Bond, James Bond

Why “Bond, James Bond” you ask. Well, CraveTV has almost all (no Skyfall or Spectre) the James Bond movies on it and I am launching into a month long Bondfest. Watched number 1 the other day – Dr. No – I was only 11 when it came out. What a hoot – the technology is something to behold. If you ever get the chance do watch it for several good laughs.

On the other hand, if you get the chance to see “Allied” with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, you may wish to pass. I gave it a 6 but Terry gave it a 3 – and that was only because of a very good performance by Cotillard. Having said that, If there was a sexual relationship between Pitt and Cotillard  that caused the Brad/Angelina split, there was absolutely no evidence of it in this movie. To say that Pitt was wooden is understating it – perhaps petrified wooden would be a more apt description. (Ed note: So maybe it was superb acting on his part after all…)

Saw this when we came out of the theatre – best part of the evening. My father had a 1968 Dodge Coronet that he drove until 1997 with over 225,000 miles on it. It certainly wasn’t in this condition.

Beautiful, just beautiful.

Beautiful, just beautiful.

Last week we went for a walk along the KVR trail and came across a “construction” company putting together the PNE prize home – 11 guys, a crane operator and several truck drivers who delivered the component parts.

The crane lifts each mobile component.

The crane lifts each mobile component.

Eventually there will be 6 components.

Eventually there will be 6 components.

The one big problem they had was trying to get the two fireplace vents to match up. We watched for at least twenty minutes before we left and they still hadn't got it to match up. The guy on the ladder was working at it.

The one big problem they had was trying to get the two fireplace vents to match up. We watched for at least twenty minutes before we left and they still hadn’t got it to match up. The guy on the ladder was working at it.

Two doors along was this beautiful home and it’s for sale! For only $975,000.00 you can have a beautiful home, a spectacular view, 2300 sq. ft., 3 bathrooms and – wait for it – 1 bedroom. Yes I said 1 bedroom. Geez, no wonder it has been on the market since May.

It is beautifully done.

It is beautifully done.

Before starting the next section, my apologies to all the Irish out there. No offense meant.

Do you know what Celtic Thunder is? I thought we did, but boy was I wrong. I thought it was Irish dancing – like Lord of the Dance, but it wasn’t. Celtic Thunder is a group whose live shows “are known for the use of dramatic set pieces (often invoking symbols of ancient Celtic mythology), visual effects, and highly choreographed staging. (Wikipedia)” The only part of this which is true would be the highly choreographed staging. Now, I like Danny Boy as much as the next guy, but 1 hour and 35 minutes of Irish tunes is a just tad too much. To be fair, there were four fairly good covers – see the setlist below. The very best part was the woman in the front row who had every single gesture in “Ireland’s Call” down to a “t”, from energetically marching on the spot to energetically thrusting her arms out at the “shoulder to shoulder” line to the energetic sweeping arm gestures. Now, she was the only one of the 2500 or so of the attendees who did, but that sure didn’t dissuade her. Sorry, no photos as cameras/phones were not allowed. (Ed. note: What’s with that anyway? Heck, Bryan Adams was taking photos of the crowd with HIS phone. C’mon Celtic Thunder, get with the times.) Anyway, won’t be rushing to their next concert.

Set 1 Set 2
Heartland Turning Away
The Dutchman Home
Come by the Hills Streets of New York
Ride On The Isle Of Innisfree
Danny Boy Desperado
Now We Are Free I Want to Know What Love Is
Noreen Hallelujah
A Place in the Choir Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Falling Slowly My Irish Molly O
The Galway Girl Whiskey In The Jar
Remember Me (Recuerdame) Seven Drunken Nights*
Mo Ghile Mear Cal / Local Hero
Ireland’s Call

*Maybe it’s time to stop with the “funny” drunken songs.

Have you seen these chairs along the freeway? We finally took a drive out there. This is perhaps not truth in advertising. They aren’t cottages at all but rather 185 closely packed homes that range from approximately $400,000 to upwards of a million. Just so you know.

Not really cottages at all.

Not really cottages at all.

Cindy and Gary Nikolai were up a couple of weeks ago and along with Ria, we all went for a long walk on the KVR trail to the Little Tunnel.

Just how long has that crack been there, anyway?

Just how long has that crack been there, anyway?

Open your eyes Terry.

Open your eyes Terry.

Anybody know why these trees would all be blackened? Is that because of forest fires which only singed and didn't burn them to the ground.

Anybody know why these trees would all be blackened? Is that because of forest fires which only singed and didn’t burn them to the ground?

Sunday Terry and Geoff went for a drive to Spotted Lake just outside Osoyoos. It is a very cool saline endorheic alkali lake.

spotted-1

We also went up to Summerland for the Lighting of the Vines where the wineries were offering tastings after lighting up some of their vineyard. This was at Thornhaven Winery.

Thornhaven Winery

Thornhaven Winery

Two last photos from the fall.

kvr-2

La Frenz Vineyard

La Frenz Vineyard

The Shoe Blog – well, not really

Finally, I know it isn’t  nearly as interesting as the Shoe Blog, but how about this guy’s pants?

Anyone missing a patchwork quilt?

Anyone missing a patchwork quilt?

Okay, this went on far longer than I thought it would, but Terry is away visiting a friend for a couple of days and I am all alone and drinking wine, so…

4 thoughts on “Bond, James Bond

  1. Pat Wood

    Hi Geoff
    Do enjoy your blog a lot but please forget the yellow comments – between my old eyes and my really ancient computer we have a real problem. Whats wrong with red? Cheers.

    Reply
  2. Peter Therrien

    Geoff!! How can you of all people criticize these pants!!? Mr “Loudmouth” on the golf course! Now I on the other hand can criticize them, much like I criticized your golf attire. We’ve got a quilt like these pants, and I’ll have to check and see if it was stolen. I’ll get back to you……

    Reply

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