Monday, January 29, 2007

Bobby the dog

My friend, Clive, in England sent me the story about Bobbie the family dog a year ago and now has sent me a recap. I love this story of the dog who wasn't good enough for the Royal Marines but became a Bobbie in Salisbury. It seems Clive's grandfather took the dog home to his mother, Rosie Roper as a pet after rescuing him from the Royal Marines. The dog would often disappear only to show up at dawn as the family was waking up. Finally the Roper Family discovered Bobbie was making the rounds with the police. He would "train" the new officers on the beat!! Although the article above is small, you can still get a good look at Bobbie in the photo.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Skin care so natural you can eat it

At the beginning of January I ordered skin care from Nadarra. Heard about it in Sweetspot my e-newsletter.

After reading about what is in cosmetics and personal care products, and that "against animal testing" is not the same as "not tested on animals" I've been trying to find more natural products. There are plenty of places around town that offer various "natural" products. What I was looking for was something free of synthetics, parabens and most preservatives.

I ordered on December 31/January1 and the package arrived by January 5th. My red spots and dry cheeks from winter weather have disappeared. My skin looks great! I even received a sample of hand cream. The skin care is 95% edible!

Julie replied to my emails answering all my questions and even asked how I liked the products and how was my skin reacting.

Reasonably priced, including the shipping prices. Will be ordering again.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Starfish Gallery--final closing

It is with great sadness that I received the final e-newsletter from Starfish Gallery. They closed the doors at the end of December and the three main glass designers go onto other art projects. There will be a final sale (from the newsletter)

There will be three aspects to the contents of the sale. Firsts: some of our regular stock that we want to clear out at unprecedented discounts! Seconds: the usual accumulation of almost-good-enough pieces plus garden art, weird bits and blobs and the terrifying contents of “Gary’s room”. Junk: everything else that we want to clear out, miscellaneous non glass stuff such as display items, office equipment, wood, tools… ten years and 8600 square feet of accumulated stuff - come and get it!

Friday January 19, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm and…
Saturday January 20, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

At 630 Yates – the last time the building will be open to the public as Starfish!
terms will be cash and carry as usual. Call fax or e-mail for more info.

I'm going to try and get there Saturday but I'm sure the pickings will be slim. However, knowing Bernie and Paula I'm sure they will make a trek down, especially at the mention of tools. If either of them goes I hope they have the good sense to grab pieces of glass to give to their friends (ie: ME!!) for presents.

Ever since the first time I walked through Starfish Gallery's doors 9 odd years ago, I have had a respect for glass. I've taken out of town visitors to see shows and have stood in utter awe struck silence as pieces were formed in front of my very eyes. I've given three of my best Christmas presents from Starfish Gallery--the beautiful Christmas balls--one hangs in my parents condo, one hangs in my former friend/hairdresser's house and one is with a friend in Germany.

Victoria has lost a wonderful gallery and a venue that will be sorely missed.