Monday, June 18, 2018

THE WEATHER IS WARMING UP AND A BAD DAY FOR ONE GUY

Aileen's right eye continues to improve and we are still putting drops in it four times a day.  Tomorrow is moving day.  We hope to move up to Bamberton Provincial Park for five nights.  We will have Georgia with us Wednesday to Sunday while Richard is hosting a conference at the university.  From there we will be house sitting for Cousin Neil and Carol until about July 2 at which time we will move back to Richard and Robin's in preparation for Aileen's left eye surgery on July 4.  That's as far as the plans go at this time.

All photos taken with the Canon SX60

Out for a walk with Richard and his dog Winnie in a local park when I spotted this Tiger Lily

The next several flowers were taken at Butchart Gardens one morning




This is not just a young persons phenomenon

Pansies

Marigolds in front of pansies


Did you guess there were a lot of pansies?

As I was heading back to the car, I saw this butterfly that let me have two shots

Friday afternoon after we picked up Georgia from school, we were walking by the boat ramp in Sidney when we noticed a tow truck hooked to what looked like a wooden float.  When he started winching it in, a truck appeared below it.  

Apparently, the guy parked his truck up on the flat but seems to have left it in neutral.  After a while when he was down picking up driftwood, the truck rolled down the ramp.  Luckily, it didn't hit anyone or anything.  The police attended and gave him a ticket for something, probably leaving a vehicle unattended.  He makes bird houses out of driftwood that he sells at local markets and the back of the truck was full of them.  Some of them floated loose while the truck was being retrieved.  He also mentioned he had a $2,000 camera in the cab.  I think that will be useless after the salt water dunking.

Tow truck drivers have to be flexible

Here's a hot little dog trying to cool off

Two of several boat harbors in the Sidney area 


I watched this Great Blue Heron catch a little fish for lunch.  I think it would take quite a few of these to make a meal.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

FIRST EYE DONE

One down and one to go.  Aileen had her right eye cataract surgery this morning and it seems to have gone well.  She arrived back in the waiting area where I was, with an older lady in tow.  She was helping her get to the main entrance.   Now to take it easy for a few days and keep her head up.

We had a good rally at Seal Bay RV Park.  I delivered my annual treasurer's report and am still in the job for another year.   Aileen has volunteered to be the social host for the September rally and I have taken on the rally host position for next spring's rally.  Since we hope to be away all winter, I will have to do most of my planning before we leave this fall.  Our group is experiencing a common phenomenon with such groups in that we have an aging membership with few younger people joining us.

After the rally, we moved down to my Cousin Neil and Carol's for a couple of nights and we are now parked in Richard and Robin's bottom driveway again.  Yesterday was a drab and dull day so I thought, perfect to visit a forested creek area.  I spent about three hours wandering alongside Goldstream Creek in the park of the same name on the outskirts of Victoria.  It was a good choice.  We had showers overnight and this morning but the weather is forecast to do a rapid change and the outlook is for sunshine and much warmer temperatures for the next week at least.

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These baby ducks were in the pond at the RV park


Since this female Hood Merganser was the only adult duck on the pond, I have to guess she is the mother of the two babies.  This image is looking into the light.

And this one has the light on my side, makes a difference, doesn't it

A Spotted Sandpiper down on the beach in North Saanich

This cute little guy is a Chestnut-backed Chickadee

There are scores of Canada Geese down at the beach here in North Saanich

Also on the beach was this American Goldfinch male

And here he is with the female
The above images were taken with my Canon SX60 super zoom point and shoot.


The images below, taken at Goldstream Creek, were shot with my Canon 6D with a 24-105 lens mounted on a tripod.



Goldstream Falls.  It was 198 steps down to the bottom and 198 back up again afterward.  I thought it was worth the effort though.










Monday, June 4, 2018

RALLY TIME AGAIN

We're off to Seal Bay RV Park this morning to attend the Spring SKP Chapter RV Rally near Comox, BC.   We will be there until Friday morning then we will head toward Victoria to get prepared for Aileen's eye surgery next Wednesday.  I have filled Charlie and Sheila's woodshed so that project is completed early this year.  Not too much happening here this past week but we did get together with friend Bev D for lunch one day.  

Today's photos were all taken on my walks with Mitzy before breakfast the past few days.  

Yellow Monkey Flowers in a ditch

Wild Rabbit along the trail

Its Daisy time


Red Clover along the roadside

Its peak Wild Rose season here

Friday, May 25, 2018

OH, OH WE HAVE TO CHANGE OUR USUAL PLANS THIS SUMMER


Yes, we thought our summer would flow along like our last few but when Aileen went to get her eyes checked prior to new glasses, she was told she has a fast growing cataract in one eye.  She was able to get an appointment where our daughter in law works with a specialist who informed her that yes, that was true but she also had one in the other eye which is slower growing.   It looks like she will be having the first one operated on in July and the other two weeks later.  That is going to mean we will be spending a lot more time in the lower part of Vancouver Island this summer.  We usually try to avoid that by heading to the top end where there are far less people.
We had to take Mitzy for her regular vet appointment today in Courtenay so we combined that with taking Cousin Bill to Dick's Fish and Chips in Campbell River for lunch.  I got out twice this week geocaching, haven't been doing much lately.  On Monday I made my first ride with the ATV club I belong to when here.

An all too common occurrence these days, the old cabin is being replaced by the square monstrosity seen in the background.  


Dew drops on a rose leaf one morning, enlarge the image to see all the little pictures in the drops.

Mitzy and I walk by this house some mornings

Wild rose along the road

Out riding with the Alberni Valley ATV club on Monday we were stopped by this snow from going to our planned destination

So, what can we do but play a little?

I sat here on the banks of the Cameron River to have my lunch

Looking over the Alberni Valley from up on the flanks of Mt Arrowsmith

Those are my tracks after getting winched backwards.  I was doing great until getting high centered on the hard snow and having all four tires spinning helplessly.

A little further on from the view to the west and the Alberni Valley, I was able to look to the east side of Vancouver Island in the vicinity of Qualicum/Coombs

Lots of residual snow in spots up on Mt Arrowsmith

St Mary's Lake on a shoulder of Mt Arrowsmith 

Up high, the Trilliums were in their prime

A little mountain pond

Wild Huckleberry blossoms

While Aileen was at her specialist appointment in Victoria, Mitzy and I sat in a sheltered spot at Cattle Point and watched this Great Blue Heron.

These two guys were having fun in the wind off Cattle Point

Camas and Oak trees at Cattle Point

Later, after Aileen's appointment, we met Richard and Georgia at Finnerty Gardens at the University of Victoria.  The Rhododendrons and Azaleas were still pretty impressive.  


An Iris

Korean Mountain Magnolia at Finnerty Gardens

Northern Flicker spotted on our morning walk