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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.

Before we moved downtown, we lived on a two-acre wild place. There were too many outside expectations to tame it, make it fit into some convention. So we left and moved into our beautiful downtown space. Luckily, we can still find a bit of wild here and there. At Beacon Hill Park, 200 acres in the middle of the city, there seems to be a growing trend to leave some parts of the park wild and the grasses long. Native wildflowers are left to go to seed in some areas before partial mowing takes place. Blue Herons have been roosting in one section of the park for many years as well as at least one pair of Bald Eagles. A small forested area near the waterfront is being refurbished with native plants. We walk through this park often and delight in all its beauty, manicured or wild.

Long grass, deciduous trees and dappled sunlight.

If not for the little red car in the background, you can imagine you are in the middle of nowhere.

Our walking outings have been providing a lot of bird sitings lately. On April 1, I reported that we saw what I thought was a flock of American Goldfinch. Further research in the bird book revealed that they were more likely Evening Grosbeak. I wish we had been able to get close enough to them to take some pictures. At the waterfront last week we saw two Hummingbirds and a pretty little brown bird I cannot identify. He was sparrow-sized, maybe slightly larger, quite evenly brown with a slightly crested head; very pretty. The coolest sighting lately were the two Black Oystercatchers in the picture below. We were very close to them and they weren’t bothered at all. Ah nature, even in the city it abounds.

Black Oystercatchers in the Inner Harbour, Victoria BC. Very distinctive red beaks.

Another gorgeous spring weekend. Our friend Brad Pasutti was having an opening of his new work at Winchester Gallery in Oak Bay, so we hopped on the bus. Amazing paintings and a well-attended opening with red dots! After a while, it was time for coffee, but the delicious bakery (Ottavio) next door to the gallery was packed. So off we trundled into the depths of Oak Bay searching for sustenance. Luckily, not too far along, we found Demitasse Bakery Store on McNeill Avenue. Great little bakery-shop-deli-garden centre where we had a yummy snack. Then we wound our way through the side streets until we reached Beach Drive. Crossing into Fairfield we walked through the beautiful and peaceful Ross Bay Cemetery and then along the water, through the park and home. Wonderful delightful day!

Winchester Galleries Oak Bay location showing the work of Brad Pasutti until April 28; 2260 Oak Bay Avenue.

 

The Demitasse Bakery Store at 2164 McNeill Avenue, Oak Bay.

Plants to purchase at Demitasse.

Sweet little gate plaque in Oak Bay.

Hard to see in the pic, but the pink snow has begun. Delicate pink petals dance in the air and gather along the curbs. Another good wind will bring them all down.

Kite surfers and others enjoying the beach just west of Clover Point.

The camas are just beginning to bloom at Beacon Hill Park.

Rhododendron season! These are at Beacon Hill Park.

Gorgeous spring day yesterday so we set out to walk the Westsong Walkway. We weren’t far along when I was hit full in the head by a seagull’s well-aimed ordure, good luck maybe? Thanks to a kind stranger with a handful of paper napkins, we were soon on our way. A lot of people were also out enjoying the day and the beautiful scenery. I love to be able to walk far away from traffic and we are blessed to have this among many beautiful places to do so in our little city.

About half way along, this ever evolving sculpture by Rich Rico delights passers by.

Near the beginning, this little pug came charging up the path.

Westsong Walkway, not far from Westbay Marina.

Excitedly awoke to our full day in Vancouver with a dusting of snow on the ground! It was really pretty all the days we were there: lots of big, fluffy clouds; snow falling on the nearby mountains; breaks of sun; smell of snow in the air. We jumped on the bus/skytrain up to Main and 28th and walked east on 28th to St George where we enjoyed a lovely petit déjeuner at Le Marché St George. Our pastries were so delicious, I forgot to take a picture of them until they were almost gone! Along with pastries and light lunches, Le Marché has a few delicacy groceries and unique household goods for purchase. It was hard to take good pictures and not include the many patrons who came and went in the shots. Once we were done we walked back down Main Street to Broadway, stopping now and then to browse the many interesting shops we encountered, including Front, a cool shop of new and gently worn fashions, shoes and accessories. We wanted to check out Gravity Pope, a shoe store my sister recommended, so hopped on a bus heading west on Broadway, jumped off at Yew and walked over to West 4th for a bit of shopping. Luckily, at another shoe store, we found a new pair of boots for GJ as the only shoes he brought had sprung a leak in the slush first thing in the morning. Yummy lunch and celebrity sighting at Sofie’s Cosmic Cafe, then we headed down to the Kitsilano waterfront at the Maritime Museum and walked back to Granville Island to catch the ferry back over to the West End and back to the Hotel for a rest. The evening brought the main attraction of our trip: the world premier of Ignorance, a new production by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, showing at the CULTCH. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe the show!

A bit of snow outside our beautiful hotel, The Sylvia.

Yum! Croissant aux amandes, brioche, café et chocolat chaud.

Le Marché St George, St George at E28th, Vancouver BC.

Le Marché St George, detail.

Le Marché St George; small shop, lots to look at!

Looking up at the Maritime Museum and a gorgeous sky from the dock of historic boats just below the museum.

Looking over at the West End from Kitsilano.

A section of a kinetic ball sculpture in a window at Granville Island.