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We are taking a break on this site for awhile.Thanks for your company over the past few months. If you have followed us, you will be alerted when we return to more travel postings on this site.

In the meantime we’ll be writing up a 28 day adventure David took recently with an Intrepid Tour group visiting cities, towns, villages, home stays and national parks in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. We’ll be adding posts of his photos and trip notes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays .  We hope you enjoy them. The site link is:

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Jennie and David

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CAN: Vancouver: Richmond

While in Vancouver, we visited my cousin in the small seaside town of Richmond.

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Wandering along the boardwalk at the small fishing port in Richmond is pleasant… unless you go when it’s crowded at the weekends.

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A little away from the tourist centre is a park by the water, popular for family picnics.

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Children love playing on this sculpture.

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The water’s edge is littered with logs that have broken away from the large log rafts that are floated down to the harbour from forests up in the mountains.

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Fishing boats fill the marina. Fish is sold right off the boats. That’s fresh!

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A fish shop set up on the back deck of a boat moored at the boardwalk.

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The fishing boats are set up with all of the latest gear.

 

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A large fish cannery once thrived in Richmond… now it’s just a fascinating museum.

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There were many signs telling the story of the cannery… I’ll add some of them for those who might be interested to learn more of the cannery story.

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In the early 1900s, many families migrated here to work in the canneries.

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‘Wire’ figures were used to show the activities in the cannery… an interesting concept.

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Signs told the stories, although guided tours are available.

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Some signs told the stories of the various kinds of fish that were caught here.

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Other signs were questioning, thought provoking.

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Whose fish?  An age old question, especially here where USA and Canada meet.

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The cannery runs an excellent school program.

I visited the classroom and found the program to be very informative and fun.

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After a very interesting visit to the canning museum it was time for lunch on the boardwalk. There are, of course lots of souveneir shops, cafes and ice-cream bars.

And with that visit to Richmond, we come to the end of this series of travel posts. We hope you have enjoyed them and invite you to visit our alternate site, www.dymusings.com  where David will tell stories of his trip, just completed, from Bangkok to Bali.

Jennie and David

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While in Canada, we not only visited our friends on Vancouver Island but we also had a few days with my cousin in Vancouver…a city close to the top of my list of most liveable cities, although I believe it can be a little cold and dismal in winter! But this was summer.

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I’ve enjoyed English beach on each of my visits here. The log seats and resting places are unique to this beach adding character as well as keeping the sand in place.

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The walks around the headland towards Stanley Park are very pleasant. In fact many of the parks are great places to walk as I’ve discovered on previous visits.

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But this time we just took our time to enjoy the sunny day and savour a delicious lunch at the Boathouse Restaurant… upstairs at a window seat. You can’t beat that!

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On another day, my cousin took us by bus and train into the CBD to have dinner at the revolving Restaurant called Cloud 9. We made sure we were there in the late afternoon to see the city as we revolved slowly and stayed on to enjoy the sunset over the bay.

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It was a great experience to look down on Vancouver as we enjoyed our meal!

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Lots of high rise buildings… a central city of apartment dwellers.

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Ever more apartments are being built to make use of available space.

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This high-rise shimmered like copper, the mirrored windows forming abstract patterns of the city around them.

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Vancouver is very close to mountains with some well known ski resorts.

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Nowhere is far from water.

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Sailing and boating are much enjoyed pastimes in these sheltered waters.

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They have to sail amongst the ships waiting to go the docks to be loaded.

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The restaurant revolved further to show the inner harbour.

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The marinas here shelter many types of yachts and pleasure vessels.

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On our final time around, the sun began to set and the water shimmered gold.

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It was a very special way to end our meal at Cloud 9.

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And then, at last, the sun was gone, the sky turned rose pink, making a silhouette of the mountains, and it was time for us to make our way back to Richmond.

More of that town anon.

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with my cousin who lives in the nearby town of Richmond.

 

 

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Back from our walk in the woods, David waited for me in the garden at the rear of our friend’s house… more delightful flowers and a special surprise awaited us here.

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A blossom filled hanging basket.

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Big and blowsy but how delicate is the colouring of these flowers.

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Clematis, perhaps my very favourite of all plants.

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Close-up.

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A bouquet of rose buds.

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Anyone for honey? It’s hard work for bees.

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Difficult to photograph… shiny red berries.

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Silver grey amongst the green… delightful.

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A tiny, put perfect geranium flower.

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I always think of the buds of Kalmia latifolia as icing sugar buds.

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The buds open into perfect, though tiny, bells.

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Birds abound in both the woods and in the garden…

attracted by the feeders no doubt.

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And this was our surprise… hummingbirds. Their name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast that they seem to hum. Interestingly, each species of hummingbird makes a different humming sound, determined by the number of wing beats per second… some recorded at up to 80 beats and more per second.

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These are fascinating birds to watch. If you watch for long enough you can see them fly to the right, to the left, up, down and even backwards… the only group of birds able to do this. When they hover their wings flap in a figure 8 pattern… though this is a bit difficult to see unless you slow down a video of their wing movements.

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The tiny feathers on these birds make delicate patterns.

Their feet are used only for perching… not for hopping or walking.

