A fun summer.

Hello readers !

I know summer is not over yet  but it feels like it. I will show you -with more photos than words- some activities I enjoyed this summer. And then I  will  take a break and wait to have  fun things for “show and tell”.  Writing my blog is not a job.  I  enjoy it but letting the computer having a rest is not a bad idea !

First, there were a few trips to Langley  to pick up berries: strawberries, raspberries and also blueberries. Which one are your favorite ? They are great in smoothies. I am please to support local farmers.

Spending summer in Vancouver is nice. You may want to pretend you are a tourist. Not so far from Vancouver, with only a short ferry ride, Bowen Island was waiting for us. We climbed  Mount Gardner to appreciate the view on the Sunshine Coast.

We walked around Killarney Lake.

and just in case you are lost or think you are , follow the signs.

Summer is a good time to have guests and go on  different outings.

Lynn Canyon suspension bridge is always fun to cross. On that day , we were quite early and I was able to capture Emilie  almost by herself on the bridge. When we came back there was more action (firefighters in training).

We like our beautiful green and mossy  forest.

Going downtown ( using the sea-bus).

Visiting Dr. Sun-Yat Sen garden.

Resting for a minute at English Bay.

Going up Grouse Mountain to check our fitness level.  The Grouse Grind is a very popular hike for locals and visitors. The Grouse Grind trail takes you up steep and rugged terrain from the North Vancouver plateau to the glorious Grouse Mountain peak. It is a near vertical 2.9km (1.8 mile) hike up the mountain, offering an intense workout with 2,830 stairs and an elevation gain of 2,800 feet.

When you reach the top, you can say hello to Grinder and Coola (the bears), enjoy the bird show, admire the view.  It is fun to take your time  up there and come down with the gondola only when you know you are ready to be back in the city.

Here is my friend Agathe  with a view of the city down below.

What else ? Oh well,  summer is also time to hike. This year we did a few new hikes . Kennedy Falls was  a good one. It gave us the chance to see the Big Cedar,  a 600+ year old red cedar, that is one a only few old-growth trees in Lynn Valley to have escaped being clear-cut. At 4 meters wide, it’s arguably the most spectacular tree you can find anywhere around Vancouver.

Here is the falls. It was a perfect spot to have our lunch.

A  smile on the trail… to make us smile of course!

I  thank you for reading or leaving a comment. I will be back later with new adventures  and photographs to share with  you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Seasons

Antonio Vivaldi wrote the  “Le Quattro Stagioni” ,  each of which gives a musical expression to a season of the year.  Beautiful music !   Today my  post  reflects on  our 4 seasons in Canada. Is there a perfect season ? Or is it just perfect that we  have 4 seasons  (at least here in Canada) ?

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Spring. La primavera. It was not my favorite season when I lived in Quebec ( for about 30 years). Ski season was over. We couldn’t cycle yet. The grass wasn’t green. The snow was melting too slowly (and was dirty) and it was still cold.  As a Vancouverite, spring has become almost my favorite season.  In February – it is still winter- but in my garden I am delighted to see snowdrops followed by crocuses. We start to see flowers (the bulbs) very early and the trees are blooming in March and April.  At last, there is not as many rainy days.  Except this year ( so much rain !).

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And lilac  is a good sign of spring.

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Tulip time is  fantastic when we can visit those  large fields. It has become an interesting outing for us who live in the Lower Mainland. Just south of the border it is also possible to enjoy such beauty. I took this photo in April 2014 in Agassiz, British Columbia. Isn’t it beautiful ?

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Summer.  L’estateSummer Solstice is on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 9:24 pm in Vancouver. This day is 8 hours, 4 minutes longer than  December Solstice day. The longest day of the year. Oh ! Joy! Dinners outside will  be in order and spending time in the garden to keep it nice.  I am not really a person who spend time at the beach  but walking by the water is wonderful with the smell and the wind.  When I am not traveling  I rather hike or cycle and it is why I really enjoy summer. The birds are happily singing early in the morning inviting me to get out of bed .

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Summer is also time to pick up berries. Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.  I like to have those local berries in my freezer for the winter months.

Sometimes, I enjoy splendid sunsets. This one was taken from English Bay.

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Too soon, for me, summer is fading away.  Days are not as long and not as warm although we rarely suffer from high heat during the summer months in Vancouver. The word fall is not my favorite word of the dictionary.

Fall is l’autonno in Italian.  Fall is a bit sad for me. Falling leaves, cool days  and more rainy days. But on a positive note we see magnificent trees and beautiful leaves.  And when we get  sunny days , we want  to be outside cleaning up the garden once more. Walking in the forest is  good to stay connected with nature that is preparing for a rest.

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Winter. L’inverno. We are getting more rainy days . The days are very dark. We might get snow in the city but mostly we get  it on our local mountains. I used to go up to do cross-country skiing. When snow falls in the city, why not making a snowman ? No need to have little kids around. I have my inner child.  I had fun creating  “Alfred” in December 2016.

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Now, you know that I like  the 4 seasons. You also know  which one is my favorite if you read until here. Maybe you can tell me which one is your favorite ?

Thanks for reading and your comments. Happy 4 seasons !