19.2.13

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On Sunday we joined tens of thousands of onlookers to witness the Chinese New Year celebrations in Vancouver. The year of the snake was celebrated with firecrackers and smoke, drums, lion dancing and a bit of a photo opportunity too. It was quite the spectacle.

And talking of spectacles, I wore my sunglasses today. Whoopee, I do believe this could mean Spring is on its way. Little bulbs are bursting out of the ground, trees are furiously budding away and the birds are singing their merry hearts out. It's quite an exciting time actually as we don't know most of the birdlife here, although I shall miss the blue tits I used to watch from my sewing room window back in London.

Ah, but the mention of sewing reminds me my transformer has arrived too, which means there is no excuse not to open up those fabric boxes, sift through some patterns and rev up the sewing machine. Hmm, a slightly scary thought, truth be told, given I haven't touched the thing in nearly four months. What's more, what ever am I going to do about my knitting?

15 comments:

  1. Those celebrations look fantastic - can just imagine the sounds and the colours :)

    I am a bit hit & miss with my crafting again - guess because of all the changes at home its only to be expected.

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  2. ~ Vibrant colourful pictures here, Kate....Feels like we have joined you too!
    ooh the year of the snake...I was born in the Snake year of past years...I can imagine You will be up and running before long with your handy sewing machine! I don't think you will have forgotten your wonderful talent! Enjoy....My friend! Love Maria x

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  3. Fab photos - I would never have imagined that there was such a big Chinese community in Vancouver - you live and learn!

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  4. Fantastic photos yet again Kate!!
    Your a woman, you can multitask, sew AND knit! :)
    V xxx

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  5. Beautiful photos, I especially love the capture of the lion dance. I returned late last night from San Francisco and saw spring. I envy west coast living, Toronto is frigid and icy this morning. Wishing you a great week.

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  6. Lovely photos Kate!
    Judging by them - it was quite exciting and merry!

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  7. Alice and I went to London yesterday Kate, it was a gloriously sunny day and we walked through Chinatown to Covent Garden after having gone to Tate modern in the morning. All the Chinese lanterns were out like bunting in the streets, green and read and gold, too beautiful.Looks like you had an equally colourful time!
    Enjoy being crafty with your scissors and fabrics again xox Penelope

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  8. Great photos, and looks like a wonderful time! Can't wait to see what you create when you can start sewing again! xo Heather

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  9. I've just had a wonderful browse through several of your blog posts and have enjoyed the parade, mountain views, knitting projects and the occasional story of your move to Canada. Lovely!
    -Karen

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  10. I suspect that it's only when you have some knitting and sewing going on that your new continent will truly feel like home!

    Lovely pics Kate, and I especially like the dragons :)

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  11. We missed the celebrations in London this year, which was careless. So much more colourful than our own New Year! Gorgeous photos.

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  12. Yippeee, open up those boxes, there is nothing like a good rummage through fabric you haven't seen for a while. I love the lion dancing so much I used to watch some dancers practice in the park, it is amazing. - Annie

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  13. The photos are quite amazing! No sign of sunshine here at all, just cold, grey and damp - I don't think winter will ever end ...

    Pomona x

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  14. Such beautiful colourful pictures. I love Chinese New Year. xx

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  15. Oh my friend...we are back to rain! Almost need to build an ark out here today! I warned you there would be days like this! Never mind....Vancouver is stunning in the Spring when the cherry blossoms are out! Just you wait.
    Hugs to you and thank you for the sweet congratulation on my book...we need to go celebrate with tea! xoxo Hugs for a great weekend.

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