Heritage Walks at Derby Reach — Brochures are Live!

Just got a note from Liz at Metro Vancouver to say that the suite of walking tour brochures we created is now on their website.

If you’re walking through Derby Reach Regional Park, you will find interesting and inspiring stories about heritage apples, heritage farms, and the Royal Engineers.  These people who came before you shaped a place for families and for crops to grow.

Thoreau noted, “Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits…”  He seems very sure of himself. Can anyone disagree?

Here’s the link:



Why English Can Make Us Crazy

My son came home for the weekend and brought along a list of reasons the English language is hard to learn.  It’s especially applicable to the spoken language, but has deep resonances for written work as well since our writing practice is so keenly linked to our ears and the sound words make as they slip off the tongue and onto the page.  His copy was dog-eared from being passed around and screen-grabbed, so I thought I’d clean it up and pass it along again.  I salute whoever it was that pulled this together.

The Unknown Compiler’s List of Reasons English Can Make Us Crazy

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish silverware.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

8) When shot, the dove dove into the bushes.

9) I did not object since I was the object of his affections.

10) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

11) The oarsmen had a row about how to row.

12) We were too close to the door to close it.

13) A buck does funny things when does are present.

14) The farmer taught his sow to sow as his mother sat sewing in the window.

15) The wind was strong enough to wind the sheet around the mast.

16) After a number of injections, my jaw got number.

17) I shed a tear, I fear, after seeing the tear in the painting.

18) How can I intimate my feelings to my most intimate friend?



A Great Day

Today is the day we see the press proofs for our new children’s book The Boy Who Paints.

I’ve posted the front cover of the dust jacket as a feature image so you can see the beauty of Richard’s work. And here’s what the back cover says:

Artist Cole and writer Watt begin a fruitful artistic collaboration with their debut children’s book about a young boy who loves to paint and uses the colours surrounding him to spark his creative imagination…After reading this book, your kid will want a paintbrush.” (Kirkus Reviews)

We know The Boy Who Paints will quickly become a family favourite for curling up and reading together.  And we have worked with a  panel of readers to make sure the book will be a hit with teachers and students in the classroom.

We are looking forward to launching it at Canada House Gallery in Banff on February 23, 2013 along with Richard’s newest paintings.

We’ll be launching it in Fort Langley in March at a community celebration.  Details to follow!


Pacific Parklands Foundation/Campbell Valley Park

Project Consultant

Pacific Parklands Foundation/Campbell Valley Park Association/Metro Vancouver, 2012.

This collaborative project hosted by Metro Vancouver and supported by Pacific Parklands assisted a not-for-profit society to find ways to put its aspirations for a history book about Campbell Valley into a workplan that would facilitate fundraising and allow volunteers to begin to gather the area’s history in a consistent manner. Four strategic planning workshops provided a firm starting point.