Sadly I already wrote this post once and somehow lost my draft of it. I'm putting that aside now though and am excited to share some more views of our apartment with you. Above is my neighbourhood in 1890 and the same area now. 120 years has brought a lot of change to Vancouver. If you have access to your local archives you should take a look at some photos. They're usually mostly available online and it's amazing what you can learn from looking at a few pictures of The Olden Days.
Looking at these photos I realize that Jeff and I barely ever buy furniture new. Everything in this photo is stuff that was given to us, from Craig's List, or that we bought second (or maybe fifth) hand. Even Lola. Well...it's true! She's from the Cochrane SPCA in Alberta. And just so you know, she is just trying to look depressed to get a second dinner.
Above is a plate that reminds me of our awesome time in NYC last summer, along with some vintage garden design books my mom brought me this time around. Below is a black and white poster that I made out of one of my photos from Amsterdam. I did a design studio there for five weeks two summers ago and brought my awesome wide angle Canon point and shoot with me. Next time I make a poster I'm going to be sure to leave a white border. I think it looks better that way. This one is about two feet by four feet.
Geodes, specimens of quartz and desert roses, some pine incense, and a loupe. The beginnings of a cabinet of curiosities, really, though my Northern Flicker wing and fox faces aren't there. The photo I gave to Jeff for his birthday last year. Yup, that dude is giving the deer a piggyback ride! But, I also think he just killed the deer, despite the fact that it looks so alert there in the background.
Below you can see our collection of travel and nature guide books. We like to go places and look at trees and birds. The truth is out! I wish we could head out on a trip sometime soon. I think I'd go to the southern U.S. somewhere. My sister is going to New Orleans soon and I'm jealous. Where would you go if you could leave tomorrow?