Thursday, September 29, 2011

Salt Glaze

The winner of the search for the perfect blue ceiling... Martha Stewart's Salt Glaze.

Martha Stewart Living Paint in Salt Glaze

We are hoping to find some time to start painting the front entry this weekend before the weather turns cold.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall Colours

This past weekend we ventured up to Larch Valley and Eiffel Peak to view the fall colours.


Monday, September 26, 2011


Last week the gas fitters installed our beautiful new cast iron gas fireplace.

We were both surprised at how well it seem to "just fit in" with the existing house. And it will only look better once the mantel is built.

Now we can enjoy romantic evenings in front of the fire. Maybe once our living room is not being used to paint trim...


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

We Have Siding!

Well sort of... not yet on the house... but in the front yard. Our custom painted Canexcel cement board siding was delivered this morning.

Of course it is not with out incident. The decorative shakes for the gables were painted white instead of yellow but we are supposed to have replacement shakes delivered Thursday.

Tomorrow morning the crew arrives to start installing it.

Our gas fitter will also be coming tomorrow to start installing the gas fireplace insert.

It is going to be a productive week!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Another Long Weekend

David and I decided to sneak in an extra long weekend and took off to Mount Robson Provincial Park for five days of hiking into Berg Lake.

When we pulled into the parking lot there was not a cloud in the sky so I had Dave quickly take a photo convinced that it was going to cloud over any second. Mount Robson is notoriously cloudy - they actually keep count of how many days out of the year you can see the peak.

Mount Robson from the Visitor Centre

I guess we didn't need to panic because the skies stayed clear for the rest of our trip. With temperatures nearing 30 C, we were actually wishing for some clouds by the end.

The first day we hiked 16 km into the Emperor Falls campground. On the second day we rose early to hike the final 5 km to Berg Lake in order to avoid a marathon race taking place on the trail... Crazy to think that the same 21 km trail that took us 7 hours to hike, someone was able to run in 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Kinney Lake

Suspension Bridge at Whitehorn

View of Mount Robson from our tent at Emperor Falls

Once we reached Berg Lake, we quickly set up camp and then proceeded to head up to Adolphus Lake, Mumm Basin and Hargraeves Glacier.

Mount Robson and Berg Lake from Hargraeves

Dave bouldering

The highlight of camping at Berg Lake - watching the Berg Glacier calve ice bergs.


Icebergs in Berg Lake

Hargreaves Cabin at Berg Lake

The next day we headed out for another measly 22 km hike up to Snowbird Pass to enjoy the views of the Robson Glacier and the Reef Icefield.

Robson Glacier

Snowbird Pass

Reef Icefield
Dave enjoying the view from Snowbird Pass

The forth day we hiked up Toboggan Falls to explore the caves in the meadow above and then ventured up the ridge above Hargreaves Glacier.

Brian above Hargreaves Glacier

It is funny how we have come to consider hiking 85 km "relaxing"...

At least this was a good warm up for the 300 km we will be hiking on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. Although the summit of Mount Robson is at 3954 m and the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit, Thorung La Pass, is at 5416 m. It is crazy to think that we will be hiking almost 1500 m higher than the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Looks Like a Bomb Went Off

The neighbour lent David a jack hammer. Enough said.

Pretty sure this is enough to stop our mail delivery completely...


Monday, September 5, 2011


All of the siding is finally gone. The new siding is being installed next week!


Saturday, September 3, 2011


It seems like we have been planning it forever but our trip to Nepal and India is starting to sneak up on us... this week we finally nailed down our basic itinerary and booked the last flights.

Day 1 to 3: Fly from Calgary to Vancouver to Beijing to Delhi to Kathmandu... 
a measly 35 hours of travelling

Day 4: Kathmandu

Day 5: 7 hour bus ride to Western Nepal

Day 6 to 26: Trekking through the remote villages of the Annapurna or Manaslu regions...
we will pick when we get there depending on our ability to get permits

Day 27: Pokhara

Day 28: 7 hour bus ride back to Kathmandu

Day 29: Kathmandu

Day 30: Fly Kathmandu to Delhi

Day 31: Delhi

Day 32: Agra and the Taj Mahal

Day 33 and 34: Jaipur

Day 35 and 36: Undecided... possibly Ranakpur, Varanasi...

Day 37: Back to Delhi

Day 38: Fly all the way back home... 
thankfully it will only take 24 hours to make the return trip

I am already counting down the days!


PS Can anyone recommend a good hotel in Delhi?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Another Canada Post Rant

This past week we have been receiving a lot of mail intended for the house next door. Today, in addition to several letters addressed to the neighbour, we received a note from the postman asking us to please put house numbers up on our house...

First - can he not see that we are in the middle of replacing the siding? Where does he proposed we put the house numbers? Most of our house is bare sheathing right now. Our mail box is currently sitting in the flower pot on the front step!

Second - can he really not keep count in the ten steps between our front door and the front door of the house before us? It is pretty straight forward... 1626, 1628, 1630...



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