Well, this is pretty cool: Skwachàys Lodge

Skwachàys Lodge and Residence at 31 West Pender Street in Vancouver houses a fair trade gallery, boutique hotel and an urban Aboriginal artist residence. Owned and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), the facility provides 24 shelter rate apartments for Aboriginal people at risk of homelessness, and two social enterprises that support the Society’s mission and financial sustainability. The process started when Dave selected six Aboriginal artists to each create a vision and theme for three hotel suites. Then six interior design firms graciously donated their services to transform the artists’ visions into functional hotel suites.

I love so many things about the concept behind this hotel. You can see a CBC news story on it here.

Abstract (and not)

abstract seashore shapes

Well, the first one is quite  abstractish. Do you know what this is?

extreme closeup of seaweed

And the second one is somewhat abstract as well.

starfish arms

Ha! Nice graphic shapes, and it’s easier to see what it is. This is clearly taken on a jaunt to the seashore.

beached sandlance

As was this. The colours in the highlights on the scales are pretty amazing.

I haven’t a clue why sand lances seem to beach themselves like little miniature whales at this time of year, but they do. And if you scoop them up and toss them into the water they’ll head straight back onto land and start gasping.


new buds

I took this picture last week. This can’t be good, can it? I mean, if the weather goes back to normal winter freezing spells…

Oo, shiny!

When you see something new and cool does your monkey brain want to grab it? Or your inner jackdaw, or whatever it is? Mine does. But I think I must have at least two inner jackdaws, judging by my reactions recently, and they’re polar opposites in their desires.

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