Saturday, July 15, 2017

At the Wheel in July

Ah, the summer, and the opportunity to spend a bit of time with my hands in the mud!

Janet and Glen bought a new wheel (one that goes two directions, so the left-handed crew can have a positive throwing experience).  

Plus, it means two of us can throw at the same time (or one can throw, the other can turn, and we can continue to talk).  

The person with the newer wheel also gets the view, which is as beautiful as ever.

Of course, there is still the "stigma":   the most fantastical national railway.

It was wonderful sitting under the porch at the wheel...the shade was needed, as it was 36 degrees out there. 


Kiwi found a cool spot in the corner under the drying rack.

Here are the first 6 pots of the year, both thrown, and then turned. 

The first 6 pieces off the wheel

handles attached, underglaze on, carving done

the next three mugs done and ready for the kiln

Into the kiln for the first bisque firing of the season!

Monday, April 24, 2017

My TRC action for the summer? Learn some names....

TRC Calls to Action:  

Call  #14(i) says:
"Aboriginal languages are a fundamental and valued element of Canadian culture and society, and there is an urgency to preserve them."
Why should I wait for the federal government to enact an Aboriginal Languages Act incorporating these principles?

My thought was to figure out how to support this value by starting to learn and use words in the Indigneous language local to where I live.   Here is my goal for this year:  to start learning and using some words in SENĆOŦEN!

So.. I bought a great book by Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda, called Saanich Ethnobotany: Culturally Important Plants of the WSANEC People (Royal BC Museum, 2012).

The title is not 'jazzy', but the content is pretty awesome.

I am going to start with THIMBLEBERRIES, also known as  which were one of the great loves of my childhood in Secwepemc Territory.  (and then I am also going to learn how to say it in Secwepemctsín!)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sing-a-long Sound of Music?

For one of our last 'events' of 2016, Duncan and I went to "Sing-a-Long Sound of Music" at the Vic Theatre.

Yes, we had our goody bag of items to use (eidelwise, fabric from the curtains, problem cards, invite to the gala, and a firecracker for when maria and captain finally kiss!).  Duncan and I sang along all the way, booing at the nazis, and hissing at the baroness (i felt a bit sad at that since i always think she is just misunderstood... and she is the character i had always most wanted to BE!)

There was a big law school turn out (the dean [and his partner], two associate deans, a retired associate dean, the [goddess] administrative assistant, two faculty members, and two Fraser building kids!)  Maybe the 'sing-a-long' tradition is part of what makes the UVic law difference?

Can't believe i didn't get pictures of Gillian's and Yvonne, both of whom dressed in character!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Magic in the Air - the return flight from Calgary to Victoria

leaving Calgary...
I had a wonderful 10 days in Calgary this December, between the last day of classes, and the day the students had to write the Crim Law midterm.  That was an adventure in itself, already reported on by Arta on the Larchhaven blog. 

The flight home to Victoria (via Vancouver) was something else.  One of those rare days where the clouds were sparse, and the terrain was laid out below like a blanket.  All I could say was, "Wow" (and keep snapping photos on my phone).  So... here they are, for me to remember (including that the view is through the window of an airplane!)

And so we arrive in Vancouver...

And now back into the air for the 14 minute flight from Vancouver to Victoria
And yes, those are little islands under the clouds

And a (blurry) return to Victoria!

Morning walks up PKOLS

PKOLS.  What an awesome hill to live so close to!  While I am lazy by nature, I am appreciative of those around me (largely Val Napoleon) who manage to motivate me to move my butt in the morning.  The walk through the woods up to a little knoll gives an amazing viewpoint!   It doesn't matter what time of day it is, the view is soul nourishing.  Here is a collection of photos from those walks. 

Dawn just breaking (the walk up in the dark forest was magically scary)

Surely some forest sprites live in this log?

I love that band of pink right at the horizon

can't get over the number of colours and textures in this photo
a sky full of clouds.  a million shades of beautiful

So many shades of green springing from and clinging to the rock.  The moss is amazingly soft.

the baby ferns emerging in late fall...

The word 'lush' just doesn't quite capture it.  this IS in the fall, after all....

Kiwi enjoying the walk.  The arbutus trees are amazing.
close up of the arbutus attaching to the rock