Saturday, August 27, 2022

Happy Friday, Happy Skywatch & Happy Weekend

Hello folks and blogger friends,

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer to date. It certainly is different from the last few years in many ways. I'm thankful to have the freedom to go out and about more than the previous years. But I didn't get a chance to go out of town for several years now.  This year was no exception.  Even though restrictions were mostly lifted, I really don't care to travel right now and contend with all the travel/transportation delays and related issues.


We've had a heat wave for much of (July and ) August.  Even when the posted weather has been in the lower 20s Celsius, it has still felt sweltering.  Even Jonah who is used to the heat and dry areas in Kenya has commented about how hot it has been here. At last we had a dip in temperatures today and a sprinkling of rain. It wasn't a lot of rain but combined with lower temperatures it made all the walking I did today much more bearable.



I had to go deep into downtown Vancouver today to the Purolator service center to return a few Amazon parcels. Normally I send items back through the post but these items had to be returned by Purolator. It was very convenient to get to the center by bus as it let me off across the street. I thought I would return straight home and the bus stop was right outside the center's door. However when I got to the bus stop there was a sign saying one had to catch a bus at Burrard Street. That was a lot of walking for me especially since my knees aren't fully rehabilitated. Fortunately I managed to do what I needed to do.


After I finished downtown, I did more errands in my neighbourhood.  I was shocked at how many people were out and about.  There were lines of people everywhere waiting to get into virtually every single restaurant and drinking establishment  Of course it is Friday and many people go out on Friday nights but tonight it was noticeably busier than usual.  I don't know if it was because the weather was cooler and more comfortable or if suddenly people are realizing that the end of summer is almost upon us and they're trying to soak up every minute left of it. It's probably a bit of both.  It was also very busy with tourists downtown though it doesn't seem so in the photos. It was nice to see so many visitors walking and enjoying the sites.


The photos I'm sharing are from downtown Vancouver in the city's West End Coal Harbour area. For most of the day the sky was a very dull gray. The sun came out around 6 p.m. but I couldn't stop to take photos.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend.

 Joining in with Skywatch Friday


  1. Beautiful set of photos. I think it has been extra hot everywhere. We have been up to, and sometimes over 40C for a couple of months though this week looks like it will be in the mid-30's. Nigel is in the UK at the moment, his father passed on, on Monday. He hopes to fly back on Wednesday, then we will both drive over for the funeral. We need to get life back to normal after that what ever normal might be!!! Take care, Diane

    1. Hi Diane, thank you for visiting today. You have been on my mind and I've been wondering how you and Nigel are doing. I'm very sorry to hear about Nigel's father but I recall that he hasn't been well for awhile. I wish you and Nigel and the family al the best as you prepare to say goodbye to your father-in-law. Stay safe. xx

  2. Glad to see you could make the trip to town. Vancouver is a beautiful city. Keep well.

  3. Beautiful photos, I love the skyscrapers and the sculpture. I hope your weather cools off soon.
    Take care, have a happy weekend.

  4. I am so sorry that you had an unexpected long walk considering your bad knees. But it appears that you had a wonderful day taking photographs of Vancouver. Such a lovely area. Thank you for sharing.

  5. So you want some great photos? Take a good walk.

  6. Great photos! Vancouver has been on my bucket list for years. It just seems like a beautiful forward looking city that I would like to learn more about and see.

  7. I've only been to Vancouver once, and it was on business (so didn't get to do much sightseeing). I hope to see it again someday!

  8. Lovely pictures to look at. Thank you.

  9. I've been out a bit more this summer and sometimes without a mask (but always if I'm in a busy store or the market). I have a feeling all that will change soon enough so I'm very grateful we have this reprieve.

  10. I enjoyed seeing Vancouver here. I've never seen "down inside" it, just from afar from travel shows. Clean, busy . . . it looks like a place I might enjoy.

  11. Thank you for all the photographs, always nice to see.
    Have a good weekend.

    All the best Jan


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