Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Snowbirds in Nanaimo

I will get to that part of the post in a minute!

We enjoyed a great walk up at Westwood Lake today. My very favourite place nearby to walk and with 6 kms on the shoes, it's a perfect length of walk, for the morning, all nestled in the trees around that beautiful lake.

 

 



On our walk, it was very interesting to find this tree that the carpenter ants had eaten so much away. Big piles of sawdust at the bottom and one little ant trying SO hard to get
back up to the top of the sawdust pile!! He never made it, just rolled back down....

 

 We've seen speed bumps, traffic calmers, Mexican topes
....but never speed HUMPS!!!
 
Breakfast spot, in my sister's yard...but we "borrow" it in the morning!!
Fun sitting there and watching all the birds and squirrels....
 
 Dinner spot, in our part of the yard.....
 


So, now to the Snowbird part. When my sister Susann came home tonight, she told us that the snowbirds were performing over the Nanaimo harbour. We didn't know this so we were pretty excited that she told us. Off we went!!! Thanks for the tip, sis!!

Now, I am always very proud to be a Canadian but at a time like this, it gives me goose bumps. If a person can stand there and watch them, inbound, into the harbour area and NOT get goose bumps, I don't think you are connected to your heart very well!! the show lasted about 30 minutes and was nothing short of amazing!!! It is wonderful to hear all about each of the pilots and what they have accomplished. Some are instructors, some (many) have flown in CF-18 missions in Afghanistan and other points. There is an announcer who is also a Snowbird pilot who tells you what the manoeuvres are called. It was especially cool to hear all the music that they put together for each of the manoeuvres. Really loved Adel's "Set Fire to the Rain"....WOW WOW WOW!!! Enjoy the photos!!!

 

 See them way off to the right??

Barely got them in the frame!!

 

 

 

Hard to believe that sometimes their wings are only 1 metre apart!!!

 

One of my favourite shots.



 



And just like that....they were gone!!!

 

 
 
To all you young people out there who don't know what to do with
your lives, join the Canadian Armed Forces!!!
Make a difference to Canadians and to the world, just like these pilots have!!!
 
 
Cheers friends!!

Monday, 29 July 2013

Another Birthday

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish to our nephew, Brandon Bucholtz who officially turns 30 years old today!! We were invited to his party on Saturday and had a really great time visiting with everyone.  Uncle Doug & I will have a tequila shot in honour of your day Brandon!! Hope it was a great one!!

Here's a toast to you, Brandon!!!
 
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On Sunday, July 28th, our dear friends, Bob and Danna, invited us and Josh, Kathy & Gus for brunch. Thank goodness they had lots of food because that Gus certainly eats a lot!! Didn't take many pictures but here is one of Bob giving him a ride. I know Gus doesn't look too happy but he really was having fun and laughing!!
 
Bob and Danna's kids were there. Carley (minus her hubby Graham, who was still up in Kelowna) Chris & his girlfriend, Jill and Bob's cousin, Debbie. Thanks again guys!! Food, as always, was terrific!! 
 
 
 
We finally made our way back to Nanaimo on Sunday after brunch. Wow, it really seemed like we were gone for a long time! Good thing any bills (which aren't many anymore) come on the computer or we would have a heck of a time getting reorganized!! I have to thank my sister, Susann, whose house our suite is in, for taking such great care of all my plants, inside and out. They are all thriving and will probably be begging soon for her green thumb to come back!!! Thanks again, sis!!!!!
 
Here's a picture of Felix, tagging along with Euri in the ferry line-up....
 
 
 
Today we are just doing the usual chores. Doug is working on Euri. The house battery that runs the fridge and the lights gave up the ghost awhile back so he is working on getting that fixed. Always something!!
 
Our daughter, Teagan and hubby, Shawn, are in Banff National Park for the next few days and were out hiking when they had a rather large friend show up. They weren't in any harms way luckily. I guess they and all the other hikers were corralled up on an observation deck, likely by rangers, and just watched. Such amazing animals. Just don't want to meet one close up!!
 
Wow...stay clear!!
 
Also, they became the proud owners of a VW Westfalia, Vanagon style. We were super excited for them. This VW has some important history to them as it was Shawn's Grandpa Rudy's van. He and Shawn were very close. Rudy passed away in 1995 so for Shawn and Teagan to have this van to continue Grandpa and Grandma's fun times camping will be so cool. I am sure Rudy is smiling down on them from out in the universe somewhere!!
 
 This is a real prize...only 107,500 original kms on it!!
 

They had it sent over to a local VW shop for a thorough "once over".
We are looking forward to being able to camp with them one day!!
 
 
Josh, Kathy and Gus went to see one of the lottery show homes today.
I think those boys look pretty comfy in those loungers, don't you??!!
 
 
Our friends and fellow travellers, Kevin & Ruth, are running a great contest on their blog. Check it out at http://www.travelwithkevinandruth.com. It has to do with being able to join Harvest Hosts. It is an organization that allows travellers to stay at their wineries in their own RV's. There is a great website that explains their rules etc. Super great option for staying overnight. They are only in the US, unfortunately......http://www.harvesthosts.com
 
Hope you all have a great start to your week!!!
 
