I took this photo as I was crossing a street to make a bus transfer. It's not cold as you can see the gentleman in the foreground doesn't have a jacket on.
As I walked down the street, I noticed that the building which is undergoing restoration is a senior's residence.
This was a rather short street with very few homes on it. I found this modern styled home.
I liked the simple, yet effective front entry with the small garden and potted plant. The door colour is nice too!
I didn't expect to find a restaurant here just a few steps away from the modern house. It looked like a well used coffee shop. There aren't too many coffee shops for several blocks radius since this is a residential area although I understand that there is now a coffee shop in the newly constructed Trout Lake Community Centre across the street.
I didn't have a chance to go inside the new Centre but it is newly constructed and opened in February 2012. I believe the old buildings were demolished because they probably didn't meet current building codes for fire safety.
The community centre seems to have two buildings. You can see one in the background in the photo below. I also noticed the interesting shrubbery in place of grass. I think it is probably to make the space more eco-friendly.
Now I am about to enter the park area. Every weekend during the farmer's market this sign is put up to let non-residents know that they are not to park in this area.
Trout Lake is set in what is known as John Hendry Park and is the only lake in Vancouver proper. This park is a real gem. I don't get to spend much time in it but whenever I do get there I see the locals having a wonderful time. The lake itself is in a beautiful setting. One always sees mothers and dog owners, taking their children and dogs for a walk.
The little dog in the photo below was friendly. It came up to me but when it realized I had no food, it didn't stop to visit. It just kept right on going. His owner, the man up ahead in dark blue rain coat, was patiently calling "Maisie", as she dawdled along at her own pace.
You can see how deep the puddles were in various places along the pathway. By the time I got to this stage of my walk, I was soaking wet. The rain soaked through my rain coat which is not rubberized for heavy duty rainfall.
I was going to the place you see just up ahead beneath the leaves....
But first, one last look and photo of the lake and the nice walking path along the waterfront.
At last! I make it to the market but I didn't take photos of the hat lady's stall. By that time I was just too wet and was more interested in drying up a bit and trying on hats. Sadly, she had made two hats for me but neither of them fit just right despite giving her the measurements beforehand. She has to make some adjustments and I have to wait a bit longer. *sigh. I did manage to find a new hat for my mom and got a bit of a discount even though the hat still cost a lot more than my mother would ever want to pay. I've told mom that I will take the hat if she doesn't like it.
Here is a photo showing just how much rain was accumulating.
After I left Trout Lake, I decided to go to Chinatown to buy some new medicines and get another foot reflexology treatment. The medicines I bought last time were not doing the job.
I also wanted to get more photos for my Namibian blogger friend, Graham. I admit that once again I didn't get the best photos but they add to what I posted last time (you can click here for the last visit). I will of course be making future trips and hopefully at some point the weather will be nicer and show a different side to Chinatown.
The first thing that caught my eye was this red street light. The bottom of it has Chinese characters but I have no idea what is written.
|This is a long view of a street. You can see at least 5 street lamps in the middle part of the photo.|
In this store window you can see various cakes which are waiting for their customers to come and pick them up. I especially love the cakes with the fruit on top as they have fresh cream in the middles and more fruit inside. This is what they call "Fruit Cocktail Cake". The cake itself is a chiffon cake and very light in texture.
In another part of the window, you can see what events are going on if you can read the Chinese characters on the brochures.
I bought some goji berries (wolfberrys) to put in my cooked oats. These berries are called a superfood because they are supposed to be very high in antioxidants. However as always it is good to check with your medical practitioner before taking such things. For example this berry has been known to cause problems in some cases with people taking warfarin (a blood thinner).
Some stores sell food and herbs and some strictly sell herbs; like the one in the photo below next to the Fido (phone) store. If you click on the photo you can see all the medicines and herbs in jars.
Here are some dried shrimp.
And here are some dried mushrooms. These can be reconstituted and used in your stir frys and other foods but I've only ever used dried mushrooms to date. I did not like the particular brand I bought and prefer using fresh mushrooms.
That's it for my tour of Trout Lake and Chinatown for today. I'd love to hear your comments or questions.
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