This weekend I had the good fortune to be visited by Gayla and Becca from Seattle and Dan from Albuquerque. I picked them up from the Clipper terminal in Victoria on Saturday morning and the tour began! A walk around Victoria (the Busker Festival was on), a meander through the Empress, a drive along the waterfront, and a wonderful walk and cream tea in the Abkhazi Gardens. Most of the photos in the slide show are of the wonderful flowers and plants that are surviving despite the current prolonged dry spell. We drove the slow scenic route back to Ladysmith and had a quiet supper chez moi.

Sunday we hiked the Holland Creek Trail down to the Ladysmith waterfront and marina. Lunch was at the Beantime and then time to drive them back to Victoria to catch the 5.30 ferry back to Seattle. The traffic – it has increased….

A lovely but far too short a weekend – click on an image to start the slide show.

 

From June 30 – July 4th I had the pleasure of teaching a lovely group of artists willing to try their hand at botanical illustration. They were enthusiastic and hard working and as you can see from the photos, they achieved a great deal in the week. A very delightful experience, and I would highly recommend that anyone reading this blog checks out the MISSA website. A wonderful way to spend a week in the company of artists, in a terrific setting.

Just click on an image to start the slide show.

An enjoyable time was had by all as we walked our merry way from Maple Bay to Crofton last Easter Saturday. Walkers were Jean Irwin, her brother Tony and wife Alison, son Simon and friend Karina, daughter Charlotte and friend Mark and little old me! The walk took around 4 hours through drizzle, cloud and a dash of sun. We made it to the pub in the Crofton Hotel just before the real rain hit. I really enjoyed a ginormous cappuchino! A few photos from the trip – click on any to start slide show.

Today I drove to Port Alberni to visit my friend Sandra. It takes about an hour and a half to drive there usually and depending on the traffic. I just made one stop at Cathedral Grove where the ancient trees tower above us. As today was a day of mist and fog, with very little blue sky and sunshine, the light was quite subdued. All the following pictures of Cathedral Grove and Port Alberni are therefore rather flat.  Click on one of the images to open the slide show.

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It was quite a wonderful experience arriving back on the island for spring had sprung enthusiastically. The trees were and are in full bright leaf and the flowers were and are blooming for all they are worth. The weather has been wonderful all week and although rain is expected for a few days, the sun will be back next week – if the weather network is correct….

I’ve been mainly working in the garden, visiting friends and re-aquainting myself with a painting I started before the kids book project that features the things I loved about Venice. Was it really 2 years ago that I started this painting? Its as though the 15 months that the book took to create have vanished and my life is back to normal.

Here is a slide show of a few impressions from my return home and living in Ladysmith. Click on an image to start the slideshow.

Last weekend went to San Diego to a Masterpath seminar and then stayed for a few days with good friend Lil and her sister Nancy. Nancy lives in Cardiff-by the Sea just north of San Diego and was kind enough to host us. Despite the weather being somewhat foggy and misty we had a few excellent walks on the beach.

Here are a few photos of the pelicans that were very accommodating and let me take some half decent photos of them.

After much deliberation and over painting I ended up with this border for my large mirror. All part of the general upgrade of the house – finishing things off.

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Asides

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