The 4th Annual Victoria Tweed Ride was held last sunday, and what a lovely day it was! The ride itself was quite long this year, beginning at the St Ann’s Academy grounds downtown and finishing at a perfect picnic spot at Esquimalt Gorge Park. More than 200 riders enjoyed an ideal day out.

Waiting to take off! GJ built an amazing wind-powered flying machine for the front of his Raleigh. It worked so well, spinning propellers and flapping wings! Video coming soon.

Waiting to take off! GJ built an amazing wind-powered flying machine for the front of his Raleigh. It worked so well, spinning propellers and flapping wings! Video coming soon.

One of my favourite bicycles: a vintage Sparta tandem ridden by a lovely couple.

One of my favourite bicycles: a vintage Sparta tandem ridden by a lovely couple.

My picnic: tea sandwiches, cream scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, lemon cake and plums.

My picnic: tea sandwiches, cream scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, lemon cake and plums.

This bicycles and trailer are a mobile library! Well done!

This bicycles and trailer are a mobile library! Well done!

Our friend Francis took this pic of me and the picnic I prepared. Thank you Francis!

Our friend Francis took this pic of me and the picnic I prepared. Thank you Francis!

David's Tea, one of many sponsors, provided the tea service this year.

David’s Tea, one of many sponsors, provided the tea service this year.

So many beautiful bicycles!

So many beautiful bicycles!

Many large trees provided welcome shade to the picnickers.

Many large trees provided welcome shade to the picnickers.

GJ on the left, looking so divine, handing out a prize from Fairfield Bike Shop, where he works, to the always dapper, always a gentleman, Simon. Simon was one of the organizers of the first three Tweed Rides and gave much support this year to the new team.

GJ on the left, looking so divine, handing out one of the prizes from Fairfield Bike Shop, where he works, to the always dapper, always a gentleman, Simon. Simon was one of the organizers of the first three Tweed Rides and gave much support this year to the new team.

The lovely Marion always creating. I wish I had gotten a better shot of her dress which she sewed herself from vintage fabric.

The lovely Marion always creating. I wish I had gotten a better shot of her dress which she sewed herself from vintage fabric.

Our friend Riley having a post-picnic snooze. His fabulous mustache won him a prize again this year!

Our friend Riley having a post-picnic snooze. His fabulous mustache won him a prize again this year!

Such a beautiful spot, right on the Gorge Waterway, and a perfect sunny day.

Such a beautiful spot, right on the Gorge Waterway, and a perfect sunny day.

One of my favourite bikes.

One of my favourite bikes.

One of the especially nice picnics, gramophone and tweedy teddy included.

One of the especially nice picnics, gramophone and tweedy teddy included.

Beautiful bicycles, picnic hampers and trailers.

Beautiful bicycles, picnic hampers and trailers.

We’re having a little jewellery sale. Find the shop, Avant Crossing Guard, here. The shop facebook page is here. The shop tumblr blog is here.

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The late summer morning light was so lovely the other day, I was inspired to take these shots of some of our heritage architecture.

The Janion Hotel, 1891, has been derelict for decades and is now being converted into micro loft condos; Victoria BC Canada.

The Janion Hotel, 1891, has been derelict for decades and is now being converted into micro loft condos; Victoria BC Canada.

Customs House, circa 1875; Victoria BC Canada.

Customs House, circa 1875; Victoria BC Canada.

The Parliament Buildings, home to the BC legislative assembly, was designed by Francis Rattenbury in 1893 and built between 1893–1898; Victoria BC Canada.

The Parliament Buildings, home to the BC legislative assembly, was designed by Francis Rattenbury in 1893 and built between 1893–1898; Victoria BC Canada.

Detail of the Steamship Terminal building, designed by Francis Rattenbury and built in 1924; Victoria BC Canada.

Detail of the CPR Steamship Terminal building, built 1924, was also designed by Francis Rattenbury; Victoria BC Canada.

Beginnings of autumn colour at The Gatsby Mansion, built originally as a home for the Pendray family, circa 1890; Victoria BC Canada.

Beginnings of autumn colour at The Gatsby Mansion, built originally as a home for the Pendray family, circa 1890; Victoria BC Canada.

Bank of British Columbia building, 1862; Victoria BC Canada.

Bank of British Columbia building, 1862; Victoria BC Canada.

On tuesday, we had the most incredible rain storm, or storms, as there was a spectacular one in the afternoon with thunder and lightening, plus a bonus evening downpour of epic proportions. I did not capture these, but instead, the gathering clouds and lead up. We had a lovely morning walk and were almost home when the first gentle drops began to fall. These were taken at the beach on Dallas Road, just below Beacon Hill Park:

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The Victoria Classic Boat Festival and Blues Bash are both taking place in Victoria’s Inner Harbour this weekend.

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We were privileged to sit atop some warm rocks and watch a beautiful sunset a few nights ago. Peacock Hill Park is a small, rocky outcrop in the District of Saanich, about a 40-minute walk from downtown Victoria.

Gorgeous. One night earlier and we would have seen a much pinker sky, say our friends who visit this spot regularly at sunset.

Gorgeous. One night earlier and we would have seen a much pinker sky, say our friends who visit this spot regularly at sunset.

This is the nightly sunset fly-past of crows traveling from their daytime haunts to their nighttime roost.

This is the nightly sunset fly-past of crows traveling from their daytime haunts to their nighttime roost.

Looking east towards Mt Tolmi.

Looking east towards Mt Tolmi.

The final moments.

The final moments.

Two new necklaces recently completed:

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