minolta xg-1.

i have a new camera, and she’s a beaut!

i found her at the vancouver maker faire…i almost completely missed her! i walked past a stall with a ton of gorgeous vintage things on my way to the door, and i caught a glimpse of her camera strap hanging over the edge of a box full of things. naturally, i immediately pounced on that box, where i found her tucked away with a couple of other cameras.

i’ve only just finally managed to get hold of batteries for her, and i’ve just started shooting a test roll. so far, it’s been amazing fun! i love the focussing mechanism and the weight of the camera and the advance lever…

when i bought the camera, i thought it was lens-cap-less, but i’ve since found it…it was tucked away in the instruction manual, which of course i didn’t read. i probably should get the lens cleaned, though.

i’ve only finished half the roll, but i’m looking forward to seeing the results!

filofax dividers.

recently, i was inspired by this post by thomas to give my Pocket Malden a divider makeover.

like thomas’ dividers, mine are double-sided, although thomas’ are much cooler in that the back is the mirror image of the front. lacking his technical skills, i satisfied myself with having double the amount of pretty pictures.

i got so carried away in making these dividers that i wound up making a total of 10…i don’t even have that many sections in my filofax, to be honest.

for the amount of work involved, i’d say the results are more than worth it…my dividers make me smile every time i get to use them now!

road trip to california; day 1 – washington state.

last summer, my family set out on a road trip to california. my parents are amazing morning people, so we set out ridiculously early and drove pretty much straight through washington state until we got to oregon.

not being much of a morning person myself, i have to admit i slept through most of washington state…i pretty much only woke up twice, once when we stopped for petrol…

and once when we stopped for lunch in a tiny little town. it was still fairly early in the day, so all we could get were some lukewarm hotdogs at a tiny little diner called Skeek’s. the food was generic and cheap, but they had some very nice vintage type decorations in their diner.

after lunch, more driving! we drove until we got to hood river, oregon, where we had dinner at full sail brewery, a very nice brewpub.

a package from photojojo!

i got a tiny little dinosaur! that’s possibly one of my favourite bits about buying things from photojojo…the little surprise dinosaur they include in the package.

in terms of things i actually purchased…

this absolutely brilliant poster! i’ve put it on my wall right above my desk, and i am, in fact, staring right at it as i type up this post. it makes me smile. 😀

i also got a new case for my iPhone! it’s made out of bamboo, and it’s also got a bit of a raised edge round the front so that when i put it facedown (which i tend to do more often than is strictly speaking wise) my iPhone’s screen stays nice and safe. it also smells quite nicely of wood, and feels very nice. it’s a tad bit bulky, but it’s also very light, and absolutely gorgeous!

i’ve already started plotting what else i want to get from the photojojo store…they have such fantastic things! i want:
seat belt camera straps

polaroid sx-70 that’s been restored to mint condition (sadly out of stock, and not available again until october, and also rather out of range of my budget…but a girl can dream, i suppose?)
magnetic photo rope


bella gelateria


bella gelateria
1001 w cordova st
(corner of fairmont pacific’s ground floor)
vancouver, canada


i’ve actually been to bella gelateria twice in as many weeks; it’s been that hot and their gelato is just that good!


on my first visit, i had a double scoop of tahitian vanilla and caramel and sea salt, and sampled thai organic coconut milk.

the thai organic coconut milk was actually not much like fresh thai coconut, but it wasn’t terrible, if you like the sort of coconut you get on posh fancy cakes and things. there were also some chunks of coconut in my sample, which makes for an interesting texture.


i settled for tahitian vanilla because it sounded safe, and caramel and sea salt because, well, it was AMAZING. the tahitian vanilla was very good, rich and creamy and flecked with vanilla.


the caramel, though, the caramel was so good, in fact, that i ordered it again when i went back for seconds. it’s rich and creamy and smooth, yes, but it’s also incredibly flavourful. the caramel is strong and packs a punch, and the added kick of sea salt offsets the caramel beautifully. it was actually a little saltier than i expected, but it was absolutely epic in my mouth. this is currently my favourite flavour of ice cream goodness.


this time, i got to try a few more flavours; fior di latte, black plum, and yuzu citrus sorbetto.

fior di latte was very milky, and really quite nice, but in light of all the interesting flavours that were available, it’s really a bit boring. sort of the comfort food of gelato, i suppose.
black plum was very…plummy, for lack of a better word. it had bits of plum skin, which gave the sorbet a nice bit of texture plus bonus flavour.
both these new flavours were quite good, but in the end i settled for a scoop of yuzu citrus sorbetto to go with my caramel.

i first tried yuzu on a Japan Airlines aeroplane, and it was amazing! i have never seen yuzu anywhere else in vancouver though, so i was thrilled to see it in sorbetto form, and it definitely lived up to my expectations! the yuzu citrus sorbetto was very refreshing, and its lightness and freshness was perfect for how hot the day was.



bella gelateria is tiny, but at the back of the shop there’s a counter that spans the width of the shop which is quite brilliant for people watching.

this is definitely somewhere i’ll be headed back to, even if it’s a tad bit pricey…the gelato has been completely worth it so far!