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No matter the language, my garden is my paradise. To watch the lovely birds that nest in the trees and bushes. The bees, butterflies are such a joy to see.

I’m so very lucky .. I know that I am …and today we went to Mystic Vale


Monday, January 13, 2014

Funny how life changes as we go along … 6 months ago I had no idea, no inkling that my life would change in such a positive way that it has.

I had a lifelong aversion to any type of group activity .. yet, through the invitation of a friend … I found that there are exceptions to any rule.

There was this group, see, that used to exercise 3 times a week in a boot-camp scenario.  The founder of this group went along another path in life, a very creative and ambitious one!  And the group wanted to continue the exercise regime that she had started.  They all get along very well.

So my friend R invited me to join and at first I sabotaged myself, in many ways .. grumbling all the way .. any excuse would work.  The location(s) were too far away and on and on .. so I missed a few.  Then I attended one and I was hooked, line and sinker!

I can’t remember when I’ve had such a good time and enjoy great conversations with everyone.   And rigorous exercise .. up steep hills that I doubt a goat would even go.   By myself .. I wouldn’t attempt some of the climbs, but when I look and see the rest of the group just going ahead, well, that gives me the confidence to tackle it.   And though I’m out of breath, I still go on.

And parks .. well, I know Victoria, B.C. is the “City of Gardens” but, really  … I had no idea there were so many!   So very many incredibly beautiful locations, tucked away .. with the most beautiful views at certain places.   So I’m rediscovering my city of choice.

So I’d like to share bits of todays exercise … we went through Mystic Vale.


Such a tranquil place to be .. the moving waters rippled and flowed and filled the air with the most pleasing sounds …


I just had to keep stopping to look and snap a few pictures of this lovely nature.09

So very tranquil …

And the splish-splash of the tumbling mini-waterfalls were delightful ..07

Acres, it seems .. of lush ferns …mossy tree trunks .. interesting textural bark designs and bumps on the trees …nature has texture .. it isn’t all smooth and unlined like glossy magazine photos are.


Love this one ..05

Here is the same little waterfall, a few steps back ..


And so we continued …02It truly was a wonderful early morning session … 2 more this week and I’m already looking forward to them.

Oh, this is just so fun …how could I not stop and feast my eyes!!!


Another mixed weather day .. some sun and then the skies clouded up … I like this one though!

11Finally … I spent some time in the yard .. preparing to “winter sow” seeds!

More about that tomorrow!


Author: thedogwalkinggardener

I love dogs and currently do not have any, so I am a dog-mommy when I can be. Gardening is my passion. I've always loved birds and I'm learning a bit at a time from all the Birders that I meet. Swan Lake is my second home! .

2 thoughts on “I’m so very lucky .. I know that I am …and today we went to Mystic Vale

  1. Thanks for sharing your walk. It looks beautiful!


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