried to maintain a two-day rest in between campus sessions. I think both changes were a success, and our last session ended on a high note! Now we’re onto a round of power-endurance – bring on the forearm pump!
- I love Lara Bars – these homemade cashew cookie dough versions look like the perfect climbing fuel.
- Do you have a favourite donut? I’ve got a major soft-spot for Boston Creme donuts, which is why these cupcakes caught my eye!
- Are you getting enough protein?
- Does anyone have any good book recommendations? I’m in a blah phase at the moment, so I’m always on the hunt!
- Photographers document how quickly some of the worlds biggest glaciers have been receding over the recent years. It’s quite a stark contrast (use the slider bar in the middle of each picture).
On Moby News (aka Sprinter Van Conversion):
- We had two dry days this past week, so we made use of them and finished hooking up the awning motor. This required drilling another hole in the roof of the van, so a dry day was key.
- The cables go from the awning motor, through a waterproof cable clam that, and then down into the inside of the van. We’ve wrapped cable conduit around the wires that are exposed on the roof. So far so good – no leaking roof!
- Yesterday, Jonty wired connected the wires to the awning controller, and we now have an electrically extending and retracting awning! Very exciting 🙂
- Jonty has been prototyping boards that will house all of our electronic controls and displays. He thinks he’s nearing a version that has all the parts we’ve installed so far. The finished product will eventually be mounted above our inverter and electrical panels.
- Tidying up all the wires and cabling, tucking everything into flexible cable conduit. There’s something very satisfying about seeing all the clutter disappear 🙂
- An electrical part returned from being re-programmed. Now it reports values consistent with other components and the multimeter – finally it all works as expected!!
More wall panels:
- This time for finished the sliding door (top and bottom) as well as the thin panels in between the back windows. I’m not going to lie – some of the covering is tedious, requiring me to use spray adhesive and a good old needle-and-thread, but we’ve been extremely happy with the end result!
Pictures from the week of 08.April.2017:
I spent a day over in Sechelt last week, for a site visit. I love taking the early morning ferry – the clouds were starting to burn off, and the short 40 minute hop over to the Sunshine Coast was gave me enough time to snap a few pictures. There were only a handful of people on the outer deck, which made it nice and quiet for me to sit and enjoy the view.
I was near the front of the ferry for off-loading – it’s quite fun to see the doors of the berth opening, to reveal your destination.
It was mid-afternoon when I finished my site visit, and I had a few hours to kill before my afternoon ferry was scheduled to head back to Vancouver. There’s a long straight road heading into Sechelt that runs right along the ocean, and it’s a great place to walk along the beach and enjoy the view.
Blue skies or grey skies, I find something so peaceful and mesmerizing about staring out into the ocean. I’m pretty sure many West Coasters feel this way, too!
It’s the weekend, and we’re officially into April! If photography’s your thing, check out my new Monthly Photo Challenge word I posted yesterday. I feel like I’m continually wittering on about the weather, but it was a doozy this week.
We broke a 61-year-old rainfall record on Tuesday, with nearly 30 mm of rain (and that didn’t include the rain the day before AND after). After surviving 27 of the last 31 days of rain, it’s safe to say that all “wet” coasters are ready for some sunshine. Let’s hope April brings a lot of it! 🙂
Here’s a few things that caught our eye online this week. Our Saturday Snippets for 01.April.2017.
On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:
On Moby News (aka Sprinter Van Conversion):
- Before the rain started on Monday afternoon, we installed the motor on the awning. Previously, it only had the manual wind-out attachment on it, and the other parts have been in the living room since last summer. Once we get a nice dry day, we can route the cables inside and finish the job.
Shore Power Plug:
- Jonty fabricated a mount for our shore power plug. He cut the aluminum pieces using a plasma CNC, and tig welded the parts together. It turned out really well! He was able to get under the van late this past week to install it.
- We didn’t want to cut a hole in the side of our van, so the shore power plug is mounted underneath the van, on one of the existing struts.
Shore power mount mounted under the van (looking towards the front driver side).
- We’re still trying to figure out a good counter top option for the galley. We’ve ordered a sink, and it should be here mid to late April, so we still have some time to figure things out.
- We’re back and forth between solid surface (like Corian or Formica) or, more likely, solid wood. We’ll see!
Pictures from the week of 01.April.2017:
I had to head into Gastown for a hair cut this week. I think it’s one of my favourite areas in downtown Vancouver. I love the old, restored brick buildings and cobbled streets. Even in the pouring rain, dodging all the tourists and their big umbrellas, I think Gastown always looks good 🙂
I had a site visit in Sechelt yesterday too, and snapped a few pictures from the ferry. I’ll have a few more to share next week, once I download them off the camera. I always love heading over to the Sunshine Coast. It’s a quick 40 minute ferry ride away, and travelling there always makes me feel like it’s the start of a vacation, even though I’m actually working 🙂 While it was a long day, it was a good way to end the week (and the month)!
I’m probably not wrong in saying that North American west-coasters are ready for March to be done. Vancouver has had a record-breaking winter – snow right into March, torrential rain for days (we broke a 61-year old one-day rainfall record this past week!), grey skies for too much of the month. With that, my Month of Today has come to an end. While I wasn’t a fan of the weather, I was a fan of that prompt! I’ll share the full photo round-up in a few days time.
April Month of VIBRANT
I’m done with the grey and gloom of this winter. In order to pull myself out of the doldrums, I’ve given myself a mandate to be on the lookout for colours. And not just a little colour, I’m looking for bold and bright and VIBRANT around town!
The trees are just starting to bud, and the flowers are desperately trying to bloom, and I’ll be on the look-out for those. But, really, our city is filled with vibrancy – painted buildings, colourful clothes, beautiful parks – I’ve just got to keep my eyes open 🙂
So, I’m dedicating April to my month of VIBRANT, and I would absolutely love to see your vibrant world, too! 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 #MyMonthOfVibrant and #MyMonthOfApril.
Here’s to a month of VIBRANT!
February has finished, and so has my monthly photo challenge. It was my month of Pairs and today I have my Pairs Recap for you!
It took me a few days to get into the swing of it, and I may have stretched the use of the word to its limits in some cases. But I like the pictures I ended up with, nonetheless 🙂
So what did My Month Of Pairs look like?
The February Photo Challenge took me…
… from Quebec to Ontario to Central BC…
… from people watching to people working…
… from coffee + muffins to coffee + oatmeal…
… from beer + pizza to homemade bread + jam…
… from training + hangboard to training + rings…
… from pairs of bikes to pairs of shoes…
… from the sunrise to the sunset.
And just like that, we’re into March and a new challenge word! This month is all about TODAY and you can check out the details here.