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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Picture of the Week - A Totem of Weeds

A Totem of Weeds


These weeds at the side of the road caught my attention this week so I decided to silhouette them against a winter sunset.  I like to think of them as totems of the year gone by. They must be pretty sturdy to still be standing, winter is nearly over and our Fraser Valley is once again starting to bud.

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Stephen Mullock is a Chilliwack real estate associate broker with 29 years of experience. He can be reached at Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty, telephone 604-792-0077.


Friday, February 26, 2010

My Vancouver 2010 Olympic Experience - Two Worlds


On Tuesday, my wife, a group of our friends and I journeyed into Vancouver to take in some Olympic evening activities and to be able to, at least, say that we were there.  That was the night it rained.  Then rained some more. By the way, rain looks like a waterfall when caught in a search light.  The remarkable thing is that despite the "liquid sunshine" the crowds was upbeat and the celebration continued unabated.  This mood was contagious from the Olympic cauldron to the Livecity Yaletown where we caught Canadian rockers Wintersleep.  We, like so many, did not have tickets to any of the events but I am pleased that the Province and City decided to make it a real party in the downtown centre. The fireworks at the end of the evening were well worth the wait.



Not that everyone one was thrilled with the Olympics as evidenced by some of the things I saw in the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver.  The "Olympic Tent Village" was quite active and effective in getting their message across. I was struck by their statement that "housing is a right" and the "Riot 2010" message I saw painted on a number of metal utility boxes. 




We were there however to have a bit of fun, check out the art show (terrific) so our priority was not housing but rather to find a nice pub in which to watch the Canada - Russia men's hockey game.  I know pretty shallow.  This we found at the "On the Edge Pub", 303 Columbia Street Vancouver a beautifully renovated pub just on the edge of Gastown in the Downtown Eastside.  The stew I had was great, the hostess very friendly, prices reasonable and the crowd young and cheering for the right team. Go, Canada, Go.

One finally cheer should go out. With respect to the plight of the Downtown Eastside there are a lot of good people, organizations and governments working to help the people of this neighbourhood that deserve our appreciation- unfortunately their victories are not as tangible as a puck in the net but are perhaps more meaningful.  Go, Canada, Go!


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Stephen Mullock is a Chilliwack real estate associate broker with 29 years of experience. He can be reached at Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty, telephone 604-792-0077.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Picture of the Week - Yer Bones are Showing

Yer bones are showing
Stephen Mullock 2010


There is something so grand about an old wood barn. Weathered and often sagging after a 100 winters they are slowly disappearing from the Chilliwack countryside. When I see one being dismantled it’s like a favourite Aunt is dying.

In this picture a tractor is positioned to the right on the bleached ground like an old friend slightly embarrassed by the skeletal condition of a pal, "yer bones are showing", while winter swans flee white against the hillside forest.

I took this photograph a year ago so this Prest Road, Chilliwack barn is now long gone with the boards no doubt salvaged and gracing some upscale bar.



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Stephen Mullock is a Chilliwack real estate associate broker with 29 years of experience. He can be reached at Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty, telephone 604-792-0077.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Picture of the Week - Winter Twilight

Winter Twilight 
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"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you....In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quieter stretches when you savour belonging to yourself."   Ruth Stout   
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Stephen Mullock is a Chilliwack real estate associate broker with 29 years of experience. He can be reached at Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty, telephone 604-792-0077.


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Picture of the Week - The Olympic Torch arrives in Fraser Cheam

Olympic Torch arrives in Agassiz
Shown here with torchbearer Laurens Van Vliet.


Here I am enjoying the moment and a very upbeat celebration that accompanied the Olympic Torch's trip through the Fraser Cheam area and into Agassiz this morning.  Holding an Olympic torch - how cool is that?  An epic 106 day journey across Canada with 12,000 Torchbearers will end in Vancouver this Friday, February 12. 2010!

Check out Laurens Van Vliet's torchbearer story.


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Stephen Mullock is a Chilliwack real estate associate broker with 29 years of experience. He can be reached at Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty, telephone 604-792-0077.