Granville Island


MUSIC

Music brings to mind so many different images but here are some of the buskers I photographed yesterday at one of my favourite places, Granville Island, making music for the pleasure of the passersby.

Singing his heart out amongst the chaos which is the market norm


Outside on the lovely cool late Autumn day


A busker has a lot of equipment to cart around. This
one plays guitar and a variety of wooden flutes
to accompany his recorded South American music


The truth is that for many now the musical experience is about being
plugged into an iPod or in my case my iPod Touch
with speakers

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE

NAUTICAL

Nautical: adjective, relating to ships, sailing or sailors

A selection of ships from my archives, some seen here before but not for Photo Hunt



The Star of India was launched in 1863 and is the oldest ship in the world that still maintains a regular sailing schedule. It forms part of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, a collection of various types of historic boats which can be seen moored at the Embarcadero.


The HMS Surprise is a magnificent replica of a late 18th century Royal Navy frigate and she was used in the production of the film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Also in the same museum.


Wings, built in 1931, is one of the Pacific Class wooden hulled boats, racing yachts designed locally and for southern California waters.


USS Midway was the longest serving aircraft carrier in the United States fleet, from its commissioning in 1945 to its service in Desert Storm in 1991. In 2004 it opened as a museum at its final mooring place in San Diego harbour.

But I guess you expected to see some boats in Vancouver. How about this one with an opulent powerboat, a dragon boat, a False creek mini ferry and a black sail boat, all in the same photo.


Finally, sailing at its leanest and meanest. A kitesurfer sailing along on a windy day in Vancouver. Yes stretching the term nautical in this last one. Do click to enlarge this one.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE


NAUTICAL

Nautical: adjective, relating to ships, sailing or sailors

A selection of ships from my archives, some seen here before but not for Photo Hunt



The Star of India was launched in 1863 and is the oldest ship in the world that still maintains a regular sailing schedule. It forms part of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, a collection of various types of historic boats which can be seen moored at the Embarcadero.


The HMS Surprise is a magnificent replica of a late 18th century Royal Navy frigate and she was used in the production of the film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Also in the same museum.


Wings, built in 1931, is one of the Pacific Class wooden hulled boats, racing yachts designed locally and for southern California waters.


USS Midway was the longest serving aircraft carrier in the United States fleet, from its commissioning in 1945 to its service in Desert Storm in 1991. In 2004 it opened as a museum at its final mooring place in San Diego harbour.

But I guess you expected to see some boats in Vancouver. How about this one with an opulent powerboat, a dragon boat, a False creek mini ferry and a black sail boat, all in the same photo.


Finally, sailing at its leanest and meanest. A kitesurfer sailing along on a windy day in Vancouver. Yes stretching the term nautical in this last one. Do click to enlarge this one.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE


After the snow disappeared here in Vancouver, well in most parts although not all, the fog arrived some days ago and in parts it is very thick. So today was a very grey day as the Thursday walking group did our usual Granville Island walk along False Creek.

It was very cold, zero degrees Celsius in fact, so this pond was frozen and there were no ducks about.

This young woman was warm inside and totally concentrating on the pot she was throwing in a pottery studio we pass along the route.

Looking across False Creek towards the lightly fog shrouded buildings on the north side.

But just a moment, there is something wrong with that building they are constructing. Or else there is something wrong with my eyesight. How come we have passed this building for months and not noticed that it is all askew, out of kilter? It looks as if it going to collapse at any moment.

Now this stunning photo below, of Vancouver downtown peeping above the fog, is not mine. It was emailed to me and I cannot give the photographer credit as I do not know the origin of it.


Supposedly it was taken this morning from Cypress Mountain, a local ski area. Click on it to see it in its full glory.

After the snow disappeared here in Vancouver, well in most parts although not all, the fog arrived some days ago and in parts it is very thick. So today was a very grey day as the Thursday walking group did our usual Granville Island walk along False Creek.

It was very cold, zero degrees Celsius in fact, so this pond was frozen and there were no ducks about.

This young woman was warm inside and totally concentrating on the pot she was throwing in a pottery studio we pass along the route.

Looking across False Creek towards the lightly fog shrouded buildings on the north side.

But just a moment, there is something wrong with that building they are constructing. Or else there is something wrong with my eyesight. How come we have passed this building for months and not noticed that it is all askew, out of kilter? It looks as if it going to collapse at any moment.

Now this stunning photo below, of Vancouver downtown peeping above the fog, is not mine. It was emailed to me and I cannot give the photographer credit as I do not know the origin of it.


Supposedly it was taken this morning from Cypress Mountain, a local ski area. Click on it to see it in its full glory.

