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AugustGrams – My favourite Instagram posts from August 2014. Follow my Instagram account for more fun pics. Loading My favourite colour is sunset. This one was last night on Cpwichan Lake. #sunset #cowichan #lakecowichan #youbou #littleshaw #camping View on Instagram Loading Loving island living! The view from the pub in ...

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Cobble Hill Fair 2014

A Photowalk at the Cobble Hill Fair

The Cobble Hill Fair celebrated its 105th year this summer and the 4-H Club celebrated its 100th year in BC. “The fair showcases everything about the Cowichan Valley that is good and its emphasis on agriculture is really a reflection of the founding of South Cowichan area,” said Cobble Hill Area Director ...

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The Cobble Hill Fair

Celebrating 105 Years of the Cobble Hill Fair

This Saturday August 23rd, the Cobble Hill Fair will be celebrating its 105th year. Visit the Cobble Hill Fair from 7am to 5pm for an old fashioned country fair celebrating South Cowichan’s agricultural roots and rural lifestyle. You’ll enjoy seeing livestock and poultry, domestic science entries, flowers and fruit, crafts, needlework, horse show, vintage machinery, stage ...

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JulyGrams 2014

JulyGrams – My favourite Instagram posts from July 2014. Follow my Instagram account for more fun pics. Loading #SundayFunday! #Mojito #SummerFun #Shawnigan View on Instagram Loading Happening now. 🙂 Saturday afternoon at Shawnigan Lake. Life is good. #shawnigan #vancouverisland #lake #summer #explorebc #lovingislandliving View on Instagram Loading It’s finally blueberry season! Mmm!! #Yay! ...

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Welcome to Merridale Cidery

9 Reasons to Visit Merridale Cidery on Vancouver Island

There are countless reasons to visit Merridale Cidery. I’ve listed 9 of them here, all of which place it near the top if my list of local Cowichan Valley tours. Merridale Cidery is located on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island between Victoria and Nanaimo. Follow the Wine Route signs from the main ...

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Photography: Rule of Thirds

Photography: 10 Composition and Creativity Tips

I’ve shared a whole schwack of photo tips over the past several weeks: Camera Setup and Shoot Planning Exposure and Camera Settings Focusing and Sharpness Lighting and Colour Now that we’ve covered the technical aspects, we will be getting into the fun part with some composition and creativity tips. In photography, ...

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Ventures in Wine Country Logo

Ventures in Wine Country – TV for Wine Lovers

I’m a wine lover, this is no secret. Just this past weekend I visited four Cowichan Valley wineries, but I’ll tell you more about that later. Right now I want to tell you about a vine-to-glass television series set in our very own back yard that could be coming to a screen ...

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Lynn Canyon, Vancouver, Canada - © 2011 Mariska Richters Photography

Photography: 10 Lighting and Colour Tips

In the past few weeks we have covered camera setup and shoot planning, exposure and camera settings, and focusing and sharpness. Today I’ll be sharing some lighting and colour tips to help advance your photography skills even further. 10 Lighting and Colour Tips Take Advantage of Cloudy Days – You don’t need to wait for ...

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Russells Farm Veggies

Shop Local: Russell Farms Market

One of the things I’m loving about living on Vancouver Island is that the local community makes a great effort to shop local and support the small businesses within the community. One of my favourite parts of this is the local farmer’s markets. I love my weekly fruit and veggie stock ...

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Studio Portrait - Focus on the Eyes

Photography: 10 Focusing and Sharpness Tips

In the past couple of weeks I’ve shared some photography tips with you relating to camera setup and shoot planning, as well as exposure and camera settings. Today I’ll be covering 10 focusing and sharpness tips to help improve your photography even more.  Get Tack Sharp Images – 10 Focusing and Sharpness Tips ...

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