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