Oh, oh. I’m falling down on the job of reporting on lunch with Liz from Wales and Leslie from Ladner, two days ago already. But I haven’t really been home much in the past two days as I catch up with some friends whom I don’t see so often. Leslie put up her report on lunch right away so puts me to shame, but here is mine, better late than never!


Leslie on the left, Liz on the right

While we did not have such a brilliant summer in Vancouver, I was really hoping for a lovely day for Liz’s visit and sure enough the weather cooperated. I picked up Liz from her hotel, the luxury Pan Pacific which frankly has the best location in Vancouver, right on the water facing the mountains and is no slouch in the service and facilities department so I think she would have had a good impression of Vancouver from the word go.

But of course I wanted her to see my favourite place, Granville Island, so I had arranged to meet Leslie at Bridges restaurant, the yellow landmark on the island where you can eat out on their deck, right amongst the boats in the marina.

In the brilliant sunshine of the magnificent day, we sat outside and chatted away, none of us having met each other before but since we had been reading each other’s blogs for quite a while it did not seem like meeting with strangers at all. Naturally one of the first questions was where was George. Well no doubt he is stretching the patience of the owners of the kennel where he is housed for the next two weeks as he does his Houdini act, but I am sure that Liz is delighted to have a rest from chasing him down and bringing him home.


Poor us, we had to sit and look at this view as we lunched.

I’m very sorry to say I did not take a photo of the main courses and we all had something different. I had a West Coast salad, Liz a crab and salmon burger and Leslie a smoked salmon and avocado sandwich. I did manage to get it together for dessert which we unanimously decided would be fresh berry shortcake, with blueberries and blackberries.

As we sat there enjoying this creation and having tea I said I think I’ll just have a boiled egg for dinner, but suddenly remembered I was going to book club that night which includes dinner and of course my Sunken Grape cake for dessert. Sigh. How am I ever going to lose weight with this regime?


Beloved by locals and tourists alike, Bridges’ deck is
wonderful place to enjoy a meal

Leslie had to leave early so Liz and I sat on the deck for a while longer until she had to return to her hotel to meet her husband and daughter and son-in-law since they planned to visit Grouse Mountain in the afternoon. So I dropped her back at the hotel after a very pleasant lunch and a wonderful visit with two blog friends.

I do hope the weather cooperates for the rest of her stay in Canada as she next visits Vancouver Island and then off to the Rockies, one of the most beautiful parts of the world to my mind.

Any more blog friends planning to visit Vancouver? I know it is the end of the earth but it is a very beautiful spot and I promise you lunch or dinner at Bridges. Lady Mac, Liz, you next?

Oh, oh. I’m falling down on the job of reporting on lunch with Liz from Wales and Leslie from Ladner, two days ago already. But I haven’t really been home much in the past two days as I catch up with some friends whom I don’t see so often. Leslie put up her report on lunch right away so puts me to shame, but here is mine, better late than never!


Leslie on the left, Liz on the right

While we did not have such a brilliant summer in Vancouver, I was really hoping for a lovely day for Liz’s visit and sure enough the weather cooperated. I picked up Liz from her hotel, the luxury Pan Pacific which frankly has the best location in Vancouver, right on the water facing the mountains and is no slouch in the service and facilities department so I think she would have had a good impression of Vancouver from the word go.

But of course I wanted her to see my favourite place, Granville Island, so I had arranged to meet Leslie at Bridges restaurant, the yellow landmark on the island where you can eat out on their deck, right amongst the boats in the marina.

In the brilliant sunshine of the magnificent day, we sat outside and chatted away, none of us having met each other before but since we had been reading each other’s blogs for quite a while it did not seem like meeting with strangers at all. Naturally one of the first questions was where was George. Well no doubt he is stretching the patience of the owners of the kennel where he is housed for the next two weeks as he does his Houdini act, but I am sure that Liz is delighted to have a rest from chasing him down and bringing him home.


Poor us, we had to sit and look at this view as we lunched.

I’m very sorry to say I did not take a photo of the main courses and we all had something different. I had a West Coast salad, Liz a crab and salmon burger and Leslie a smoked salmon and avocado sandwich. I did manage to get it together for dessert which we unanimously decided would be fresh berry shortcake, with blueberries and blackberries.

As we sat there enjoying this creation and having tea I said I think I’ll just have a boiled egg for dinner, but suddenly remembered I was going to book club that night which includes dinner and of course my Sunken Grape cake for dessert. Sigh. How am I ever going to lose weight with this regime?


Beloved by locals and tourists alike, Bridges’ deck is
wonderful place to enjoy a meal

Leslie had to leave early so Liz and I sat on the deck for a while longer until she had to return to her hotel to meet her husband and daughter and son-in-law since they planned to visit Grouse Mountain in the afternoon. So I dropped her back at the hotel after a very pleasant lunch and a wonderful visit with two blog friends.

