Sunday, March 30, 2008

Vampire Weekend

You know how somehow, someone always seems to have presence of mind enough to release a great fun spring album just as the sun returns and thoughts turn to cold beer, the beach, shorts and singlets. OK so Vampire Weekend maybe fluffed the release date (this came out in early January) but that speaks really to the manifest infectious enthusiasm of this music. Makes we want to dance like a crazy person every time I hear it!

Shopping for Jeans, Dodging Frozen Rain

Vancouver is undoubtedly a fashion desert with one notable exception - cool jeans! I don't know that Andrea is too impressed with all this denim innovation but I'm a complete convert - there's nothing cooler than a new pair of "just right" jeans. Skaters for one know this and so that's where we headed up on Main street.

Vancouver Aquarium

Last Sunday Anj and I went out for a long walk in the spring sunshine around Stanley Park. Walking past the aquarium which is located in the city end of this massive park we noticed that two of the exhibitions had been opened up for free to the public - maybe the sudden onset of spring sunshine had led to a spontaneous bout of generosity and bonhomie on the part of the park authorities! No matter, Anj and I were able to enjoy the sea lions and the beluga whales, thinking all the while about how fun this is all going to be when we have a little little in tow!

Spring Fun

Apologies for the lengthy delays in posting new photos! Seems this blog has turned into something of a travel log and we've been blessedly landlocked this last couple of weeks, while I have anyway, and so things have been very quiet of late. Still it appears that spring has finally deigned to make an appearance here in the Northern hemisphere, despite yesterday's interruption which I shall soon document. I did not know that such a thing as frozen rain (as opposed to hail, snow and/or sleet) existed until Andrea and I were caught out in it yesterday afternoon. Before we knew it there were six inches of the stuff on the ground and we were all transported back to the depths of a very cold and grey November day! Now this was a pretty surreal experience given that we were scrambling home up our street under the cherry blossoms dodging the ice and snow - very bizarre! You will see from this series of photos that we have been enjoying a nice mild spring up until the aberrations of recent days - snow on Thursday morning for a good two hours and then this crazy frozen rain business yesterday. The sun however is out again today so with some luck all will be well. That way, we can get back to preparing our little one for the world outside the womb with some sunshine on our regular walks around the park. I hope all is well! Here are some photos of the local neighbourhood cherry blooms. These gorgeous blooms are now visible all over the west end and so on clear and sunny days the whole neighbourhood has taken on a very festive air!