So here we are, springtime in Vancouver! The park is starting to show its buds and the wildlife is out in force. And of course the tourists are also beginning to flock to the park too. Even with the mild climate it’s always a surprise to me just how early in the year the tourists come. It’s always a joy to watch people enjoy the park so much, particularly when the sun’s shining like today. It’s one of life’s great tonics to come down to Stanley Park and just sit on a bench by the seawall and people-watch. So many smiles and so much laughter; we really are extremely fortunate to have a place like this to enjoy.
One thing I wanted to say in the first blog, which I forgot to include, is to give a huge thanks to our friend Mark over at www.markinthepark.com
We found making our website a daunting task and asked his advice. It was his guidance that made the whole thing a lot easier than it would have been otherwise and with Grant spending more hours than you would believe on it, it has turned out really rather nice.
Be sure to check out Mark’s site and explore his trip logs, they really are a fascinating read on his journeys through the beautiful Algonquin Park in Ontario.
This has been one of our best weeks yet at Beautiful Earth as we had the pleasure and honour of interviewing Canadian artist Robert Bateman. Due to his extremely busy schedule it took a long time to organize but we finally managed to get an hour of his time and he generously invited us to his home for a chat. It was a fascinating interview and we were struck by how humble he is and an absolute gentleman to go with it. We always get a little nervous meeting people for the first time for these interviews but Mr. Bateman, his wife and his staff all made us feel right at home and extremely welcome. We cannot thank them enough, especially Mr. Bateman himself and Alex for setting the whole thing up for us in the first place. It was a joy to meet you all!
That’s it for this blog but keep checking in with us as we have lots more coming up in the next few weeks. As always, thanks for reading!
Robert Bateman: Naturalist and Artist
Summer is upon us and the park is now getting very busy indeed with tourists all flocking to see what this beautiful place has to offer.
It’s always a good thing to step back a little from the documentary filming and take a look at the park through a visitor’s eyes. It’s sometimes easy to forget just how beautiful and how unique this place really is; a Vancouver treasure indeed!
We’ve had another couple of interviews since our last blog. The first was with the extremely busy Daniel Frankel, who some of you may know as the owner of the Prospect Point café and gift shop and the Stanley Park Bar & Grill located at the Pavilion. He also has other restaurants around the city, all of which are well-worth dining at. Here’s his website where you will find information on all his restaurants
One thing we’re always impressed with when we go to his restaurants is how friendly the staff are. After talking with Daniel at some length about this it became clear that he really tries to create a true team spirit within his company and everyone has ideas worth listening to. Richard Branson has the same attitude so it’s no wonder that Daniel is as successful as he is!
Daniel Frankel: business man owner of Prospect Point Cafe and Stanley Park Grill
Our interview with Daniel covered his passion for Stanley Park, his restaurants and the night of the big storm where Prospect Point café was hit hard.
A genuinely nice guy to talk with and considering just how busy he is right now we are truly grateful for his time. Many thanks Daniel! Also, a huge thank you to Jayne for making it happen, it was worth the wait!
Our other interview was with Chris Hay and if his name sounds familiar then it should as he was in the media last year when the Stanley Park Rock Garden was formally recognized by the Heritage Foundation.
It was Chris Hay’s Great Grandfather, John Montgomery, that built the Rock Garden from 1911 to 1920. You can read our article about it here
Chris Hay: Great Grandson of John Montgomery
Chris talked to us about his extensive research into his family history and the many years it took to uncover the whole story of the Rock Garden. There were many steps along the way where he would come up against huge obstacles and there were times when most people would have given up the quest but Chris persisted and with many strokes of luck he was able to complete the story and discover this true gem in the park.
It’s a remarkable story, and it was only a chance meeting with Chris that brought him to our attention in the first place so we feel very fortunate to be including this story in our documentary. Thanks for your time Chris!
We were extremely pleased and honoured to have Melina Cassidy stop by recently to record three voice-over pieces for our Pauline Johnson feature. We felt strongly from the beginning that Pauline should have a voice in our documentary and so when Melina sat down and read for us we knew we’d struck gold. She brought her obvious talent to the role and gave us her interpretation of what Pauline would sound like. Of course, nobody knows what kind of voice she had but there was something very special about the way Melina approached it and we really feel it is the perfect fit. Stay tuned for the teaser trailer, which will include a brief taste of this feature. Thank you Melina for giving your time!
Melina Cassidy: Voice talent, actor, spa therapist and bodyworker
Find Melina online at http://www.melinacassidy.com/
And thanks as always to everyone for reading and keeping up with our progress here at Beautiful Earth. Keep well and keep smiling!