I do hope the weather cooperates for the rest of her stay in Canada as she next visits Vancouver Island and then off to the Rockies, one of the most beautiful parts of the world to my mind.

Any more blog friends planning to visit Vancouver? I know it is the end of the earth but it is a very beautiful spot and I promise you lunch or dinner at Bridges. Lady Mac, Liz, you next?


The Crystal Ark at Granville Island

When she come to Vancouver from New York, one of the first places my granddaughter wants to visit is Granville Island. There are lots of interesting things for children to do there and we visit them all at her request, however she particularly likes to go to the “rock shop”. Click to enlarge the photos.


My daughter and her daughter exiting the Crystal Ark

This brightly coloured small building stands by itself near the duck pond and as you can see is called the Crystal Ark. I don’t consider it a spectacular rock shop and never go in there normally as I do with many other rock shops, since I have a small collection and I am often looking to add interesting things.


Too much choice here, Nanna!

At the rear of the store they have a small open room, the floor of which is covered with small polished stones and all the children are invited to remove their shoes and play in them. Of course they have the “privilege” of choosing their own to take home with them. They have three sizes of plastic bag, all you can cram inside, for $3, $5 or $9. At 5 years of age, she remembers this very well and while she started with the $3 bag she has now moved up to the $5 one. Last time she choose all blue ones, yesterday all red!

Yes, they do have some quite big expensive chunks of rock and geodes if you have hundreds of dollars to spend.


There is a case of round rock balls should you desire those

Interesting patterns but they don’t tempt me, for they are a bit too regular
in shape for my taste

Of course, we have to stop and check out the ducks at the Lagoons, which is
a condominium development near Granville Island,
with its own pond and waterlilies

The last of the irises and a very fine Gunnera
which thrives in the moist situation

Fortunately I never tire of Granville Island and its surrounding area. I already visit it almost every week and I expect we will be there again in the very near future.


The Crystal Ark at Granville Island

When she come to Vancouver from New York, one of the first places my granddaughter wants to visit is Granville Island. There are lots of interesting things for children to do there and we visit them all at her request, however she particularly likes to go to the “rock shop”. Click to enlarge the photos.


My daughter and her daughter exiting the Crystal Ark

This brightly coloured small building stands by itself near the duck pond and as you can see is called the Crystal Ark. I don’t consider it a spectacular rock shop and never go in there normally as I do with many other rock shops, since I have a small collection and I am often looking to add interesting things.


Too much choice here, Nanna!

At the rear of the store they have a small open room, the floor of which is covered with small polished stones and all the children are invited to remove their shoes and play in them. Of course they have the “privilege” of choosing their own to take home with them. They have three sizes of plastic bag, all you can cram inside, for $3, $5 or $9. At 5 years of age, she remembers this very well and while she started with the $3 bag she has now moved up to the $5 one. Last time she choose all blue ones, yesterday all red!

Yes, they do have some quite big expensive chunks of rock and geodes if you have hundreds of dollars to spend.


There is a case of round rock balls should you desire those

Interesting patterns but they don’t tempt me, for they are a bit too regular
in shape for my taste

Of course, we have to stop and check out the ducks at the Lagoons, which is
a condominium development near Granville Island,
with its own pond and waterlilies

The last of the irises and a very fine Gunnera
which thrives in the moist situation

Fortunately I never tire of Granville Island and its surrounding area. I already visit it almost every week and I expect we will be there again in the very near future.

To my mind there is no more beautiful place in the world in Springtime than Vancouver. Some of the things which make that true are the wonderful azaleas and rhododendrons which bloom so prolifically in this part of the world. The constant rain makes the soil very acidic which is the ideal environment for these shrubs and in fact there are species of rhododendrons native to this area.
Usually on the Granville Island walk the members of the Thursday walking group follow the activities on the water but at this time of year we drink in the beautiful gardens which line the walk along False Creek. I thought you might like to share some of the beauty of one of our recent walks.

This spectacular pair of rhododendrons are on the path beside the Pacific Institute
of Culinary Arts
where we often take lunch in their coffee shop

The colour is just exquisite

Even closer, you can see that it is a bicolour

The path we follow is lined with these beauties, mixed in with other
perennials, for quite some way

This deciduous azalea seems quite bland between this pair
of purple rhododendrons

But a closeup reveals that it too is spectacular

The oriental poppies were vying for our attention too with their brilliant red heads

While blue alliums were tucked among the hardy geraniums and other plants

I don’t remember what this perennial is called but it is trying
very hard to not be outdone by the red rhododendron

For the grand finale, a spectacular blue ceanothus shrub,
well I think you could call this one a small tree

I think the day I took these photographs every plant and shrub was at its peak and it seemed to take twice as long to do the walk as I had to keep stopping to take another photograph. I think you will agree that Vancouver is indeed very beautiful in Springtime.

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