Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Graham Does the City

Currently spending a week in Vancouver. My parents are ill and I'm here to help out. All is not gloom and doom however.....I'm having some fun as well.
Sunday I found my way to the Canucks game and watched Luongo get his 21st shutout - great game!

Monday I ended up at The Commodore to see 'The Sounds' and 'Foxy Shazam'. I hadn't heard of Foxy Shazam but I found them quite entertaining and The Sounds were really fun. Glad I found my credit card that I thought I had lost.

Eating some good food down here.....looking for some dinner suggestions(Allie?).

Heading over to a buddies place to watch the Vancouver game tonight. Go Canucks!!!

Going to see U2 tomorrow night...that should be really really good.

Say good-bye to the sun Vancouver....Shot this at sunset this afternoon at Kanaka Creek on the Fraser River.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thinking About Snowboarding

travis1, originally uploaded by Lovewine / Graham jones.

Bought my early-bird seasons pass before the deadline...almost forgot.
There has been some snow on the peaks and I'm getting excited to go riding. Hockey will have to keep me busy until then.

Going to U2 in Van on the 28th....its been 20 years since I last saw them in Australia...whoa.

That is a shot of Travis carving it up in Ymir bowl with afternoon light.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mid August????????

Idaho Peak, originally uploaded by Lovewine / Graham jones.

Summer is fun....I don't want it to end!!!

There has been lots of fun so far this summer. Mostly I'm glad to have my sweetheart back from school...unfortunately that will be ending come september cuz she's going back.

Floating down the Slocan river

There's been some hiking, fishing, floating on the river, mtn biking, music, drag racing, down right partying, weddings and golfing.

Dinner at MJ's

The nights have just started getting cooler and that is always a sure sign that fall is right around the corner. I have to break 90 on the golf course before the season ends!

Here's a shot of our friends at their wedding
Gabe and Amanda's wedding

All lined up for a shotgun...obviously I won....

Here's a shot of us at the Weakerthans when they played Nelson.

Me and the girl at The Weakerthans

My girl thinks John K Samson is nerdy and cute....I think there are a lot of girls in that boat.

John K Samson

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cactus Jalopies / Stag party

IMG_0092, originally uploaded by Lovewine / Graham jones.

Now that the fog has cleared and I've sobered up a little I can post some photos from the weekend get-away. Nine guys in 5 cars, ranging from '54 to '66, headed for the annual 'Cactus Jalopies' car show in Osoyoos BC last weekend. Lots of beer, patron and other libations were dealt with in an organized and responsible manner.......NOT!!!!

Nice hat Gabe(Groom)
Pat's Pontiac
Kenny's car playground is one cool place!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Spring Time

reflection, originally uploaded by Lovewine / Graham jones.

Everything is sprouting around here and the colors are amazing. I love the different shades of green in the Spring.

Below is the same shot with PS watercolor filter.


Friday, April 24, 2009

Fire Training

roof venting, originally uploaded by Lovewine / Graham jones.

Last month the fire hall I belong to had the opportunity to do a control burn on a house that was slated for demolition. We used to the house for various training scenarios. There is no substitute for this kind of training....everything went really well. Here are some photos.

The photo above is roof vent training.

Below is some ladder egress training. Smokey...

Here we have some fire.....we had to prevent the fire from spreading to surrounding buildings.

There was some people I knew doing a photo shoot for a clothing store in Nelson so here's Dini looking a little guilty.
Changing out the air packs.
air packs
Here's Mark, one of our training officers, looking on.
Things are getting HOT!!!
Another shot of Dini. Wardrobe change #7.
It was all said and done in 2 hours....here's the crew of the Crescent Valley Fire Dept.
cvfd members

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Calgary over the Long Weekend

palliser lobby, originally uploaded by Lovewine / Graham jones.

Had a great trip to Calgary over the weekend. Hanging with my bird and enjoying the beautiful weather. Having beers at the Ship & Anchor wearing a t-shirt.....nice!

We got a super discount room at the swanky Fairmont Palliser downtown and had lots of fun. The Avenue Diner has amazing breakfasts.

eli reflection

There was a lot of hanging in the yard going on....Our friend's son Eli was ecstatic over the BBQ lighter fluid.

eli and sivan

Pilot, the dog, is not sure he wants to be ridden so he's about to make a run for it.

Eli easter eggs
We made some colored easter eggs for the hunt on Sunday.
The drive home was quick and the last day of riding at the hill was awesome yesterday....lots of fresh snow.

I'm always excited for Spring but I'll miss snowboarding...I've already been golfing once.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Spring Wagon / Spring Riding

Spring Wagon, originally uploaded by Lovewine / Graham jones.

