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Moving… to a New and Improved Blog and Web Site

This is the last new post I’ll be making on this Blog site… we’ve rolled our Blog and web site into one place at www.mvadventures.com, updated with new tools and capabilities.  Now I won’t have to delete photos from older postings to make room f…

Spring!

Not only is today the official First Day of Spring, but the season has already arrived here in Victoria (the warmest place in all of Canada in the winter).  We’ve had temps in the 50s, and the cherry blossoms in town are already past their prime.  The daffodils have been up, and the adorable little water taxis have reappeared in the harbor in front of the Empress Hotel.

water taxis

Bob and Cathryn from Washington came up to Victoria on their boat for a few days, and we hosted a dinner party with them and our Victoria friends Diana (my knitting buddy) and Perry.  We used to have a lot of these kinds of parties, but we don’t know as many people out here… yet.  We did Roxy’s Ribs in the pressure cooker, and had a very fun visit!

dinner party

The days are getting longer by about 3 and a half minutes per day – it’s very noticeable.  To celebrate the arrival of spring, we headed over to the famous Butchart Gardens to see what’s in bloom this week.  I was afraid that I missed the cherry blossoms, but was happy to learn that the Gardens are a couple of weeks behind downtown.  We’ll go back in a week or two to see how things are coming along, but in the meantime we enjoyed the crocus…

crocus

…and the little daffodils…

daffodil

…and the look of the Sunken Garden with just the earliest hints of spring.  It should be fun watching the Gardens come alive.

sunken garden

The amazing thing at Butchart Gardens was their “Spring Preview” display, where they took over the entire restaurant, emptied it completely, and installed an elaborate indoor garden complete with stones, meandering pathways, a pond, and an explosion of spring flowers.  Incredible!!  The amount of work that went into that display was staggering – all to make something fleetingly beautiful.  Lilies, orchids, rhododendron, hyacinth… I can’t name most of the flowers, but it just blew us away.  I can’t wait to see what will be next.

As winter departs, I’ll share a funny Canadian story.  While waiting in line at the hardware store, the cashier told a story about her friend in northern Manitoba who left her purse in her car overnight.  The new Canadian money is made of plastic instead of paper, and apparently it doesn’t do well in extreme cold – she found that all the new bills broke in half when she tried to use them.  You can’t make this stuff up.

Snow, Ice, Fog, and Alligators

We haven’t blogged in a while because we were traveling – by air and by car – back to the east coast to visit family, friends, doctors, and to attend the DeFever Cruisers Rendezvous.  It was a hectic trip where we crammed a ton of things into a sh…

Seattle Boat Show

In past years we would make the trek from the Florida Keys up to the big Miami Boat Show for one long marathon day to talk with all the vendors and suppliers in the enormous Convention Center.  We made up lists of questions and things we might wan…

2013: Looking Back

It’s always difficult to come up with interesting posts for the blog in the winter season.  This is the time of the year when we sit still for a while and catch up on maintenance and projects, and usually they’re not the most glamorous or interest…

Christmas at Victoria’s Butchart Gardens

Christmas in Victoria wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the famous Butchart Gardens.  We visited the gardens by boat in early summer, and were astounded at the size and variety: an Italian formal garden, a Japanese garden, an amazing rose ga…

Victoria and the Holiday Season

Where are we?  We’re now settled for the winter in Victoria, BC on the south end of Vancouver Island. 

You should notice that Vancouver is at the top of the map, on the mainland… not on Vancouver Island.  The yellow line is the US-C…

Thanksgiving at Rosario Resort

Our friends Bonnie and Walt recommended Rosario Resort on Orcas Island, and we thought it would be a great place to celebrate our anniversary and Thanksgiving – something a little special (though it’s hard to imagine anything more special than the crui…

San Juan Islands

It’s a short hop from Bellingham into the San Juan Islands, which is a good thing since we had some strong northerly wind and choppy conditions to deal with.  We anchored off Lopez Island to hide from the wind, and had the anchorage all to ourselv…

25 Years

Today is our 25th Wedding Anniversary – where has the time gone?  This week also marks 9 years since we moved aboard the boat full-time.  Living in a small space has its own challenges, but we still love it.  It has been a pretty fabulou…