Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June jellies**

June jellies by girl and tonic
June jellies, a photo by girl and tonic on Flickr.

I just came across this photo, taken right around this time last year. It's the window at Front & Co. on Main St. They pretty much always have amazing displays, and this was my favourite to date.

**FYI: as they are now known. Not jellyfish - they're not fish. ~The more you know~

Monday, June 20, 2011

A laugh riot

So as most people are aware of, a whole bunch of bullshit happened here in Vancouver last week. I was at home and watched the news in disbelief/repulsion at what happened. And then the next day I felt pretty dang awesome about how amazing so many people were being, with the efforts to clean up and words of support and, well, downright love to the city and VPD.

This past weekend Vancouver had their annual Car Free Day, where a bunch of major streets around town are shut down to cars, the businesses in the area set up shop on the sidewalks/roads, people set up tables selling their wares and talking about awesome stuff.
I went to Main St, along with hundreds others, and had a pretty swell afternoon in a big, happy crowd.

car free

my kind of hockey

happy family


sidewalk music

urban source

backyard coop

urban chicks

yes it is
Yes, it is!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday morning ritual

Duck shells



sunday sunday

Tea, poached eggs on toast and last week's Coronation Street queued up.

Today's eggs were a little special, as they came from a duck! I recently signed up for a weekly produce box (with eggs bi-weekly) and the first delivery came with 3 free duck eggs to try. They tasted the same to me, but had bigger yolks (yum) and way thicker shells. I don't know if it's noticeable in the picture, but they were at least twice as thick. A beautiful colour too - the faintest hint of turquoise.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


My friend Matty refers to last June as "Junuary" because apparently the weather was cool and rainy for most of the month. I don't remember this at all - maybe because July and August were pretty dang lovely, weather-wise.
This current June however - it could certainly stand to be improved.
I feel I've been in a bit of a slump, and I'm trying to get out of that.

Next month I'm doing a post for Gallery No 8's blog crawl - all about summer.
As a little early inspiration for myself, and just some lovely sunny photos for the rest of you, a bunch of pictures I've saved over the last little while. I'm terrible for keeping all the names straight, but they're all from either the Life archive or everyday i show.









Those last two are of Jayne Mansfield's home - I love the hearts!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Film Friday - The Gutter

8 by girl and tonic
8, a photo by girl and tonic on Flickr.

My wonderful NYC hostess Kristin drunken bowling., summer 2009.
This was taken at The Gutter in Brooklyn, this amazing bar/bowling alley that was open hours longer than anywhere in Vancouver.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hey Sweden!

Last night I finally got around to watching John Carpenter's The Thing. I say finally, because about 9-10 years ago I got into horror movies pretty big (thanks, Adam!) and you'd think I'd have seen this one by now.
I can't remember what exactly brought this one to mind, but something did, I checked netflix and away we went.

What a movie! There's something about horror/scary movies that came out in the late 70s/early 80s. The style, the colours, the neon red blood - it all makes for a pretty wonderful experience.
The Thing is definitely now one of my favourites from this time, maybe even number one (though Dawn of the Dead is still up there).

The story is simple: isolation, monster, and paranoia. I loved that the bulk of the creepiness came from the setting and psychological terror, rather than just a big scary creature (but don't get me wrong - the creature is awesome).
A lot of scenes had only flares for light which added to those lurid, vibrant colours of the time and Kurt Russel was awesome and pretty babely.
All in all, highly recommended! ;)










So intense!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Film Friday - The rez

The rez by girl and tonic
The rez, a photo by girl and tonic on Flickr.

If I'm lucky I've got about a week and a half of work left and then on to the dreaded task of finding summer work.

If only I was a teen again when summers consisted of nothin' but fun with friends.
Shawn, Theresa and me at 'the rez' on a balmy summer evening.


Arugula! by girl and tonic
Arugula!, a photo by girl and tonic on Flickr.

First proper 'harvest' from my garden.
Tomatoes are transplanted, as are the cucumbers (and they're flowering!). Beans are coming up and herbs seem to be doing well.

This arugula however, is coming up gangbusters. If you like arugula - plant it! So easy to grow.
And fun to say! Me and Adam have gotten into the habit of pronouncing it like one of those old fashioned horns (a-WOO-ga!)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sally Mann

everyday i show is a pretty amazing photography community I came across lately. I've been meaning to make a post with a bunch of some of my favourites, but recently there was one specific post that I just loved.

These photos are from American photographer Sally Mann. Wiki always does such a good job of summarizing, so: "Many [photos] explore typical childhood themes (skinny dipping, reading the funnies, dressing up, vamping, napping, playing board games) but others touch on darker themes such as insecurity, loneliness, injury, sexuality and death."

I have this weird fascination with the rural. I'm such a city gal, but more and more I get these urges to live in isolation, even though it definitely scares the heck out of me a little bit.
I love these photographs as they have that element to them, and also just that whole "otherworld-ness"...it just feels like a life so far away from my own.

Sally Mann

Sally Mann

Sally Mann

Sally Mann

Sally Mann

Sally Mann

Sally Mann

Sally Mann

Sally Mann

Sally Mann

Sally Mann
Self portrait
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