Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Year in Review - Rosemary - Late Winter 2014

 Starting about February the Rosemary plant I have on my balcony goes into bloom.  Then the show gets better and is pretty well finished by May or so when the Spanish Lavender plant next to kit (left) starts its show.
 Back east in Ontario I had a Majorcan Rosemary plant which was left with the new owners of the house.  That one spent the summer out on the front porch and started in to bloom in autumn.  I brought it inside in late September where it continued to bloom in the front bay window all winter long until spring arrived.  That one also had blue flowers like this one!  :-)

Have an awesome day and week!  :-)  - Volker

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Year in Review - My Cat Lucy - Spring 2014

 In March 2014 I began looking for an adult cat and ended up purchasing an all white female cat from an Asian lady living in Surrey, a city just south of New Westminster but on the south side of the Fraser River.  Her name is Lucy, named after the previous owner formerly from China.  The photos were taken in Lucy's former home.  I brought her home on the third visit on April 19th.  There is a surprise but I will explain more in a post in the near future.

 She reminds me a lot of a Bombay cat but she's white, not black!  Lucy was said to be an angora cat but I didn't think that was the whole story or that she was a pure-bred (no papers).

 Lucy is a wonderful cat with a beautiful personality.  She settled in after spending two weeks under my bed.  After that, her true nature come out, especially a lottle later!  :-)  - Volker

The Year in Review - The TED Event - Vancouver - Spring 2014

 The TED Event was held in the convention centre near Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver this past spring.  Here are some photos taken near the event venue this spring.
 The fishing net was a focal point of the event.  Here are a few photos of that taken from various angles.

I hope you have enjoyed the photos.  The weather at the time was certainly improving fast as you can see!  :-)  - Volker

The Year in Review - Sapperton - March 2014

 Above is a photos of the side street near home.  You might recognize it from a photo in an earlier post but this one is minus the snow.
 The Thifty Foods on Columbia Street in Sapperton (New Westminster) is now a Save On Foods since it was sold since this photo was taken earlier this year.  There is a story behind that if you care to do some online research.
 The grocery store is sitting on land that used to be part of a former brewery, Labatt's.
 Mt. Baker across the border in Washington state (U.S.A.) as seen from Sapperton.  The Fraser River is in the foreground.
The Cascade Mountains to the east as seen from Sapperton.  There is a bridge across the Fraser River in the foreground.   Enjoy the photos!  :-) - Volker

The Year in Review - Fraser Cemetery in late Winter - March 2014

 Here are a view more photos taken in the Fraser Cemetery in New Westminster in late winter (last winter).  There are always surprises, as you may notice!  Enjoy!! :-)  - Volker

The Year in Review - Glenbrook Ravine Park - March 2014

 Despite being late winter, with approaching spring some early colour was starting to emerge.  Each season has something to offer, even in the dead of winter.  Our winters here, compared to other parts of Canada, do not get very severe!  We should be thankful.  Enjoy the photos and the season! :-)  - Volker

Winter Scenes

Winter has finally come to the British Columbia lower mainland, though this photo is from earlier this year when the last winter was having its death throws.  The scene is on a side street near home but the temperatures are warmer than they are now.  We are expecting a low of - 8 degrees Celsius tonight.  The snow season is just starting here, so we can expect more of the white stuff over the coming months though nothing like what other parts of the country experience!  :-)
 The last two photos were taken the same day as the first one sometime in February or March 2014.  During the same outing, I was in the ravine park nearby and crocuses were up and in bloom, so March is the more likely.  Meantime, enjoy each season for what it offers.  :-)  - Volker

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The year in review - 2014!

The year has been an busy and interesting one!  At this point I plan to do a review of the year's highlights.  I took some photos at the TED Event in Vancouver in March, started an Avocado tree (pictured) and bought a cat for health reasons.  More on all that very soon!  - Volker