Monday, 2 January 2012

Winter Solstice

New Year's Eve in Vancouver doesn't have the razzle-dazzle of larger cities like Sydney, London or New York - no public fireworks displays, no balloons. However, on the winter solstice we did have a small celebration in our neighbourhood. Locals gathered after dark to make paper lanterns and march through the streets, led by the wonderfully-named  Orkestar Slivovica, to the community centre.
Since the procession route was along an adjoining street, it was easy for us to join the parade. Michael used his phone to take a few rather blurry pictures, of which these are the best:

In the second photo, a keen observer can just make out the shape of the tuba with its halo of little coloured lights.

Kitchen Door

It's taken a while to follow up the new front door with some images of the new kitchen door. This is partly because it arrived with frosted glass panels, which we hadn't asked for; and partly because of Christmas and New Year activities claiming my time.
The old door looked like this:

Not a bad door in many ways, but we wanted to bring more natural light into the kitchen.
The replacement was installed with the frosted glass,

... and we had to wait a few days for the clear glass to be retrofitted, but we finally got what we wanted.

We're very pleased with both the look of the door and the extra amount of light.