Sunday, June 28, 2009

Finding Charlotte Photography Website

My friend John, of Finding Charlotte Photography has finally launched a website. He is an incredible artist and his photo gallery is spectacular! I think you'll enjoy seeing local places and faces from John's unique perspective. Monday and Focus magazines have both been clever enough to publish some of his photos recently...and you'll immediately see why.

If I ever live out the dream of putting together an all girl rock band, I will beg John to photograph our first album cover. Unfortunately, I haven't even learned how to play a guitar I asked him to do my campaign photos. Many of them are still on my website (which his super talented wife created.) Work that both of them did for the ridiculously low cost of free because they are both uncommonly kind people. Take a look at my website and then send me an email asking me why I look so pretty in the photos and so not pretty in real life. Several people already have!

Seriously though, please take a few moments to check out and view some of John's work...and if you are looking for a photographer consider giving him a call. He is someone I am so much happier for knowing - you will be too!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Canada Day Rugby!

Did you know where the first Rugby Game was played on the West Coast of North America?


In 1876, the Roayl Navy played the land based troops down at Canteen Road field. Since then, Esquimalt has had many reasons to be proud of its Rugby history.

The Esquimalt High AA rugby program has been extremely sucessful in recent years.

Bullen Park has hosted incredible Rugby events for all ages and skill levels.

Last year, the French Barbs came and raved about our pitch in the Canada Rugby Challenge!

This past spring more than 100 kids signed up for the 1st annual James Bay Athletic Association/Esquimalt Parks and Recreation Blitz and spent time learning the game for six weeks.

The tradition continues with another incredible international match:
JBAA(Canadian Club Champions) vs. Ballymena RFC (Northern Ireland)
July 1, 20009
Bullen Park Field (behind the Rec. Centre)
6pm kick-off!
All kids 12 and under are free!
$5 per student
$10 per adult

Don't miss the mini-ruggers doing a demonstration at the halftime or the beer garden and concession run by the Lions!

A portion of the proceeds will support the Esquimalt Jr. B Lacrosse (who are hosting the Jr. B Provincials in August at Archie Browning Sports Centre)

Victoria Harbour Ferries

This Tuesday, I had a meeting at the CRD building downtown. A very quick hop on the #6 bus takes me right downtown so this is my usual mode of travel to these meetings. However, there is a new option for Esquimalt commuters (and any other locals)...the Victoria Harbour Ferry!

After the meeting I went for a walk and found the Victoria Harbour Ferries office at 1234 Wharf. It is right on the water (and you can see the ferries parked there when you cross the blue bridge). For just $65 dollars I purchased an Ambassador Pass which allows me to travel for the season. There are a few exceptions to note:

The pass is valid for harbour hops to and from all stops excluding Bamfield Park and Tillicum Landing. Ambassadors can hop on any day of the week in April, May, June, September and October. In July and August travel is limited Monday through Thursday .

It also offers some discounts at local businesses. For more info check out their website:

See you on the ferry!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sun smiled on Buccaneer Days

The Times Colonist published this great photo gallery today of Buccaneer Days. What a weekend! My thanks to the many many volunteers who went without sleep or rest to make this fabulous event happen! Sun smiled on Buccaneer Days

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wakey Wakey! Its Buccaneer Days!

I'm back from FCM (more about that later - complete with photos) but right now, the big excitement is BUCCANEER DAYS! The midway is busy setting up at the Archie Browning Parking Lot and the kids can hardly wait. Since we have to walk by the site every day on the way to school the excitement is almost unbearable!

We intend to squeeze every last drop of fun out of the upcoming weekend - hope to see you there! Here are some highlights from the schedule:

FRIDAY June 12
LOCATION: Archie Browning Sport Centre
HOSTS: Esquimalt Seniors Group
TICKETS: Purchase in advance 250-412-8500 or 250-412-8510

The midway opens! The midway opens! The midway opens!

LOCATION: Throughout Esquimalt
Municipality and Parade
HOST: Buccaneer Days Committee/
Esquimalt Fire Department
*a little side note...when I first moved to Esquimalt my husband told me (warned me actually since I'd just worked a night shift) about "the wakey wakey guy". I thought that he was kidding. Andy is a practical joker with a weird sense of humour and it seemed like just the kind of the thing he'd make up. But sure enough, the very next morning I was woken up by a guy with a megaphone on the back of a fire truck yelling, "Wakey Wakey its Buccaneer Days!" My husband said, "told ya" and I could only say, "I love this place"

LOCATION: Front of Arena
HOST: Esquimalt Lions Club
8:00 am - 9:30 am

LOCATION: Esquimalt Road from
Dunsmuir to Constance
HOST: Esquimalt Buccaneer
10:30 am – 11:30 am

LOCATION Bullen Park
HOSTS: Esquimalt Parks and
Childrens games, activites and fun (Saturday only)

Noon – 4:00 pm (Saturday only)
HOST: Buccaneer Days Committee
LOCATION: Small Park behind
Curling Rink

Midway, food booths, Lacrosse Tournament, arts and crafts, model trains and more on Saturday and Sunday!!!

LOCATION: Esquimalt’s Archie
Browning Sport Centre – Arena
HOSTS: Esquimalt Fire Rescue
TWO LIVE BANDS: Flat Line, &
Ususal Suspects COST: $10:00
7:00 pm – 2:00 am


9:30 pm
LOCATION: Bullen Park
HOST:Venturers • Just bring something to
sit on and enjoy the movies.

Sunday Extras (midway, arts and crafts, food booths etc continue...)

LOCATION: Esquimalt’s Archie
Browning Sport Centre Curling Rink
HOST: Esquimalt Buccaneer Days Committee
LOCATION: Esquimalt’s Archie
Browning Sport Centre – Curling
Rink 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

LOCATION: Bullen Park
Buy a pie plate and if a skydiver lands on yours you win a prize!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

On the Road...

I'll be on the road for a little bit and away from the computer...actually I'll be in the air! Tomorrow I take 2 float planes on my way to the FCM conference. More about FCM can be found here: I'm pretty excited because this will be a great opportunity to learn more about municipal governments in Canada. However,I'm a really nervous flyer so my excitement is mixed with just a titch of terror. I've also never been away from my kids before. I have never gone an entire day of their lives without seeing them. Truth be told, I'm a bit of a wreck...but I'm sure they'll be having a great time here. Grandma has already promised them a trip to the Toy Store and Dad will make sure that they get to eat all the goodies Mom frowns upon.

In any case, I'm going to be away from the computer for a bit as I don't have one of those Blackberry things. While I'm gone you can check out this blog: Its written by somebody pretty terrific!