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.


Toni Green said...

Hi Christine, at the MG update last year you spoke of 2 ramblers,I see that you planted Ghislaine de Feligonde. I have been looking for the 2 roses but haven't found anyone locally who carry them. Can you tell me where you bought yours. Enjoy your blog. Toni Green, also a MG.

Christine Allen said...

Hi Toni,

Since I stopped propagating my own roses and the Old Rose Nursery on Hornby Island closed, it's become difficult to find sources for old roses in B.C. Fortunately, there's still Brentwood Bay Nurseries on Vancouver Island, which has a comprehensive list, including all my favourites. They don't ship, but it's a good excuse for a day trip and the nursery has all kinds of other tempting plants for keen gardeners.