I went a little crazy making art cards last week in anticipation of our upcoming open studio this saturday. I still have a few more ideas, but should probably turn my attention to Holiday themes for the next few months.

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Took a gorgeous walk through the fog and mist on Wednesday; unusual weather for the middle of August. For me, Victoria is at its most magical in the fog.

View towards Fisherman's Wharf from the walkway near The Inn at Laurel Point.

View towards Fisherman’s Wharf from the walkway near The Inn at Laurel Point.

The Coho leaves the harbour through the fog.

The Coho leaves the harbour through the fog.

Just a strip of fog hovering low over Ross Bay.

Just a strip of fog hovering low over Ross Bay.

 

Found this little guy on a sidewalk in Fairfield. His shell was so beautiful.

Found this little guy on a sidewalk in Fairfield. His shell was so beautiful.

Happy to see a cooler cloudy day for a little break from the sunshine, we took a lovely walk along a different route; the West Song Walkway from downtown to Westbay Marine Village in Esquimalt. Some pics to enjoy:

From the blue bridge we spy these colourful kayakers enjoying the day on the water.

From the blue bridge we spy these colourful kayakers enjoying the day on the water.

Just past the blue bridge, we begin along the Songhees area portion of the walkway. The Ocean Pointe Resort is just on the right. The Westsong Walkway is a very beautiful pedestrian path along the Victoria Harbour. It takes about 40 minutes each way, or stop 15 minutes in at Spinnakers Gastro Pub for a bite or drink.

Just past the blue bridge, we begin along the Songhees area portion of the walkway. The Ocean Pointe Resort is just on the right. The West Song Walkway is a very beautiful pedestrian path along the Victoria Harbour. It takes about 40 minutes each way, or stop 15 minutes in at Spinnakers Gastro Pub for a bite or drink.

A view of the Inner Harbour from a different direction. The Welcome to Victoria sign built from yellow flowers is quite visible even from this distance.

A view of the Inner Harbour from a different direction. The Welcome to Victoria sign built from yellow flowers is quite visible even from this distance.

Looking back, a view of our hard-working blue bridge; still in service while it's replacement is being built beside it.

Looking back, a view of our hard-working blue bridge; still in service while its replacement is being built beside it.

A view of Fisherman's Wharf. Our walks usually take find on that side of the harbour.

A view of Fisherman’s Wharf. Our walks usually take find on that side of the harbour.

A beautiful Heron takes a break from fishing. In the background across the harbour is the Fisheries Canada facility in James Bay.

A beautiful Heron takes a break from fishing. In the background across the harbour is the Fisheries Canada facility in James Bay.

Approaching the end of the walk, we have a glimpse of Westbay Marine Village. The shoreline was littered with deadheads from bright red geraniums which were quite pretty floating in the water.

Approaching the end of the walk, we have a glimpse of Westbay Marine Village. The shoreline was littered with deadheads from bright red geraniums which were quite pretty floating in the water.

The City of Victoria is presenting a series of lunchtime concerts at Centennial Square, right beside City Hall. They are every tuesday, wednesday and thursday from noon until 1 pm until September 11. Yesterday we were lucky to catch the Damian Graham Trio, who are awesome. There are also two concerts remaining for the Eventide Music Series. If you are going to be in Victoria, you can find out more info here.

The Damian Graham Trio performing a lunchtime concert as part of the Summer in the Square series. On piano, the wonderful Karel Roessing; the excellent Joey Smith on stand-up bass; and the delightful Damian Graham on drums and vocals: jazz standards, jazzy adaptations and original compositions.

The Damian Graham Trio performing a lunchtime concert as part of the Summer in the Square series. On piano, the wonderful Karel Roessing; the excellent Joey Smith on stand-up bass; and the delightful Damian Graham on drums and vocals: jazz standards, jazzy adaptations and original compositions.

Mr. Damian Graham transports his gorgeous drum kit by bicycle!

Mr. Damian Graham transports his gorgeous drum kit by bicycle!

I was waiting for my walking pal the other day and took these shots of the Empress Hotel. It just seemed extra pretty from this view; the gardens are very lush right now.

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GJ made the best risotto the other night. It was very simple but delicious. First he made  a large batch of risotto bianco by sautéing a simple soffritto (finely chopped onion, garlic, celery and carrot), adding the arborio rice and then stirring in homemade vegetable stock in stages until the rice was the perfect al dente; a bit of yogurt at the end added extra creaminess. While that was resting, he sautéed a bit more onion and garlic with some whisky smoked lardons from Ravenstone Farm, fresh thyme and green peas. This he combined with some of the prepared risotto. The left over risotto was made into arancini (rice balls) with spicy tomato sauce for dinner the next night.

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On the last day of July, I rode my bike along the Galloping Goose Trail to Mattick’s Farm, a collection of shops and services in Saanich, about 15 km from downtown. The ride is marvelous, mostly on trails. Another time, I would go a bit earlier and have breakfast at Adrienne’s Tea Garden and Restaurant, or a bit later for ice cream! There were a lot of cyclists – the perfect stop for a ride to or from Sidney.

My beautiful Ritchey.

My beautiful Ritchey.

 

View across Blenkensop Lake from the trestle.

View across Blenkinsop Lake from the trestle.

There is a pretty good amount of bicycle parking available. As well as the restaurant, there is a Red Barn Market for purchase of snacks and beverages if you didn't bring enough in your panniers.

A good amount of bicycle parking is available at Mattick’s Farm. As well as the restaurant, there is a Red Barn Market for purchase of snacks and beverages if you didn’t bring enough in your panniers.

As well as the shops, there is a nice bit of green space and garden to enjoy.

As well as the shops, there is a nice bit of green space and garden to enjoy.

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