Summer Cool Down, A New Beach and Bard in the Vinyard!

Well, I LOVE the heat, but even I was starting to melt in the endless hot weather and humidity we’ve been experiencing lately. Even my fan wasn’t doing it for me and my poor feet stuck in steel toe shoes … it’s a wonder they didn’t disintegrate!

But Friday saw a cool down and Saturday was cloudy and 22 deg. C with a chance of rain. And rain it did – just as we got settled in at a new beach we wanted to try out.

But that didn’t stop us from staying and relaxing a while. It’s the perfect place to be on a hot summer’s day, or a warm cloudy one – there’s someting for everyone. There’s a beautiful grass area with picnic tables and shady trees where you can pitch your gazebo and have a barbecue or a picnic

Or you can sit on the beach if you prefer

There’s a trail that goes all the way around the area, with benches you can stop at and enjoy the view

And then a walk down to the end of the pier

I passed a few beach houses with their boats moored in front

If you prefer, you can rent Kayaks 

I loved this painted on the door!
Or take sailing lessons
And behind this building was a swimming pool and tennis courts.
There was even a doggy beach that was fenced off so your pooch could run around on the beach and go swimming without disturbing other people.
There was something for everyone here – lots of free parking also. Yes, that’s right, I said free.
And just down the road was the coffee shops, restaurants and the best Gelato ice-cream I’ve ever had – $3 for 1 scoop (although the shopkeeper gave me two) and $6 for two scoops – or is that 4?
It’s about a 10 – 15 minute drive from where we live in Surrey and I can see this becoming our new favourite beach.
That night I went with the Red Hat Society ladies to a Bard in the Vineyard – a Shakespeare play set in a vineyard.

Everyone brought a picnic supper and then bought glasses of wine or Sangria

The stage was very simple and set up in such a way that they didn’t have to change scenes at all
The grape vines were on either side of the stage

With our glasses charged, we all took our seats in this beautiful setting and settled down to watch the show – Love’s Labour Lost
As you can see, they wore modern-day clothings, but still spoke in the old-fashioned English of Shakespeare. The actors were very good and I was in awe how they remembered all their lines and managed to make it look so easy. 
We had a little more rain, but were under shelter, so it didn’t matter. All in all, a good evening was had by all.
Until next time
Cheers
Jane


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Canada Day & a Visit to the Mud Flats

We recently had Canada Day on July 1st.  It’s widely celebrated here and there’s all kinds of things going on all over the place. Every celebration starts with a parade and ends with a fireworks display. I have always gone to Steveston for my Canada Day Celebration mainly because I used to live in Richmond. They have a Salmon Festival that appeals to me, but everywhere is a great party. Here’s how we celebrate.

It starts off with a pancake breakfast. If you’re an early bird, you can get your pancakes at 6:30 am. That’s not me. Fortunately, they make pancakes until 11:30 am, so there’s plenty when I get there. And then the parade starts around mid morning

And then, of course, there’s the salmon

And cup cakes
And various shows – Pirate sword fighting – aaaarh!

Can, can, can you do the can-can?

And I just love all the people

And then a perfect end to a perfect day
It’s been another scorcher this week, made worse by the fact that there is no air conditioning where I work. I work in an office in a warehouse. A warehouse can’t be air conditioned and the tin roof heats it up a lot more than what the outside temperature is. I also have to wear steel toe shoes because I have to walk around the warehouse making sure that our deliveries are on time and being offloaded efficiently and that we have the product that we ordered. By lunch time, my feet are killing me and they are boiling hot. So when I get home, I sit outside on my patio and drink a refresing glass of vodka and club soda
while soaking my poor feet in wonderful, cool water and Epsom Salts

Mr. Lifology is away this weekend and so I took Chewie to a new place I’ve been wanting to go – Mud Bay Park. The name is probably one of the reasons why I haven’t already been there. That has got to be one of the most unappealing names I have ever heard. But, I heard it’s a great place to walk your dogs, or yourself, or go for a bike ride. It’s also another great place in South Surrey to watch birds. Mud Bay has the right combination of tidal marsh and eelgrass beds to attract flocks of migratory birds such as Loons, Ducks, Cormorants, Northern Harrier, and Marsh Hawks. The information sign advised me that the best time to see these birds is in Spring and Fall when the birds land here on there way to and from Canada, so there wasn’t much to see at this time of the year, and maybe I was there at the wrong time of the day, because nothing was moving. It was already 30 deg. C. at 11:30 am.  I did see this Eagle circling around looking for food.

Beautiful blue sky, don’tcha think? 🙂
However, there’s a really nice trail around the shoreline and Chewy and I went for a little stroll
And admired the beautiful wild flowers

And the mud flats

And we sat on this bench for a bit
And enjoyed this view
And the one behind us
And then we continued along the trail

And watched a train go over the bridge
There was a little stream on the other side of us where, apparently, all the birds hang out
And we came across more flowers
And information signs along the way

And before I knew it, we were back in the parking lot.  I’m glad I came and will visit again.
Chewy and Felix have become best friends over the last 2 weeks. I think Chewy’s happy to have someone more her size to play with

A Sunday afternoon nap to round things off.
It’s been a perfectly lazy summer weekend.
Until next time
Cheers!
Jane