Dinner Tonight #29

August 31, 2017

One of our long time favourites — Goan fish curry.

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Image: Red Tulips #1

August 31, 2017


The Thingery in Mosaic Park

August 31, 2017

The GWAC meeting last July was all about local services, including a tool library. It is perhaps no surprise therefore to find that our own Mosaic Park has been chosen as one of three sites in Vancouver to have a Thingery container.

A Thingery is a lending library for — things, including tools, golf clubs, tents, tarps, and a whole bunch of other stuff that people need from time to time.  It will operate rather like a car-share system, with members gaining access to the otherwise locked container. As Metro reports:

“Dalhousie University architecture student and former Vancouver resident Kara Burman designed the refurbished crates to allow dues-paying members to use electronic fobs to open the swinging door, and to help coordinate “grassroots programming” on a notice board. Last week, Diplock held a series of community meetings in each Thingery neighbourhood; each will operate as its own nonprofit cooperative with a local leadership board. We wanted to get each community involved in planning their local site,” he explained, “and to help steer the direction of The Thingery.” He’s now recruiting neighbourhood volunteers to help “steward” each container, “to have a say about the focus of each.” Local residents can apply to join their Thingery’s board by Sept. 15.”

The last few times I have visited Mosaic Park it seemed to be suffering from lack of care and clean up by Parks Board. I hope this new venture encourages them to do a better job of servicing this community resource.

 


Night Music: El Ultimo Verano

August 30, 2017


Updating the Grandview Database

August 30, 2017

For those of you interested in my “day job,” the latest updated edition of the Grandview Database is now available at the Grandview Heritage Group website.

The idea of the database is to capture in one place all the information known about each of the 6,500+ properties that exist, or have existed, in Grandview. This includes building permits, water permits, census data, City Directory information, newspaper reports, real estate listings, auction postings, property tax sheets, and numerous other sources.

There is an extraordinary amount of data available for collection, and the collation of it into property-sized chunks is a labour-intensive process. The database is, at this time, heavily weighted to the earliest years but there is also a significant amount of material already entered from all time periods up to and including the 2000s.

An updated database is released at the beginning of each month and, since its first edition, we have added more than 12,000 data points.  Each release is a pdf file that is fully searchable by full text — so search on an address or a name or anything else you may be interested in.

GHG and I welcome comments, suggestions, additions, and corrections.


Snacks Tonight #5

August 29, 2017

Home-made sausage rolls!  I seasoned the pork with onions, garlic, thyme, black pepper, fennel and red pepper flakes. They were very successful and simple to make. Next time, I will split the batch and make different combinations.

 

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Image: Building Blocks

August 29, 2017