I love when its spring down here and winter in the mountains. I fired up the '63 wagon the other day and took it for a spin down the back road...can't wait for drag race season! It fired right up.

This is what the riding looked like 4 days ago.......sick!

Oh Yeah


Sunday was the last day at the hill (WH2O) and the riding was very spring like....in fact it was the only spring riding day we had this season. It had snowed over a meter and a half in the last 2 weeks so there was lots of powder turns before the closing weekend. I'll miss the turns but if I'm not golfing to soon I can always go for a tour.

A group of us hit the hill on Sunday and made a couple of snow couches where we could catch some rays and have some beers in between runs. Soooooooo fun!!!!!!!!!!

group wh20

Pat does his diving act....

pat's dive
pat dive

Ymir Peak in the back ground....

ymir peak

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Night Terrors

night terrors, originally uploaded by Lovewine / Graham jones.

Its been a great season playing hockey on Monday nights with the Night Terrors group. We had our final game last night. We're trying to form an official league next season with 4-6 teams. That would be fun.
There is one more co-ed game but I won't be here for that and the Sunday Moose hockey finished last week. I'm not sure how many games I played this season but it was quite a few....2 or 3 days a week.

The ski hill closes this weekend so it will be time to pull the mtn bike out and get it tuned up. Yeah Spring!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Wagons of Steel North - A Retrospective

I've compiled quite a few photos over the last several years of drag racing with the 'Wagons of Steel North' Race Team. Lots of good times have been had and the final tally on Pilsners consumed is almost unfathomable. Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Thank You Groundhog

Paula and Jesse, originally uploaded by Lovewine / Graham jones.

Really, really happy that winter isn't over just yet. I was painfully aware that I hadn't done enough riding this season because of poor conditions. Well that has been rectified......out like a lion. Many folks around here are happy to let Spring skiing go right on by in exchange for powder.

alex w

Thursday, March 12, 2009


gerry lopez, originally uploaded by Lovewine / Graham jones.

So the riding has been good around here for the last little while....just in time for the end of the season. Happy to have the snow.
Here's a shot of Gerry Lopez at Baldface...he was always a blast to ride with.

In other news....I had a bunch of my camera gear stolen along with my wallet and my car ashtray full of change. I was dumb enough to leave my gear in my car out front of my house overnight and it was gone in the morning. Apparently the thieves worked over the whole neighborhood. The RCMP told me they'd had numerous calls. So yeah I don't think I'm going to get any insurance.....DANG!

Another shot of Kurt Wastell killing it. The Billibong group was fun to shoot and hang with.

kurt wastell

Tuesday, March 03, 2009


salmo ski hill
There's been a lot of emotionally charged events going on around these parts in the last couple of weeks. RIP Travis, SLB. Heal fast Rusty. Play safe out there kids.....

I was lucky to make it back from Kelowna. My rear wheel bearings bought the farm on the way down the Blueberry/Paulson pass. This in turn super heated the inside of the drum and fried the brake cylinder causing a brake failure...that's what I was fixing on Saturday. 

The riding has been really good but the dreaded high freezing levels have messed things up for the time being. Last week was a friends B-day at the Salmo Ski Hill and we had a great time riding the longest t-bar in North America.(?) There is more than enough time to finish a beer on the way up.

Way back on Valentine's Day I was waiting for my girl to drive back from Calgary so I went out to Ymir for their snow-fest and spent some time playing hockey on the outdoor rink. Good times!

ymir rink

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Road Trip

ice_bumps, originally uploaded by Lovewine / Graham jones.

I was out for a walk the other day and there is a small lake not far from here that was iced over. These snowy bumps are rocks. I was wandering around on the ice taking photos not knowing how thick it was and wondering how deep the water might be. I had the strange desire to walk across the center of the lake.....I convinced myself this would be a bad idea since I was alone. Its kind of like that desire to jump off a cliff......you want to do it but without the tragic consequences....or is that just me?

So anyway I'm off to Calgary for the weekend to hang with my bird....I have tickets to see Calgary and Nashville play and I'll try and stay out of trouble. When I drove to Calgary at the beginning of January it dumped a shitload of snow so I'm hoping this trip will be just as fruitful.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Fishy Fishy on CBC Radio 3

You'll find this image on CBC Radio3 today.

fishy fishy

Monday, January 26, 2009

Outdoor Rink

rink2, originally uploaded by Lovewine / Graham jones.

So if its not going to snow I guess we'll find other things to outside like skating on a friends outdoor rink. It has taken longer to get it going this season but now that it is cold again and the end boards are up we can finally play.
The beginning of January looked promising for snowfall but it was short and sweet. It has not snowed in weeks and this makes me sad.
Saturday night was a friend's Birthday party and it was a 50's theme. Dressing up is always fun.

Things are getting crazy........
fishy fishy