Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A Christmas Invite for Richmond Bloggers

I'm copying below the email I just received from The Green Lemon, a delightful tea shop that is one of our favourite places in Richmond.

Our standard Saturday treat is to drop by, visit with the staff, and sip one of their tea selections while we savour a lavender scone with either lavender icing, rose jelly, or devonshire cream. The Japanese Garden Tea that they developed especially for Maymont is my favourite of their teas, as well. And the owners Laura and Roy and their staff are an absolute joy.

It's a late night CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SPREE with 20% off on almost every item in the store after 8 pm!!
We'll be serving wine and having a jolly old time . Please spread the word!!

The Green Lemon is at 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy near Pump Road but people can get directions @

The Green Lemon is one of Richmond's best-kept secrets: if you love tea, or you still have Christmas shopping to do, I hope you'll swing by on Friday night. We'll be there, and it would be lovely to meet some of the Richmond bloggers in person.

[I have NO financial or business relationship with The Green Lemon at all. I just adore the owners, love the products, and have a huge respect for independent merchants who put in the work to keep mom-and-pop businesses afloat.]


Friday, December 01, 2006

Vancouver faces winter crisis

Day 2 - Vancouver Blizzard 2006 - Revenge of the Commuters
Vancouver (Reuters)

Chilled Vancouver commuters faced their second day of winter hell today, as an additional ¼ centimetre of the peculiar white stuff fell, bringing the lower mainland to its knees and causing millions of dollars worth of damage to the marijuana crops. Scientists suspect that the substance is some form of frozen water particles and experts from Saskatchewan are being flown in. With temperatures dipping to the almost but not quite near zero mark, Vancouverites were warned to double insulate their lattes before venturing out.

Vancouver police recommended that people stay inside except for emergencies, such as running out of espresso or biscotti to see them through Vancouver's most terrible storm to date. The local Canadian Tire reported that they had completely sold out of fur-lined sandals.

Drivers were cautioned to put their convertible tops up, and several have been shocked to learn that their SUV's actually have four wheel drive, although most have no idea how to use it.

Weary commuters faced soggy sushi, and the threat of frozen breast implants. Although Dr. John Blatherwick, of the Coastal Health Authority reassured everyone that most breast implants were perfectly safe to 25 below, down-filled bras are flying off the shelves at Mountain EquipmentCo-op.

"The government has to do something," snarled an angry Trevor Warburton. "I didn't pay $540,000 for my one bedroom condo so I could sit around and be treated like someone from Toronto."

I received this by email -- if anyone knows actual attribution, please let me know.