After our big February snow last year, spring came in swiftly as it does on this wet, west coast. Here are some photos of highlights from Spring 2017:

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From snow to snowdrops, an early sign of spring.

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Lots of spring-time walks, urban, rural. This one with J in some lovely woodland in Royal Oak.

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The city comes alive with cherry and plum blossoms from late February until early April. This beautiful tree is in the Gardens at Government House.

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Continued love affair with our beautiful neighbourhood.

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In May, dear friends visit from Colorado.

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Made time for a treat at my favourite coffee establishments. Hey Happy on Johnson Street (left), and Hide + Seek on Oak Bay Avenue.

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As always, we spend time with the cats! Miss Bunny Drummond really loves GJ.

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One of my favourite designers opened a new shop on Johnson Street in June. No stranger to Victoria, John Fluevog opened an early store here in 1972. I’m happy he’s back!

Hello dear followers, I have missed you! 2017 has certainly been an eventful year, filled with new adventures and possibilities. Fresh opportunities kept me busy, and I lost track of this self expression that I love. I plan to make time for it in the new year. For now I wish you all the Happiest New Year, filled with love and joy!

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My long, snowy walk took me through Beacon Hill Park. I wandered along all the paths beside the ponds, until I began to feel the cold.

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View of the Legislature Buildings on my way to the park.

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Entering Beacon Hill Park from Douglas Street. The Garry Oak meadow is an outline of lacy texture against the snow sky.

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View to the stone bridge. I love the subtle shades of green, yellow and blue amongst the grey and white.

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Autumn leaves which never fell.

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A small iron bridge over a tiny stream.

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Walking back home to Chinatown in the snowy dusk light. The trees which line Government Street are now illuminated with red and pink lights for Valentine’s Day.

I love our neighbourhood! Chinatown, the oldest in Canada and second oldest in North America, is beautiful and magical – and never more so than with snow! After hanging out with our visiting family, I spent the afternoon walking in a sparkling blizzard.

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We had a few lovely days of snow last week, a rarity for February on the Canadian west coast. Monday was the best day. We spent the morning with family who were visiting from up island.

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Breakfast at Mo:Lé, watching the snow.

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Such a pretty pup! Lovely Lana.

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Still life with snow.

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All snow smiles for M, her pup Lana, and Uncle GJ!

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M builds a tiny snow person.

 

The cats lend a hand in a variety of ways…

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Sunday afternoon, about to start a new project. Lovely warm sunbeams streaming in the windows. But then…

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… Bunny Drummond stole my chair!

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So, I moved everything over to the sofa, and embroidered a spider.

Sometimes, our wee cat Taxicab decides we cannot get along without her help. Today, she was helping GJ with his new drawing…

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