About campbellkat

I'm always trying out new things and here's my newest space to do just that. DorDar made me do this, Just blame them if this turns out all wrong and goes sideways somehow. I plan on using this space to show my photo's and share my travel stories. I'll throw in random daily thoughts and observations that make me happy, entertain me or lighten up my day. We'll see how it goes.

Plants and Sourdough

Featured

Growing up we always had a garden and a house full of plants.  We grew our own vegetables which required all the weeding and watering that you have to do if you want your fresh veggies to make it to your plate.  Mom had house plants of every variety and they hung, sat or stood where there was space.  Most of my family have green thumbs as a result.  Me?  Not so much.  I’ve tried to maintain house plants.  I had a terrarium at one time (I grew a delicious looking mold in there) and subsequently my plants all died.  Over the years I’ve either taught my plants to swim or I’ve taught them desert survival tactics..  I’ve seen horror on the faces of the staff at all the plant stores when I walk in.  When they ask if they can help me, I say “yes you can, I’m here to buy new victims for my house”.  The last plant I had lasted 6 months on our road trip across Canada and the USA.  Ironically it wasn’t too much or too little water that killed it..

It was pepper..

Yup, I dropped the pepper shaker on it and broke it in half and that was the end of the poor thing.

dead_plant

Have you ever wanted to make sourdough bread?  I have!  I make normal bread all the time, but I have never had the opportunity to get the “starter” that you need to make sourdough bread.  A couple of days ago I was given a starter.  It came in a cute little glass jar.  I was told I should feed it and if I wasn’t going to use it right away it could go in the fridge until I was ready to bake.  Sounds easy!  Ok.  First step is to “feed it”.  I carefully measure water and flour, stir it in vigorously as per the instructions, place it in a bigger jar and I’m good to go.  I wake up in the morning and no surprise.  My starter is DEAD.  I think I just set a killing record.

Did I over water it?  Did I under water it as per my pre-established history?  But I was being so careful!  I followed the instructions precisely!  How is it possible to kill it in less than 24 hours?

I am so confused..

How can I admit to my friend that I killed her gift?

Overnight?

What is wrong with me?

I peer in to the jar to make sure I’m seeing what I’m seeing.  Yup, it’s flat as the Saskatchewan Prairies.  Wait a minute.  What is that smell?  Sniff sniff… that smells like pickles..

I guess using a freshly washed pickle jar wasn’t the best choice I could have made for a new sterile environment for my sourdough starter. Poor thing!.

A happy cheerful pickle throwing his fists up in excitement

There is J0Y in the world.. and that is good!

kids in crosswalk

I stopped at a crosswalk the other day to let a herd of kids and the 2 adults that were with them to cross the street.  The kids were probably 5 years old…

they marched..

they hopped..

they skipped..

they danced..

they waved their arms..

they touched the lines..

they didn’t touch the cracks..

they hurried to keep up with their mates..

they dawdled along knowing they wouldn’t get left behind..

One little girl jubilantly waved at me with all her being, with the biggest widest smile.

The joy, the innocence, the happiness!

I totally needed to see that, I needed to be reminded there is joy in this world!

 

Hornby Island – May 10-12, 2019

I finally made it over to Hornby Island with my camera after all these years of living on Vancouver Island.  My sister and I were there probably 20 years ago.  We did a quick trip over to Tribune Bay on Hornby, a quick stop at some pottery shops on Denman Island and called it a day.

This trip was different.  Our camera club members stayed at Hornby Island Dive Lodge for 2 nights and spent 3 days photographing the Island.  We photographed Ford Cove & Marina.  Helliwell Provincial Park.  Grassy Point.  Tribune Bay.  Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park.  Tim Biggins Anvil.  Heron Rocks.  There were spots we missed of course, but these are the ones we made it to.  The weather was dry and sunny, the weekend was awesome!  Here are my photo’s.

Heron Rocks 9415
Heron Rocks 9415

 

 

Pub to Pub Trail – May 5-2019

Tree 8840

This is a link to a group of photo’s on Flickr which I took while on the Pub to Pub Trail here in Campbell River.  It’s called the pub to pub trail because at either end of the walk (45-60minutes) was a pub.  BUT, now there are no pubs.  Salmon Pt Pub burnt down recently and The Fishermans pub closed down last year.  Regardless, there are scads of people out there every day enjoying the scenery.  The walk takes you along the Oyster River thru Old Growth Forest and then along the Ocean where the trail ends at Salmon Pt RV Resort.  The walk is mostly level, but beware of roots!  I’ve seen people pushing strollers and wheelchairs, so it can be done.

Randoms: April 30 – 2019

I haven’t been very diligent about updating my blog.  Here’s what I’ve been up to.  We’ve been back in Canada for 3 weeks now.  We’ve cleaned out the RV, got caught up on all the laundry that needed doing, reconnected all the electronic doodads, hung our clothes in closets and dresser drawers.  I’ve got over the sticker shock of buying gas, vegetables and beer… (not necessarily in that order)…my my my!!

That’s not the hard part though – the hard part is it’s cold here. Not “Canadian Cold”, but “We’ve been in Arizona too long cold”. I’m happy to say that after 3 weeks I’ve kind of stopped being a “weather whiner”.

I’ve reconnected with some of my friends and attended my first camera club meeting since last fall.  I drove away from the meeting re-inspired.  What a talented group of photographers we have.  So many styles and ideas to try out.  Here’s a few photo’s that I’ve worked on this week.

Tree K75_8508IN

I called this shot:  And behind this tree stands the sun.

Branches K75_8518INThis is a photograph shot up and thru the canopy of the trees.

Branches K75_8519IN

This years new growth!

 

Grass K75_8533IN

And finally I’m laying in the weeds for this shot!