Our view from the lookout at Mountainside

What our 2019 (and early 2020) was like!
Our newest photos
Animals (real!)
Animals (fake!)
Winter Wonderland

2018 in Review
Victoria's welcome to our 2018 pics
(A little) Work we did
Mountainside meals
Rustic decor
The seasons 2018

2017 in Review
Victoria's welcome to our 2017 pics
Hot stuff! Richard's blackbox heater
Cool off! Victoria's sprinkler
Smoked out
The packrat saga continues...
The packrat saga concludes!
The new "fireplace"
The new outhouse roof
Home improvement
More creatures great and small:
   > wild things
   > mild things

2016 in Review
Victoria's welcome to our 2016 pics
The fuel shed, part 1: concrete pad
The fuel shed, part 2: the shed is done!
The new gazebo
The new outdoor shower
Nature: more of what we love
Nature: the curious pack-rat
Lillooet, part 1: a nice day
Lillooet, part 2: a nice future?

2014 & 2015
Victoria's welcome to our 2014/15 pics

The workshop: the finished outside
The workshop: new mod cons inside
Our new building site: Tier Two
The new woodshed
Making way for the Fuel Shed
Little projects, big difference
Stayin' cool in the pool
Outdoor living
Animals, caught on camera
Insects: nature's tiny jewels
Plants: petite petals to forest giants
Freaky Fungi - mushrooms we love
The Seasons
Wildfires: the greatest danger
Getting Around
Our new truck and trailer
To Paradise and back: the drive

2013: Our second year here
Building the outhouse & kitchen
Elk and bear sightings
First gazebo on the sundeck

2012: Our first year here
Picking our building site
Building the workshop and sundeck
Our first woodshed

The Creek
Just a little page about our
little creek, which runs year-round

Hi everyone,

As I write this, it's April 2020 and much of society is distancing and retreating amid the COVID-19 crisis. In our Vancouver neighbourhood, you can almost see tumbleweeds rolling past our favourite breakfast spots and coffee shops. Nature is in bloom all around us though, and as the sun warms Vancouver, we know it's working on Mountainside too, melting the snow. As we get our upcountry stuff ready for the first visit of the year, which we hope will be very soon, I wanted to show you what we did last year during our voluntary self-isolation!

2019 was the rainiest year we've seen at Mountainside, bringing lots of mud, mushrooms, and frogs. We enjoyed less sunshine than in previous years, but were on the other hand spared the scorching heat and threat of wildfires of the hottest of those past years, which we still remember very well (and here's a reminder of that here).

I like that every year is different, as challenging as that can be for planning. I look forward to discovering what this year will hold, and sharing it with you again in the cooler months! :-)


Victoria & Richard, April 2020

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