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NYE with Baby Avery

First New Years Eve

Baby Avery celebrates his first New Years Eve.


Scaffolding to build anew

Memories of my childhood and home renovation are consistently interwoven. Repair and degradation, care and regeneration, are threads that I would love to draw out. In this photo, taken this past summer, Dad was showing me the repairs that he had done on the roof and the scaffolding that he had put together in order to do the work safely — not being quite as daring or nimble as in his younger days. You can just see Mom peeking out over the back stair railing to see how we were doing.

[Nikon F2, Fuji 35mm]

– Project: Exploring Family Stories

Things to do in 2013: Visit the City Archives

I’ve been wanting to visit the City Archives for a while now. In my mind, it’s this mysterious collection of hidden gems that hold stories of livelihoods, change, people and place. Since 1933, the City of Vancouver Archives has been collecting and preserving historical records from civic government, businesses, individuals, organizations, and the private sector.

Some of what makes up the archive holdings:

  • More than one million images from private-sector and public-sector records, portraying a wide range of subjects from Vancouver’s history and culture from the 1860s to the present.
  • Over 4,000 maps, dating from the late 1700s to the present day, most of which are of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
  • Collection of ship’s plans consisting of over 1000 plans of commercial and private vessels who sailed local waters from the late 1700s to 1980.
  • Printed materials documenting many of the social and cultural events that have taken place in Vancouver from 1860 to the present, including everything from brochures to menus and calling cards.
  • News clippings dating from the 1920s to the present.
  • Over 2,000 works of art on a variety of historical local subjects from 1886 to the present.
  • Library of over 2,500 books on British Columbia and Vancouver history, dating from the late 18th century.

In the past few years, they have made a special effort of putting Vancouver’s history online and bringing forth some of these gems to light via film screenings and exhibitions.

2013: Dig into the Archives.


#IdleNoMore in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

In solidarity and respect. December 23, 2012 – Vancouver Art Gallery, Coast Salish Territories. Photos accompany an article by the lovely Matea Kulic, posted January 2, 2013 on Pass it to the Left. (Good starting point on #idlenomore via the Huffington Post)


CityStudio Holiday Blast Off

CityStudio event celebrating student projects, partners, City Staff and community collaborators. December 7, 2012 at the Wise Hall. More photos here.

— Project: CityStudio Vancouver


Understanding Our Practices From Seed to Scrap

The first Urban Farming Forum, which took place in 2011, invited food security advocates, policy makers, and urban farmers alike to engage in vibrant discourse around urban farming as well as discuss ways in which Vancouver’s Greenest City goals could be met in the context of urban farming policy.

The 2012 installment at sustainability and creativity co-working space the HiVE Vancouver on November 17th was centered around the urban farmers specifically to allow for a more concerted effort at data collection and discussion most relevant to the farmers themselves.

As we map out the hundreds of sticky notes from the day, stay tuned for a full report back on all of the information gathered, as well as future opportunities to engage in the research project. Thank you to everyone who participated, grew and cooked the food, set the space and dug in! Photos and lovely centrepieces by Amy Tran of All & Sundry Collective.

— Project: Vancouver Urban Farming Society


A proud squash moment





Earthquakes, floods, zombies…emergency kits

Emergency prep kits (finally) in the making! thx to @emily_jubenvill for kickstarting the day! More details of what went in them to come…

In the meantime, some handy links compiled by Emily:



Sustenance Festival 2012: Check Out Our Assets

The Vancouver Food Policy Council and members of the newly minted Park Board Local Food Assets Task Force teamed up for an evening of discussion, performance and interactive displays. Food themed performances by burlesque performer Joanie Gyoza and musical guests the Wheely Slow Cooking Tour. VFPC co-chair Trish Kelly hosted a discussion and ideas and suggestions were captured by a graphic recording for the Vancouver Parks Board. Demonstration Food Friendly Neighbourhood curated by Village Vancouver Transition Town Initiative with displays, information and chickens, along with displays by the Neighbourhood Food Networks, the Vancouver Urban Farming Society, the UBC Farm Indigenous Initiatives and more.

Check out www.sustenancefestival.ca.

– Projects: Vancouver Urban Farming SocietyCommunity Food Resiliency


Baby on the way

My good friends Karina and Greg had a baby shower and many ooohs and ahhhs over tiny clothes and bedtime stories ensued.


Saturday in September

A lazy sun-soaked day of brunch, community garden market (where I learned what a “tussie mussie” is), garage sale, and picnic on the beach. This is what happens when you ride your bike in Kits without an agenda on a Saturday in September.




Staying for family dinner

The night before leaving for Haida Gwaii, Claud and I stopped in to my parents’ place to pick up a tarp, an old coleman stove, cooler and an axe (more on the axe later). If you drop by my house around dinner time, you will always be invited to stay. We stayed. Claud and my dad got to talking about Chinese philosophy and how it is common in our culture to not talk about grievances so as not to inconvenience or burden others. Dad shared a character in Chinese that consists of symbols depicting a knife over a heart. Mom was cooking up a pile of vegetables alongside the conversation and we’d both chime in, mostly in agreement. My brother, Kyle, who has been wrestling with health issues, joined us, rounding out the family dinner.

 [Nikon F2, Fuji 400]

— Project: Exploring Family Stories

Waldeinsamkeit (German): The feeling of being alone in the woods.

While we were en route in Northern BC recently, we found ourselves contemplating how we just seem to lack the vocabulary in English to describe certain sentiments and things — while in other languages, there may be a multitude of different words to capture the nuanced ways in which we experience the world around us. For instance, waldeinsamkeit in German, which describes, “The feeling of being alone in the woods.”

Here’s a selection of “25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist in English”

Thanks to Liz for sharing!

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