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This is the time of year when barbecuing is still fun and exciting! The kids are just out of school, no one’s sick of hamburgers yet and so far, you haven’t had a propane tank run out. Most barbecue seasons go something like this: steak, hamburgers, chicken, sausage and repeat. For weeks on end, you repeat until the barbecue has lost all of its fun, but you keep using it because it’s summer and that’s what you’re supposed to do. So, before your love affair with your barbecue starts to get stale and you start flirting with your oven again, take a step back and remember all those little things that made you love your grill in the first place. You may just need to add a bit more excitement to your relationship to get it sizzling again.

July has arrived along with the challenges of mid-summer garden beds, planters and hanging baskets. Here are a few tips on how we keep things fresh and healthy at Artisan’s Garden. I’m not a horticulturalist, just a passionate gardener with some basic advice for novice gardeners. For example, I did a demonstration to a couple on how to transplant their rootbound annuals by ripping off those twisted roots at the bottom. Obvious to those who have been gardening for a while, but this couple was thrilled with the new information.

Baseball isn’t always—or just—baseball. The Victoria HarbourCats work very hard to make sure games at Wilson’s Group Stadium at RAP are more than strikes, balls, outs and home runs. The team’s sixth season in the West Coast League has been far more interesting than the standings or box scores. Yes, fans love to follow the team’s hunt for a playoff spot, but the vast majority of those attending games are there for other reasons, rooted in the sense of community that happens when you spend a pleasant evening at the ballpark.

As promised last month, here is something gluten free for a jaw-dropping summer dessert with lots of delicious variations that can also be prepared year-round. Semi freddo is an Italian dessert and literally translates as “half frozen”. The beauty of this tantalising creation is that it works so well with many flavours to pair with almost innumerable garnishes and accents. It is light and delicate, yet rich and luxurious all at the same time. Its preparation does take some care and finesse but overall, it is relatively simple to accomplish. The texture should be silky, smooth and soft, almost like whipped cream, but at the same time dense and succulent. A nice semi freddo will melt almost instantly on the tongue when eaten and should not be too hard. The right temperature at the time of service will determine the mouth feel, so be sure to let it ‘warm up’ or temper before serving. It is important to measure the ingredients accurately so that the right balance of egg yolks and liquid creates that perfect texture. When done well, it provides a wonderful base for sweet or sour fruits, crisp cookies and crunchy pastries.

Darcy’s Pub Westshore is the place to be if you love LIVE music—or if you are someone who loves to perform! On the first Wednesday of every month, Darcy’s features its popular ‘Open Mic Night’, an eclectic evening of live acoustic music beginning at 7pm. Singer/songwriters from every genre perform 20-minute sets of covers and original pieces.
Darcy’s Pub held their first Open Mic Night in April, 2016 and ever since has had no shortage of awesome local musicians to grace their stage. Audiences can expect to hear everything from acoustic originals to rap, reggae, marimba and even spoken word. And what a fantastic way for artists at every level to experience a professional stage setting with an incredibly, receptive crowd!

Warm, sunny days and long weekend adventures— it’s no wonder our pets love summer as much as we do. For many of us, it’s the best time of year to be outside enjoying nature’s beauty and all that the season has to offer.
Taking your pet for a hiking adventure, camping trip, or a hike around Thetis Lake can be exhausting if you and your pet are not properly hydrated and given opportunities to cool down. It may sound obvious, but it’s essential that your pet have access to fresh drinking water and shade from the sun during the summer months.

With many new multi-family developments hitting the marketplace, it’s common for developers and designers to attempt to out-scale and out-design the competition by using wow factors in their application. However, when it came time to design the interiors of the Belmont Residences’ new master-planned community in Langford, the developers saw it as an opportunity to create a direct reflection of the property’s exterior—less about outrageous design and more about crafting spaces with livable, durable, and natural materials to support the outdoor lifestyle of future residents.

How many times have you heard of friends who had to move out of their rental housing because the owner decided to sell the property? It happens a lot. Such was the case when Dan and his wife, Bonnie, unexpectedly, found out that the house they were renting was up for sale. In their case, they saw it as a great opportunity to buy a permanent home for themselves. As a couple, they were committed to their decision, but realized it would take a larger team to make their dream a reality.

They contacted a realtor to write up an offer and, shortly after that, the realtor referred them to Auxilium to negotiate the finances they would need for their mortgage.

As you’ve probably observed, it’s summer! Don’t just sit staring at that stock image of a beach on your office computer screen and day dreaming about a weekend escape. That can be discouraging! Why not try out a few of these fun pick-me-ups to make summer come to you!

Colwood’s 4th Annual ‘Eats & Beats at the Beach’ happens Saturday, July 7, 2018. Join a few thousand friends on our breathtaking oceanfront beach with live bands, favourite local food trucks, and free fun stuff all day long. The event takes place about midway along Esquimalt Lagoon on Ocean Boulevard. The area is closed to through traffic so the party happens on the street, in the sand and sea and in the sky!