August 2013

oh August i think you might be my favorite month so far this year – sunshine, peaches, road trips, lake swimming, ocean views, tenting in thundershowers, visitors and gatherings…

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Adam & Lene visiting from Denmark;

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we met 23 years ago – our grandmothers were good friends;

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our home away from home for much of the month of August;

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biggest cousins; 

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establishing their own easy going rules;

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me & M go way back to 1980;

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flickr friending face to face – it was so amazing to sit and have our coffee together in person and watch our not so little boys become fast friends too;Ella&Michelle

last of summer days with 3;

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and now we scoot right into the September’s back to school rhythm and routine…

 

Victoria

adventuring & exploring,beaches,travels | Friday, August 16th, 2013

ferrying away for visits too short and adventures aplenty;

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We took a step back in time to 14th century England at the Midieval Village. The actors were actually camped out for the week churning their own butter, baking bread in their clay fire oven, demonstrating weaving, pewter button making, hide tanning for parchment…it was really amazing to see them keep up their roles and carry on as we wandered about and peeked in their tents. 1 very young actor took a liking to the littlest A and played along in the rock maze;

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Fort Rodd Hill – a coastal 19th centuray artillery fort is not really my thing but the boys were into the tunnels and stairs;

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Fisgard Lighthouse – the first lighthouse on Canada’s West Coast and still a functional beacon. This place makes me dream of living in a converted lighthouse;

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When i used to live in Victoria i only ever drove short portions of the scenic marine drive. This time i had 2 tired wee folk in need of naps so i made it from Fisherman’s wharf past Willows Beach when they both conked out and i turned back to park and explore with my older boy these beckoning blue chairs with a stellar view of ocean, horizon and seals.

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Beacon Hill Park – touristy but it’s my old back yard so i like to see how the old hood is growing and changing;

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Ocean View Beach is soooo awesome. Half way out to the ferries it made a great 3 hour play stop before the long trek homeward;

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shouts out for some favorite local businesses;

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bowsXarrows

ride scooters

peaches and beaches

beaches,brothers,family,Okanagan,travels | Saturday, August 10th, 2013

in retrospect i don’t know why i packed a new outfit in varying layers for all 3 of us for 2 weeks because aside from pyjamas we wore the same beachwear 90% of the time. this vacation was all about lake swimming. have i learned the lesson of over packing versus travelling light?! you’d think so but i’ll put it to the test in another couple of weeks when we pack up to return to the land of peaches and beaches for another dose of serious summer;

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visiting – Okanagan part 5

beaches,beautiful people,family,Okanagan,travels | Monday, September 3rd, 2012

while it was ideal to have our own space to retreat to across the way at the neighbors we looked forward to spending our days with family, friends and neighbors. My sister’s little family came out for a few days, my childhood babysitter stopped in, i met my brother’s little boy, neighbors came for dinner, various friends met up with us down at the beach and papa bear flew out to meet us for the final weekend and the road trip back home. it was just the right amount of time each alone, together and with others.

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(Leanne’s photo);

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(next 2 photos are Leanne’s):

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intended for the road but eaten long before;

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15 acres and free little birds – Okanagan part 4

aside from trips to town for market goodies and frequent dips in the lake we didn’t stray far from the 15 acres between my folks and 2 neighbors. in the city i often seek out wide open spaces for the little ones to explore but the eyes in the back of my head don’t rest like they do here. of course there are other concerns but they are more reminders of mindfulness than cautions or restrictions. certainly my older boy feels more at ease wondering why we don’t just live here and the littler boy reminds me that the yellow key on my key chain is for home but sweetly goes with the flow or more adamantly insists to make his way and be included as he does.

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