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I took a long walk today and noticed that the temperatures on the Canadian west coast are just beginning to turn towards spring, which is lovely. I look forward to the blossoms, but autumn and winter are my most favourite seasons.

Autumn in 2017 had many highlights. A dear cousin was visiting Victoria with family and friends and we all went to Pagliacci’s for great food and live music.

Pagiacci's with live music.

There was fun with an international flare to be had right in our beloved neighbourhood of Chinatown.

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All Hallow’s Eve was spooky and filled with scary surprises around the city. We had a blast with tricks and treats visiting friends in Oak Bay.

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In late November we spent two days in Vancouver for a tiny vacation and rendezvous with my sister and Randy. Day one we enjoyed the festive lights of the big city, ate at the always-delicious Bao Bei, and were mesmerized under the Grand Chapiteau for Cirque du Soleil’s show Kurios.

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Day two, more wandering before a delicious dinner at Vij’s, then off to the last ferry home.

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Victoria, so pretty with festive lights, window displays, and a very impressive “Whoville” gingerbread village at The Empress Hotel.

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I catered dessert for a private Holiday party, and saw an impressive Santa and Mrs Claus at a local diner!

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Christmas arrived with lots of treats (including Glerup slippers), and tissue paper and gift bag fun for the cats.

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And the best gift of all, snow for Christmas Eve and Day!

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Snow! Just a dusting, but it made me happy none the less!

Pioneer Square, Victoria BC

Pioneer Square, Victoria BC

We had a beautiful snow day yesterday. None settled downtown, but we walked for several hours with it fluttering around us. As we walked around the harbour, we saw these brave ones in their beautiful canoes:

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On our last full day in Nelson, the four of us took a short drive up to the Whitewater Ski Resort, which offers downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. The trails were very beautiful and we only encountered one other person. We wound our way through the woods, past partially exposed streams and snow-laden trees. A beautiful, peaceful, magical place.

Whitewater Ski Resort, just a 20-minute drive from Nelson BC.

Whitewater Ski Resort, just a 20-minute drive from Nelson BC.

The heavy snow turned the smaller trees into giant fiddlehead shapes.

The heavy snow turned the smaller trees into giant fiddlehead shapes.

A little stream trickled away under the snow. There were spots where animals had jumped across it and scampered away through the woods.

A little stream trickled away under the snow. There were spots where animals had jumped across it and scampered away through the woods.

We all had a very slow and quiet day for Boxing Day. There was a blanket of fresh snow all around.

Awoke to new snow falling and a fresh unspoiled blanket of white.

Awoke to new snow falling and a fresh unspoiled blanket of white.

The snow was so beautiful!

The snow was so beautiful!

 

We popped into town briefly for a bit of browsing and then home to lounge around and watch Christmas movies. Perfect!

The right number of pigeons for a small town! They seemed to be finding something to eat in the snow.

The right number of pigeons for a small town! They seemed to be finding something to eat in the snow.

Such a pretty little town!

Such a pretty little town!

The view from the balcony of dear friends of my sister who live just south west of Nelson in Beesley. This is looking south at the Bonnington Range.

The view from the balcony of dear friends of my sister who live just south west of Nelson in Beasley. This is looking south at the Bonnington Range.

I know my favourite things list is ever changing, but I am very happy to have finally fallen in love with snowshoeing. I thought I might like it, but I haven’t had an opportunity to try it in Victoria where snowy days are few and far between. On Christmas Eve morning, while my sis and R were out skiing, GJ and I borrowed their snowshoes and headed out to explore the snowy golf course next to where they live. It was the most glorious day with brooding clouds, bright blue patches, and the sun shining brightly. We saw only a few people out in the distance and it was quiet and peaceful.

The beginning of our hike, just across from where my sister lives. It was only about noon and the sun was already almost obscured by the hills.

The beginning of our hike, just across from where my sister lives. It was only about noon and the sun was already almost obscured by the hills.

Off we go!

Off we go!

One of the many vantage points from where we hiked.

One of the many views from where we hiked.

Heavenly sky.

Heavenly sky.