Two recent gifts for friends.

Amethyst and fresh-water pearls with brass.

Amethyst and fresh-water pearls with brass.

Canal Views Imagined, water colour and ink on Arches hotpress.

Canal Views Imagined, water colour and ink on Arches hotpress.

Canal Views Imagined, detail.

Canal Views Imagined, detail.
This park holds only a small portion of the creek, much of which is now covered by roadways.

This park holds only a small portion of Bowker Creek, much of which is now covered by roadways.

Stumbled on this pretty little park in Oak Bay a couple weeks ago, full of birds and blossoms. More info here, here and here.

Ducks enjoying the creek.

Ducks enjoying the creek.

Would be a great picnic spot, so quiet and peaceful!

Would be a great picnic spot, so quiet and peaceful!

It was a gorgeous spring day yesterday. I had a walking adventure with our new friend Sprocket and his humans. We found a lovely little public dock just past Banfield Park in Vic West. The Gorge Waterway was perfectly still and it was quiet and peaceful. Stopped at Fol Epi and Cafe Fantastico at Dockside Green on the way home for delicious snacks and tea.

The Gorge Waterway, looking towards the Selkirk Trestle portion of the Galloping Goose Trail, Victoria BC.

The Gorge Waterway, looking towards the Selkirk Trestle portion of the Galloping Goose Trail, Victoria BC.

Our pal Sprocket. He's simply wonderful!

Our pal Sprocket. He’s simply wonderful!

From the dock we daydreamed about this gorgeous house with a lovely big deck that overlooks the Gorge.

From the dock we daydreamed about this gorgeous house with a lovely big deck that overlooks the Gorge.

I’m in love with the new Discovery Coffee location on Blanshard Street near the corner at Fort, in Victoria BC. They make an excellent hot chocolate and serve Yonni’s Doughnuts, if they aren’t all gone!

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Our weather lately has been ridiculously lovely. Here are a few random pictures from Victoria BC.

Sunset from Dallas Road in James Bay.

Sunset from Dallas Road in James Bay.

My favourite, grape hyacinth.

My favourite, grape hyacinth.

Beautiful white-blossomed Magnolia trees in Chinatown.

Beautiful white-blossomed magnolia trees in Chinatown.

A misty view of Mt Baker in Washington State, taken from Summit Park.

A misty view of Mt Baker in Washington State, taken from Summit Park.

Pink on blue in the neighbourhood of Fairfield.

Pink on blue in the neighbourhood of Fairfield.

Quick pickled vegetables I made this morning – cauliflower, carrot, onion, and watermelon radish. Fast and easy, you just have to eat them up fairly quickly.

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Our young old cat and our old new cat are not yet friends. They tolerate one another, and once in a while, almost play.

I caught these photos yesterday.

Ah, relaxing…

Ah, relaxing…

Not sure if either knew the other was there until the moment of…

What the… !

What the… !

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