Altho summer is not really over, the general mood seems to be that autumn is here. Perhaps it’s more pronounced in a town where large numbers of tourists flock in the summer months. The last few days have definitely been quieter. I’m including here some of the highlights for us this summer. We had the joy of two visits from my sister, a rare treat in the summer when work usually keeps her very busy. The weather was lovely and we stuck close to home.

Ah Victoria, all a-bloom is summer splendour.

Lots of visitors this year. My cousin and her family were here. This pic is her two little boys enjoying the playground at Fisherman’s Wharf. Also had a fun day the Beacon Hill Park with an old dear friend and her little boy visiting from the interior. And GJ’ sister and her daughter were here from up island and joined us at the petting zoo.

We attended the 26th annual Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival; saw 10 plays. It was an excellent festival this year!

One of our favourite spots in the city: the fish pond at The Parkside.

A sunning turtle in a pond at Government House.

Our walks in the summer usually focus me on plants and gardens. These are two of the beautiful flowering plants we saw.