Hobbits in the mist

January is rainy and wet,  and the little Hobbits feel all cooped up, even in the nice new house we are sharing with Clamb; So we go out in the rain on mini adventures, just to see the sky and feel the wind.








This place is Panama Hill park. It’s pretty Hobbit friendly.







It’s covered in hawthorn.















and has cranberry bogs all around it









It’s wet, of course. Fortunately it’s close to home and the fireplace, and hobbits don’t really mind being wet for short adventures.


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Edd and I went to a place called Jr India Curry House today in Vic. Its on Fort street near the water.  We tried Paneer Pakoras for the first time. Yum!

I want to learn how to make dosas and pakoras now.


Published in: on January 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm  Comments (1)  
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This is it, the big one, the one i’ve been waiting for..again. lol

My last semester at VIU. Not only is it just one last semester I’m only taking one class, this one fulfills my last grad requirement with a BA in Anthropology. Woot!

ANTH 419  Globalizing Culture: A Critical Perspective

An examination of the culture of consumer capitalism and its impact on peoples around the world. Topics include population growth, poverty, environmental sustainability, and ethnic conflict and their relationship to global processes. Resistance to the globalization process by way of local protest and rebellion is also discussed.


I am actually quite interested in the topic so far, and that helps a great deal. Poor Edd though, I may be unbearable to live with while i go off about capitalism randomly through the semester. (For the record it is not a capitalism bashing course, though the instructor fully admits she is biased, but she has lived and worked in some of the countries affected by capitalism)

I believe this is the first Anth class i’ve taken that turns and introspective look in on our own culture, and in return how that affects the cultures around us. Some of you may be yawning at this point, I think its fascinating.

Our text book is called Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism byRichard H.Robbins. So far it is well written and easy to follow. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is interested. He even talks about the Philosophers stone in the intro.


Published in: on January 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm  Comments (2)  

On the the Hobbit part of this Blog.

I made a really tasty vegetable stew for Christmas Eve. Not being sure when everyone was arriving I thought having something in the crock pot would be a good plan. (Turkey the next night) Also, as Edd is a Vegetarian, I wanted a good meal for him too.

I ran across this recipe in a Canadian Living Mag at work. It went over really well. I believe there were 3rd and 4th helpings to be had.

Winter Vegetable Stew



Trim top off garlic head to expose cloves. Place on square of foil and drizzle with 1 tsp (5 mL) of the oil; seal package. Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven until tender, about 35 minutes. Let cool enough to handle; squeeze out cloves into bowl. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in large Dutch oven, heat remaining oil over medium heat; cook onions, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 6 minutes.

Stir in potatoes, parsley and thyme sprigs, bay leaves, salt, pepper, saffron and roasted garlic; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

Stir in flour; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Gradually stir in broth, scraping up browned bits. Stir in 3 cups (750 mL) water and bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in cauliflower and chestnuts; simmer for 5 minutes.

Stir in squash; simmer for 10 minutes. Discard parsley, thyme and bay leaves. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Rewarm to serve, stirring gently to keep squash in chunks.)

Additional Information:

Fresh chestnuts have the best flavour and are widely available this time of year. To prepare, cut X in flat side of each. Boil, 4 at a time, until cut points curl, about 2 minutes. Drain and peel off skin. Then simmer in fresh water until tender, about 5 minutes.

Vacuum-packed or canned chestnuts are available in some grocery and specialty food shops and are ready to use. Of the two types, vacuum-packed have a superior taste. Drain and rinse canned chestnuts before using.


Published in: on January 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm  Comments (2)  
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Happy New Year 2011

Happy 2011. I’m pretty sure that it qualifies as living in a sci-fi age to be able to say Happy 2011.

Coming into the new year, time for reflection on the past year and all that, no big party tonight for us.  We’ve spent Dec 31st sorting and cleaning stuff out of our apt, and discussing our dreams and goals (and enjoying a coffee at Solstice).  I am in a state of contentment and peace that I haven’t had in awhile. It’s a good head space to be in and I hope for it to continue.

I don’t hold with blaming a year for the problems that have been had. It wouldn’t be fair to 2010 to blame it for some of the stress that’s been in my life in the last while.  Besides, there have been some damn fantastic times this year too.

I have a part time job with a Podiatrist, Thanks to my sister in-law, admin assistant work, filing etc. The doc and the receptionist are a married couple who I like quite a bit. It is a bit funny to go from selling shoes to working with a podiatrist. I tell you there are some not so pretty feet in the world. Take care of your feet and love them.
It is a good job, but I will be keeping my eyes open for another part time job that suits as well.

It’s been noted that we have not been active in the SCA in the last year and a bit.  I have been in the SCA since i was a small child, around 5ish, I have seen it grow and change and bog down in red tape and politics.  Frankly, it’s just not been fun for me anymore.  There are some great people I don’t want to lose, but I am mostly done with it for now. Perhaps another post on that later.

What have we been doing? Well, we have been active in the regional Burning Man Community here in Vic. People are not afraid to play. Playing is very important to me! People are encouraging of each other and becoming a supportive community. (Yes, I did just take a drink)
The love and friendships we have developed in the burner community in such a short time is absolutely heart warming. ❤
This year was my first Burning Man, it wont be my last, there is no explaining it. Either you get it, or you don’t.

In the coming year,
My birthday is Sunday. I’m not dragging everyone to the bar with me this year.  I am enjoying the calm.  I may go to the RBCM. Sunday is the first day of entry by donation week.

Also this week I start my last anthropology class for my BA. I was suppose to finish it before, but sometimes life has other plans.  This time I am only doing the one class. No distraction with my art classes. Anth 419 Globalizing Culture, for those who are wondering.  I will be on VIU Campus one day a week.  Finishing my BA will be a great sense or relief. It’s been a long time coming.

There are big plans to attend Burning Man this year already in the works, and I will be looking into applying to Camosun in Fine arts for the fall.

Most importantly, I look forward to another year with my husband.


Published in: on December 31, 2010 at 8:29 pm  Comments (6)