We’ve just started a new club for fellow vintage bicycle enthusiasts in Victoria. In spite of the only rainy day of the summer, a few of us braved the moisture, and had a quick ride in Fairfield. We stopped in Beacon Hill Park for a leisurely repast of tea and cake, plus lemon currant shortbread cookies delivered to our starting point by a member who didn’t want to ride in the rain, but still wanted us to enjoy the cookies! We ended at The Drake Eatery for a drink. A very lovely day and nice to meet new friends and connect with a dear friend we don’t see enough of!

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Our friend Liz Dempsey creates the most beautiful drawings and paintings. For the last year, four large works have been displayed in the Commercial Alley Public Art Gallery, a collaboration by Open Space Gallery and the City of Victoria. The show runs until August 15, 2016.

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On a recent trip to Vancouver, we were treated to a full day of the most magnificent stormy sky. There was neither rain, nor lightening and thunder, just these beautiful clouds.

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For the Canada Day long weekend, a large group of friends took a trip to Saturna Island, part of the Southern Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia, just off the southern part of Vancouver Island. GJ and I rode our bikes to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, about 31 km from our home in downtown Victoria. We made a few stops along the way and rendezvoused at the ferry terminal with more of our party, and a friend who spends July 1 on Saturna every year helping with the big Lamb BBQ event.

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Such a beautiful morning riding out to Sidney on the Lochside Trail. This is the view from the Blenkinsop Trestle.

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Mattick’s Farm in Central Saanich. Bathroom break, but could have easily been ice cream break! We were holding out for lunch in Sidney.

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One of our favourite places to eat in Sidney, Maria’s Souvlaki.

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I’m not sure why, but those waffle fries are so, so good.

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On the ferry from Swartz Bay in Sidney to Lyall Harbour, Saturna Island.

Our accommodation on Saturna at the Breezy Bay B&B was delightful. Saturna Island is beautiful and rugged, with much beautiful shoreline. We enjoyed walks, beautiful views and great food. The Lamb BBQ, the Community Club’s yearly fund raiser, was an old-fashioned country fair. I hope we can return to Saturna Island soon!

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Our home for three nights, the Breezy Bay Bed and Breakfast.

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The view of Boot Cove from the Breezy Bay B&B.

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A tiny beach at Breezy Bay, Saturna Island.

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Stranded moon jellyfish, Breezy Bay.

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Beach assemblage, Breezy Bay.

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Sunset from the Lighthouse Pub our first night on Saturna.

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Twenty-seven Saturna Island-raised lambs. The event sold over 900 tickets for this feast. The community Club uses money raised from this event for their yearly budget which funds the local library, health care, ambulance service, school events, to name a few.

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The crazy wood-fired beverage barrels at the BBQ. One for coffee (thick and fierce by all accounts), and the other for water (from which was brewed the best cup of tea I’ve ever had!).

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Ah, the shady veranda. M and J relaxing with GJ.

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Heading back to the B&B from the beach at Breezy Bay we are greeted by the pet chicken.

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Sunset view from the hill above Breezy Bay.

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The Saturna Heritage Centre at East Point. Photo courtesy GJ Pearson.

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M and Sprocket staying on the path to avoid the spear grass. Photo courtesy GJ Pearson.

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Goodbye Saturna…

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Back to Sidney and breakfast at The Five and Dime Diner.

I was so happy last week to see Brad Pasutti’s latest work displayed at Winchester Gallery in Oak Bay. Another great collection of paintings by one of my favourite Victoria painters and people.

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Brad Pasutti, The Intertwining, June 7–25, 2015, Winchester Gallery

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The Center of Gravity, Brad Pasutti 2016

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The Anatomy Lesson, 2016; Conan, 2015; The Width of Your Present, 2016.

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Pli selon pli, Brad Pasutti 2016

We love our neighbourhood and the fact that it is filled with other artists. So, we thought we should share our experience with visitors from around the world. Check out our website avantcrossingguard.com or go straight to tickets at our online store.

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The season for the Dogwood tree’s showy delight of blossoms is almost over. I found these photos I had taken in Oak Bay about a month ago. The bloom of one variety, the Pacific dogwood, is our province’s official flower. I don’t know what variety I captured below, but it was very spectacular!

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