Monthly Archives: August 2014

Kelowna

Week 8 – The Okanagan

‘Changes in our lives are like soft waves nudging the shoreline.  Accept each one as an opportunity to go with the flow and experience life from a new perspective.’

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach it’s destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Week 2 in Canada means moving to one of the longer stops on our tour of North America – Killiney Beach, my parents cabin is located here and has 180 degree views of Okanagan Lake – a wine and fruit region and is about 5 hours from Vancouver.  It’s a semi-arid desert region (yes, Canada does have deserts), so the days are hot and the nights cool.  It’s a very popular holiday destination for many Vancouverites and Albertans.

So our journey started by leaving Cultus Lake going to Harrison Hot Springs,

Sasquatch

I found the Sasquatch!

where you’ll find the famous Sasquatch

and a lovely hot spring pool, then driving Highway 7 to Squamish to a have a stellar dinner at a local eatery on the river

Water Shed Cafe

Water Shed Cafe – Squamish

and our first night in a tent.

The next day, we were off to Britannia mine,

Britannia Mines

Britannia Mines

which is a mining museum for copper, which has vastly improved since my childhood experiences.

Then it was off to the famous Whistler Village

Whstler Welcome Totem

Whistler Village Welcome Totem

of recent Winter Olympics fame.  A great place to spend some time anytime of year, but we just had an afternoons taster with plans to make a more extended visit when we come back – someday.  We saw 3 beautiful waterfalls

and then did the long drive through beautiful hills, forests and valleys to my parents place, but, only made it to Merritt due to landslides on our original route through Kamloops – some place we will, also, need to do ‘next time.’  Still we’ve arrived here and are soaking up the beauty and star filled skies – plus a tubing trip between the lakes.  Great place to be!

Do you have a favourite natural beauty country you have been to, if so, where?

Debx

Forgot to mention in the original letter about our walk around Bear Creek, which is a good little walk and the name holds true, so do bring your bear aware knowledge when walking this trail.  It only takes about an hour.  We didn’t see a bear, but we did see some bear skat (pooh).

Bear Creek

Bear Creek

Also, we didn’t do it this trip, but I can highly recommend going to Fintry and it’s historic house, it’s interesting and a beautiful park with a walk up to a waterfall.

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Tea Pot Hill

Week 7 – 1st Week in Canada

‘Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.’

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach it’s destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Wow, my first week in Canada has been great!  We arrived on Monday with one less suitcase – John’s has been lost by the airline and still no signs of it showing up.  Still we settled in to Steveston – a lovely, little fishing village in the south part of Richmond (a burb of Vancouver), with friends.

John O

John O

I had discovered there was a cannery museum,

Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Gulf of Georgia Cannery

which was a huge part of our B.C. history, which I knew little of.  But not only did I learn about the cannery, there’s, also, a free outdoor museum of the workers who worked in the canneries (there were 72 canneries in its heyday, now there are only 2 left in B.C., still in operation).  It was worth taking the time to go through it and the guides are very friendly and helpful.

After Steveston, we headed into Vancouver ‘proper’ to catch up with more friends

Oren, Kari and me!

Oren, Kari and me!

and hit some favourite sites in the city.  John and I, always, hire bikes and then cycle round Stanley Park – which only takes an hour and you get to take in some of the best views of the city.

Stanley Park & Lions Gate Bridge

Stanley Park Sea wall cycle ride, under Lions Gate Bridge

Then we headed over to Granville Island Market and had a nice lunch, as well as, taking in the sights and sounds of this lively and ever changing market place in the city centre.  Vancouver is still one of my favourite cities!

Then we started our journey east heading towards Cultus Lake to meet with my parents to begin our journey across the Northern States to hit the Mari-times of Canada by Fall/Autumn.  We celebrated my Dad’s birthday and are off for a walk up ‘Teapot Hill‘ today- very nice!

