A Seasonal Update

Hi friends,

It's been awhile since I posted due to my computer acting up. I thought I would have to get a new computer because mine is pretty old as far as computer years go. But I was able to get a new video card and have it inserted into the old motherboard. After a few tweaks and such it is now working. This is likely the last upgrade that can be done to my old computer. But for now it saves me a an additional big cash outlay at Christmas time.

I wanted to share a few more photos of my old alma mater taken when I went for my nephew's graduation. If you missed that post and would like to read it you can find it here.

These photos depict parts of our walk from the Chan Center to the Robert H. Lee Alumni Center where a cake and coffee reception is held for the graduates and their guests.

Firstly, you see we are in the area called the Rose Garden located next door to the Chan Center where the graduation ceremonies take place. In Spring and Summer there is a beautiful rose garden in bloom.  It's location overlooks the Pacific Ocean and graduates and their friends and families love to take their photos there.  The day of graduation we were very fortunate indeed that the rain stopped and people were able to get their photo opportunities.  The Rose Garden was still a pretty venue for photos even though the garden was not in bloom.

It turned out to be quite a lovely day after a few days of very heavy rain. The flag unfurled enough to get a good photo and you can see all the people in the background and the ocean and mountains beyond.

We walked south along Main Mall until we got to University Boulevard where we turned and headed east until we got to our destination, the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.  On the map below it is a grey box marked Alumni Centre at the junction of Main Mall and University Boulevard. It has been many years since I walked these streets and I see heavy duty construction all around.  The map below indicates the street names and also shows a lot of construction is underway. The campus looks rather different since I was a student there many years ago. Back then I loved the campus because it was full of green spaces. Times change but overall it is still a very pretty campus especially in the Fall and Spring when everything is in glorious colour.

The building below is the Sauder School of Business.

The building in the photo below is the Koerner Library.

The stone building in the background of the photo below is what used to be the old Main Library (now replaced by the Koerner Library above).  I worked many hours in the library. I enjoyed the job and it paid well as far as student jobs in those days.

 I'm glad to see the clock tower is still standing though so many other things have changed on campus. 
I used to run from the far eastern edge of the university grounds (Thunderbird Stadium) to the western edge near the Rose Garden to make it for my Canadian Literature class after participating in my Phy. Ed. methods class. It was a breathless trek as I only had 10 minutes to change and run across campus before the class started. I couldn't arrange my schedule in a better way so I had to live with it. I'd run into the professor almost every time as he waited until the last second to enter the class.  Once he entered he did not pause but went right into the lecture for the day.
He was one of the best lecturers I ever had and I remember that class fondly.  What I don't remember too fondly is I'd always be sweating and panting from overheating. Once I got a very bad bleeding nose from being overly heated and had to leave the class to deal with it. Thankfully it only happened once.

 This clock used to keep me on schedule as in those days we didn't have cell phones and not everyone wore a watch.
Times have changed. No pun intended.

Nearing the Robert H. Lee Alumni Center we pass this totem pole

This totem pole was a gift of the Musqueam people to the university and stands as a permanent welcome and a reminder of the relationship between the university and the Musqueam people whose traditional lands are where the university has been built.

After the reception and goodbyes, I continued my walk down University Boulevard.

 I am headed to the village where there are a variety of shopping establishments.


After the graduation event it rained again for several days.  This week the weather suddenly turned sunny and has been so for several days.   I went out and captured a few photos from my patio.
Today (Thursday) it turned quite foggy. I enjoyed the misty atmosphere during my walk to run some errands.
I was buying some supplies for projects I'll share in my next post.

East facing view from my patio.

Seagull overhead. These birds start their calls at 4 or 5 a.m. every morning. They make such a racket.

The high rise complex is nearing completion. There are several adjoining buildings making up this new complex.

I never tire of the mountain view and church steeple.
A night shot of the same view but taken on a different day.

When there is no rain the weather can get cold enough for the snow to fall and I've felt the change of temperature indoors despite the heat being on.
So far we have only had snow on the mountains. I don't mind if we don't get any on the ground this year. 
Last year we had snowfall the middle of November which was the earliest I recall ever getting snow in Vancouver since I've been living here. 
It used to be we got snow once or twice in very late December or even later and it would melt right away.
Gradually however we've been getting quite a lot of snowfall. At first the snow stayed for about 2 weeks.
Last year we had a lot of snow and ice and it stayed for months!
Needless to say the winter tires must be put on soon and the earliest appointment we could make is for Monday.