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By merely shifting position, the gorget feathers of the throat region can instantly become fiery in colour as the sun hits the prism like layers of these feathers.

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The hummingbird’s fast breathing rate, fast heartbeat and high body temperature require that they eat often. They need to eat twice their body weight in food every day. To do that they need to visit hundreds of flowers.. or have generous neighbours like our friends to give them a helping hand. That long, tapered bill is used to obtain nectar from the centre of long, tubular flowers… or, as here, from simulated tubular flower feeders. Their tongues can lick the nectar at a rate of 13 licks per second… try it sometime! Nectar is a mixture of glucose, fructose, and sucrose and is a poor source of important nutrients such as protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. To make up for this lack in nectar, hummingbirds also feed on tree sap, insects and pollen.

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We could have watched for hours as the hummingbirds darting back and forward to the feeders … but a delicious meal of salmon BBQ’d on cedar boards had been prepared for us… so we left these amazing little birds to their own feast while we enjoyed ours.

We are very grateful to our good friends for allowing us to photgraph their garden and we hope you have enjoyed sharing their garden with us.

Jennie and David

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Leaving the delightful lily pond, let’s take the path around towards the back of the house.

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We have a very willing guide!

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One of my favourite ‘green’ additions to a garden… Lady’s Mantle.

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Especially beautiful when dusted in rain drops!

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The ‘vegie’ garden provides wonderful fresh food for the table.

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Behind the house is a large area of woodland… great for walks. I’ll just give you a taste of that experience… I couldn’t stop all the time for photos… after all, it was a walk!

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One of our little guides waited patiently for me to join in the next part of our walk. So,  I’ll leave you now and, when we come back, we’ll explore the garden behind the house.

Jennie and David

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I have visited Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, several times. On those visits I spent much time, both day and evening, in the famed Butchard Gardens near to the town of Victoria. But this time, we visited the private garden of our friends; a garden lovingly carved from a bare block of land; a garden of peace and the joy of plants.

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The central feature of this garden is a Lily Pond. Most rooms of the house look out across this peaceful pond to a landscape of an inlet of water and to the mountains beyond.

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While I wandered in the garden, camera in hand, David talked to our friend about the plants in her garden and how they had designed the garden from a bare field.

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A hand hewn stream lent a gentle, bubbling sound to the ambience.

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A wide variety of well known flowers gave colour and shape to the design.

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I won’t attempt to name them all… I’d like you to just wander with me, taking our time to really see them individually and enjoy their beauty.

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We’ll wander in the gardens and woodlands behind the house next time.

Jennie and David

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Our Seattle ferry cruise had taken us from Elliot Bay in downtown Seattle, up along the Puget Sound Coast to Shilshole Bay where we entered Lake Washington Shipping Canal.

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Now we had to get through the Chittendon locks to raise our ferry up to the level of the lakes. Our final destination for this day was the docks at the south end of Lake Union.

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I always have a sense of anticipation when approaching locks. These locks were built in 1917 … at the time creating the largest locks in North American enabling passage between two bodies of water of different levels.

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When given our all clear, we sailed into the lock, tied off, water was pumped in through tubes at the bottom of the lock as we gradually rose to the lake water level… a difference of about 20 feet. The ship canal project began in 1911 and was officially completed in 1934.

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Gate opens, ferry unties and we sail on through to the next stage of our cruise. It all takes about 15 minutes. It’s somewhat amazing to think that something like this stills exists in this day and age, but it works as it has done for a hundred years.

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And on the other side we came to a busy small shipping area.

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All types of marine transport were tied up in the safety of the canal.

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Another bridge across the canal.

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One of the many dry docks used for ship maintenance.

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A newly painted fishing boat ready to go back out into the sound.

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Tug boats to assist the bigger ships negotiate the canal.

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And yet more bridges… the higher traffic bridge and a colourful train bridge.

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Not all homes along the canal are inviting! This reminded us that in every city, there are those who do it tough in whatever shelter they can find.

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Its always fascinating to look up to the superstructures of bridges, built to take millions of cars and trucks a year safely across the canal. Spare a thought for those who built them.

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Gas Works Park is a large public access space on the northern side of Lake Union. It contains the remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the US… a plant that operated from 1906 to 1956. In 1962 the City of Seattle bought the plant and opened the park to the public in 1975.

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As we cruised up the length of Lake Union, several sea planes flew overhead. They are an important link between Seattle and the islands including Vancouver Island in Canada.

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A fascinating feature of Lake Union are the number of floating homes.  They come in all shapes and sizes, some virtually indistinguishable from those built on land. While these home owners don’t pay real estate taxes, they do have to pay pay dock fees.

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This floating home community is one of only a few in the United States… I know of one across the bay from San Francisco.  Floating homes evoke a sense of romance and these, along the banks of Lake Union and Portege Bay, do offer a unique lifestyle. We were told that here, for the most part, neighbours are friendly and community minded and there’s a never ending kaleidoscope of things to watch such as wildlife, boats and seaplanes.

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As we approached our dock at the end of our cruise, a seaplane prepared for takeoff.

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Maybe it was going to Vancouver Island… that’s where we will go in the next post.

Jennie and David

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