After the Habitat for Humanity AGM in Vancouver last May, I stayed an extra week to enjoy the city and visit friends. This lovely lady is someone who first came to me a couple of decades ago as a very small girl, for violin lessons . She's now living in Vancouver, articling to be an architect. She showed me her town. We walked a lot. Van is a lovely city for walking..... through parks filled with forget-me-nots and the last of the spring bulbs,
down to Granville island where buskers have to audition for the privilege of performing, and in designated locations during specific time slots. Kind of an oxymoron... regulated busking.... The mermaid statue got in before they made all of those rules, so she didn't have to audition. i suspect she wouldn't pass the dress code requirements.
We walked along the harbor, where children danced to the sounds of flamenco guitar, and fed the pigeons.
And to Gastown, where the steam clock fills the streets with the breathy voice of a giant pan flute.
A fountain in old Gastown. Fish are a popular theme. These are copper, transformed to an organic looking verdigris by the weather.
A walk along the shoreline as the sun goes down.
And a lucky find! It's poetry slam night at a local cafe'.
Up 'way past my bed time.
Then a few days with another friend at her lovely cottage on the Sunshine Coast, where I lost count of the hummingbirds swarming the feeders on the porch... at 26!!!
It was a gorgeous week