Last but not least, a friend and I went to Handel's Messiah on Friday December 1st.
It was performed by the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Vancouver Cantata.  
We enjoyed it enormously but were fatigued after the very long performance.

I can only imagine how tired the soloists, choir and symphony members.  Each and every one put on a spectacular performance for a very appreciative audience at the Vancouver Playhouse. Even the conductor had a tremendous workout with his vigorous conducting.
The 3 performances by these soloists, choir and orchestra were pretty well sold out.
Fortunately there is another set of musicians also performing Handel's Messiah over several performances. 
I'm sure those will also sell out.

The photos I'm sharing are not very good.  I used my phone camera and combined with the lighting overhead  and the subjects (performers) were moving too quickly, I couldn't snap the photos fast enough.

Alexander Weimann, Music Director and Conductor
Some of the Orchestra members. Chloe Myers, Concert Master Violinist (far right of photo).

Soprano, Yulia Van Doren, Baritone Tyler Duncan hugging conductor, Charles Daniels, Tenor stands nearby

Mezzo-Soprano, Krisztina Szabó in blue

 I've been very fortunate to attend 3 concerts leading up to the holidays.
I'm very grateful for the friends who've joined me and for the enjoyment I've had so far.
I actually have one more concert to attend next week.

It is the first Christmas without our dear mom.  So much of our holidays in recent years revolved around her and travelling to see her.
This year is a very different Christmas.
New activities and traditions are required.


Rather than spend a lot of time thinking about what to do I just decided to do what I love.
I purposed to spend this holiday in peace and to enjoy the moments along the way.
I enjoy a good concert especially at Christmas so several concerts are in my schedule this year.
I've also invited several people over for Christmas dinner so I have a lot to keep me busy with dinner, house and gift preparations.

We are getting close to Christmas so I may only be posting once more.

Until we meet again enjoy your Christmas season however you choose to spend it.

Joining with Friday Foto Friends.


  1. A beautiful tour. I remain in awe of your mountains.

  2. It looks like a beautiful campus and wonderful visit. How fun to return. and lucky you with the Messiah. We've been several times before and not sure we'll go this year but I have to say, that music is pretty darned stunning!

  3. Enjoyed your visit to UBC. I've not been to the UBC campus. 15 years ago I went to the U of S campus and recognized very little of it.

  4. It's good to see an update from you! I enjoyed the visit to the campus and your memories. It's a pretty place. I love the totem pole!

  5. Lovely light and colours in these shots. And what an unusual clock!

  6. Great music like Messiah is one of the hallmarks of western civilization. I can't even begin to count how many performances I have attended. I have not a shred of religiosity in my body, but the music transcends its religious theme. I am curious that a Canadian university would have a structure commemorating Ribert E. Lee. Is it THAT Robert E. Lee? Surely not........

    1. Thank you for your visit and comment David and for pointing out my error about whom the alumni center is named after. I corrected my post.You are quite right that a Canadian university is unlike to commemorate Robert E. Lee ;-)

  7. Loved viewing your photos. I always enjoy looking at photos of places I've never been. It truly must have been a joyful evening watching Handel's Messiah being performed. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hello, going to the Christmas concerts sounds wonderful. I love your photos, the view of the flag, old and new libraries and the totem. The Tower is a great landmark, I hope it stays the same. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  9. I really enjoyed looking at your photos. Some very unusual ones, especially the clock tower and the totem pole. I don't ever think of mountains there, just jungle. Beautiful. How wonderful to listen to Handel's Messiah.

  10. Beautiful. One day I hope I can see it all in person.

  11. What a beautiful campus with some very unique architecture. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Dear Friend,
    your shots are truly outstanding, thank you for sharing such Beauty !
    Thanking you heartily for the lovely comment you left on ~ My little old world ~ too - I sincerely appreciate it - I'm sending blessings of joy on your weekend

    XOXO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

  13. There are some great buildings and places of entertainment in your beautiful country. Hope you get your computer problems fixed soon x

  14. That is a beautiful campus! I love walking around the UO near where we live (in Oregon) in the summer/Fall. The University culture adds so much to our city (most of it good ;>)!! I would love to attend that concert near Christmas -- a perfect way to begin the Season


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