We’re Back!

The adventures of Dianne and Leza . . . With all the challenges, all the pressure and the logistical chaos of a fashion show, our first road trip together was great fun!

I learned three things on this trip. 

One – how to take a selfie and send it to Facebook.

How to use Siri as a timer! 

Really . . .  my the wonders of modern technology! 

And thirdly that modern technology is one of the big problems. 

Modern technology is a major factor contributing to the poor health of our planet.

What has happened to all the plastics that we have been throwing into the ocean? 

I remember a Donahue Show in the 80’s about barges taking New York garbage into the ocean and dumping it!

Plastic today goes to the same place the very first plastic bag that was ever made went. 

Forever land!

These plastics are breaking down to small pieces, but not breaking down to an environmentally safe  form. The micro plastic is being covered by plankton, the fish in the oceans are eating the plankton . . . think about the food chain. Imagine feeding your pet a diet of plastic, hidden in their food? 

Next time I enjoy a fish dinner, I will wonder if that fish has consumed plastic and now am I dinning on micro plastics!

Photo by Lorraine NygaardDianne Gibson’s dress, Silence of the Fish, designed from recycle ocean plastic supplied by The Ocean’s Legacy Foundation for the fashion show is a beautiful creative way to bring awareness to what we have done to our Oceans!

Opened my eyes!

Now how do we fix it?

Let me see what am I willing to give up?

My camera? Made from plastics! NOT

My fav spatula, a plastic . . . Maybe.

My car, lots of plastic there, not to mention the whole fossil fuel thing . .

Nope not one of those things.

However, I have little nylon bags . . . yup . . . a type of plastic, I have put my veggies and fruits into for years. I bought them at the old Buy-low. So how long is that?

If I consider a plastic bag for onions, potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries per week, I   estimate in a year I have not used at least 220 plastic fruit and veggie bags.

It is a wee start!

Photo by Lorraine NygaardPhoto by Lorraine Nygaard

Thank you Lorraine Nygaard. Our very gracious hostess.


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24 hours to go!

So we made it without a glitch . . not!

First stop Cherries . . . tasty cherries in Cawston . . remember this town.

Wonderful easy, no traffic, drive to Gastown where we stayed with my neighbour the amazing Tania, you might remember her when she surprised us on International Men’s Day!

Dianne and I had a wonderful night she hot tubbed on the roof, I wondered around the old hood. 28 Powell street looks the same. I do like the way they have added lights, glass and metal window and door treatments to the old brick and mortar buildings. Beautiful.

I felt invigorated on Hastings and Carrol at 10pm. I love being in the middle of the city!

Wondered into the gorgeous restaurant PiDGiN owned by the amazing young man Brandon Grossutti. When Brandon was younger he use to help me with my book cover unveilings. Will always love him to bits!

Okay so it is Saturday morn!

Mini repacked – dress – check, camera – check wallet . . . wallet . . . WALLET!@#$$$$#@!

This is not good . . back track the only place I took it out was . . . . Cherries in Cawston!@#$#@!

Swear word . . . .

Solution – phone friend in Cawston and try to describe fruit stand while in a panic.

30 min later my bright pink wallet is found!

Great  . . but I am here in the big city with no money to SHOP!! A girl has got to shop! Swear word again . . .

That challenge is over now onto the ferry! Ummm on to the ferry . . . at the ticket gate the Mini starts to hiccup, ticket girl says it does not sound good.

4 Palms are sweating at this time

We are advised to call guy in vest if we get into trouble . . .

Hell no we are getting on that ferry. We both exhale on the downhill ramp as we coasted onto the ferry!

Lovely trip across the water!

Okay now to get off the ferry . . all is well till we hit the snail pace ferry traffic to Victoria.

Two or three pull out of traffic and finally a gas station . . closed!

Swear word!

So I get out the manual reading what we should do, Dianne is under the hood doing what should be done and voila car works. All we are going to say on that!

Finally we are at Lorraine’s. Our friend from design school! She was rehearsing  for her gig last night!

We tried to fit 40 years of adventures into one glass of wine. So much fun so many stories . . . . to be continued!

Dinner time.

Dianne is hanging with relatives and Cousin says we should go to Spinikers. Okay were new in town and away we go.

Just so happens it has a view of the Victoria International Marina, the runway for Dianne’s dress .

She can’t stop looking at it. I can see her wheels turning.

Okay now we are really excited!

But wait!

One more amazing story!

I am looking at the beautiful woman intently listening to her friend. We don’t see that kind of listening very often.

Dianne looks at this lovely woman she is taking to . . .

Well . .

Turns out we are seated next to Catherine Larose, Natural Talent Alliance, whose idea this all is and  Chloé Dubois from Ocean Legacy a global non-profit organization dedicated to ending plastic pollution.

And now it is Sunday morning!

Time to rock and roll!


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Estimated Time of Departure

Friday Morning!

Not too too early I hope!

IMG_6467Bling Bag is all ready!

Now to prepare the picnic basket . . . need a visit to our fav wineries!

IMG_6471What is it? Where will it be on the dress? Full foto later!

IMG_6464Take a box of gross ocean plastic, washed and add one brilliant corsetiere . . .

IMG_6482Dianne has shut the door at Station Street. Now check out the window she has opened. Fabulous view!

Nothing will stop this designer form doing her part to bring awareness to the tragedy of plastics in the Ocean’s.



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Best Friends Take a Road Trip!

Victoria, BC!

Here we go!

Dianne Gibson has been chosen as one of 10 designers, globally, for the fashion show supporting Future Oceans and The Ocean Legacy Foundation!

Dianne has two awesome kids and three wonderful little grandsons! She spent all her working career designing fashions and costumes.

My fav is the dress out of toilet paper . . another out of newspaper and there is the one out of magazine pages . . I can’t wait to see what she is up too!

Oceans Legacy sent Dianne a box of really scary ocean plastics. She took the box and washed it all . . . like really gross!!!

And the results . . . well Stay tuned.

We’re loading up the mini and away we go!


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Outdoor Girl Friend

Version 2Has a brand new hat!

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On Vacation!

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Grandmothers for Africa Spring Bling

IMG_4693 Grandmothers for Africa Spring Bling for Africa Spring Bling held Friday, April 26th at Medici’s.  Bedding plants outside sold very quickly as did the huge selection of used jewelry inside.  The event made well over $1000 to be forwarded to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support companion grandmothers in Africa who are working way harder than we do to see their orphaned grandkids have a chance for both health and education.  Barack Obama said, “You may live in the world as it is, but you can still work to create the world as it should be.”  Grandmothers linked together between Canada and Africa know that all too well.

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