Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Guitar

Found some entertainment in the local paper , and today my wife and I went to a lunch time concert.  It was at the St. Mary's Church in Oak Bay.  The performer was a man that we have seen before performing while we enjoyed lunch in the Empress quite a few years ago.  Also his music is heard on CBC and on Galaxy music on the local cable.  His name  Brad Prevedoros

It was an fantastic music, and picked up 2 of his CDs .  One Christmas cd and the other one to play all year round.
His website is

The other thing that was discovered is the fantastic stained glass windows in this church.  Here are 3 pics of some of the glass.  They are not the best pictures but you get the idea of how good the stained glass is.  Beside each one is a small description to tell what is being told.  One even told of the two mistakes in the design.  They are worth seeing.  I want to go back some time and really look at them with more time to see all the details.


Friday, December 14, 2012

The picture

As previous blog the after which showed the transformation of the den (man cave) in our house. Now we have added "The Picture" . This picture has caught my eye for a while. 
It is done by a local artist   Cameron Thurbid  
An area the my wife and I love to walk is dallas rd. And especially down near the end of it at the far side of Ross bay.
There is the sight that is on this picture.  Its titled St.Charles and Dallas.

Well we ordered it 10 days ago and it was the finnishing touch of our den reno. It just arrived today so we picked it up and hung it right away.  (yes it was my Christmas present early from my wife. along with all the renos, and her present too.)

Enjoy and if you want to see more pictures by Cameron Thurbid click on his link above.

this is from Camerons website.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Techno war

With Technology changing so fast it is so hard to keep up. And in the TV land its always hard.  So here I am trying to come up with a cheap solution  for my TV viewing.  
With me being of Scottish heritage I don't want to spend a lot.

So here was my problem, we have gotten into watching netflix. And it usually required us to take the wii console off of our sons (yes adoption final) tv and hook it up on the main tv to watch netflix.    So without buying a new HD TV yet ,  ours still works great.  The wii hooked up fine with the composite connections.
But that was a hassle every time.

So I spotted some blueray/dvd players with wireless connection and netflix and youtube apps to run on your non smart TV.

So after researching them a bit it became obvious you needed a HDMI connection to your TV.  And I didn't have that.

So I finnaly found one that had the old composite connections but when I brought it home it was only wifi ready and you needed an adapter , more money.
So I took that back and gave up on the idea.
The next thought was to get another wii console and hook it up to the main TV.   

But then i stumbled across this blueray/dvd player.
   And what a suprise.  It works great.  It has the wireless and the composite and HDMI connections.  So works with this TV and then will work with the next new one I get maybe a year from now.

Hooked it up in no time and was watching netflix and youtube right away.  Also came with some other interesting apps, like google maps and picassa web pictures.

So its great to view the pictures from my blog right away or I can watch pics put on DVD or thumb drives.

Cant be more happy with this and it was on sale too .  Only cost me $99.    I highly recommend it , if you want to upgrade to make your TV a smart TV.