/** Google Analytics tracking code*/ /** End Google Analytics code. */

Let’s try this again

There’s nothing special-looking about 4 houses going up on Vince Avenue, but this is the second set of buildings to be erected on those foundations.The developer who poured them went belly-up. This is as far as construction got by the summer of 2016.

All the framing was demolished by the City.

The studs turned driftwood grey and neighbours got sick of looking at them. By winter, the City knocked down all the wooden structure, deeming it unsafe.

The properties have been taken up by a new builder, solvent enough to put a large crew on the job. Progress has been rapid, at last. I’ll bet the people across the street are happy.

Corner of Vince and Edgewood Avenues.

These homes, and another set at the other end of Vince should be on the market by Spring, at the rate they are going.

Secret Shopper service

Leave a comment with your email address if you want to know which store in the Bazaar is selling this rare find.

Put a positive spin on global warming. Wrap your pet mink in this MINK BLANKET made of 100% ACRALIC . Why pay full Korean prices when you can buy MADE AS KOREAN, right here?

Five, count ‘em, 5 star quality. Hundreds of size.

Made by Other People

It amazes me that so many people around here say “No” when I ask if they’ve seen the wonderful videos Made by Other People (Rated “Mature”).

Craven Road is one of my faves, but I have posted it before, so let’s sample D’License To Grill, set in the Bazaar on Gerrard Street.

See George (contains salty language), interviewed at the corner of Beach Hill’s main intersection, 4 years ago. Start at Episode One. They are short.

The George clips come from a longer video that commemorates the now-defunct Jimmy’s Place, a Beach Hill dive bar that folded not long ago. The location is now Zante Bistro, with new owners and clientele. It’s completely renovated, but the old bar has been preserved.

Have a look. Ruby Tuesdays is still open, at the corner of Woodbine and Gerrard.

Corley Avenue progress reports

Some readers are following developments of two houses on Corley avenue. The first, an innovative build that began with a special foundation technique. The pied à terre uses only the space formerly occupied by a double garage. With the stucco now on, it’s becoming rather elegant.

For handy reference, here’s the lot before building began.

Finally, progress on the Corley “half house”

Nearly two years after a basement-lowering went wrong, new foundations are going in where half of the semi-detached building had to be removed. The side that wasn’t demolished had to be evacuated, so two families were displaced. I can only guess that insurance claims and responsibilities had to be sorted out before repairs and reconstruction could begin.

I’ve been following the story since it started. Nice to see some action. Now I am curious to see what will replace the missing side.

Thank you, Joni

My sister Joni is happy to have creative neighbours so she chose a gift for us made by Howard Roo. He’s an expert metalworker and Gloria is a painter. They all live in Salmo, British Columbia.

Good choice. Joni knows that our walls are filled, mostly with Helen Andersen paintings, but our jaguar bracket will hold a hanging basket outside very nicely.

I like the way you echoed the jaguar’s curves and the curl of the tail with your metal work, Howard.

Bitcoin’s Greek philosopher

Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos gives a sweeping and non-technical summary of socio-political changes possible with blockchain algorithms. His descriptions are lucid and predictions radical.  I found the 22 minute video a valuable use of time.

The video is embedded in this article: A beginner’s guide to getting started in the cryptocurrency world

Mr Antonopoulous concentrates on ways that blockchain technology may (will?) address our failing economic and governmental systems … accenting the positives. Obviously, there are major potential negatives worth equal attention, but it looks like we have to start thinking about all this, and quickly.

Wasn’t that a party!

Danica tried to stay home to work on her Christmas list after all the outings we’ve been doing. I went to the Flying Pony Funraiser by myself, but it was so much fun, I went home and dragged Danica back with me.

I did what I could to capture the atmosphere, but you really had to be there. The whole treat was on the Flying Pony … music, food, adult drinks and entertainment. Local business kicked in door prizes, all to raise money for the Glen Rhodes United Church Food Bank across the street.

 Next, an unedited 3-minute-long video to show you part of the Grand Finale and the mood in the rooms. Andrew Horne plays Elf to Rob Elliott’s Skinny Santa.

Thank you to everyone who made the evening so much fun. Danica was glad I came and got her.

Documentary evidence …

… of a great day in our remarkable neighbourhood. We started at the Beach Hill Bake-O-Rama.

There was a good turnout, we got our 2018 membership for the BNHA, sold Danica’s Christmas loaves, caught up with neighbours’ news and bought some meringue cookies to take home. It looks like the 4-hour event was a success and probably raised a worthwhile amount for this year’s Out of the Cold program.

I rushed off, not to miss Jodi Wheeler’s Open House at the Blue Crow Gallery. By the time I got there, 10 minutes before the 3:00 wind-up, most of the attendees had already departed. Actually that made it easier to look around at the wide variety of arts, crafts and jewellery items.

The gallery looks smart and well-organized, which it is, but don’t let that intimidate you. Many of the prices are surprisingly modest and the atmosphere is friendly and informal.

Next I went across and up the street to Gerrard Art Space, where the annual Members’ Show reception was just starting. I was the first guest to arrive, in fact. I met and talked with artist Jyne Greenley for the first time. She’s a longtime member and I’ve seen her work on a number of occasions. Today I learned a little about her techniques and interest in creating her own pigments from natural raw materials.

Had a nice chat with Elizabeth Forrest, too. She has some prints on display, that I like very much.

The day wasn’t over. Andrew Horne was throwing a party at the Flying Pony … but that needs its own post.