Cheers friends!!

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Happy Weekend and a birthday!!

July 28th.....and it is our beautiful daughter, Teagan's, birthday. More than anything in this world, we wish her a most amazing and wonderful time in Banff with her husband, Shawn!!

We love you.....Happy Birthday!!!!!

Gus and Mr. Owl wish a very Happy Birthday to Auntie Teagan!!!
 
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We finished up our stint as cat-sitters for my Mom. I am pleased to say that the cat seems to have survived our shift although I think, at times, she was not happy with her temporary "staff"!!
 
On Friday, we headed over to Josh, Kathy's & Gus' place in White Rock for a few days. When we were in Mexico, we picked up a tortilla press for them. It was bought at a small hardware store in San Jose del Garcia when we were shopping with Bob & Danna. So much fun to see them use it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meanwhile, Gus and I practiced our foot shots.....
 
Pretty sure Gus isn't really enjoying this photo op when there
are plants and much more interesting things to look at!!
 
Grandpa and Gus check out the garden....
 
 
We have party to go to tonight (Saturday) for our nephew, Brandon. An early birthday celebration for his 30th. He officially turns 30 on Monday, just the day after Teagan, so we will put the official birthday wishes on here later for him!! 
 
We did make one small little acquisition the other day!!! Since we have decided that, for the unforeseen future, we will not be buying a bigger motorhome due to the extreme gas costs, we thought it best to stop putting so many "non-camping" miles on Euri. I have always wanted a VW Beetle and now we have one!!! I think Doug might have found something else he would rather have had but he found this little guy and it was love at first sight. It is a 2001 with a 5 speed and is loaded with pretty much everything except leather interior and has about 66,200 original kms on it, so very low. There are the usual nicks in the paint and being black you can really see them but we were more interested in the low miles. Super excited for sure!!! Guess we will have to get it cut polished up when we get back to the island....   
 
  Blogger friends....meet Felix!!

 
 
 
That's it for us for now. Tomorrow we are off to Bob & Danna's for brunch and then we will, eventually, make our way to the ferry and back to Nanaimo for about 11 days then we will come back to Vancouver for my Mom's 80th birthday bash!! So much to do!!!

Cheers friends!!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Food Trucks...again!!

What a gorgeous day!! Another day spent sea bussing and walking around this fine city, only made better because we are fortunate enough to be able to bring my Mom along! She is a young "nearly 80" and keeps up with us just great.

 Another big ship waiting for loading right in the harbour.
The sea bus goes around it.  

Card-carrying sea bus passengers!!
(Well, I can't speak for the lady beside us...)

First in the food truck gallery...

Beautiful city, right downtown Vancouver....

...and another!!

Trust me, they are everywhere!!

Always take time to take photos of the flowers!!


  
 ...and still more!!
 
And here is our choice for lunch, Vij's Railway Express (Indian Food)
Such a great chef and well known Vancouver restauranteur. 



I really wanted to get the Rice Puff and Chick Pea salad. The kindly young fellow told me it was all sold out. Oh well, I ordered something else. He called me over and told me "I saved a little bit from the last order so you could try it and then I know you will come
back again for more!!" You bet I will and I really love that kind of service!!
Here is my tiny sample so I will come back!! They are located at 1075 West Georgia....
 
 Doug & I both had the Butter Chicken Schnitzel and Mom had the Halibut Cheeks....
LOVED the wooden cutlery and the containers are made from
recycled cardboard, not styrofoam....
 
Picnic spot....

...and here is our view!!
 
 
After we finished eating, we wandered all over (sorry Mom). We dragged her up to the art gallery and circled around again back down to the cruise ship terminal. 

 Up on Robson Street, just behind the Art Gallery....

 Back of the art gallery and the back of the Hotel Vancouver (the green roof)

 Mom and the Canadian Trail banner at Canada Place
and the cruise ship terminal...

 One of the Holland America ships ready to go out to Alaska...

 

 A container ship comes in to port...

I NEVER get tired of seeing our beautiful flag.....

 Yup, in all her glory....

One of many sea planes that took off while we were there.... 

That's North Vancouver that you see in the background....

I really want to go to this "Fly Over Canada" show. It is only 30 minutes long but, apparently, the scenery is breathtaking and it is on at the IMAX theatre at Canada Place....  

 And there goes the Holland America ship, bound for Alaska....
 
 
Wow, we had a great time. We are all back at Mom's enjoying a nice cool drink. Doug and I are heading out to pick up some nice fresh buns for dinner and then we will call it a day.
 
You know me, sometimes I see a picture that I really want to take but I always want to be respectful of the person in the shot. This picture, I purposefully did not take the face of the gentleman sitting down but his words on his sign stayed with me all day....
 
 
Sometimes inspiration in our lives comes from the strangest of places.....
 
Have a wonderful evening with those you love.....
 
Cheers friends!!