Car Free Day in Victoria with my Camera

Once again the weather was beautiful and it made for a perfect day to head to downtown Victoria for a walk through the street marked set up for Car Free Day.  Several blocks of Douglas Street were closed off to traffic and various booths, stages and other things were set up along it.  It attracted about 20,000 people and was well planned.

flag person directing traffic

Traffic Control was in Place at the Cross Streets

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A Busy Weekend With Little Time For Photography

This was a busier than expected weekend and things didn’t work out like I had planned.  The oldest of the family dogs had really been showing his age recently and suddenly took a turn for the worse on Saturday.  This necessitated an emergency trip to the vet’s.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see his 16th birthday, the next day. 😦  That kind of put me off doing anything else for the rest of the day, other than returning home to play with our other dogs.  Sunday I decided to start a project at home that I’ve been thinking of for a while.  I will be working at it bit by bit and when things get a little further along, I will post some photos to show the progress.  That brings me to the brief break I took this evening, to get out by the water, mostly to relax a bit.  I found an old broken down dock along the water’s edge that looked interesting and the rest of the time I just soaked in a few rays of sunshine and the ocean air.  an old dock in disrepair sits along the shoreline

I have big plans for next weekend and the weather looks good, so I expect to have a more substantial post.

A Picture Perfect Day to See Sooke’s Secret Gardens

This year is the 7th annual Sooke Secret Garden Tour, and the first time I took the opportunity to check it out.  Not only does the $20 tour fee allow entry to all the different sites, the profit goes towards supporting the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra.  The weather was spectacular and there were a steady stream of people visiting each of the gardens.

an old English Tudor style house hosts viewers of its flower garden

Enjoying One Of The Sooke Secret Garden Sites

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Bike Ride To Leechtown

For more than a month I’ve been telling myself that I should get my bike out and go for a ride.  I only picked it up last year, after not having a bicycle for more than a decade.  Today I decided I would actually take it out on a ride and I would take my camera with me to hopefully get some interesting photos.  In order to do this, I drove up to the top parking area at Sooke Potholes Regional Park and then got on my bike to travel along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail.  My destination was a little over 7 km away and was the old site of Leechtown, a one time gold mining town.  Now there is little left, except for some rusting machinery scattered around the bushes and a marker indicating where the site was.  Nonetheless, I wanted to see it for myself and with my camera in my backpack (which seemed to weigh about 10 kg), I set off on my bike for the first time in about 8 months.

Leech town Historical Sign

This Sign Marks The Site Of The Old Gold Mining Town

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