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Expansive Sky

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English Bay Beach, Vancouver, British Columbia Joining in with Skywatch Friday this week. Have a great weekend everyone and a wonderful start to the month of August.

A Thoughtful Gift & A Pleasant Walk

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"I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun." Charles Swindoll Yesterday I had a package from my blogging friend John of John's Island .  We have been friends for awhile now and have come to find we enjoy certain things that speak to simple pleasures in life.  One of those is coffee. John lives in Seattle and I live in Vancouver. Both of our cities share similar weather patterns and the residents of both simply love their coffee. Do you think it has anything to do with all the rain both of our cities get over the winter months? My wonderful care package; coffee mug included. This morning I enjoyed my first cup of these "new to me" coffee. It was very nice!I even got a wonderful mug showing the Seattle Skyline. It is a dark roast and I usually drink medium roast but I enjoyed this coffee very much. I even dran

Travels in Beautiful BC and Kenya

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Hi everyone, I trust you all had a great weekend and are looking forward to the week ahead. I have a little of this and that to share with you today. It has been a busy time in so many ways. My niece was here visiting me in Vancouver, British Columbia, all last week.  We had a very nice visit together and managed to make it out to a few scenic spots in town where we enjoyed the scenery and beaches, went to the movies, visited her brother and had a small birthday party with pizza and cake. She always looks forward to the birthday cake. Downtown in the West end of Vancouver near Davie St.& Beach Ave. People everywhere were enjoying ice cream. There was a nice breeze at the beach. A view from the beach to the west. There are ships and sailboats everywhere! The Honda barge being readied for the Celebration of Lights (Fireworks) competition which begins July 25/15.  Saturday we travelled home together and I had a chance to visit with my mom for a few hours too.

Saturday's Critters

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The following beauties were all photographed at Vancouver's Bloedel Conservatory last week. The conservatory contains three habitats: tropical rainforest, subtropical rainforest, and desert. Over 200 birds of various species reside within the dome and are allowed to fly free. I love the deep, rich colours in these plants.   The Bloedel Floral Conservatory houses about 500 species and varieties of plants from deep jungle to desert clime, all within the dome. The conservatory is home to Bougainvilleas and Browallias, citrus and coffee trees, Eucalypti and epiphytes, Euphorbia and various figs, Gardenia and Hibiscus. Magnolia trees share space with delicate lilies, yucca with pteris (ferns). Perhaps you can just make out the waterfall beyond the palm fronds. Also on display are an array of tropical fish.  Koi Fish Pond If you missed my post about the macaws and cockatoo at the Conservatory, you might want to have a look here . Today I

Another Beautiful Sky Over Vancouver

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Hi friends, I hope you are all having a lovely week so far. I have had a visitor all week and we have been busy trying to make the most of our time together. Check out skies from earlier this week if you missed it. The weather has been cooperating very nicely too. The temperatures have dropped about 10 degrees Celsius and the temperatures are now very pleasant unlike much of the summer where it has been so very hot. Tonight rain is in the forecast and we sorely need it. But only a very small amount of rain is forecast. I hope the forecast is wrong and we get a lot more rain than predicted so our water reservoirs can fill up.  Earlier this week we also had lovely skies over Vancouver.  You can check some out in my earlier post. I took these photos on Wednesday evening.  I was indoors when I spotted the soft pink clouds out my window.   I grabbed my camera and ran out to capture the sky before the light completely faded. I'm joining in

A Beautiful Day at the Beach

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Hello friends,  I hope this day finds you well and in good health.  This week I have a visitor and so I am doing things I haven't done in awhile.  Today we went to the airport to pick up my nephew who has had several weeks holiday in Croatia and several surrounding countries.  I took his sister with me to greet him at the airport. After taking him home to the university we stopped for a beautiful view at the beach. There are several beach areas in Vancouver.  This beach is called Jericho Beach.  (The high rises in some photos is where downtown Vancouver and the West End are located). My niece remarked how much she enjoyed the breeze.  Tomorrow we are taking in a movie. Thursday we will celebrate her birthday which we do together each year. The weather today was a lot cooler and much nicer than it has been. I heard we are getting a bit more rain soon. That will be most welcome. I hope you are enjoying your summer