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The summer of 2017 was perfect in Victoria! Lovely weather, and the city was alive with events and festivals of all kinds. Work life kept me very busy, but I made some time to enjoy the season.

We were honoured to be invited a second year to join friends for a big birthday party on Saturna Island. We had an amazing time! We rode our bikes again this year which was definitely part of the fun. Breezy Bay BnB is amazing!

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On the next weekend we had a quick day trip to Vancouver followed by the Victoria Pride Parade, which was so joyous and colourful.

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Of course, there were many long walks and some beach time with Annie. Another high fire season again this year in British Columbia, and more locally on Vancouver Island, brought some smokey days and eerie sunsets.

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And, of course, we rode our bikes! We had a few rides with friends which always includes a packed snack of tea and cake, and participated in the Tweed Ride which raises funds for Bicycles for Humanity.

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The mornings are cooler now which is delightful. Yesterday I went straight to the waterfront on Dallas Drive at the bottom of Government Street. A single crow watched me carefully in case I was carrying a muffin. Sadly for us both, I was not.

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On tuesday, we had the most incredible rain storm, or storms, as there was a spectacular one in the afternoon with thunder and lightening, plus a bonus evening downpour of epic proportions. I did not capture these, but instead, the gathering clouds and lead up. We had a lovely morning walk and were almost home when the first gentle drops began to fall. These were taken at the beach on Dallas Road, just below Beacon Hill Park:

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A beautiful summer day today. Spent a bit of time sitting on the beach on Dallas Drive looking out across the straight at the Olympic Mountains in Washington State. Wishing all our American friends and followers a Happy Independence Day!

The Olympic Peninsula viewed from Victoria BC.

The Olympic Peninsula viewed from Victoria BC.

Colourful paragliders on Dallas Drive, Victoria BC.

Colourful paragliders on Dallas Drive, Victoria BC.

Little bird bathing in one of the fountains in Centennial Square near Chinatown, Victoria BC.

Little bird bathing in one of the fountains in Centennial Square near Chinatown, Victoria BC.

Here are some shots of our beautiful corner of this magnificent planet…

Big fluffy pink blossoms near the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Big fluffy pink blossoms near the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

The gardens at Government House are coming to life.

The gardens at Government House are more colourful every day.

Little neighbourhood path in Oak Bay.

Little neighbourhood path in Oak Bay.

Very pretty shooting stars.

Very pretty shooting stars.

We walked through Oak Bay in beautiful sunshine down to the beach at Ross Bay. The view to the east was blue skies and warm…

We walked through Oak Bay in beautiful sunshine down to the beach at Ross Bay. The view to the east was blue skies and warm…

… and the view to the west, cold and stormy!

… and the view to the west, cold and stormy!

Camas and bluebells.

Camas and bluebells.

A lovely group of yellow tulips growing in the long grass of a Garry oak meadow at Beacon Hill Park.

A lovely group of yellow tulips growing in the long grass of a Garry oak meadow at Beacon Hill Park.

Mallard duck couple foraging at Beacon Hill Park (she has her head down, just in front of the male).

Mallard duck couple foraging at Beacon Hill Park (she has her head down, just in front of the male).

A few shots from around our beautiful city on a gorgeous summer’s day.

The sweet smell of Buddleia flower; several large bushes behind St. Ann's Academy.

The sweet smell of Buddleia flower; several large bushes behind St. Ann’s Academy.

Two families of Canada geese – two parents and two babies each – sunning themselves near Fisherman's Wharf.

Two families of Canada geese – two parents and two babies each – sunning themselves near Fisherman’s Wharf.

Lavender everywhere right now. This grouping in the planter boxes by the fish pond at The Parkside on Humboldt.

Lavender everywhere right now. This grouping in the planter boxes by the fish pond at The Parkside on Humboldt.

The wild sweet peas are in full bloom on the banks above the beach all along the Dallas Drive waterfront.

The wild sweet peas are in full bloom on the banks above the beach all along the Dallas Drive waterfront.

View to the beach through the sweet peas.

View to the beach through the sweet peas.

Sweet peas, detail.

Sweet peas, detail.

The Japanese garden at the Inn at Laurel Point.

The Japanese garden at the Inn at Laurel Point.

Such a beautiful morning at the Dallas Road waterfront. The ocean was calm and the Olympic Mountains were glimmering in the morning sun. Just after I took this, I met Fred the west-highland terrier and his human. Fred sat by my feet while I spoke with his human; I wish I had remembered to take his picture as he was so very sweet.

Such a beautiful morning at the Dallas Road waterfront. The ocean was calm and the Olympic Mountains were glimmering in the morning sun. Just after I took this, I met Fred the west-highland terrier and his human. Fred sat by my feet while I spoke with his human; I wish I had remembered to take his picture as he was so very sweet.