Considering I have a pretty bad cold, going to Vancouver was probably not the best idea for my health. But it was to see @PirateBee and Chelsy. We haven’t all hung out together in ages, so even though I felt horrible (and probably sounded worse!) I went. I learned that knitting while on cold meds is possible, but it really messes up my gauge (one fingerless mitt is slightly larger than the other), and Stanley Park is gorgeous in the fall. There were some very fearless raccoons living under the deck by the mini train. They’re cute until they try to eat your face or something. The visit was too short, and next time we’ll definitely have to plan better to hit all of the store we would like, but that’s okay. This weekend was needed. Aaand I paid for it with a wicked nap this afternoon. Best. Nap. Ever.
v China Beach
We woke up to the perfect day for a drive, so we head out this morning with a general direction in mind. We found French Beach Provincial Park, between Sooke and Jordan River on Highway 14. The beach is easy to access, and is a great place for dogs to run (The dogs seemed to be having fun!) The golden retriever was very friendly, and the beagle was too busy frolicking to notice us :) There were a couple of driftwood lean-tos on the beach. The one above looks a bit like the skeleton of some creature.
China Beach is further down the road, past Jordan River. It’s at the south end of Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. We’ll definitely be going back to check out more of the park, since we only saw a tiny bit of it! The beach is gorgeous, and perfect for bare feet (we saw some footprints leading from another driftwood lean-to. Eric decided to play with a large bit of seaweed, and you can sort of see how that ended up ;)
After the 1km hike up the hill back to the car, we were really hungry, so we stopped at Shells in Jordan River for fish & chips and a burger. So delicious! If you’re coming from Sooke, go past the tsunami warning sign, across the bridge, and it’s at the turn. The food is made in a little trailer and the picnic tables in the sun are the perfect place to eat it. (If it’s raining, there’s also a woodstove under a tarp, or a few tables under cover by the trailer.)
All that exercise, fresh air, and food make Eric tired so he’s having a nap now. heehee.
Even though I know I look silly in hats, this yarn wants to be a hat.
Fleece Artist Africa. 5mm needles because I don’t have 6mm in dp. I love these colours.
Today started with a cool fall morning spent walking around Goldstream Park. The colours are really starting to show, and it was beautiful to see, even though I was disappointed that the salmon weren’t spawning yet. That’s okay though, because it gives me a reason to head back there in two weeks :) There were many families there, with small children and dogs in tow. People were gathered around campfires, having picnics. An excellent way to spend a day, I think. We didn’t go into the Nature House, though it might be something I check out next time. There is a small gallery that would be neat to see.
(Monster picture post)
This morning Eric and I went out to the Saanich Fall Fair. We spent a few hours looking at all the booths and petting the llamas and such. Turns out cows are A LOT bigger when they’re not halfway across a field, and pig squeals are louder than jet engines. (115 decibels to the plane’s 113) I also found out that sometimes llamas make noises like the baby T-rex in Jurassic Park. (Not kidding. It was a little creepy.)
So I have been horribly bad at taking my camera out lately. I mean, I went to a wedding and didn’t even take it out. Not once. In my defense, I was the Maid of Honour, so nyah :p And there was like six people take pictures already. And since we were unable to go to PAX this year because of moving (Next time, Gadget!) I’m having a Mini PAX at home – keeping twitter and news feeds open, and playing tons of video games. I’m finally catching up on Dragon Age Origins (just killed a rather large dragon), and right now Braden is playing Deus Ex. This may not be anywhere as awesome as the real PAX, but at least I don’t need to have a hand sanitizer holster on my belt when I touch controllers ;)
Sleepy cats are pretty damn cute.
My brother and my sister-in-law came down to visit last week. The weather was awesome the entire time, and we adventured all over downtown. I took them to see Craigdarroch Castle, the beautiful house that the Dunsmuir family built between 1887-1890. It’s had incarnations as a military college, a conservatory of music, as well as Victoria College, the starting point of UVIC. It’s now a museum, and the woodwork and interior is just amazing. I’d definitely recommend it to someone visiting the area. I might just go back in December to see how they decorate it :)
I also enlisted Chelsy to make my beef buns for dinner. They smell sooo good while they’re baking, and they taste pretty awesome too! I think they went over pretty well :)
Today’s plan is to throw some ingredients in the slow cooker and magically have chili at dinner. I’ll let you know how that goes, especially since the lid is AWOL. I think I can manage to rig something up with tin foil and a different lid. It may involve duct tape…