Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It cleared off.....mostly.

They don't make lines technicians like they used to in my day. Actually, he isn't one of those anyway - he's a cablevision technician - no hardhat, no safety belt, no partner holding the ladder, no safety cone set properly nearby..... must I continue? If this guy falls off that ladder, who goes for help?

And some of the flowers still look good....

This and that -

Finally, after all these years, we get a new mailbox out front. 

 The weather forecast says "partly cloudy". I wonder which part they mean - the upper part or the lower part. From here it looks like about 99.9%.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Smart meters - too smart?

Things you may not know about smart meters....

Friday, August 26, 2011

Who needs.....

Who needs an alarm clock when these guys start at 7:00 AM ? They're adding another layer of plywood and new roofing onto the old carport, and I hope it doesn't come crashing down the next time it snows around here. The original didn't look all that substantial to begin with.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gabriel's Trumpet

Gabriel's Trumpet, the foot-long flower. It's a tropical that is taken inside in the colder weather, and it's actually a weed where it originates.

The airship returns

Would you like to stay aloft for three weeks? Or maybe take the car along?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

More Freeware -

If you want a good video converter or a good video downloader program, then try these from Freemake.

If you use Firefox as your browser, or Chrome, there are plug-ins which add a button to the taskbar for each of these, and that makes it very handy to use them. These have recently been updated, so if you have an older version that isn't working quite right, try these newest ones to fix that. This downloader will download a video to your Videos folder while you're watching it on line.

New brood

A mother woodpecker, a Flicker, and two young ones learning about what is good to eat, and what is not.

Friday, August 19, 2011

At the Mall

Not too busy this afternoon inside....
Or outside either for that matter....
But the tennis ball cannon is still a big attraction for the kids. It's neat.

More flowers

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Video: The fastest thing on the planet

The truth is still stranger than fiction.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

To Bee or not to Bee....

Whatever is on that green center is very sticky, and the bee was having trouble getting off it. Finally, it walked up the petal in front of it, and then after cleaning its feet, it flew away. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Finally, a new roof.....

After a long time with a huge sheet of white plastic covering this roof, it is now getting new shingles apparently, and not a bit too soon.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Not melted yet -

There's still snow up there, where it has usually melted by now.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Here's what's wrong with summer this year....

This is supposed to be a sunny day, according to the weatherman. So I have to ask, with all the technology at their disposal, and all those satellites, and all those aircraft up there zooming around, why the hell can't they come up with a more accurate forecast? Even looking out the window might give them a clue to the fact that their forecast is more than a little off the mark.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Note to all star-gazers.....

There's a new version of Stellarium out now, and if you'd like to have your own planetarium in real time, and be able to enjoy 'outer space' then you can get your own free copy of it by clicking here.

Today's Flowers - last of 3 sets.

Don't forget to click inside the pictures to enlarge them to full size, and please enjoy these lovely flowers. My sincere thanks to our neighbours for inviting me to their garden for these pictures.  This is probably the nicest flower garden in North Vancouver, and shows a lot of tender loving care.

Today's Flowers - 2nd of three sets....

The 2nd of three sets.... Isn't this last picture just gorgeous? 

Today's Flowers from a neighbour's garden

This is the first of three sets of these lovely flowers.....

New Port Mann Bridge

This is one of the views available from the webcams overlooking the construction of the new Port Mann Bridge, and if you click here you can go to the website for other choices of different views of it. These are not 'live' but are updated regularly.

Saturday, August 6, 2011