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For our first full week, we will be in the lovely market town of Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire.

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Yellow will be the colour featured in this week’s work, as I attempt to capture the delicate beauty of the honey-coloured limestone buildings. A hub for the arts and crafts movement, Chipping Campden is also the start of the Cotswold Way walking trail. We will take full advantage of that, visiting small towns and historical attractions, and seeking out all the tea rooms!

Day trips may include Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Sezincote House and Gardens near Moreton-in-Marsh.

Our accommodation for this week will be the first of three cottages we will enjoy on this adventure. More on that in posts from September 28–October 4.

I’m planning something big for the autumn and I couldn’t be more excited. This adventure will involve a lot of walking and so much drinking of tea. To prepare I am walking – taking little mini-adventures through the beautiful spring days in Victoria BC.

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Back in March I walked about 12 kilometres to Oak Bay and Fairfield. I collected our friend Annie along the way and we made a few stops in Oak Bay before ending up at Abkhazi Garden for tea. We enjoyed a delicious repast in the teahouse, seated in the window overlooking the garden.

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The garden was not quite at its peak of colour and vibrancy, but still beautiful. We enjoyed walking along the winding paths and meeting a feline visitor.

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Abkhazi Garden is owned and managed by The Land Conservancy (TLC). Read the story of “the garden that love built” here. Check out the teahouse here.

We love our neighbourhood and the fact that it is filled with other artists. So, we thought we should share our experience with visitors from around the world. Check out our website avantcrossingguard.com or go straight to tickets at our online store.

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For our walk last week, we were treated to a lovely stormy day. In spite of all the clouds, the day remained quite dry – it was wonderful weather for walking, and very dramatic.

At this early stage of our walk, we were wondering if we would be able to stay warm and dry.

At this early stage of our walk, we were wondering if we would be able to stay warm and dry.

A window of blue above the Empress Hotel.

A window of blue above the Empress Hotel.

Float plane landing on the harbour.

Float plane landing on the harbour.

More blue sky peeking through.

More blue sky peeking through.

On Dallas Road looking towards Metchosin.

On Dallas Road looking toward Metchosin.

Someone added some art to this sign on Dallas Road, near Ogden Point.

Someone added some art to this sign on Dallas Road, near Ogden Point.

Took a gorgeous walk through the fog and mist on Wednesday; unusual weather for the middle of August. For me, Victoria is at its most magical in the fog.

View towards Fisherman's Wharf from the walkway near The Inn at Laurel Point.

View towards Fisherman’s Wharf from the walkway near The Inn at Laurel Point.

The Coho leaves the harbour through the fog.

The Coho leaves the harbour through the fog.

Just a strip of fog hovering low over Ross Bay.

Just a strip of fog hovering low over Ross Bay.

 

Found this little guy on a sidewalk in Fairfield. His shell was so beautiful.

Found this little guy on a sidewalk in Fairfield. His shell was so beautiful.

Happy to see a cooler cloudy day for a little break from the sunshine, we took a lovely walk along a different route; the West Song Walkway from downtown to Westbay Marine Village in Esquimalt. Some pics to enjoy:

From the blue bridge we spy these colourful kayakers enjoying the day on the water.

From the blue bridge we spy these colourful kayakers enjoying the day on the water.

Just past the blue bridge, we begin along the Songhees area portion of the walkway. The Ocean Pointe Resort is just on the right. The Westsong Walkway is a very beautiful pedestrian path along the Victoria Harbour. It takes about 40 minutes each way, or stop 15 minutes in at Spinnakers Gastro Pub for a bite or drink.

Just past the blue bridge, we begin along the Songhees area portion of the walkway. The Ocean Pointe Resort is just on the right. The West Song Walkway is a very beautiful pedestrian path along the Victoria Harbour. It takes about 40 minutes each way, or stop 15 minutes in at Spinnakers Gastro Pub for a bite or drink.

A view of the Inner Harbour from a different direction. The Welcome to Victoria sign built from yellow flowers is quite visible even from this distance.

A view of the Inner Harbour from a different direction. The Welcome to Victoria sign built from yellow flowers is quite visible even from this distance.

Looking back, a view of our hard-working blue bridge; still in service while it's replacement is being built beside it.

Looking back, a view of our hard-working blue bridge; still in service while its replacement is being built beside it.

A view of Fisherman's Wharf. Our walks usually take find on that side of the harbour.

A view of Fisherman’s Wharf. Our walks usually take find on that side of the harbour.

A beautiful Heron takes a break from fishing. In the background across the harbour is the Fisheries Canada facility in James Bay.

A beautiful Heron takes a break from fishing. In the background across the harbour is the Fisheries Canada facility in James Bay.

Approaching the end of the walk, we have a glimpse of Westbay Marine Village. The shoreline was littered with deadheads from bright red geraniums which were quite pretty floating in the water.

Approaching the end of the walk, we have a glimpse of Westbay Marine Village. The shoreline was littered with deadheads from bright red geraniums which were quite pretty floating in the water.

Went for one of our great long walks the other day and took photos of some fun things that we saw along the way!

Purple starfish!

Yum, wild blackberries!

Fun planter lush with colour.

Couldn’t resist taking a pic of this little well-worn beauty! The roof-rack full of vintage cases and baskets was the best!

Met this little chap, a Chihuahua/Boston Terrier cross apparently. He was very cute!

The wild sweet peas are still blooming creating a lovely pink tone along the cliffs on Dallas Road.