Buffy is gone now, off running an adventure in the sun… somewhere else. She came into our lives in the early months of 2000, and gave us more love than we deserved.
Rest in Peace, Boo-Girl.
Here is a CNN article about a solar company that has several unique aspects: Namaste Solar Electric is the company’s name, and they “walk their talk,” which is refreshing. Here is a link to Namaste’s actual website.
When companies, big and small, do what they can to reduce their impact on the earth, then it is a very good thing. Though solar energy has some limitations, in the right places with the right installations it is very good for many uses. Even in the Pacific Northwest where we can have 200+ cloudy days a year (and most of our electricity comes from hydropower), solar power can be used to help offset electricity needs, making power cheaper for everyone.
And yes, solar power is one of the improvements we hope to make to our home at some point. When we re-roof in about 7 years, sooner if we can.
I wanted to put up a bunch of pictures, but I am not really into writing a long travelogue today. So, here are a few of the prettier and more memorable pics from the trip to Canada. Sorry about the blurriness in some… my camera lens had a smudge on it that wasn’t apparent until I uploaded the pics to the computer. *grumble*
I will load a little bit now (noon, Friday 11 July) and more later when I take a break from life again.
This is just one painting by my friend Jillibus — she did a whole series in the 1950s when she was living in Quebec, Canada. I took this photo of her work (and some others) while visiting this past weekend.
I have her permission to share these with you, and will gradually load one at a time.
The cottage seen here under the elms disappeared long ago, as did the trees. Partly to neglect, partly to a four-lane road that went through the cottage. Signs of the times, referred to by a few people as “progress.”
Hello to all! We are here (see title) today, Stidgrandmere, a stidkid and myself.
While on the Big Island we have seen Hetty and her husband (yesterday in Victoria) and lunched with Hetty, Jillibus, Flosey, Raelite, and Saanichcat here in Sidney today. Supper tonight with Raelite’s family, and tomorrow we will be on Salt Spring Island. I love vacations!
While I am actually trying to do a fair bit of math homework, I am also taking a couple breaks to take pictures.
Here is one from yesterday:
And a few from today:
Stidgrandmere and the Stidkid in the garden at the Provincial Governor’s mansion:
Stidgrandmere and Saanichcat:
This is Hetty, getting into her “Smart Car” — a nifty little two-seater that she uses to get around.
And here is the WHOLE group (thanks to the kind stranger who took our pic) just after we ate at Sabhai Thai in Sidney — highly recommended by us all!
Standing left to right: stidgmere, flosey, stidkid (#2) and stidmama.
Seated: Jillibus, Hetty, Raelite and Saanichcat.
Finally, I took a rather poor video of everybody, but at least you can sort of hear their voices!