PAINT Transformations! (Weekly Travel Theme)

This week Aisla from Where’s My Backpack has chosen PAINT as the Weekly Travel Theme word. Having spent so much time in Vancouver over the summer an image from Granville island came straight to mind. Aren’t these characters just gorgeous!

Colourful Concrete

Behind these painted facades are industrial silos for the concrete works. These are just four of the six that stand proudly at 70-feet, allowing you to see them whichever way you approach Granville Island. From the river here’s a close up of the gentleman on the far left.

Concrete Graffiti


The details in these works is incredible. Twin brothers, street artists from Brazil who go by the name, OSGEMEOS (which literally means twins they say) were chosen to participate in the 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale artistic exhibition.

What I admire about these young men who are known for this particular form of very public work of transforming walls, buildings and structures alike into colourful spray-painted characters, rarely allow any form of merchandising from their creations. WOW!

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Is this REALLY relief??? (Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge #35)

To see a boat on the other side of the bridge pylon, the land side, very high and very dry AND named Relief, seriously, you gotta wonder…

Is this REALLY relief

…was the boat named before or after it was moored??? Just askin‘!






Filing Away Moments (Monochrome Monday)

This is another of my photos that I couldn’t resist changing from colour to black and white. These are some of the old filing drawers from the Vancouver Public Library.

Filing Away Moments...

And once again, I think I prefer this to the colour version which you can see here if you are so inclined, lol.




Fair Suck of the WHAT??? (Cee’s Oddball Challenge #31)

Walking through the Vancouver Public Library I was more than a tad delighted when I stumbled upon the dictionary section. The Slang Dictionary particularly caught my eye as it contained such gems as this…

Australia you make me proud

What I was actually looking up was my grade five teacher’s favourite saying… fair suck of the sav! Translation: Sav in Australia is short for saveloy – the Australian, and English also I think, version of a hot dog.

Yes, Australia has many a fabulous saying I’ve come to discover over the years, warms a girl’s heart it does!


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One word is TINY but many is so much more! (Travel Theme: Tiny)


The Travel Themed Word for this week from Where’s my Backpack? is… TINY! Oh the possibilities, the choices – there are just so, so many to choose from!

Then I stumbled on this photo from my archives from the Vancouver City Library of the original “data-base” of the library’s inventory. The choice was obvious.

One word becomes many

One word written on a page may seem TINY, almost considered insignificant but when you add another word, then another, and another… the possibilities are limitless!

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Pretty Bird (One Four Challenge: Week 4)

Here we are at Week 4 of the One Four Challenge by Robyn at Captivate Me. If you aren’t familiar with this challenge you select a photo at the beginning of the month and each week process it in a different way. This is my Week 4.

Pretty Bird 1-4-4

These were my previous week’s contribution…

This is the photo that began it all…

Pretty Bird Original

And now I’m off to have a cup of coffee to ponder what I could possible do next month. Oh how I love a challenge, lol!

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Pretty Bird (One Four Challenge: Week 2)


Okie Dokie, here we are at Week Two of Robyn’s from Captivate Me One Four Challenge and I have to say I was absolutely stumped. No matter what I did, it seemed to always have the same end result until I discovered the “reflection” effect.

Pretty Bird 1-4-2 Challenge

Having tweaked the hues and contrast as much as possible then cropped the bird mercilessly, I then reflected the image, managing to add a wonderful gradient to the overall photo at the same time.

This is so totally out of my realm but that’s what I love/hate about this challenge, it is so freakin‘ challenging, lol! 😉


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Pier Pressure

What a wonderful story it would be if I said having purchased a book at our local charity shop, this old negative fell out and on scanning it into my computer, this is the photograph it revealed. How fabulous would that be?!

Vancouver Docks

Certainly sounds a tad more exciting than saying after the most horrific experience with American customs in Vancouver, having finally boarded our ship bound for Alaska, we sat exhausted on our cabin balcony scoffing our complimentary champagne and strawberries.

As we “debriefed” from our ordeal, vowing to write letters of complaint to all concerned (yet to be written mind you), I couldn’t help but notice this dock beside our ship – was it something that was once important but now lay neglected, or was it something needed so often there was no time to make things “pretty”?

Whichever the answer I can’t help but wonder as to its strength, durability and really… “mum, how much longer?”

What’s your story?!

I don’t know what it is about container yards but I am always fascinated with them. Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of containers piled high just sitting there. So many coming and going.

Where did they come from? What did they bring? Where will they go? What will they take?

Container upon Container!

As I watched the sun setting on what had become a glorious afternoon having just finished a lovely dinner with a friend, thank you again Miss P for making time for me, it dawned on me these containers are much like ourselves.

Each of us has our own story of where we’ve come from, the places we’ve been, our journey of how we’ve arrived to this point in our lives and the bruises we acquired along the way from the path we chose.

Goodness, so much inner reflection simply from stopping to admire the reflection of the setting sun on a container yard, lol! Lucky for me I was sans children or they’d be they’d be seriously questioning… “mum, how much longer”

Matching Accessories!

When dressing, its always good to ensure your outfit matches your vehicle!

A Boy and his Car must ALWAYS match!

Seriously, how cool is this? And the likelihood of this occurring again… “mum, how much longer?”