Monday, July 25, 2011

Sunday at beautiful Beacon Hill Park

Who could believe that yesterday it was brilliantly sunny and warm, and today we are back to Fall again.  Yesterday my daughter and I went for a ramble through Beacon Hill Park in beautiful Victoria.  The gardens are spectacular and are a riot of colour.  We walked around snapping pictures and walking our little doggis.  Afterwards we went to a Victoria Institution the Beacon Drive-in and had ice cream, it was just that sort of day.  It was PERFECT!  Here's hoping that Mother Nature can get out of her blue funk and give us a few more summer days before we are officially into fall and winter.  I am not ready for winter gear yet.

I love going to the park and snapping pictures.  One of my favorite things to take pictures of are trees, not sure why, I think it is because the trees around here are so old and are just beautiful and awe inspiring.  Hope you enjoyed my little trip around Beacon Hill Park.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


NASTY SOFA.........
This morning I woke up to something very unusual on my front boulevard, apparently I have a new lawn ornament.  My hub was going to work this morning and I heard him holler before he left, "I can't believe this, someone dumped a couch on our lawn."  I thought he was kidding, but apparently not.  Some fool or fools decided they were done with this NASTY sofa.  It is absolutely disgusting and now I have to deal with getting rid of it.  I think I heard them dragging it down the street  around 2:00 am and they were drunk.  I don't mind people redecorating, but I do mind them making me the disposal unit facilitator and it being my problem now.  

What kind of person does this???  Seriously!!  

My neighbors have been asking me why there is a couch on my lawn.  We keep explaining to each neighbor that someone dumped it there and it is NOT ours.  So my very funny neighbors down the street decided they were going to add to the display and dragged down a very ugly table and an old cat in the hat lamp, but my awesome guard doggis alerted us before they could make good their escape.  That part was actually the only funny thing of the entire situation.  I am going to call the City tomorrow and they are going to have to deal with it, because I am not paying money to haul someone else's butt ugly nasty dead sofa trash to the dump.


RESOLUTION of the MYSTERIOUS NASTY SOFA ~ I called the City of Esquimalt and talked to a lovely lady in public works. She was awesome and sent a disposal unit ~ appropriately it was a garbage truck. I warned her that the crew would need HAZMAT gear to pick up said sofa and that it was a BIOHAZARD. I wouldn't even let my dog sniff it, that is how bad it was. After I chit chatted with her for a few minutes,I got a call on my cell phone from my daughter, she was laughing uproariously, two guys were out front trying to stuff the NASTY sofa into the back seat of their car and it didn't fit. She said that they then tried to shove into the trunk. Apparently NASTY sofa didn't want to go home with them and didn't fit in their trunk so they gave up and left it on the curb. Makes me wonder if it was the two doofi (doofus plural) who left it there in the wee hours of the morning. SO IF THAT WAS THE OWNERS OF THE NASTY SOFA, YOU OWE the City of Esquimalt and tax payers money for dumping fees and if you really miss NASTY sofa, it now resides at the city dump.......Have fun trying to get NASTY back........

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Friday night scooter tootle

Two Friday's ago I headed out on Vixen, it was a gorgeous night and the sun had graced us with her presence that day and hadn't set yet.  It was fairly breezy with a hint of summer to it.  The best thing about scootering on Vancouver Island is no matter how many times you take the same route there is always something different to see, its just taking the time to notice.  I headed down through the Inner Harbour to gawk at the tourists.  I envy the tourists because everything they think is great about my city I take for granted, because I am too wrapped up in the daily grind.  So I took time on a Friday night to stop and smell the proverbial roses.

Inner Harbour

Ogden Point Cruise Ship dock

Parasailors off of Dallas Road (not sure I could take the leap of Faith)

It was breathtaking to watch

I am now up at the top of Mount Douglas overlooking the city towards Port Angeles

This is now from Mount Tolmie off in the distance
is Ogden Point Cruise ship dock

This is coming down from Mount Doug, the potholes are ginormous & almost swallowed up Vixen.

Sorry about the fuzziness I was playing with the ISO settings on the camera

The Parliament Buildings at night

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Moss Street Market & 2011 Paint In

Every Saturday during the summer there is a farmer's community market on Moss Street in Fairfield.  Artisans from all over come and display their eclectic wares.  There is everything from yummy preserves, veggies, handmade soaps, pottery, clay sculptures, knit wear, clothes of all varieties and handcrafted jewellery.  It is really quite the little market to come and visit.

The Moss Street Paint In was also held along side the Moss Street Market.  This annual event was sponsored by the TD Bank and the Victoria Art Gallery.  Moss street is closed to all vehicle traffic and Artisans from all over display their beautiful masterpieces and foster the love of the arts. Musicians are along the route adding to the ambience of the Paint In.  It is a great family event and kids are encouraged to show their creative side by partaking in art activity stations along the way.  It was amazing to see so much talent in one place and it was a great way to spend a humid albeit grey afternoon wandering up around soaking up the art.  Hope you enjoy.

We begin at the market

Ribbon winning preserves

Gorgeous bouquets

I love the little angel piggies and the interesting little building sculptures
 (I am going to have to get a little piggy for my collection - see pigs really do fly......)

Now onto the Paint In

The Super hero band

Hand strung web

Eclectic Art

Kids creating chalk art

As you can see by the crowds this is a popular event

I always find it interesting to watch artists create, it amazes me that they take a blank canvas and create beautiful images.

The end of my journey back to Vixen in the perfect scooter parking spot.  Oh look Vixen has a friend!  It was a great afternoon and the crowds appreciated the work of the artists and it was a wonderful family event.  So if you are planning a trip to Victoria we have a great deal of family friendly free events and they are scooter friendly! Victoria truly is a city built for scootering.  

Hope you have enjoyed my little ramblings on a muggy kind of grey summer afternoon.