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And yet more gratuitously adorable dog pictures.

Another trip to the dog beach. This time featuring Maya, the amazing three-legged dog, adopted from Mexico and now living the high life.

In other news, Pekoe is the best dog in the world, and Ginny still hates you.

ALL most excellent dogs.


Pekoe is unique.

Pekoe with Princess Kong

Sad wet Ginny.


Whole set!

Pictures from Vancouver Pride 2010

Vancouver Pride 2010
Sometimes I really, truly love my city. Even when standing at an intersection on Robson for three hours hurts my feet and gives me sunburn. Boys with wings! Proud doggies! Insanely elaborate costumes! See the whole set.

Lanterns for Illuminares

Lanterns for Illuminares

Originally uploaded by notamaiar

For Illuminares this evening. Take 1 Mason jar, 1 length of coated wire, a couple of handfuls of dirt or sand, and 1 large tea-light candle. Add tissue paper covering to taste.

Also used a couple of leftover treat bags for the pattern on the outside.

It’s that time again!

Tiny plant time!

This weekend, with the weather getting warmer, we are finally doing something with our community plot, so I had to ready those that were going in the ground, move those that weren’t into bigger pots, and separate the things I had planted too close together into their own spaces, all without killing anything.

I got a set of shelves from my mum that has helped considerably in making our balcony less insane-looking.

Namely, you can actually see the floor now, which is a nice change. I even swept!

A few days ago there was some sort of mass-seedling panic or something several plants just… died. One of my savouries, all the spinach (this was very upsetting!), and a lot of the broccoli. I gave several of the survivors away to Mum (mostly the big guys – one of the pumpkin pots and a zucchini and some tomato plants – in preparation for planting what I kept in the garden. So I’ve got quite a few less little pots and a few more big ones. Yesterday I separated and re-planted the eggplant, tomatoes and broccoli into as few as I could manage without killing anybody. This is what remains:

Actually that’s not all of them, but they won’t all fit on the table together. Here are some more of the eggplant with the recovering pumpkin – the pot took a fall onto the living room floor yesterday and had to be put back together. I hope they aren’t dying, since they’re going in the ground today one way or the other.

I run a very Darwinian garden, with threats and mockery and cutting the weak plants out while telling the surviving ones that this is what happens when you disappoint me. (I figure one way or the other the CO2 is good for them. ;) Anyway, most of them seem to be faring pretty well this morning. And those that don’t will serve as an example to the others. Mwahaha.

This morning, with the freed-up pots and what potting soil I have left, I finally planted the parsley and some sunflowers that I picked up on a whim at the garden centre last weekend. I only planted six, as I’m running out of soil (if you can believe it – I bought a 32 litre bag last weekend!), and won’t even be able to keep all of those.

Pink gloves are the roomie’s – mine are rather boring and beige. But serviceable!

Going in the ground today are mainly root-vegetables and squash. That is, potatoes, zucchini and pumpkin plants.

There was also flower-planting done yesterday, at least by me…

And the roomie will be using her garden-space to plant a lot of little flowering plants.

Waiting for Kim to show up, and then the three of us (plus possibly the dog) will be heading on over to the garden to see about our plot. (I will, of course, take more pictures. :))

Some Spring colour

For anyone who, like me, is having a crummy week, I offer you a virtual bouquet, to do with as you will. (A picture of the tulips currently sitting on my dining room table. Click for full-size image, for wallpapering/whatevering purposes.)

For me, one more assignment, a presentation on Monday, and then apart from finals I am done. DONE. If I get lucky and finish my bit early (i.e. before the sun goes down) I may go poke around in our brand-new community garden plot. Just moving dirt around; the veggies are all still too young and tender to be moved.

I’ll tell you a secret: before I post photos anywhere, I always process them through Photoshop a little (mainly for colour: using a flash always mucks things up). But it always delights me when there’s nothing to fix. Natural light really is the best!

To be done some time next week: go to the nursery for more plants, and find time to attend the mandatory “composting workshop” that the City of Vancouver requires in order to give you a balcony composter. (Like I don’t already know how to compost. But okay.)