It's always a challenge to keep fresh roses for an extended period. I've heard of adding a penny to the vase water, or mixing in a crushed Tylenol tablet in order to help preserve flowers. Barring these suggested solutions, I find that a photograph is the best way to keep flowers fresh for a looong time.
What a weird word to look at - "fuchsia". That's what this is though. And it's absolute perfection. If there was a contest for being perfect, Ms. Gerbera here would be a fan favourite. It hasn't even a single bent petal or bit of an askew tilt anywhere. Ridiculous how amazing nature can be.
Whoever's been doing their rain dance needs to stop because it's been raining in the Lower Mainland for I've lost count now how many days on end (or so it seems...). Flowers like these Gerbera Daisies need some serious sun. I'm not a big proponent of artificial things, but a 'hip, hip, hooray' for greenhouses and artificial light.
This is amusing to me because it's just such a random thing - a shopping cart left astray in a parking lot. It wouldn't have an ounce of entertainment if the cart hadn't been abandoned exactly in the centre of the parking spot flanked by an overlooking tree. 'Perfect randomness'. Another great oxymoron.
It's really difficult to find good Mexican food in Canada (in contrast to our friends south of the border). The only delicious place I knew of was way across the country in St. Catharines, Ontario called Eh José, and I think they only sold food through market stands and food carts. A local discovery has been that we on the West Coast also have a gem of a place in Langley to satisfy those hankerings for Mexican cuisine, called Cielito Lindo. As you can see above, the establishment is nothing fancy to look at so don't let that deter you if you head over there or walk by and peek in the windows. Think of it more as a café, with EXCELLENT food. Priced well, hearty serving sizes and really lip-smacking delicious. I get the tamales every time:
Now where's that scotch tape...
Gabby's Country Cabaret is apparently an institution of sorts in Langley City. Having not been there before, we thought we'd check it out on the weekend. We stood in line for about 45 minutes with little on us besides some cash and our phones and keys, only to be met, finally, at the front of the line by a security guy pointing us to a sign by the entry barricade that said "photo id required". We were turned away after standing there all that time yet a) we certainly don't look like hooligans, b) we look like we finished high school many years ago so no worry on the under age thing, and c) we're respectable people there to check out the local entertainment. But the sign says a rule is a rule. I appreciate that there's rules, and I'd be more than willing to adhere to them, but when I saw these posted beside the photo identification required notice, this place lost all credibility: