Monday, September 15, 2014

Three Billy Goats Gruff

These three goats reminded me of the Three Billy Goats Gruff from the children's story. They posed for us on a rock at the top of the cliff.  

We were honoured with a parade of maybe 50 goats wandering along the path as the sun set. 

What an amazing variety of colours and sizes and coats can be seen on these goats.

I loved the little nubbins of horns on this fellow.

 Here are some of the adults enjoying the view.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Victoria's Classic Boat Show

A Labour Day tradition in Victoria, the Classic Boat Show takes place on the docks in front of the iconic Empress Hotel and the Parliament Buildings at the Inner Harbour.

Boats from up and down the west coast of North America attend, many from Seattle and Oregon and as far away as Long Beach, California and Alaska.  Plus many from Victoria and Vancouver.

It's fun to wander the docks and look at all the different kinds of boats, from little tenders to huge cruisers and work boats. Everything is spiffed up and varnished to its ultimate brightness, even the dinghies with their perfectly coiled lines.

I really liked this little sloop called Loon but couldn't talk to the young woman owner as she was facing out to sea. 

This restored fishing boat was from Victoria. 

One of the largest boats was the 88 foot Gyrfalcon, which has been lovingly restored by a retired couple as their retirement home.  The main cabin inside has lots of beautiful storage lockers.

Not all the boats were polished though. This little rowing dinghy belonged to a working boat from the North Island. The owner lives aboard an old trawler and carves masks for a living.

But it's the bright varnish and the shiny whites of the boats against the dark green water that really make the Classic Boat Show glow for me.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Don't you love the change of light that comes with September? This is taken of a chive in a pot on the back deck railing looking over to the terrace and the trees.

Friday, August 15, 2014


August in Victoria is a most beautiful month. The sun shines day after day and everyone is rushing around trying to pack as much summer as possible into the long days.  We've been taking little trips around the area, visiting tourist attractions like Whippletree Junction south of Duncan...  

spending time in my sister's garden with the lilies that coordinate with her bird house ...

Eating al fresco and taking Geordie for swims in the lakes and rivers...


... and enjoying wonderful produce from organic gardens with friends in the back yard.


This is a salad full of edible flowers that a friend brought over to our place for a dinner on the deck. Isn't that beautiful? It tasted beautiful too.

The back garden is almost finished.  Harry built a fence and a gate and we finally got the Italian spout for the water feature.

Here's the water feature in the evening with lights on. Doesn't is look great? We are thrilled with how everything turned out. 

Just in the last couple of days the weather has changed. On Wednesday we had a big rainstorm and it's been kind of cloudy since then. August usually brings us a weather change about this time. But often it's followed by another stretch of sunny weather.  I hope your August has been lovely too!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blogging burnout

I've noticed in recent months that many of the blogs I've been following for a few years now have stopped posting.  I think it's a symptom of blogging burnout. After a while the enthusiasm that we had for posting about our activities and lives starts to fade.

I'm feeling this as well.  I don't want to stop the blog altogether. It's something that I love to do when I travel, but my day to day existence isn't all that exciting. Writing and posting blogs shouldn't feel like a chore so I'm going to be posting only occasionally when the spirit moves me.  It may be weeks between posts, or maybe even months.

Recently I've realized that I havetoo many photographs on my iMac's hard drive. I've spent some time deleting some (over 1500) but I still have more than 20 thousand images.  Way too many. It's slowing my computer down.

I'm going to be more selective in taking photos and in deciding what to write about. But from time to time I'm sure I'll be inspired to put something up here so don't go away completely.

I'll leave you with this photograph of children decorating the road at the Moss Street Paint-In a couple of weeks ago.  I want my creativity and posting to be as spontaneous and joyful as chalk drawing is for these kids.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer flowers

I adore flowers.  I'm always taking photographs of them.  There are over 1,000 images of flowers on my computer.  Lately I've been going through them to try to delete some. In the process I've chosen a few summery ones to share with you on a sunny Sunday in July.

To the left is a little bouquet I picked from the volunteers along the sidewalks in Fernwood.  Behind it you can see our new/old brick wall.

The others are flowers I've photographed over a couple of summers, each from different gardens.

               From Kath's garden, stunning red poppies.

From my sister's garden, a lovely Peace Rose.

                                                            This cheery Zinnia is from Peter's garden up on Haliburton.

A huge mauve Clematis from one of the gardens on a tour we went on.

And soft coloured Day Lilies from Wendy's garden in Comox.

My garden here on Yukon Street is only trees and shrubs at the moment.  Except for this Balloon Flower in a pot.  I'll have to remedy that by next summer.