See ya soon.  (Some extra photos are below)

Debbie

Teapot Hill, Cultus Lake:

Castle

Week 6 – Last Week in England!

‘Inspiration comes to us slowly and quietly… prime it with a little solitude.’ – Brenda Ueland

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach it’s destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

I’m sitting at the new terminal 5 at Heathrow waiting to drop our bags off.  Soon I will be on the big plane to start the longer haul flights.

First it’s Vancouver, Canada – my home town. I’ll let you know next week, on the blog, how my first week back went, but, for now, my last week in the UK.  I met up with John, again, in Hove at a friends place.  It was odd to be in the old neighbourhood, but not our home.  It was recognisable, but a little out of place.

My trusty stead

My old bike which has moved onto it’s new owner.

Still, this time was a God-send to tie a few loose ends with final bills and other such stuff.  We were even able to have some fresh vegetables from the garden – lovely!  The weather has been good and I managed to meet up with many friends and say good-bye.

This included a stellar breakfast with my walking ladies, seeing a movie – ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (highly recommended), BBQ,

BBQ

BBQ with Friends

Pub Quiz (where we won when John got the exact date of the last public hanging in the UK) and ending with High Tea at the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne with some lady friends.

High Tea

High Tea at the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne

Also, this week, saw us move to another friends place, in Pevensey Bay, to sit back and relax before our big adventure.  If you ever get there, do the Pub Quiz at the Castle Inn – good fun, good food, good quiz and all for £1.

Pub Quiz Winners

Pub Quiz Winners

I feel raring and ready to start this first leg and content that all the loose ends are tied and all’s well that end’s well.

Do you have any Shakespearean quotes that you love?

Debx

Globe

Week 5 – back in London Town

‘Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference’ – Winston Churchill

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach it’s destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which, I hope, you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

My first month of travel has started, but not as I had expected.  I’m still in the UK, but there is only one week left before I jump on the jumbo jet to Canada.

Plane Comic

Plane Comic

My last week found me back at my friends in London and seeing some new sights in the ‘big smoke’.

The Buxton Memorial

The Buxton Memorial

Naturally, there was the wind down from my week in Henley.  Got 2 excellent reviews!  (You can view one online here) – 4 stars!  So, sorted out some after show admin, seems my life is always full of this form of work.

Still, I went to the Tate

Tate Gallery

Tate Gallery

for the first time.  While I saw some lovely works, I like the Tate Modern over the Tate.  Seems this is a normal game where people like one or the other, but not normally both.  How about you?

On my final night in London, I went to the Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station

to watch an outdoor film – ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.’

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

I would call it an art house comedy and I had an awesome time.  Brilliant way to end my first month of travels and my last night in London.  As when I come back to the city, this beautiful old building will be changed to flats.  Also, going here was on my bucket list of places to see before they remodeled it and what better way to do that, than with an outdoor movie.  Do you know of any other such outdoor movie gems?

Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station

I’m now back in Hove for a few days.  House sitting at a friends.  It’s been a lot of meeting with friends (to find out more about, my friend, Kate and her production – ‘To Freedom’s Cause’ #emilymatters, see post note at bottom of blog).

Kate Willoughby

Kate Willoughby and I enjoying a fond farewell.

and saying good-bye.  Makes the leaving a tad melancholic, but I’m sure there will be many more friends along the way.

Tea

Jasmine white tipped green tea – my favourite!

See you soon, hopefully, on my travels!

Bye for now.

Dx

‘To Freedom’s Cause’ – #Emilymatters was created by Kate Willoughby as part of the social media campaign to open up the special House of Commons event on 13 February 2014 to a wider audience, where To Freedom’s Cause was performed, followed by a lively & informative debate that was chaired by Jane Garvey (BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenter).

As a result, the event went viral & boosted the growing momentum of Emily Thornberry MP‘s campaign for a statue of suffragette Emily Davison to be erected in the Houses of Parliament.

#emilymatters

Emily Davison’s statue

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