There is something magical about a fire. We’ve all experienced that mesmerizing feeling, losing (or gaining?) focus in the hypnotic dance of the flames. Well, last week, I managed to steal remove a ton of bricks from Pridy Road, helping to clean up from a minor renovation Mum and Dad were having done. I decided that it was time to build a firepit, ready for the fall bonfires under starry skies, sipping hot chocolate spiced with a dash of Bailey’s. As you can see from the slideshow below, I cut the grass around our existing burn pile then Bob and I piled sticks, old boards and a few knotty logs into a small mountain, ready for burning when the summer is done. We dumped a bucket load of gravel, leveled it roughly then stacked the bricks into a rough square, about 15 inches high. We then dumped half a dozen buckets of direct around the old burn spot, raked and rocked it then covered it with cut grass. I’ll seed it this fall when the rains return!
This firepit should provide lots of fun times, under pretty nights, enjoying good company and marveling at the beauty which surrounds us. More updates to follow!
Canuck 4 – Kings 2
The Canucks advanced to the second round of the playoffs tonight, defeating the Kings in a tight match. Josée and I watched the game in our box seats at Pridy Rd. I was thinking back to the past season; 82 games, 42 (41, thanks DB) at home, 42 (41, again…) on the road, most of them on TSN, Sportsnet Pacific and CBC, about a dozen on pay-per-view. Of the 70 or so on regular TV, I estimate that we watched at least 60 of them at Pridy with Mum and Dad, and usually a couple animals as well! It’s become a tradition, with Dad sending out a game day email highlighting the teams, game notes and the supper menu! As most games are on weeknights during the dead of winter, it’s a welcome treat to finish work, pick up the dogs (and now pig!) and head over for supper and the game! We’ve had this tradition now for many years but we did have a new twist which commenced last season; Mum became a hockey fan! Now she’s as rabid as the rest of us.
Anyway, it’s been a great season and I’m glad to see the team heading to the second round. A couple days to rest and fine tune then here we go again. For those of you new to Canucks Nation, jump on the bandwagon – better late than never – and enjoy the ride! It’s going to be a fun playoff run!