July 20, 2007

Where In the World Is Lesley? (Day Ten)

Itinerary: Sidney-by-the-Sea (Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada)
Cruising Time: In port
Weather: Cloudy with drizzles (morning temp of 66, rising to 80 by afternoon)

Lazy day aboard until 2:00 when the rain finally ceased!

There was a great difference in boats, of course.
For a long time I was on a boat that was so slow
we used to forget what year it was when we left port in.
~ Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

It's signs like these that remind you you're in a foreign country.

Just for Amy! ;)

High tide.
(The baskets are higher during low tide,
as the docks are floating rather than stationary)

Wonder if they need a personal chef?

So, Honey...just exactly how much do we have in our IRAs??

Our wonderful hosts!

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand,
as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven
we must sail sometimes with the wind
and sometimes against it -
but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
~ Oliver Wendel Holmes

Just one of the many gorgeous planters found all over Sidney.

Here's another.

Sidney's Summer Market

Got my land legs. Let's go shopping!

Even salty sailors tolerate an occasional shopping trip in town.
Especially if there's ice cream involved.

I am not afraid of storms,
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
~ Louisa May Alcott

Caught reading outside of Tanner's Books.

Hard to believe there's actually a car smaller than my MiniCooper!

Life's rough!

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  1. I loved all these photos!! What a great, wonderful time you had, Les. I'm so happy for you and your fella.

  2. Loonies and toonies - such wonderful names for coins! Love those raspberries and oh, the blackberries in the northwest. Love your pictures and your review of your trip. Sounds like you are having so much fun. Keep it up.

  3. I hope you bought and ate some of those raspberries!

  4. Those tomatoes have my mouth watering!!! The pics are fabulous. I took notes on your new camera and gave them to John (hint, hint)

  5. Hehe! The loonies sign made me chuckle. And you're killing me with those raspberries!! They're only occasionally available here frozen or as jam. :(
    The pictures are fabulous and making me very sorry I'm here and not there!

  6. Nan - Thanks! It's been a bit of a challenge to pick pictures to post. Don't want to get too carried away, but between the wonderful scenery and the fabulous camera, I wound up with some nice shots.

    Booklogged - What are toonies? We didn't come across those (or if we had, didn't know it!). Only 3 more days to post about, then maybe one floral essay and another bookstore essay.

    Janet - You know, I didn't buy any this time! I had some blackberries fresh off a bush when we were still in Seattle and for some reason, I just didn't feel like buying any of the berries at the Market. They weren't terribly cheap and I'd just spent a quite a bit on some other items.

    Beachreader - Thank you! It really is a wonderful camera. I'm so pleased we were able to get it before our trip. Hope your hints are successful!

    Nat - Now I'm feeling a bit regretful that I didn't buy any of those berries. It was toward the end of the day and I think we were looking forward to getting back to the boat and our steak dinner! Honestly, though, I think one little basket was close to $5!

  7. Perfect pictures, yet again! I'm so enjoying my glimpses of your trip.

  8. What absolutely gorgeous pictures, Les, you make me wish I was in lovely British Columbia instead of here on the east coast.

    Love the wonderful quotes too!

  9. Karen - I'm glad you're enjoying the pictures of our trip. Check back soon for more. I'm planning one of all the floral shots, as well as one about all the bookstores. :)

    Lotus - I'd still like to get to eastern Canada someday. Toronto and Montreal sound like they'd be fun, as well as my birthplace (Ottawa).

    It's been fun finding quotes to go with the pictures. Makes for a nice travel journal.

  10. What a great quote from Louisa! I'm still learning to sail as well. The pictures continue to be breathtaking, Les.

  11. Bellezza - I discovered that quote on a page-a-day calendar several years ago. Love it! I'm so happy you've enjoyed all the pictures. More to come later this weekend (I hope!).


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