My Winter Views…

Many people in our new corner of the world have said that we are having a mild winter and that we haven’t had enough snow. We are happy to get a mild introduction since this is our first winter living here. In the future I’ll post our Spring views and our summer views.

All these trees are part of our front yard. I haven’t counted them all yet. We have many more in our backyard.

Here comes the snow plow. We are really happy to have all these trees between us and the road. We are also grateful that we live on a road that is regularly plowed during the week. It’s a county road and does not get plowed on the weekend.

This was the very first person we’ve ever seen walking along the road. Not a great road for walking.

This is a side view to the north of us.

Outside our kitchen and dining room windows.

I’ll post my backyard views soon.

The last couple days we’ve started out at about 12 degrees and have stayed below freezing throughout the day. Last night was so clear and it was amazing to see stars, so many stars. That is one of the wonderful things about living in the country without lots of street lights. I’m still waiting to see an owl. We heard one a couple mornings ago.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

Back to Victoria on Vancouver Island

It’s been a whole month since my sisters and I took our weekend trip to Victoria. I want to get back and finish my posts from the wonderful weekend we had. This post is all about the panoramic views we experienced during our time with the dear lady of Pondside.

Here we are looking out from the Gonzales Observatory towards the U.S.A.

This view is looking back towards the Inner Harbor of Victoria.

It was a little climb to get to our worthwhile view.

Here’s Pondside pointing out the castle we had visited the day before. From the observatory we drove through some beautiful neighborhoods .  This next photo is of the Oak Bay War Memorial.

Municipal Engineer ASG Musgrave oversaw the project and sculptor Hames Saull, a former Canadian Airman, who made his home in Victoria after the war, was chosen to design the monument.

Using his wife as the model, Saull created the sculpture in concrete. – with a granite/concrete facing. It faces the water, standing nine feet tall on a rock outcropping with the Garry Oaks of Uplands Park as the backdrop. The designated site features the central figure (Mother Peace) standing looking down, her arms protecting the 97 names of Oak Bay’s 1939-1945 war dead. The inscription reads:
“Roll of Honour” “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

From here we arrived for lunch at Adrienne’s Tea Garden at Mattick’s Farm.  It was good home cooking at this restaurant and we all enjoyed our choices. I was a real bad blogger and didn’t take one photo at lunch!

After lunch we drove to Mount Douglas Park to get some more great views.

We really were amazed at all we could see from Mount Douglas Park. On a clear day you can see Rainier, Mt. Baker, The Olympics and more.

My next posts from Victoria will include Hatley Castle where we enjoyed the grounds including some beautiful peacocks. I’ll finish up my Victoria posts with our last stop there.

Our Canadian friends head to the Polls today to cast their votes in their 41st National Election. Praying that the right people get voted into office!