Art Projects


I’ve been involved in a few artistic projects lately. Our friends host a yearly garlic festival at their urban farm in Revelstoke. In exchange for garlic, farm fresh eggs and honey, I design their posters and website. It’s fun working on projects where I am given 100% creativity. Here is this year’s poster:


Another fun project was creating the LUNA art festival webpage. This is the first year of a night-time street art festival with 25 artists and some amazingly creative ideas, outdoors and in downtown Revelstoke. Simon is playing the end of evening party in the Explorer’s Society ballroom on Sept 30th.
Click here to go to the LUNA site:

Riding up into the alpine


On the final day, we made it up the RMR gondola to about 1700m / 5,500 ft.

This is the first summer in operation with a few hiking trails built. Simon, our girls, and a neighbour went on a short trail to a lookout spot and then together we went exploring in the opposite direction on the cat road.

Under the Stoke chair, that leads to the top in the winter.

It was a refreshing break from the heat at valley bottom, and I love the uniquely alpine smell of the Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir.



Labour Day weekend marks the end of summer and the Interior Provincial Exhibition. It was a hot one, 33 degrees midday. Whew! We kept everyone hydrated and the kids didn’t care about the heat on the rides.

5 by 5


I participated in the latest show at the Revelstoke Art Gallery. Five photographers submitted a photo, and 5 artists choose to interpret one of them. The result is a dynamic and varied interpretation of the photos.
Here is the photo I chose:

The first thing that this photo said to me was that the blurriness denotes the passage of a moment in time, and in this case, on the prairies. I chose to highlight the plight of the millions and millions of bison that were senselessly eradicated around the date 1870, and the sorrow of the native peoples who depended on them.

Photo from the Revelstoke Review:

And finally, my birthday…


It’s taken me 6 months, but I finally whittled 500 great photos by Keri Knapp Photogrphy down to 25 for the blog. A difficult task indeed! For archival purposes it is dated on my birthday, here’s a link to the new page: Pauline’s 50th Birthday party

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Spring Fishing


We love to go fishing for the day and explore the area south of here on Arrow Lake. Simon and the girls went out with our friend Stu.

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The Arts


The end of the school year draws near and that means recitals, competitions and finished projects.
Both girls participated in group dance competion in Vernon and came away from it with silver medals. Emily is in a Jazz group and Madeline is in Lyrical (a type of expressive modern ballet).

Emily was asked to participate in this project to construct a permanent piece of art for her school lobby. Each of the 20 participants designed and created a tile with clay and special glazes. Emily is shown below beside her tile with the white snow and skis. Her rationale for her tile is that she loves to ski, it is a healhy, outdoor activity, and that Revelstoke is a “ski-town”. Well done Emily!

Emily began playing the clarinet this year and got dressed up for her recital. What a beautiful young lady she is becoming!

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Spring has sprung!


I sooo love the first flowers that pop up in the springtime, giving us a much-missed burst of colour.

On a warm Saturday afternoon we all lay down on the grass and watched the many bees buzzing among the flowers.

Madeline le boulanger (the baker)


Maddie loves to bake. To date, she has made 4 pumpkin pies, 1 lemon merengue pie, 3 angel food cakes, numerous brownies and other cookies/cakes.
This week she wanted to make apple rose pastries. I have to admit that I thought pastry might be a bit out of her league, and warned her of it’s complexity, but she persisted. I’m glad she did and I stand corrected. Her pastries were light and flaky and the treats were amazing-tasting and beautiful to boot. We may have a new apprentice for the Modern Bakeshop.

Maddie turns 10!


We’ve hit double digits for both girls now, how fast a decade goes!
On the big day, Madeline had a small dinner with the family, and some cheesecake for her (she is the only one of us who eats cheesecake).

A while later she had a sleepover party with her friends and the scavenger hunt was back by popular demand. I made up 10 clues, and sent the kids all over the neighbourhood. Simon hid little bags of jellybeans without getting arrested for strange and suspicous activity. It’s a good way to tire them out a bit. After angel food cake made by chef Madeline they had a blast on the trampoline with all the tissue paper. So much fun was had that they were actually all asleep before midnight!

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