The rest of December was spent catching up with family, friends and going to some kick ass Xmas parties. Some with live music, fab food and of course great people.
|Donald, Zuban, Arnt and Paul|
Went on tour with Late Thaw to Mayne Island with Arnt drumming. Was a blast with dinners, the gig and the after party. Ag Hall was packed and lots of people dancing.
|Bruce, Warren, Kate and Simon of Late Thaw|
|In the back Arnt drumming.|
We had a very special family visit with our nephew Miles Arntzen coming from New York to visit us on his own for the first time. Some of the family took him snowshoeing for the first time and a family dinner at our house with the nephews and nieces. One funny thing that happened at the dinner for the under 30's was my ipod developed a glitch and the only way we could play music was on our 78 record player. It was a hit!! The reason Miles was here: on tour with a band he is the drummer for. Lots of family and friends came to see Antibalas and we danced until 1am! Even my 85 year old father in law stayed to the end. http://www.antibalas.com/
Xmas was spent on Gabriola with family and friends. Dinner and caroling at my mother and father in laws with the talented Arntzen family. http://tomarntzen.com/3_generations/generations.html
Bonfires and full moon at the cabin and of course lots of turkey, trimmings and drink!
One friend that we always get together with is Tony Grove, painter, shipwright and furniture maker. www.tonygrove.com Check out his latest project which is restoring: “Dorothy” the oldest sailing vessel in the Pacific Northwest and also said to be the oldest vessel in Canada that has been in continuous use. She is a 30ft Gaff cutter (sloop) built in the James Bay Boatyard, Victoria BC, in 1897. http://dorothysails.com/
|Moonrise on Gabriola|
|Evan, Arnt and Arnt at Tony's shop|
|Dorothy with a few missing planks|
Well the only thing left on 2012 is to celebrate New Years Eve! We had an amazing raclette dinner of fresh veg, steak, chicken, prawns and cheese with dear friends, Karli and Dick. It was just the four of us but we celebrated till 2:30 am with champagne, cooking together, drumming in the new year on the deck and dancing.
|the cooking team|
|all lined up and ready for the raclette|
ART wise I have only done one project since coming back and that is the sketchbook project which I call "Holland by Art". I took some of my photos and stories of art I saw in Holland and created a travelogue.
|one of 16 pages called PILES|
|another page called SEALIFE|
This year we also added to our art collection with several new pieces.
This is a painting of our boat Odin at Unwin Lake up the coast by Sibeal Foyle of West Vancouver. I bought it for his birthday.
We also bought four pieces when on our trip in Europe. One by Rob van der Schoor of Amsterdam www.robvanderschoor.eu/
and one by Eric Knoote of Amsterdam www.ericknoote.nl
and two by Millie Balance of England www.millieballance.com
|she made this one for me|
We also bought a vintage photo of a Dragon sail boat, an enameled vintage sign and an old oil painting of a classic Dutch sailing scene.