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I love our neighbourhood! Chinatown, the oldest in Canada and second oldest in North America, is beautiful and magical – and never more so than with snow! After hanging out with our visiting family, I spent the afternoon walking in a sparkling blizzard.

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Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year, The Year of the Wooden Horse. Here are a couple pics from Canada’s oldest Chinatown, plus a nice link to explore the history of my beautiful neighbourhood!

The 500-block of Fisgard Street and The Gate of Harmonious Interest, erected in 1981, are freshly adorned with new lanterns, some green, to mark the Year of the Wooden Horse.

The 500-block of Fisgard Street and The Gate of Harmonious Interest, erected in 1981, are freshly adorned with new lanterns, some green, to mark the Year of the Wooden Horse.

The second of two stone lions which stand on either side of the gate. These were donated by the city of Suzhou, Victoria's sister city in China.

The second of two stone lions which stand on either side of the gate. These were donated by the city of Suzhou, Victoria’s sister city in China.

First snow of the season! Very pretty out there.

The Chinese Public School with snowy evergreens.

The Chinese Public School with snowy evergreens.

Entering into Centennial Square from Fisgard Street.

Entering into Centennial Square from Fisgard Street.

Snow and seagull in Centennial Square.

Snow and seagull in Centennial Square.

The Gates of Harmonious Interest at the Government Street end of the 500 block of Fisgard Street.

The Gates of Harmonious Interest at the Government Street end of the 500 block of Fisgard Street.

Warm August sunset illuminating buildings in Chinatown, Victoria BC.

Warm light from August sunset illuminating buildings in Chinatown, Victoria BC.

Amazing accordion group from Moldova – Contertino – at the International Accordion Festival.

Amazing accordion group from Moldova – Contertino – at the International Accordion Festival.

The evening air accentuates the delicious fragrance if this flower bed at City Hall.

The evening air accentuates the delicious fragrance if this flower bed at City Hall.

Flowers at City Hall with glimpse of the setting sun.

Flowers at City Hall with glimpse of the setting sun.

Chinatown Sunset, underneath the Gate of Harmonious Interest.

Chinatown Sunset, underneath the Gate of Harmonious Interest.

Chinatown Sunset, detail with yellow lantern.

Chinatown Sunset, detail with yellow lantern.

We were very sad yesterday to take down our show at Dales Gallery. We had so much fun and met so many interesting people. While we were there, we had a chance to take some video recordings of the new and adapted pieces and update GJ’s youtube channel with new films. The rest of the summer is ahead and we feel excited about the momentum generated during our time at Dales. Thanks to everyone at the gallery for their support!

Paintings ready to leave and the wires which held them for the last two weeks. Our beloved neighbourhood of Chinatown can be seen through the open door.

Paintings ready to leave and the wires which held them for the last two weeks. Our beloved neighbourhood of Chinatown can be seen through the open door.

The walls are bare and ready to showcase the work of other artists.

The walls are bare and ready to showcase the work of other artists.

Happily wearing our Fluevogs today!

GJ is looking mysterious in his Swordfish from the mid-1990s. Vintage Tie and velvet smoking jacket complete his ensemble. At Arrogant Pirate, Dragon Alley, Victoria BC.

GJ is looking mysterious in his Swordfish from the mid-1990s. Vintage tie and velvet smoking jacket complete his ensemble. At Arrogant Pirate, Dragon Alley, Victoria BC.

I went with my red Mini Zazas.

I went with my red Mini Zazas.

Another of my favourite neighbourhood haunts is Trade Roots, a furniture and home decor shop at 545 Herald Street. Their small space is full of gorgeous antiques, furniture custom crafted from reclaimed wood and fixtures, and imports.  This welcoming and inviting shop is also a great place to find unique gifts!

Trade Roots: one of our favourites. Chinatown, Victoria BC.

Trade Roots: one of our favourites. Chinatown, Victoria BC.

Beautiful postcards and packages of assorted buttons and interesting bits and bobs.

Beautiful postcards and packages of assorted buttons and interesting bits and bobs.

I dream of sitting at this desk with all its magical drawers.

I dream of sitting at this desk with all its magical drawers.

A large selection of super-cool lighbulbs.

A large selection of super-cool lighbulbs.

I love their line of metal shelves and cabinets from India.

I love their line of metal shelves and cabinets from India.

Reflections of our wonderful neighbourhood.

Reflections of our wonderful neighbourhood.

A recent install of maple and pipe shelving at another neighbourhood treasure, Arrogant Pirate in Dragon Alley.

A recent install of maple and pipe shelving at another neighbourhood treasure, Arrogant Pirate in Dragon Alley.