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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Life on the Canadian Riviera

Cold? Who says it's cold up here? We have palm trees. Do you have palm trees where it's cold? NO! And robins, those little red-breasted harbingers of warm weather. Take a look below. Can a robin be wrong? I guess not!


Anonymous said...

the two pics are stunning and beautiful !

USelaine said...

Mazatlan with some whipped cream, is all.

Saretta said...

I can't vouch for the birds, but I'd be willing to bet those two palm trees are not too happy about the snow! ;-)

Knoxville Girl said...

Benjamin, you are too funny! Merry Christmas to you and your family from the ...uh...Redneck Riviera (?) in Tennessee. :)

CeciliaGallerani said...

Benjamin, you have me totally convinced. I'll be right out there with my bathing suit.

Victor said...

We've got palms on Gabriola too but yours are much bigger. Haven't seen any robins lately though. Happy Holidays Benjamin!

Wayne said...

Maybe Benjamin is just really good at Photoshop. Did anyone stop to think of that? Canadian Riviera, my left foot!

I don't think the robins leave, I saw several in Stanley Park yesterday and a couple of runty looking palm trees too.

escamillaweddings said...

i can't believe how much it's still snowing there!
i have to say, i am happy to be missing it. it's gorgeous, but i only like snow for a day or two, then im done with it. haha hope it melts before i return! :)

have a wonderful christmas and new years!!!!

Kris McCracken said...

I beg your forgiveness for my cutting and pasting – yet constantly reworking – this comment, but there was no way on Earth I would be able to make it around the whole globe to wish everybody a Merry Christmas otherwise.

The magical elves that constitute my staff have demonstrated their lack of respect in either not showing up for work at all, and those that have all seem a little worse for wear, if you catch my drift. All they seem to do is sit around smoking cigarettes that, quite frankly, smell funny. And they play cards and tell dirty jokes rather than do their jobs! Consequently, the reindeer are all filthy and out of shape. And you know, the two rabbits, one wallaby and three wombats I’ve drafted in just don’t cut it as replacements.

Anyway, from myself, Henry and Ezra, have a Merry Christmas/Winter Solstice/Hanukkah/Festivus and a happy New Year!

I hope that all of your holiday photos turn out to be triumphs, your stocking is stuffed full of lots of tasty treats and not coal and that all your pumpkin pies are all as sweet just the way that you like them.

Layrayski said...


Merry christmas!

Benjamin Madison said...

Babzy, thank you.

Elaine - I've got tan lines on my feet from wearing my snowshoes on the beach.

Saretta, I think it's downright cruel to plant palms here.

KG, thanks and Season's Greetings to you too.

MK - Yes, bring your parka and mukluks too. More snow is expected this week.

Snapper - yes I don't know why people persist in planting the poor things up here. Best Christmas wishes to you and yours too.

Wayne, Wayne, Wayne - so cynical - why do you think robins are called Turdus migratorius? Because they fly south in the winter. At least the sensible ones do. The one in the picture is actually frozen onto that branch - he's been perched like that for two days now. He probably came over from Vancouver. As for your runty palms, what can I say except, "I'm sorry." I wish Vancouver was warmer too.

escamilla - it will probably be gone when you get back. It doesn't usually last more than a few days or a week.

Kris and Layrayski, thanks and Season's greetings to you too.