Sunday, 15 July 2012

Somewhere out here!

Sorry for our absence.....we have been on the "other side" of the pond, on the Lower Mainland (Vancouver). My mom has sold her house in North Vancouver. She has lived there for 50 years. Imagine, living anywhere for 50 years!! We all grew up there. There are many, many wonderful memories. That house loved us and took great care of us all. Now it is time for her to have a new adventure. She is a busy lady, always on the go somewhere. To date she has paraglided off Grouse Mtn (2009) and skydived out of the Pitt Meadows airport (2011). She will re-settle somewhere and will be free to travel, etc. without the worry of her house. We love her and are super stoked for her!!

That's a lot of pots & pans, Mom!!

Just a little tour of the backyard...

Early one morning, we heard a visitor in the back yard. The huge bear had ripped the door off the neighbour's shed and brought their garbage can into Mom's yard and
chowed down!! He was probably 500 lbs. No tag in his ear, yet....

While we were gone, we also stayed at Josh & Kathy's. It was a nice excursion out to Crescent Beach for dinner one night. I love Crescent Beach. It is the place that we took Teagan and Josh when they were little. We spent so much time out there. We felt we were so lucky to live so close to such an amazing area. Of course, always there is ice cream!!! father, like son...

Nice part of the beach walkway...

..nothing like gelato!!

The end of a nice evening...

Now we are back here in Nanaimo. We will get out this week to "see" more and will happily report back on the amazing parks and walks we have at our fingertips!!

Thanks to whoever is out there!


Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Getting out there!

Well, first of all we have to make a VERY important announcement:

We are going to be GRANDPARENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yup, subtle is my middle name!! We are pretty darn stoked!! Our son, Josh and his wife Kathy, are due with their first baby in the middle of December....Pretty stoked is a bit of an understatement. We will be staying in the country until the middle of January before we head back to Mexico for another tour, but not until we get to know that beautiful grandchild!!!

Next, we want to wish all our American friends a very Happy 4th of July!!


The rain managed to stop enough yesterday that we were able to get out and check that Piper's Lagoon was still here, safe and sound.We did get out to Pipers Lagoon a few times in January before we left to go south.

Then it was off to Neck Point, which is just around the corner from the above Piper's Lagoon. Super nice and we are looking forward to further exploration of this park. It did start raining quite hard while we were there, so we will be back, but here is a sneak preview:

Despite the rain, we weren't the only ones enjoying the park!!

This photo looks back towards Piper's Lagoon!!

So, that is the news for now. I know, the grandparent thing is just the best, isn't it??!!


Monday, 2 July 2012

Post Canada Day

Happy Canada Day!! Well, it is a day late, but we did manage to see a bit of the celebrations around the Nanaimo waterfront!!  We started the day off with a nice breakfast at Tina's Diner, in downtown. Nanaimo has a really nice downtown section. Not too big, but lots of little shops to wander around in.

Lots of the local downtown were all dressed up for the big day...

Hey, those people look familiar!!

Never WHO you will find downtown...

Looks like a nice place to get a "take-away" lunch for picnics (....or just eat in). Cheeses are one of their specialities. I'm going to try one of their fancy grilled cheeses next time! Locally made mustards, jams, artisan crackers, etc. Yummy!! Check them out!

Signs, signs, everywhere the signs...

Yup, we used the back door!!

From downtown it is a 5 minute walk to the waterfront. That's one of the things we like about the town, it's really easy to get to the fun stuff....

What the heck?? Crosby was there?? Who knew!! NOW, that's Canadian!!

One of my favorite parts is all the different outfits and hats worn. Very patriotic and fun!!

 Something about being Canadian that we love. Even our flag, in paper form, left here, discarded, after someone's festivities were done, still looks pretty amazing in it's glory!!

Happy 145th Birthday Canada!!

Our flag at home!!

...AND, incidentally, today, July 2nd, is our 35th Wedding Anniversary!!
Happy day to my most amazing and wonderful husband, Doug.
Hey, we got married when Canada was only 110 years old!!!

Hope some of you are still out there!! We really will get exploring, if it would ever QUIT raining, which is pretty much what it has done since we got back to the "wet" coast two weeks ago!! But, hey, we do live in a beautiful rainforest in the Pacific Northwest and you know,'s gonna rain!!