Thursday, July 31, 2014

Turquoise classic

While in Tofino recently we came across this sweet-looking Plymouth station wagon. No doubt it was somebody's surf board transportation system...

Monday, July 28, 2014


Becky Hoops gets things rolling...

No that's not some bizarre bondage device! Where is your mind at?

That's Becky Hoops one of the many entertainers at last week's Victoria Buskers Festival. In a mere four years the event has grown from humble beginnings to one of the biggest events of the summer.

Reuban Dot Dot Dot... (See what I did there?)
Reuban Dot Dot Dot -- a former performer in Cirque de Soleil -- came all the way from Australia for the second year in a row and impressed with some high flying acrobatics.

Reuban aloft
The duo of Street Circus from Chicago (her)/ Montreal (him) (video below) were probably our favourites for their sheer exuberance and non-stop comedy bits. That giant hula hoop that the performer is rolling around in is known as a Cyr wheel. Personally, I would have vomited had I spun in it as fast and as long as he did.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sand Sculptures

North of Victoria, BC the community of Parksville hosts an annual sand sculpture competition for four weeks every summer. It’s a scaled down event from its glory days in the 1990s, but it but still attracts world class competition.

Each year there is a theme to the event – this year’s theme was music, but inexplicably it inspired some macabre creations.

Check out the one to the left. It appears to show something resembling a swollen insect larva worming its way out of a mouth (Dear God, I hope that's a mouth!) and into an ear.

What the hell is that about?

Below the sculpture ‘Final Note’ takes the theme in a morbid direction to remind children that death is the final 'swan song' for all of us. For a few more images check out this page

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mr. Russet's Parksville Adventure

Saying hi from the Beach Club resort in Parksville, BC...
Mr. Spud enjoyed the sun and surf at Parksville recently... Parksville is located about two hours north of Victoria and is famous for its large, warm, family-friendly beaches.

He even discovered some sea life on his explorations...

Mr. Spud finds a beached jellyfish...

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Sidney's popular pirate sculpture keeps his one eye trained on the vessels off the Sidney waterfront on a recent sunny day.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tight formation

Throughout the summer on late Sunday mornings, you will see Victoria's iconic harbour ferries spinning and swinging around in close synchronization. They do this to the tune of the Blue Danube putting on a show for the tourists along the inner harbour.

And, if you are down there, you may catch a glimpse of a strange boxy looking vehicle with windowed sides (below). Victoria's Hippo Tours start off as a bus that takes visitors on a downtown drive to see the sights before it takes to the water near Ogden Point and putters around the inner harbour as a boat. My wife and I did it last year... highly recommended.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rock the Shores

For the past three days, the local community of Colwood was host to Rock the Shores, an annual outdoor rock festival that got its start three years ago.

We had free tickets to the third day of the event. BC was in the third or fourth day of a province-wide heatwave, so the organizers kept things cool with water stations, outdoor misting stations and water sprays for the mosh pit in front of the stage.

The local organizers, Atomique Productions, deserved a huge shoutout for the event. Everything from parking and bike lockups, entry gates, on site vendors, security and rules to prevent drugs and booze -- and the usual loud, aggressive jerks that go with it -- getting in, cooling stations... all of it was impressively organized and managed.

The music was a mix of classic bands and new music, most of it solid rock. Only one concession to a rap number that had the crowd loving it.

South African band The Kongos

Faux celebrity sighting in the audience: Jason Statham

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fun, sun, fog and a dog on a West Coast beach

There is something calming about ocean surf, particularly first thing in the morning with the sun low in the sky. Oceans exist on a much longer time scale than we do. Because of that they remind you that your worries and concerns don't even register in the grander scheme of things... so relax and enjoy the moment.

On this particular morning on a Tofino beach, a low lying mist rendered everything in muted shades of blue and grey so that this woman stood out in her bright pink fleece top.

Below a sun star finds itself beached at low tide... and making tracks, presumably to find the water.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tofino humour

Tofino cemetery and no coast in sight...

Y'know what's ironic?


Seen in Tofino.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Pride Parade

Two days ago, Victoria's Pride Parade drew a record number of attendees who came to watch members of Victoria's gay, lesbian and transgender community parading down Government Street in solidarity.

Attila Basset is a parade fixture. Each year's costume is more flamboyant than the previous year's. This parade's dramatic blue costume was so big that he needed a wheeled walker to carry most of the weight of it.

More images here...

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Seen at a local beach... this little guy's wolf ancestors would be embarrassed to call him one of their own.