Last Saturday was a lovely sunny day and so I decided to walk downtown .. I was looking forward to an earring workshop at the most lovely Bamboo, Bead and Bling shop downtown on Fisgard Street. Normally I drive there but .. I really do love long walks so I decided to do that and proceeded happily on the Galloping Goose Trail. Here is a section of it, closer to downtown. Lots of shrubbery for the birds to hide in!
This section is parallel to Douglas Street, behind the Red Lion. I love this stately portion of the trail . .these trees were planted many years ago. When I worked downtown and biked to work . .this area was one of my favourites. When the trees are in full leaf, it is a nice shady section and feels so European with all the greenery.
This is near the Burnside area of town .. there are paths that lead to neighbourhoods. More brush for the birds. There weren’t many people walking here in the early afternoon.Paths are so interesting .. leading to areas unknown, adventures …mystery ..
Just had to stop and admire the play of light and shadow on these young Arbutus trees .. warm and cheerful on this sunny day ..lots of leaf mulch on the ground.Nests can be seen, hidden away in the trees. So much work was done to create these little havens for the spring-time babies. Lovely surprises tucked away up high …when the leaves emerge in the spring, who would ever suspect that this nest is there ..
I often wondered, who is this man “Tom Arkell” and why was this side trail named after him?? Well, I discovered that he was an amazing man who worked hard for his community and here is one link that shares some information about him: Tom Arkell
And along that lovely trail flows a stream of water .. curious as to the name of the stream, I discovered information on Cecilia Ravine .. (my middle name so this appeals to me!)
And a reminder, in all this marvellous beauty that is Victoria .. the waterways are work places for many. See the high-rises in the background. It is a growing city. Vital, beautiful and welcoming to all!
The Selkirk waterway … lots of activity. Looking forward to those funky ferry boats that will soon be here. So much fun to take a little ferry around the harbour and up the Gorge Waterway. This is one of the boarding places. We’ve taken the ferry to the Flying Otter and you can also stop near the Spinnaker Brew Pub. Great food and the beer .. what can I say!! Yum!
This is nearing the downtown area .. lovely native plants all nestled in at the base of these rocks. Beautiful. Benches provide a place to stop and rest. Admire the view. Sip on a delicious coffee from one of the nearby cafes. Relax.
A tribute to one of our Best! This is near the Burnside section.
Up above …gentle sky-art that graced our city .. how lovely is this.
On my way home .. looking up .. what did I see! Two Nanchang airplanes setting out to play .. that was a treat. I think there are at least 4 now … so impressive to see the group in formation and I count myself lucky when I see them. Nanchang
So I had a most lovely 2 hour walk on that day. Blue skies. Some birds. Peace and quiet. Saw some planes. And I made some earrings!! Not a bad day at all. This is what I made at the workshop:
And I liked them so much that I just had to make a few more pairs when I got home!
And these! I haven’t worn earrings for years but now that is going to change! Lovely sparkly bling to accompany me on my walks!
Another fun day in my life!