Another perfect autumn day, this time for a bicycle ride. We are so fortunate to have a wonderful cycling trail system. I took the Galloping Goose trail out of town, and then turned onto the Lochside Trail heading north. About 20 minutes out, I turned right onto the Blenkinsop Greenway which took me to Blenkinsop Road and my shopping destination, The Rootcellar. It was a crisp and cold day, but bright, and so very autumnal.

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Heading home along the Blenkinsop Greenway. There is farmland on either side of this section of the trail.

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Many starlings.

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From the trestle bridge approaching Swan Lake.

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Swan Lake in Saanich.

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Another view of Swan Lake through copper-coloured leaves.

I’ve been working on a new series of neck pieces lately. Here are the first few…

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A lovely warm day last week enticed us out for a long walk. We just took our usual route along the harbour and waterfront, and through Beacon Hill Park – plus coffee with a friend. A perfect autumn day.

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We were on the walkway along Dallas Road, very near Odgen Point, when we saw a small crowd watching something in the water below. The tide was high, so conditions were perfect for this pair of harbour seals (adult and juvenile) to feed on a school of tiny fish they had boxed in against the wall of the road/walkway. The younger one seemed to get bored once in a while and dart out to sea before coming back to help with the hunt. Perhaps it was actually rounding up escapees!

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Bobbing upside down to watch the prey and decide her next move…

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A beautiful bald eagle sits atop the Totem Pole in Beacon Hill Park. Once the tallest in the world, this majestic pole was restored in 2011. Read more here.

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Bright colour, dark sky – Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC.

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A yellowing ginkgo tree at the edge of a reflecting pond in Beacon Hill Park.

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Coffee, cappuccino, and hot chocolate while sitting outside in the sun at the new location of Discovery Coffee.

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Back home to Chinatown underneath this beautiful sky.

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.