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Chocolate Mint

The chocolate mint in the metal container is doing so marvellously well, I’d really like it if you–yes, you!–would come by and cut/pinch some for your tea or a garnish on ice cream or such.

It will spread more if you do this. And it looks so entirely happy I plan to devote the entire container to just chocolate mint over time as it spreads. (maybe with a few spring bulbs mixed in for early spring colour.)

Here’s a link for some ideas.

Would you like your own plant of chocolate mint? No problem. All you do is: (from link above)

Regrow from cuttings
With mint, you definitely get your money’s worth. Chocolate mint will grow from cuttings from your original plant. Just snip off a stem and set the cutting in a pot of soil to regrow. (These regrown chocolate mint plans make sweet gifts.)



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Neighbourhood Faves

Trafifth Tips January 2014

These are the places in my neighbourhood…


Fifth Avenue Cinema

Although Cineplex bought it out, it continues to show movies I like. But no longer do you get the slide show from Emily Carr students.

Saw “Her” last night and “Philomena” a few weeks ago. Big thumbs way up.

Of course, we all miss the Hollywood and the Ridge. R.I.P.


Do you know that the Vancouver Maritime Museum is free after 5pm on Thursday evenings?

Unfortunately the St. Roch is closed right now, but it’s a good time to check out the rest of the place without feeling disappointed at not getting to go on the ship—the big draw. And if you go at some other time, know that they’re giving discounted admission. Not to mention WaterWorks art exhibit which I have a piece in from painting on the SS Master Tug Boat last summer. There till February 20.


Had brunch at Neverland Tea Salon, the other day. How lovely to combine the sweet tea salon decor and a wide variety of menu items. I wasn’t feeling like tea and scones, and had the butternut squash soup and grilled veggie sandwich with salad.

Why haven’t I been back to Connie’s Cook House for far too long? We had the deep fried cod in black bean sauce and vegetarian mui sui. Oh, my. The server got a vehement response when she thought we were done and tried to take away before we were 100% done. Two dishes plus one bowl of rice was more than sufficient for the two of us—and we did wind up leaving a bit of the onion and green pepper after sharing the last piece of cod.

The website advertises: 10% discount on pick-up orders; hot and fast free delivery within 5 km and minimum $20 order.

While we were there, a couple came in with their own reusable containers which were filled without any fuss whatsoever, so that’s cool. (They’re not in the neighbourhood, but I really like Jen and Grant of The Clean Bin Project. Jen presented at one of the Bird on the Beach workshops last fall at Vancouver Maritime Museum. The movie has made a big impact on me.)


I got a great coat for 25% off the already low Sally Ann Price last week. I’ll post a photo. But admittedly you have to do a lot of shopping to get something you love. You can’t go wrong, though, because at the very least it’s a contribution to a good cause.

Most of my shoes come from Broadway Shoes on Broadway just West of Macdonald. Many years ago I bought my first genuine Birkenstocks there. (OK, so you’ve typecast me now.) I saw some out front at a price I couldn’t refuse, but the very sincere owner managed to sell me a full price pair which actually fit well. I would normally be suspicious of this strategy, but he seemed to be so clearly concerned about my health and well-being I did it, and never looked back. I drop in regularly—often can find something on sale that fits my short wide feet and still look somewhat stylish.


I usually go to Apple Market on Broadway (their prices seem much lower than 4th, and it’s at least as close to Trafifth). But I’ve been going more often to Persian Foods for some of their speciality foods. 10% off everything on Wednesdays at Apple Market.


Well, there are so many coffee shops it’s so nice to have a “local”. Mine is the Wired Monk at Trafourth (Trafalgar and 4th), where it only takes a couple of times for even a brand-new employee to recognize me and start my tall Americano as soon as I walk in. My four-person writing group meets there for two hours once a week, and there are lots of other groups that meet there regularly: including young moms with kids in strollers. A nice neighbourhood feel on Saturdays night with music.


I’m not much of a tea-lover, but I’ve enjoyed David’s Tea and O5. Both on 4th. I like this trend of more tea salons.


So glad to have David Hunter back in the ‘hood and even closer to Trafifth


It’s not the largest or best hardware store in the wider area, but Gandy’s Home Hardware is nearby, has key-cutting and extremely nice and knowledgeable staff.



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Ollas Have Arrived

Thanks to Josh of Green Garden Ollas, and a resident on Trafalgar (between trafifth and trasixth!) there are now oojas in the Traffic Circle Garden at Trafalgar and Sixth. Put in in May, 2012, and still working well!

Here are photos he sent me.

His note said that while installing them he met a lot of people who liked the idea of a community herb garden.

I gather they just sit there, fill with water and then slowly water the roots of the surrounding pots.

Right now to me they look like they’re waiting to be planted, but I’ll get used to them as a new thing.

And it’s raining right now, so they’re filling up with water even as we speak.

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Roundabout Garden at 8th and Trafalgar

A green Green Streets sign

A yellow Green Streets sign

Welcome to the ‘hood, new gardener at 8th & Trafalgar! I see the sign has moved from green to yellow.

Inukshuk at 8th and Trafalgar

Inukshuk at 8th and Trafalgar

I love the Inukshuk in the Roundabout Garden at 8th and Trafalgar in Kits. This photo was taken April 2 – Watch for growth in surrounding plants.

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Neighbourhood Moment on the #4 Powell

Oh, twas a blustery, wet and cold morning – so blustery that although I had two DVD’s to return to the Library, I decided to NOT walk to the library on my way downtown.

Luck would have it a friend who lives two blocks away got on – we started chatting. He said he was heading down to the Central branch to do some work. And voila! my DVD’s have been returned.


I heart my ‘hood.

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Welfare Food Challenge – A Kits Neighbour eats on $26/week (for one week)

One of my neighbours did the $26/week Welfare Food Challenge. Read about Sean here.

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Fall Block Party

My friends Jane and Sean and I are cooking up a block party in the ‘hood.

Stay tuned for details.

We’re looking at Sat. Sept 22 from 4-8pm – near Trafifth – to be confirmed as we need to get 50% signatures of residents to block off the street.

4pm on – Creating a Bird out of ivy and morning glory etc. to hang for International Bird Art Installation Day – October 7

Skills sharing – bring cards, brochures, posters or just handwrite a note – we’d like to get to know who’s in the ‘hood and if you have a skill to share for free, barter or $$, let us know. Jane’s a baker; I’m an artist.. what about you?

Art show – bring a visual art piece to share your art with others. or items for sale if you wish.


Do you have patio; plastic furniture you can bring out?

Food for potluck – dinner starts @ 5:30pm

Music – are you (or have you ever been or wanna be) a musician? We’d love to have live music.

Contact any of us:

Mary 604-617-0142 (meet me at

Jane Williams – Jane and I are both involved with

Sean Kirkham lives on 5th between Trafalgar and Larch.

It will be open to people within a block or two of Trafalgar & 5th – and their friends.

RSVP appreciated – with what you can contribute.

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