I think this is a purple hibiscus bush. It looks tropical, I don't know what it's doing in Vancouver!


Today, I had the chance to meet up with a very old friend for coffee. It's funny how when you see someone you haven't seen in a really long time, who at one time in your life you were really tight with, it can be a tiny bit awkward initially... but you find yourself talking like no time has passed at all. They're almost like a stranger and almost like a good friend at the same time. You tell them things you wouldn't tell a stranger, because you believe that at the core, they're still that same person from way back when, who you trusted. They remind you a little bit of who you were before everything in your life got so complex, before you grew up.

I don't know what they are, but they're almost like little floral fireworks, I like em.


Tell me things! Anyone have exciting weekend plans? Are you looking forward to fall? 

Daisies. Oh, and today I saw a hummingbird in our yard! And a squirrel trying to bury things. And of course, two raccoons who managed to get through our extra fortifications. It was a wild day.




This is one of the white roses in our back yard. I never would've bought rose bushes myself, but I've grown to really enjoy them, especially seeing some of them change colour over time!

white roses

Today is a very special day. It's the 3 year anniversary (or as I like to call it "first-date-iversary") of Bruno and my first date in Copenhagen. This first date almost didn't happen because in typical Ariane-style I got some kind of stomach bug the second day of the conference and missed the last two days, but Bruno dragged himself away from the party for the last night of the conference to come hang out with me for a bit at the apartment I was staying at (he was leaving town the next morning).

Aren't succulent flowers just amazing? They always seem so tropical that I can't believe they deign to bloom in the great white north.

succulent flowers

We woke up to.... drum roll... more raccoon poop today! Wheee. This led to planting all the plants I picked up on sale last week to try and cover all the bare rocks that were seemingly so attractive. Bruno's mom gave us an extra (fantastic!) tip, to put BBQ skewers in the ground too, so they get poked if they try and squat! Imagine a bamboo skewer to the butt, what a surprise that'd be!

One of the plants I've fallen in love with this summer is a variety of sedum I kept seeing around the neighbourhood. Happy to report I've finally snagged one to plant in our garden, from the end of season plant sale at the hardware store!


I didn't forget! Just had a lot going on today, and then got distracted with chasing raccoons out of the yard. (As per usual.)

This is a calla lily I saw at La Casa de Gelato - it's not often I see them actually growing outside!

Calla Lily

I spent part of this afternoon drawing in the shade of my next door neighbour's yard today, and it was so nice! One of the people who lives there is an artist and was working on her art in the yard, so invited me to join for a bit, since our yard is blazing hot when the sun is out. I hope that in fifteen years or so (if we're still in this place, or if we're somewhere else) that we have a nice shady yard as well!


In raccoon news, we got this great bench for our front stoop last week, and were planning on adding some plants and making it a bit nicer up there, but yesterday I noticed some dirt on the bench. I thought it was pretty odd, and my gut was whispering "raccoons" just because really, what else would get dirt on the bench - they've been SO PESKY again lately! 

These wouldn't stop blowing in the wind, so this was the clearest shot I got, but I still wanted to share it. I love these oddly neon coloured little flowers, they look a little otherworldly, like they should be in a bog or a magical fairy-land something!


In other news, I changed the privacy settings on my Flickr photos today, and I am in utter shock that as a by-product, that process changed all the image file URLs on my existing thousands of photos. :( That means almost all the embedded images on my blog are busted right now. I've fixed the last few pages of posts, but it's going to take me a while to even get through the rest of the 365 photos. I may just let the rest be, sigh. Big fail Flickr. Big fail!


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