Monday, October 31, 2011

Prospect Lake Rd. Enjoying a warm fall afternoon

Drove to Hartland Landfill to day and decided to take the scenic road home. It was a great sunny afternoon and I should have stopped for a round of golf at Prospect Lake. Just took my clubs out of my car or I may have. It was so warm in the mid-afternoon sun...hard to believe it snowed at the other end of the country. Enjoy today on Vancouver Island. For more photos check out our Facebook Page.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ghostly Bus Tour - Discover the Past Happy Halloween

Tonight we went on a Ghostly Bus Tour which was a fund raiser to the Old Cemeteries Society. Our leader and knowledgeable story teller was John Adams. I learned so many things about this City. We just toured Oak Bay and Victoria and heard many credible stories. We started in Oak Bay and got out at the Royal Victoria Golf Course 7th fairway to look for Doris in her pink outfit. Never saw her but I sure felt the high energy at this site. We finished at the spooky Christ Church Cathedral where there are 1300 bodies buried in Pioneer Square (the original graveyard for Victoria). I highly recommend John's Tours. See his web site at Discover the Past. It was very well done..Thanks John! For more pictures check out our Facebook Page.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Nautical Nellies Steak and Seafood Restaurant Victoria BC

Tonight we attended a familiarization tour at Nautical Nellies Steak and Seafood Restaurant. This is truly one of the best restaurants in Victoria and well worth a visit. They strive to be different and do it their way and this is reflected in the amazing food seen above and in the service, friendly staff, and great ambiance at this downtown Victoria Restaurant. We urge you to give it a try.

Please go to our facebook page to see some of the delicious food that the restaurant prepares. It is an amazing menu, the food is well presented, looks and is delicious, the staff are friendly and the service staff were excellent. What a great culinary experience. Be sure to give them a try. I know you will not be disappointed.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dallas Road on a Sunny Day Victoria BC

On a bring sunny day, people in Victoria flock to the waterfront at Dallas Road where you can spend you time looking at Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains. There is lots to see and do. There is the Dallas Road Breakwater, the Ogden Point Cafe, Beacon Hill Park, and Clover Point...all within a short distance of each other. For more pictures, please go to our Facebook Page.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall is definitely arrived. Yesterday we drove up island and there were piles of pumpkins everywhere. To see more pumpkin pics....see our Facebook page.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sandy Terry at the Sidney Art Show

Last weekend was the Sidney Art Show at the Mary Winspear Centre just off Beacon Ave. in beautiful Sidney by the Sea. If you missed it, that is unfortunate. It was an excellent show. There was a couple hundred exibits to delight everyone in attendance. Above is up and coming artist Sandy Terry with on of her great works. Watch for it next fall and be sure to take it in. For more pictures check us out on Facebook.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunset on Vancouver Island

Our house faces North and as a result we often miss some of the really great sunsets that we get on Vancouver Island. A few nights ago we did not miss an incredible sky, so we thought we would share it with you. Enjoy more on our Facebook Page.

Victoria Store offers exceptional deals on I-Pads

If you are looking for a special deal on I-pads, you need to come to Victoria....see above a picture of the eye pad.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Swans Brew Pub in Old Town in Victoria BC

Are you looking for a great place to eat? Why not try Swans Brewpub at 506 Pandora, just a hop skip and jump from the Blue Bridge. The pub has great food and good ambiance. The pub has lots of seating in an open air patio, where you can enjoy the sun and the great flower displays in the spring and summer. The heritage hotel looks very cool and the pub has lots of stunning original artwork and First Nation's Carvings. It is just a really neat place to go for a beer and some really good food. Check it out. They also serve good breakfast.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ghost Bus Tours Victoria BC

Victoria is the most haunted city in British Columbia and many visitors come to experience haunted holidays. Ghostly Walks are popular walking tours in downtown Victoria throughout the year, but at Halloween the Ghostly Walks team, in conjunction with the Old Cemeteries Society, conducts Ghost Bus-tours. Now in their eighteenth year, Ghost Bus-tours are two-hour excursions in the luxury of a modern coach. The routes are different each year and are kept secret until the tours begin. Ghost Bus-tours glide through Victoria’s heritage neighbourhoods and into the suburbs to explore the city’s most haunted places. New stories are added each year, but by popular demand the favourites from past years are always included. One of the locations that has become an annual tradition is the Victoria Golf Course where the ghost of Doris Gravlin, murdered there by her husband in 1936, is frequently seen. John Adams, well-known historian and ghost storyteller, is the host for Ghost Bus-tours. Proceeds from Ghost Bus-tours assist the restoration and education programs of the Old Cemeteries Society.

Ghost Bus tours 2011 have tours scheduled on October 22, 28, 29 and 30. On each night there is a 6:30 pm departure. On Saturday October 29 there are departures at 6:30 and 9:00 pm. Tickets are $32 each plus HST. They are available exclusively through Tourism Victoria. Purchase them in there ways: at the Visitor Information Centre counter; by telephone 250.953.2033; or online at

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Great Blue Heron at Esquimalt Lagoon Victoria BC

Today was such a great sunny day, I had to get out. Yesterday as we were passing by Beacon Hill Park, we saw a heron and took pictures with our phones. Today it was such a special day in the sun, I took my camera and headed for the Park. Workers had a front end loader right beside the lake, so most birds were far away. So, I headed out to beautiful Esquimalt Lagoon and took a bunch of pictures which you can see on my Facebook Page. Enjoy!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Orcas Whales - L-Pod sighting - near San Juan Island about 5 miles from Victoria

We have been lucky enough to have gone whale watching perhaps 25 times or more. We have seen all three resident pods in the same place at the same time and after that show, nothing has ever been as good. This year we got out to see the L-Pod, of J, K, and L pods, our local resident (summer pods). About two days before we went out, there was a news article with a picture of a bunch of whales swimming in a straight line. I thought this was unusual behavior as we had never seen it. Two days later we did. One of my pictures shows at least 15 in a row. Some days you get lucky and some are just OK. This days L pod show was great. A new baby joined L pod this year and there are a few pictures of it on our Facebook Page. Whale watching continues for most of the winter as there seem to be lots of transient whales coming through. It is a stunning sight to see Orcas doing their thing! Enjoy. For more pictures, please go to our Facebook page. Above is a classic Orca Picture, showing the big dorsal fins.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Victoria to Vancouver and Return through Active Pass on BC Ferries

Getting to Vancouver Island from Vancouver takes you through active pass. If you click on the LINK to our facebook page, we will share with you pictures from our latest trip over to Vancouver and return the same day. It was a typical West Coast high pressure weather with blue sky and no just does not get any better than this. The pictures of Mount Baker are good, but this was not one of the clearest days we can get. Enjoy and come for a visit.