Sunday, 16 August 2015

Birthday and Barnston Island

A busy weekend has come and gone!! Where to start!!

First, and most importantly, it was my Mom's 82nd Birthday on Saturday. I know she will not dis-own me for telling my friends just how old she is. She is an amazing lady and is a true inspiration to everyone. We are blessed to have her in our lives (plus, she can down a mean tequila shot!!)

So Mom - even though we were with you on your special day, here is your  "official" sign.....

We love you!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!
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We all gathered at Mom's place and went out to a Greek meal just up the street. Super fun time for everyone.
 
 

Gus giving Great Grandma all the "ins and outs" of an I-Phone!!
 
Jasper likes a good party as well!!
 
Lacey, Nancy & Gus

Yes, it does look like the birthday girl is now celebrating
on her own, but she wasn't!!
 
Gotta love these public play things in the local community square.
Apparently, Gus loves it too. It kept changing colours and tipping like a teeter totter....

 

 

 

Jasper is pretty happy about that keg of left-over beer for
Dad in the front seat of the stroller!!
 
A great evening of fun with family - just what we all love!!
Happy Birthday Mom!!!
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On Sunday, we headed over to Barnston Island with Josh, Kathy & Gus for a bike ride. This is a small island in the middle of the Fraser River. It is primarily farmland. There are a number of speciality farms of organic nature with chickens, goats, cows and the like. What we love is the narrow road that winds all along the outer edge of the island. Very, very few times does a car come along and it is almost always just sight-seeing, like us and moving very slowly. Super safe bike riding and it has a great park for stopping and resting (along with outhouses). We really love it here. 
 
"Located in the Fraser River between Surrey and Pitt Meadows, Barnston Island was named in 1827 for Hudson's Bay company clerk George Barnston. The island has no direct road access to the rest of the area. It is accessed through the Barnston Island Ferry, a short 5-minute ferry route from Surrey on 104 Avenue across Parson's Channel; the ferry ride is free. Barnston Island's main road travels along the perimeter of the island. It is about 3 square miles and is about 9 kms to ride all around the outside."
 
 

 

Just going across this arm of the Fraser River.... 

 

Blackberry stop!!



Snack stop!!

 

 

One-Two-Three.....JUMP!!!

 

 

 

 

 

There is the little "barge-ferry"

 

 
 
What a great, great weekend!! It's my favourite kind of time, spending time with family!! We had a marvelous time with Mom for her birthday and a spectacular time riding on Barnston Island with the kids........Thanks to everyone for hanging out with us!!
 
Peace....
 

Thought for the Day: What we see depends mainly on what we look for…..J. Lubbcock

 

Friday, 14 August 2015

Enjoying summer time!

We have just kept on with our "part-time" work schedule and hanging out with family and friends. Two of our favourite things to do.

Trying to fix Doug's bike....

Jasper hanging around with Bob and Danna....
Not sure who is entertaining who here!!

"Grandma, do these people belong to you??" 
 
 
Wednesday found me heading to Nanaimo for a quick run with Euri to the mechanic's Time for a full tune-up and check-ups! Just a "turn and burn" overnighter with Sue and Lacey then home again. Euri will be home in a week or so.
 
 
 
Beautiful sunset through a dirty ferry window!
 
That's about it. Today found me doing on of my most favourite things, spending time with my grandsons!! God, we love these little guys!!
 
Picture courtesy of Kathy...
Look who will be 6 months old on Monday and is nearly sitting on his own!!
 
Cookie making time.....

Picnic time in the back yard.
(Notice Jasper doesn't quite have that "sitting" thing mastered
as he is about to tip over!)

"You okay little bro??"
 
Peace....
 
Thought for the Day: For it is in giving that we receive….Saint Francis of Assisi
 

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Enjoyable visit!

Remember Doug's cousin Dale, and wife Sue, were here from Ottawa area, heading out on an Alaska cruise. Well, they had a great time and said they would go back on another one anytime.

Once they were here and settled, I took them over to my old stomping grounds, North Vancouver. More specifically, Lynn Valley and the amazing Lynn Canyon Park. This park was established in 1912 and started out as 12 acres and has now grown to 617 acres. We were fortunate enough to grow up with it on our back doorstep. Please check it out at: http://lynncanyon.ca

This swinging bridge is pretty high over the water.

We called this the "bum slide". It is never recommended for anyone to
slide down the waterfall. It churns and churns when the water goes over the falls and hits the pool, creating a whirlpool that is nearly impossible to get out of. 
  
There are miles of beautiful trails. They weave you through old growth forest.
Hard to believe that it is actually "second growth" forest as the first 
trees were logged in the 1920's..... 

 
 
Due to the now high traffic numbers, many of the trails have been beaten down quite a bit. The District of North Vancouver has built some boardwalks on some of the hilly sections to aid the visitors. We never had these, we just scampered up and down the trails......   

 

This area is the "swimming area" in what is called 30 Foot. Pretty safe for
swimming although extremely cold and clear water. 

At the top of this picture (where the water looks like it ends), there is a long
cavern that goes up quite a ways. You can swim up there or take the
easy route by going up there with an inner tube.  
 
I was trying to convince Sue that if she jumped in, I would follow her.
She didn't go for it!!

This is the fairly dry (at this time of year) river bed where the pools from 30 Foot empty into. The water flows down stream and crosses under the big swinging bridge we crossed.
The "photographer" getting that good shot on the rocks....

Banana slug - true North Vancouver wildlife (oh, that and bears!!)
 
After heading back up the trail from 30 Foot, we went right past the swinging bridge and kept heading south along the trail until we came to another bridge. We always called it the "wooden bridge". It actually crosses an area called Twin Falls.
 
 
 
 

"Follow the yellow brick road" or in this case, the wooden boardwalk....

 

 
 
Unfortunately, Doug was working but I loved showing off our city to our family. From Lynn Canyon, it was a quick stop at my Mom's for refreshment and then on to a great spot to view our city at Cypress Mountain look out (thanks to Bob and Danna for that idea!!). What a great vantage point. I love this city of ours!!

 

Thanks for the visit!!!
 
After a great dinner out at Crescent Beach in South Surrey at Pelagos Greek Restaurant, it was time (next day) to get them to the airport.
 
Yes, that was an adventure when you take a 2-1/2 year old. Started out playing with Dale at the house and then watching a dump truck dump a whole load of dirt in our lane.....
 
Putting the race car back together.....
 
Dumping that dirt in the lane.

This little guy likes to get right in the middle of things.
Can't have too many opinions on how to get those tickets out!!

Okay, I will just sit on the luggage and wait.....

Tags need to go on the bags.....

Sue and Gus pick out their plane of choice!!

Really, the only proper way to eat Miso soup is with no shirt.....

Time for just one more "touristy" picture
...and then home we went!
 
Peace....
 
Thought for the Day: Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein