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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.

On the last day of July, I rode my bike along the Galloping Goose Trail to Mattick’s Farm, a collection of shops and services in Saanich, about 15 km from downtown. The ride is marvelous, mostly on trails. Another time, I would go a bit earlier and have breakfast at Adrienne’s Tea Garden and Restaurant, or a bit later for ice cream! There were a lot of cyclists – the perfect stop for a ride to or from Sidney.

My beautiful Ritchey.

My beautiful Ritchey.

 

View across Blenkensop Lake from the trestle.

View across Blenkinsop Lake from the trestle.

There is a pretty good amount of bicycle parking available. As well as the restaurant, there is a Red Barn Market for purchase of snacks and beverages if you didn't bring enough in your panniers.

A good amount of bicycle parking is available at Mattick’s Farm. As well as the restaurant, there is a Red Barn Market for purchase of snacks and beverages if you didn’t bring enough in your panniers.

As well as the shops, there is a nice bit of green space and garden to enjoy.

As well as the shops, there is a nice bit of green space and garden to enjoy.