Posts Tagged ‘Pacific Northwest’

Dog days of summer, and cabins on the coast

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Recent radio silence has been the result of being either too busy in the city, or too unbusy and computerless while on various islands.

Today I learned that the term dog days is very old, a translation from the latin dies caniculares. It refers to “the hottest, most sultry days of summer in late August.

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Holiday

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Happy whatever winter holiday you observe, longest night of the year maybe, or, in the southern hemisphere the longest day, or Christmas, or ‘Holiday‘ or whatever else. Drive safely.

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Rod Palm’s ship house on Strawberry Isle in Tofino, BC

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Views of Rod’s famous ship house just off Tofino on the West Coat of Vancouver Island. Below, from here. And on Rod Palm and the Strawberry Isle Research Society here.

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“If I Had a Hammer? What Do You Mean If?”

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Before I start, I’m asking on behalf of the owners of this house that nobody reposts or reproduces any of these images anywhere without my permission. Like a lot of people who have built their own houses in the woods, the owners, who are relatives of mine, appreciate their privacy and feel a bit negative about seeing their house all over the internet.

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A-frame Maritime Museum by CBK Van Norman

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

I’ve always loved this building. It’s part of the Vancouver Maritime Museum and was built in 1966 to house the icebreaker St. Roch. You can just see the top of the mast through the upper window. Unfortunately the ship now requires better climate control for its conservation, and the whole museum may be moved to a new museum in North Vancouver.

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Smith House by Arthur Erickson

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

One last Vancouver house by Arthur Erickson. The house was built for and is still owned by the painterGordon Smith and his partner Marion. They have carefully maintained it over the years, in keeping with Erickson’s original design and intention. There’s an interesting article in Vancouver Magazine about the difference between their informed maintenance and the slow degradation of Erickson’s nearby Graham House, which was demolished in 2007.

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