Friday, June 8, 2018

I Say Goodbye & Welcome Some Cloudy Days

I said goodbye to a friend of mine recently. We met at church many years ago and haven't been keeping up well with one another since she and I no longer attend that church. She also lived another municipality away.  Though she was very busy packing and cleaning, I wanted to take her for a farewell lunch.

My friend Celia did not want to leave the  City of Vancouver.  But most of the condos in her building were bought out by a developer and thus in the end she had to sell too.  She has purchased a much larger home in her new city. It sounds like a wonderful location near shops and a man made lake with walking areas surrounding it.  Now that all the decisions have been made, a new house and furniture purchased, she is looking forward to the move.  Everything has worked so smoothly in her favour that she believes it was a divine event for the benefit of her future.  I'm quite certain she will enjoy living in her new home.  She has the added benefit of her daughter and grandson living nearby. Her daughter has been coaxing her mom to make the move for some time. As my friend Celia says, she had to be forced and now that she has been she is very accepting of the situation.

Here is my friend answering the phone. She was being invited out to dinner the same evening by yet another former church friend.

Salad Bar

Cabbage and Spatzle?

Beef Roulade and perogies

Breaded trout with beans in mushroom sauce

A small portion of the desserts on offer

We had a fabulous visit but we visited so long that my throat was dry and parched afterward. The only thing that separated us is she began to run behind schedule for dinner! We had a lot of catching up to do and hopefully we'll have a chance to visit again in her new city.


On another subject I haven't participated in a long while in the Saturday's Critter's meme. I'm not sure why but it never seems to be the right time for me to take photos of animals or creatures of any kind.

I found one bee or wasp while I was taking photos of the geraniums.

The seagulls were photographed on my recent harbour cruise. It's always interesting to watch birds flying against the wind.

The last photo is of 5-6 seals lying on the logs, also from the harbour cruise.

Can you see them?
Click to enlarge and it will be easier to see the seals.
I'm afraid I don't have a good lens to zoom in close enough.

I'm a bit behind in posting as I still have a post to share with you about the harbour cruise.

Joining in with

Saturday's Critters

Thank you for joining in.

If you missed my Skywatch post you can find it here.

Have an awesome weekend.


  1. Glad everything is working out for Celia and that she is happy about the move! The photo of the harbor is beautiful!

  2. It's tough to have to make a move that you don't want to make.

  3. Looks like a lovely visit with an old friend!

  4. Hello, Sounds like Celia will have a nice home and close to her family. It is sad she had to move from her condo. I am glad you could have a visit before she moved. The bee/wasp look tiny. Love the view of the harbor and the gull in flight. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thank also for leaving a comment on my post.

  5. Your friend Celia looks a happy smily friend. I like that spread of food, even though i never heard of some of those things - perogies and spatzle?

  6. A great visit with an old friend. She will be happy in her new home.

  7. Sounds as if Celia will be happy in her new home. Sounds like a very nice location, with the lake for walking nearby.
    Pretty picture of the harbor and yes, I did make out the seals.

  8. Lovely critter photos and so glad your friend's decision turned out well for her and all ~ am sure you will miss her ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. Nice pictures and good food.
    Always nice to have contact with friends.
    Best regards, Irma

  10. Nice photos of food and birds and the harbor, Penny.
    And, thank you for your visit.
    Happy WE!
    Peace :)

  11. I love the German foods!
    I love also how you care for your friends, it says so much about you.
    Lovely photos as always.
    It often works out that changes that hurt at first, can end up to be best for us.Sometimes we don't even see why it is best for most of our lives but I always think there was a lesson in things we go through.
    Have a great day my friend.

  12. I love that harbor shot. I love Vancouver, it's such a beautiful city, but I always hear how expensive it is.

  13. It is difficult to say goodbye to friends when one of you is moving away. I am still sad all my very best friends are so far away and I miss them so. They are all ex Rhodesians and apart from a couple of them in the USA the others are now in RSA.
    Looks like you had a great selection for your meal. Have a good Sunday. Diane

    P.S. Do you know what happened to Graham at One Stoned Crow? I so miss his posts.

  14. Always hard to say goodbye to a friend, but hopefully you will see each other some over time. Nice Saturday Critters shots as well.

  15. Celia has such a joyful smile!! I wish her much happiness in her new home!!
    It looks like you had a great feast together, both the food and the friendship! Although it must be hard to have a goodbye.

    Wow, you can see seals like that in the harbor!! I would find that an unusual sight in any city but seems they are very comfortable there!! Blessings and a great week to you!♡

  16. I wish Celia happiness. I know it must be very difficult to be forced out of one's home when not ready. And some lovely photos too!

  17. seals can be hard to see even with a good camera :) Or eyes :)

  18. I hope Celia is happy in her new home. Great images!


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