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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 4th Annual Victoria Tweed Ride was held last sunday, and what a lovely day it was! The ride itself was quite long this year, beginning at the St Ann’s Academy grounds downtown and finishing at a perfect picnic spot at Esquimalt Gorge Park. More than 200 riders enjoyed an ideal day out.

Waiting to take off! GJ built an amazing wind-powered flying machine for the front of his Raleigh. It worked so well, spinning propellers and flapping wings! Video coming soon.

Waiting to take off! GJ built an amazing wind-powered flying machine for the front of his Raleigh. It worked so well, spinning propellers and flapping wings! Video coming soon.

One of my favourite bicycles: a vintage Sparta tandem ridden by a lovely couple.

One of my favourite bicycles: a vintage Sparta tandem ridden by a lovely couple.

My picnic: tea sandwiches, cream scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, lemon cake and plums.

My picnic: tea sandwiches, cream scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, lemon cake and plums.

This bicycles and trailer are a mobile library! Well done!

This bicycles and trailer are a mobile library! Well done!

Our friend Francis took this pic of me and the picnic I prepared. Thank you Francis!

Our friend Francis took this pic of me and the picnic I prepared. Thank you Francis!

David's Tea, one of many sponsors, provided the tea service this year.

David’s Tea, one of many sponsors, provided the tea service this year.

So many beautiful bicycles!

So many beautiful bicycles!

Many large trees provided welcome shade to the picnickers.

Many large trees provided welcome shade to the picnickers.

GJ on the left, looking so divine, handing out a prize from Fairfield Bike Shop, where he works, to the always dapper, always a gentleman, Simon. Simon was one of the organizers of the first three Tweed Rides and gave much support this year to the new team.

GJ on the left, looking so divine, handing out one of the prizes from Fairfield Bike Shop, where he works, to the always dapper, always a gentleman, Simon. Simon was one of the organizers of the first three Tweed Rides and gave much support this year to the new team.

The lovely Marion always creating. I wish I had gotten a better shot of her dress which she sewed herself from vintage fabric.

The lovely Marion always creating. I wish I had gotten a better shot of her dress which she sewed herself from vintage fabric.

Our friend Riley having a post-picnic snooze. His fabulous mustache won him a prize again this year!

Our friend Riley having a post-picnic snooze. His fabulous mustache won him a prize again this year!

Such a beautiful spot, right on the Gorge Waterway, and a perfect sunny day.

Such a beautiful spot, right on the Gorge Waterway, and a perfect sunny day.

One of my favourite bikes.

One of my favourite bikes.

One of the especially nice picnics, gramophone and tweedy teddy included.

One of the especially nice picnics, gramophone and tweedy teddy included.

Beautiful bicycles, picnic hampers and trailers.

Beautiful bicycles, picnic hampers and trailers.

In spite of the torrential rain and a shortened ride, a wonderful time was had by all at Tweed Ride Victoria 2013! Instead of a nice long ride to Gorge Park, a few of us took a shorter ride from St Ann’s Academy to the old railway roundhouse in Esquimalt. Many more came by other routes and means and we all picnicked together. It was nice to be dry for the afternoon. And, I won in the Best Lady’s Bike category! The coordinators of this event always do an amazing job. The proceeds support Bicycles for Humanity, Victoria. I didn’t take too many photos, but in the weeks ahead there should be lots to view on the Tweed Ride website.

Riley, Frasier and GJ having fun as twits. We'd all had a lot of tea by then.

Riley, Frasier and GJ having fun as twits. We’d all had a lot of tea by then.

GJ (right), in his fabulous hunting trousers,  beret and Welsh wool tweed jacket, chats with two other tweedy gents.

GJ (right), in his fabulous hunting trousers, beret and Welsh wool tweed jacket, chats with two other tweedy gents.

The rain! It actually wasn't bad while we were riding, but really opened up later in the afternoon. Still a very beautiful day!

The rain! It actually wasn’t bad while we were riding, but the sky really opened up later in the afternoon. Still a very beautiful day!

The "art" shot of a rain-soaked window with our friend Riley (who won for Best Men's Facial Hair) seated on the left.

The “art” shot of a rain-soaked window with our friend Riley (who won for Best Men’s Facial Hair) seated on the left.

Our tweedy picnic at the roundhouse.

Our tweedy picnic at the roundhouse.

My little picnic: sandwiches, fresh farm cherry tomatoes, pickles made by our friend Rebecca, and in the tin, orange coconut macaroons. And of course, tea, this year supplied by Murchies.

My little picnic: sandwiches, fresh farm cherry tomatoes, pickles made by our friend Rebecca, and in the tin, orange coconut macaroons. And of course, tea, this year supplied by Murchies.

 

What a day it was! Perfect weather, lovely route, delicious nosh, wonderful folk to share it with. Another incredibly well organized Tweed Ride for a great cause. Thanks to the organizers, the sponsors and all who participated. Also a special thanks to Tula Teas who provided the delicious beverages and Maggie French for her passion for tweed.

Our gracious hosts for the day, Simon and Libby. We can’t thank them enough!

GJ and Jim ham it up for the camera.

Here I am with GJ at the start of the ride. Thanks to The Empress Hotel for letting us gather on their lovely lawn.

This well kitted classic bicycle pulls a secret delight: The large basket trailer holds a sound system which gave us lovely tweedy tunes!

Adorable riders.

All the gents pose for a photo on the steps of the Empress Hotel.

A quick stop at The Fairfield Market on Oscar Street who provided the riders with some delicious scones. Our bicycles were judged for superbness by Fairfield Bicycle Shop, and we had a bit of time for a quick look around the Moss Street Market and the Vintage Fair.

Our mid-ride break included delicious tea from Tula Teas and cucumber sandwiches from Red Fish Blue Fish.

Milling about on the lawn at Craigdarroch Castle Historical House Museum.

There were a couple little pooch riders as well. This little darling had a great view from a basket on the front of his human’s bicycle.

Tweedy accouterment for the day: my Maggie French bobby pins and tweed bow which I attached to my vintage Willoughby hat, and a brooch I made from the scraps of hemming my riding shorts.

The oh-so-sweet sounds of La Vie En Rouge; our post-ride entertainment at the Bard and Banker Pub on Government Street.

The gifts we received from friends upon our arrival at the ride – a beautiful felted lily and some home-made mustache wax – thanks Marion and Riley!

GJ won Best Socks for his Virgin of Guadeloupe socks we bought in the Haight district of San Francisco last autumn.