Thursday, September 29, 2022

Skywatch Friday ~ September 30, 2022

Friday September 30, 2022 is first  National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, colloquially known as Orange Shirt Day.  It is a new Canadian statutory holiday to recognize the legacy of the Canadian Indian residential school system. You can read more about it here to understand how the statutory holiday came to be.

Yesterday I had lunch with an old and very dear friend of mine. She is now 87 years old and I haven't seen her for a few years. I cannot believe that much time has passed since we had lunch on my street. In the meantime her long time husband has passed on and she has moved from the house they shared to a beautiful apartment not too far from where they lived. She invited me to come and see her new home.

Her apartment has two small balconies with the most stunning views of the city. She lives on the 11th floor so I snapped photos to the north and to the east.  It clouded over while I visited her and was raining by the time I took these photos and eventually made my way home.

View to the northeast. The buildings in background are in the city's west end neighbourhood.

Same scene as above but  bit earlier in the afternoon before the rain came.

The green in the center of the photo is Stanley Park and the mountains shrouded in mist is West Vancouver.

Many ships and barges were in the water. The number kept changing.

A view to the east includes parts of Kitsilano neighbourhood and the high rises in back are downtown.

My friend made a great choice in a new place to live. The building has an outdoor pool, a fitness center, lovely garden and everything you could need is a short distance away. The best part of all is the comfortable surroundings and the fabulous views.

Perhaps you can see in the last photo how dry the lawns are. Normally they would be green but we had hardly any rainfall for many months after getting so much rain last fall, winter and even into the spring. We had a late arriving heat wave it we are expecting warm, summer-like conditions again though it rained on Wednesday and was overcast on Thursday.

Joining in with Skywatch Friday. Thanks for stopping by and visiting today.


Andree said...

How nice you could visit with her. I bet she is proud of her new place and loved showing it off to you. It must be even more stunning in clear weather.

Penelope Notes said...

This is indeed a beautiful home full of comforts. Nice to see a rainy day as we have had far too few drops this past while. :)

Light and Voices said...

It is an important decision that your friend made. She claimed the pool, the fitness center, the garden, the view, and being close to everything. She let go. Moved on but still had the memories in the corners of her mind. I am so proud of her. Glad you shared some time to visit her and many more visits to come in the future. Thanks for sharing those beautiful views.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Wow, gorgeous views! Sounds like a wonderful visit.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Your friend indeed has some great views. Great photos.

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! Great views from your dear friend's apartment and how sweet that you were able to visit with her after a long time away ~ Great post ~ Xo

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Red said...

Your friend moved to some very fancy Digs. Good for her to have fine accommodation at 87.

Photo Cache said...

Sometimes downsizing is not too bad, especially with views like this.

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