A few rusty treasures unearthed while cleaning and organizing our utility room today.
On the left, a massive old door stop, gleaned from the site of a former farm on Byrne Creek just a few minutes walk from our place. (All part of a municipal park for decades now. . .)
On the right, a spike from the late, lamented, electric Interurban tram line that ran near our place and all the way out to Chilliwack before it was sadly decommissioned with the rise of cars and highways.
What a loss!
I hear that the teeny Powerhouse Creek that runs a few dozen meters out our back gate and into Byrne Creek was thus named for having a steam-powered electrical generator for the Interurban back in the day. The wee creek taps an underground aquifer that runs to this day. . .
On the upside I just finished my first Byrne Creek ravine circumrambulation in SE Burnaby, BC, since I hurt my foot a few weeks ago, and it feels fine.
On the downside it was scary to see so many cedars drying out in the forest, and not even the middle of June.
As part of the City of Burnaby’s Environment Week activities, the City, Byrne Creek Streamkeepers, and the Lower Mainland Green Team collaborated on pulling invasive English Ivy from the ravine. Thanks to all the volunteers!
Streamkeeper volunteers setting up our information booth
Thanks to the Lower Mainland Green Team for providing lots of gear and supervision!
Our 3D maps of the lower mainland, and of the Byrne Creek watershed, were great hits. Made by hand by streamkeeper volunteers!
I love hands-on outdoor events!
Volunteers heading down into the ravine near the playground at Ron McLean Park in SE Burnaby, BC
The pile of ivy grows. . .
Thanking the volunteers
Yumi found this ancient stubbie that was still capped and had liquid in it, but we were afraid to open it 😉
Here’s my Flickr photo album from the SEP 2019 BC-wide streamkeeper workshop in Nanaimo last weekend.
Had a great day in and around the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre. I participated in a Simon Fraser University workshop on Ecopsychology — Experiential, Nature and Place-Based Learning.
Thanks to instructor Daniella Roze for her thoughtful, grounded training, and great techniques for reconnecting people, and particularly kids, to nature.
While she was not able to arrange for someone from local First Nations to welcome us, we acknowledged traditional lands and the impacts of colonialism.
We had a chance to try basket-weaving and braiding using local plants.
This is the magnificent tree I chose for my individual meditation period. I lay on my back with the tree’s roots cradling my head, and contemplated the crown gently swaying in the breeze.
My thoughts were that viewed horizontally at human level, the tree looked so deeply rooted, mature, strong and still, and yet looking up with my body stretched on the earth, I could see the trunk bending with the wind and the crown dancing youthfully in the breeze.
It was diminishing yet uplifting to think this tree had been here long before I was born, and with good fortune, will be here much longer after I am gone.
Not sure if you’re supposed to keep your computer on during Earth Hour — an hour that started tonight at 8:30pm PST.
So in my reducing-the-eating-of-meat process, a friend recommended Gardein veggie burgers.
I inadvertently bought what is likely their spiciest product — Chipotle Black Bean patties. I am not a spice person, and nearly died eating the first two patties.
So two more patties had been sitting in the freezer, and today I figured out a way to use them in what we like to call “lazy cabbage rolls.”
Cook a bunch of long-grain or jasmine rice only about 2/3 done. Mix with chopped cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, crumbled chipotle black bean veggie burgers, whatever, in a large casserole and mix in a can of mushroom soup. Bake in the oven for an hour or so (the rice will finish cooking without becoming overly soggy)..
Still a tish on the spicy side, but edible for a wuss like me .
First time to attend Nature Day at the Amsterdam Garden Centre in Pitt Meadows, BC. Great to see lots of conservation and stewardship groups there!
We enjoyed the Birds of Prey raptor talk, and sessions on how to help our struggling pollinators — bees, butterflies, etc.
Spotted this wee Brown Creeper on Brown Creek in Port Coquitlam while doing a planting/restoration project with the Stream of Dreams Murals Society and Echo Ecological.