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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Time is on the March!

First of all, my apologies for disappearing! My short vacation to Seattle turned into a long vacation from Blogland! Well, I am back, and here's what's been happening ...


On the morning I arrived in Victoria on the way to Seattle, I headed to the park to check out how Spring was coming along! Need I say more? By the way, squirrels seem to find yellow crocus petals delicious. Who knew? I wonder if this squirrel is any relation to a certain cat that enjoys consuming rose petals ;)





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The jaunt to Seattle was perfect. Under clear blue skies, we skimmed over still waters to Seattle on the Clipper. After an evening catching up on the Olympic coverage on TV and a good night's sleep (not sleepless in Seattle after all), we were ready to check out Pike Place Market! As we were enjoying our delicious breakfast which was included with our hotel stay, we checked over the map and planned our route. Bonus: Riding Metro Transit is free between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily in Downtown Seattle.


First I stopped at Walgreen's and picked up a jar of Cera Ve cream that Nikki had recommended, which is not available in Canada! Thanks Nikki!


The Crumpet Shop! We picked up a couple of packages of these famous crumpets to take home before heading into the market. It was 10:15 a.m. by this time. Such a colourful place and because it was February, there were not crowds of people, although it did feel like summer!

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Now where were those flying fish? Here is a youtube video from the web to show you what a hullabaloo goes on in the fish market. Not my video, but I do have a couple of photos!


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After a lucky escape from the flying fish, we enjoyed a walk through the market, then strolled to the waterfront where we just sat on a bench and soaked up the view and some sun. It was glorious.






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We hiked up the hill to the Westlake Center Mall station to catch the monorail which was built in 1962 for the Seattle's World Fair...here's a brief history of the Seattle Center Monorail.
The Seattle Center Monorail is the nation's first full-scale commercial monorail system which provides a fun, quick and convenient link from downtown Seattle to Seattle Center.

Each trip takes two minutes to travel the 1 mile route.

The Seattle Center Monorail is a favorite part of the Seattle skyline and the Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, the Experience Music Project and a host of theatrical and cultural experiences.



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Back to the hotel we went for a rest ~ well, my friend had a rest, and I decided to walk back down to the waterfront again and along the various quays. It was too beautiful to stay indoors! After walking for about an hour or so, I hopped on the waterfront bus which delivered me back to the hotel door. It was time for supper and back to the hotel to watch some more of the fantastic Olympics!

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Speaking of the Olympics, I became totally hooked while we were in Seattle and really enjoyed watching the rest of the games once I got home. I particularly enjoyed figure skating AND hockey. I'm telling you ...the game between Russia and Canada was so suspenseful, and then the US and Canada game was even more so! I watched that one by myself and you'd think I was on the ice with all the moves I was making! When the US tied the game 2-2 with less than 30 seconds left, I stopped breathing, as I'm sure the rest of Canada did. Fortunately, Sidney Crosby scored the overtime goal giving Canada the gold medal. They were the most thrilling hockey games I have ever watched. I did feel compassion for Ryan Miller, the terrific US goalie because he had played so extremely well and looked so downcast when the goal went by him.


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For the most part the weather has been very mild and clear, in fact it's been the warmest winter in 12 years, I think. The other day I went for a walk on the beach and the sand went for miles, the tide was so far out. It was beautiful. One person was walking barefoot! As I was heading back to the shore, the sun lit up a lovely silver strip. I decided to walk across it to get to the shore. Yoiks! Quicksand! That's what it seemed to be as my shoe disappeared and gloop globbed up to my ankle. You see, that's the kind of tricks life plays on you (or me, anyway). Everything's beautiful, an eagle flies overhead, and I disappear into the gumbo. That's why my sense of humour stays intact. It was kind of funny :)






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It is the annual Brant Wildlife festival time again ~ although it certainly doesn't seem like a year has gone by since the last one, and the one before that...etc.
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The festival started because of a small goose called the Black Brant. It migrates from California and Mexico to Alaska and stops off in Parskville/Qualicum Beach to rest and feed. As many as 20,000 Brant may be found along the shore at peak times at the end of March.

The Brant symbolizes our interconnectedness with nature and highlights how important nature is to our quality of life. From fresh air and clean water to places for spiritual renewal, nature provides us with many gifts.

The herring season has just finished, and the echoes of barking seals/sealions can be heard amidst the squawking seabirds enjoying the bounty.

Hearing that the rains (and possible snow flurries...WHAT?) may be on the horizon, I cut the front and back lawns yesterday to tidy it up just in case! Good timing, because this morning was windy and cold...but the wind blew all the clouds away, and it turned out to be a beauty of a day.

That's it for now!


5 comments:

  1. WOW! SO much to see! First of all I'm pleased to have you back! Second of all... you know the second photo in the fish section... :o) It looks like the chap is taking a great big bite of fish! hehe
    I'm going to read it properly when I get home!
    Lovely... cute squirrel.

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  2. Yay! You're back and full of cool photos. I was just going to say what Daffy said about that fellow taking a bite out of the fish he's weighing. Couldn't wait, huh?

    Loving all those springy images of sunshine and green leaves and grass and flowers a-bloom.

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  3. Good to see you back with this lovely long,'two cups', post and lots of good photos.
    It's nice to see that you enjoyed yourself in Seattle.
    Over here yellow crocus are eaten by sparrows!
    It seems that we swopped winters this year!
    Flighty xx

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  4. Looks like you had a great time Glo with plenty to see, do and eat ;)

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  5. Hi Daffy ~ Hope you enjoyed all the photos, and yes, that fellow in the fish market does seem like he is going to have a big bit of fish! ;) I must catch up on some blogs ~ this retirement life keeps me too busy these days!

    Hi Nikki ~ Well I was back and then I disappeared again! Glad you enjoyed the photos :)

    Hi Flighty ~ At least two cups, I'd say! Glad you enjoyed the post ~ interesting about the sparrows eating yellow crocus. I think it must taste like candy!

    Hi John ~ Yes, we had a great time and I wasn't home long before I was off again!

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