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Buying a house in Victoria B.C. Canada - the series · 27.05.14 by colin newell

House - found and bought... finally

Andrea and I, after over a decade of searching for the perfect place…

Have found a new home. And we will be taking possession and moving in later on in July.

This is a culmination of over a decades worth of effort. And I know what some of you are thinking…

“What took you so long? Ten years!? Your realtor must have died of shock or exhaustion. Think of all your lost time…”

And so on.

Picture – Standing in front of the house that Colin (and Andrea) bought!

Truth be told, we have been in a really nice suite in a great neighborhood with great water views and high above everything… but a kitchen the size of a large cardboard box – a galley kitchen… and this is what has been dragging us down for quite a few years. Lack of a decent kitchen and a guest ready 2nd bedroom has curtailed our life in ways that, yea, we will never get back… but now is a time for celebration and moving forward…

And a great opportunity to kick this blog back into gear and get some readers back.

So there it is – I will be talking about the joys of the search. The upside and downside of house hunting in some of the richest neighborhoods in North America (with a limited budget…) and
the necessity of buckling down and spending over 20 years saving for the house of our dreams…

Coming up. On the Coffeecrew blog.

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The Urban CBC Chickens of Greater Victoria · 28.04.14 by colin newell

Listen to the Podcast |


The CBC Chickens of Swan Lake

I consider myself an avid CBC Radio fan — and recently when a colleague told me about their urban farm in Victoria and how they named their chickens after local regional CBC Personalities – well, I could not resist pitching it to the local CBC station on 90.5

In the photo above, there’s Carol Off, (the black one), Jo-Ann Roberts (the gray one) and Anna Maria Tremonti (the red one)!

This podcast (interview) is around 4 minutes long – so strap yourself in.

Hats off to the CBC for listening to their listeners and knowing when a story has wings… and in this case, folksy charm.

Podcast – If you cannot see the audio player above, click here for the mp3 download.

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Hot Wheels · 31.03.13 by colin newell

Hot Wheels. Got my first one in 1968. Played with them for a long time. Loved them. So long ago. Eventually, one has to move from one set of toys to a newer, brighter and faster set of toys…

Which brings up to this blog – hosted on a server that I run myself… to serve you better.

Welcome to the Coffeecrew.com Blog on my own server cluster — administered by… me.

AND (whoops!) sorry for the brief black-out. Look who forgot to do some pointing and clicking and setting this and that!

And now that I am getting into some more stable hosting, please expect some more regular blogging! And to those that have been with me through the years… Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

Colin

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Another rare Christmas medley from the Hans Steffan Singers. · 17.12.12 by colin newell

The Hans Steffan Choir Live


Merry Ho Ho with the Hans Steffan Choir

Still picking through my recordings from a Zoom H4 -

Enjoy and Season Greetings! I am somewhere down in the mix of these talented “older” guys!

If you cannot see the audio player above, click here for the mp3.

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A Christmas Choir on a solemn Friday night... · 14.12.12 by colin newell

The Hans Steffan Choir Live


After a tough day we played 3 shows around Victoria – just grabbed a quick track. This choir has never been recorded before. Enjoy.

If you cannot see the audio player above, click here for the mp3.

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Growing it for a cause - Movember · 2.11.12 by colin newell

Helping the cause against Cancer - Movember

Here is a photo of my UVic – Systems Movember team – feel free to help the cause against cancer – we are growing it, not mowing it – to raise awareness and fight a nasty disease.

Left to right: Paul S. (CIO UVic Systems), Matt S, Donny L, Yours truly, Ryan P, Ryan E, Corey S.

Click here to toss us a couple bucks.
Thanks!

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