BRAD     |     EMILLIE

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Class, class, research, class... I'm keeping busy. Last class of the term tomorrow, then finals on the 8th and 9th, and I'm done my course work till next term. It seems to be a rule... when you're doing research, you can't wait to take a course, and when you're doing course work, you always want to be working on a research problem.
Garden-wise, both the Drive garden and the SFU garden are in winter mode. We decided to plant a few things in September and October to see how they fare: radishes, collards, chard and garlic at home, and radishes, chard, collards, cabbage, garlic and cauliflower at SFU. Everything looks good so far (we'll see what the recent snow does to the SFU crop), EXCEPT for a pesky house cat that has been tearing up our garlic and radish rows at home. What a trying experience! It has potentially destroyed 1/2 of our garlics, and ripped up almost 1/2 of our radishes! We have solutions lined up... Emillie has already covered a chunk of the garden with a garden mesh (actually, he was originally only in the garlic patch until Emillie covered it up with the mesh; he promptly moved next door to the radishes). We will plant rue all around the garden come Springtime, and perhaps spray a cayenne mixture in spots. If anyone has any ideas that WORK, send them our way!


Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Gardening is coming to an end for the year; but since we live in Vancouver, this is only because there are 3 months left to 2005! We've finished planting all of our winter crops; garlic, chard, cabbage, lettuce. And we've been busy double-digging our garden at home. What a pain, primarily because our lovely neighbour decided to let a slew of bamboo shoots run rampant on their side of the fence. If you've ever had bamboo to deal with, you know that they do not respect any sort of boundary. Bamboo sends roots and shooters all OVER the place! We've found new shoots aching to breach the surface on the FAR side of our plot! So I've been digging deep and pulling these 10 foot roots out of our garden in the hopes that next year we'll catch them before they get that large.

Academically, my courses are going fine. I've also signed on for the president's post for the Engineering Graduate Student Association; for the past little while I've been getting interested in more community oriented ideals, and this seems like a natural start for a fresh PhD student. We'll see how it goes, but I'm quite excited about it.

See you all at the critical mass!!

Ciao ciao,

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

New semester is on. I'm tentatively taking 2 courses... that'll put me 1/2-way through my 6 course requirement. I'm also putting the final touches on my next conference paper. I've fingers crossed... if I get in this one, it's off to Istanbul! You can guess that Emillie and I will try to swing a small bike trip around it (I think a trend is emerging here...).

Our SFU garden is starting to bare. We've emptied about 1/2 of it, readying for a cover-crop of crimson clover for the winter. We're going to over-winter garlic, brocolli and some hardy greens like chard, cabbage, and collards.

Plus, it turns out we're inheriting the majority of our garden at home. The two suites that had interest in the garden are moving out, leaving us with almost complete control. Kinda cool. We're going to renovate and reform it, since it became very fragmented this summer, what with 3 groups of people just taking any free land there was. With the garden, we also get some established strawberry patch and a raspberry bush. They're small, but they'll be appreciated next summer! We're going to cover-crop the majority of it as well, and leave some space for some wintereing greens.


Tuesday, August 16, 2005

We just had a great 4 day weekend camping at Goldstream in Victoria. It's only 105km away from our place in East Vancouver (by bike) if you take the Alex Fraser bridge in Vancouver to get to Tsawassen, and then follow the Galloping Goose the whole way to Langford (the township right beside Goldstream). We even took a day trip to the Sooke Potholes. A bit further than I estimated (about 35km from Goldstream park by bike on the Galloping Goose), but worth it. Roche Park and the potholes are gorgeous. Check out a few pictures and the route we took here.

Our garden is in full swing. We've been harvesting lettuce, green onions, beets, carrots and brocoli out of it for the past while. Our beans and cucumbers are just starting to be harvestable.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Canada Day weekend was excellent. We went to Granville Island for the buskers and the parade; it was as packed as could be expected, but tonnes of fun.

We've started harvesting bits and pieces from our garden. Our green onions and lettuce are coming home, and in the next week or so we'll harvest all of our carrots. Our winter veggies are being seeded as soon as we have room. The only trouble veggies we've had are the beans, beets and cukes in the back of the bed. We've decided it's the wet soil, so we've been using vermiculite and perlite to lighten it up. I guess it won't change much till next year, but the lack of rain during the summer is at least helping the plants grow at the present.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The garden is on it's way now; we'll be harvesting some onions sometime soon. We've added some more beans, rhubarb and more cukes since last time. It's also good to have the plot see more sun.

Everything is going well. We've got our weekends PACKED! This last weekend was the Commercial Drive 1st Annual festival. Unreal... I'll put up some pictures this week sometime. Next weekend it Critical Mass June, which is supposed to be massive because of Bike Month here in Vancouver. Then the weekend after is Canada Day! My parents are visiting, the Tour de Yaletown is on Friday, and the Jazz festival will be in full swing. Man, so much to do.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

We've just finished turning the garden. Now we wait! And weed.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

It almost seemed that summer came early in Vancouver, but thankfully, we've had a bit of rain fall in the past few days. And yes, thankfully, because I'm a firm believer in a rain forest being chock full of ... rain.

I recently discovered that SFU is host to a Gardening Club! Not much talk about it on the web, but it exists. For $20, you get a plot of land for a year. 2.5m X 10m is enough for a few rows of salad crop, and a nice break from the computer. We've started planting, and now the only thing is to sit and wait... the plot we are alotted is on the edge of the forest, and is therefore quite severely shaded. So, we're waiting to see exactly what grows and what doesn't.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Courses done, and summer is here in full force. We went to Squamish on Friday for a few climbs; the blue sky and > 20 degree weather made it a popular idea (thankfully not as popular as the cliffs are probably this weekend!).

Thursday, March 31, 2005

I've been updating our cycling page, and added a better synopsis of cycling in the Gulf Islands. We hope to add a few more islands to the list this summer; we've got Hornby in our scopes during a long weekend, and maybe we'll finally go to the North of Galiano. Our hopes of doing a trip to Kamloops are looking dashed however, since Emillie may not get her time off until September... we'll find out more the further into summer it gets.

I think I've got fully back into the swing of things at SFU. And man, are things ever under way up there! A few blocks of condos have gone up, and the commercial centre of things is half full (new restaurants, a pub, and a slew of boutique stores). In September, our labs move from slightly off the main campus back to the main engineering wing, so that's exciting; to be back in the middle of things again.

Why have a blog if you don't use it eh?

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Settled in, and our place is now feeling like home. We even just found out that we get use of the garden in the back of the yard! Anyways, normal life is resuming, and it looks like it's gonna be fun... getting back to the lab, hanging out with friends, and enjoying the coast weather.


Thursday, January 06, 2005

Back in Van, back in the swing of things. Lot's of plans in the works, etc etc. We found a place back on the drive too! We'll be moving in on the 15th; we're so stoked about it.

As for the site, if anyone still reads this section, we plan to tidy up our touring section nicely; add lots of our cycling tips about Europe for each individual country. And if any friends or family out there are interested, we've got cycle maps for almost every country in Europe that they can borrow.