Saturday evening and it is snowing hard here. It doesnt snow that often this far South except on the mountains. :o)
img_1640, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. Barney & Sam have caught their first fish thanks to Bruce the fishing teacher. They have to call him Sir !I scoffed the fish.
Palm Springs 036, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. click on the Joshua Tree photo and link to Flickr where all of the road trip pics are stored
Road Trip to Palm Springs 031, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.
Road Trip to Palm Springs 024, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. So we drove for 1365 miles (2200 Km) to deliver this patio furniture which is made in Belgium. Richard saved $10K for his trouble and it does look fantastic.
Road Trip to Palm Springs 028, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. There is a mountain overlloking the city and you can take this cable car to the top - 8500 ftAs you ascend the floor revolves so you get to see a 360 degree view - takes 10 minutes too.
Road Trip to Palm Springs 018, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.
In Sacremento we were propositioned by a Fag Hag who assumed Richard and I were both gay and she wanted to go to a gay night club in Palm Springs with us that night.Sacremento is a gold rush town, very interesting, with a paddle steamer that brought the prospectors inland from San Francisco.
So we were travelling along the highway in the dark looking for a motel to stay and zoomed past an Indian casino with a full carpark - 4 tiered multistory in the middle of nowhere and FULL of cars.So we did a u-turn and booked in, and it was brilliant. Very nice new room, excellent seafood bar and then we played blackjack and roulette til midnight and came away with $49 each profit !Black 33 was lucky for me once again.
We did 740 miles today in pouring rain half of the time and it took 14 hours. We did have time on the way to visit an outlet Mall in Oregon, where I bought loads of clothes, and have a late lunch in Oakfield which was a town that seemed to consist of nothing but antique and junk shops - even the restaurant was part antique shop. I was thinking that Shopping with Richard was like going with a personal shopper, he was so quick. Turns out he worked in Harvey Nicks in London for a year and was a personal shopper for the nobility, Lady [...]
I set off Thursday on a road trip to Palm Springs, with Richard from work. He has a house there and we are delivering a U-Haul van load of patio furniture.The weather forecast was supposed to be stormy but the crossing to Port Angeles on the MV Coho was not too bad at all. All was going well until on the US side of the ferry trip we were given the third degree interrogation by the Homeland Security bods. All the other vehicles had departed and they were still questioning Richard about how it was possible to own a house in the US but not intend [...]
012, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. Halloween is a big deal here. Much bigger than the UK.
003, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.
011, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. A wicked old man tries to beat our Monty with a big stick.
001, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. Barney popped the button on his trousers so they kept falling down, which slowed his pace.
005, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. We went for a hike up to the Sooke potholes, and Dave explained why the geology was like it was and how it had all been miles under sea at some point.
As I got home from work today I caught Wendy at the tail end of telling Sam off as she said "..... and put that lizard away as well !"I bet she never thought those words would ever pass her lips.
Barney has his own blog.http://soapboxcart.blogspot.com/
On the way home I saw a black bear near our house. It was really small and cute and was gambolling along the middle of the road so I followed it until it nipped into the forest. I'm not sure if I should be reporting this to someone? 2 days ago a black bear sighting at Esquimalt lagoon was reported on the radio with a 'run for your lives' type headline. Here the headline would be - black bear sighted next to 1000 acre Provincial Park - Yawn.Which reminds me of the most boring headline ever, competition run by some sub-editors at the Times. The winner [...]
What a fantastic day we had with Sandy and Bruce and their Llamas in East Sooke Park. We trekked from their log cabin, each of us leading a llama, through the forest, up and over rocks and logs, to the coast. We lunched at the trap shack, which is a cabin on the coast trail open to anyone in case of emergency, and then we went down to the beach where Cinders went for a dip. Having their feet in cold water makes them pee and poo at the same time :o)The llamas carried all the picnic and spare clothes and it was incredibly relaxing as [...]
IMGP2557Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. Sam was great in the soap box derby - he didnt win the trophy ( which was as tall as he is) but he did win some races.Thanks to the East Sooke fire brigade for organizing it.This a movie of Sam driving the cart but watch the other kid he was racing against, it was like some action from The Keystone Cops.
IMGP2556 Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.Merle is making a woodshed out of old pallets saved from a shopping centre building site - it took him all day to collect the good timber.The roof is covered from red cedar shingles which he splits from round tree sections he pinches, er I mean, finds in the forest. (up by Jordan River if the RCMP are reading this)He got me to split a load for him with a sharp blade you whack with a small sledge hammer. He was like Tom Sawyer in that fence painting escapade when he told me it was a bit tricky and a bit intricate [...]
The Riley family visit of August 2006 was the deadline for finishing the deck and steps to the top of the rock which should give us a glimpse of the sea - a glimpse you understand, not a view and it is of Sooke Basin not really the sea. But still it was worth it, and with their help, and Trevor's advice the deadline was achieved. Here is a video compilation of the family and the deck and steps in action.
IMGP2539, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.
IMGP2527, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.
IMGP2528, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. We found a great Sasquatch house on the beach at Whiffen Spit - they are made by Bigfoot type creatures, probably at night. There was no sign of the owner on this occasion.We saw a Cougar the other night returning from a Shamrock's Lacrosse game, but we have yet to see a Sasquatch.
IMGP2534, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. If I get offered enough in bribes from either Craig or Sam, I'll take this pic down.
IMGP2544, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. From the back - Jack, Grace, Bonzo, Sputnik and Kitty
B & S Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.
Fossils at Muir Creek Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. on the beach at Muir Creek there is this giant wall of sandstone and mussel shells fossilised from mllions of years ago.
The Ramp Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.
Raccoons raid the bird table Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.
Concrete Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. We all got up to start at 7am to make this concrete wall before it got too hot to do anything. It was a scorcher.
IMGP2440 Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. what a great meal he made too !It was chicken and peppers in a garlic and sweet chilli sauce on a bed of rice.Sam and he made yoghurt and fruit dessert with smarties in it.Scrumptious.
The new shelves Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. It was a bit like an Amish barn raising. Barney and I built these shelves but we needed help from Tom and Merle to get them erected. The Amish might have frowned on all the beer drinking though.
Me on the new deck Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. some more progress
Barney & Sam & Snow in JulyOriginally uploaded by thesnodgrass. We went camping with Amber & Ryan at Miracle Beach and lost the camera somewhere in our enormous tent, so didn't take enough pictures.This is one of the few which was taken after spending the morning on the Beach. I have said it before but I've got to say it again that it blows me away how hot it can be here but then you look up and all around there are mountains covered in snow. It is now July and it has been hot for 2-3 weeks but the snow remains. This view is looking [...]
Grand Poobah of the leopard lodge Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. Whilst camping for the long weekend at Miracle Beach we went to the Campbell River Canada Day parade.
2 deer in the garden Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. these blighters have eaten all the flowers off the plants Wendy was growing. They even chewed the chilli peppers which were supposed to be deer proof.
Barney smashing a boulder wears the correct safety gear Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. This was taken yesterday. Today it is so hot Barney has filled his welly boots with water to keep cool. Smart eh?
My view from the car on the way into Victoria each day makes the journey worthwhile. Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.
the deck progresses Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.
works golf day Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.
IMG_1024 Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. click on the picture to link to a slideshow of picture from their visit.
IMG_0929 Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.
PICT0095 Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass. Cooking for Jackie & Simon in the local tradition, on a cedar plank that has been soaked for a couple of hours in water. It was delicious.