I've been exploring the island for the last two months, and can't wait to have Roger join me. The test phase of the Australian project ended well, and he will be here within the next week or so. Did I say I can't wait?
In late January I flew to Calgary for a quick visit with my 94 year old godmother, and somehow felt like I was flying home when I returned to the island.
|The beautiful Rocky Mountains|
|Vancouver Island on a sunny January day|
People have asked if I found the rain hard to take. There is no doubt that some days seemed to be "50 shades of grey", but on the same hand, there were just as many shades of green. I probably only had to put my hood up six times, and the rest of the showery days were that - just showers. I only saw -2C one morning and never had to use a snow brush. I joked that I thought my car's thermometer was stuck on 6C. I could walk without worrying about slipping and falling and although I haven't golfed here, loved seeing people on the courses no matter what the weather held that day. So to answer the question: No, I'll take it over snow any day.
For all our friends who slog through snow and ice during the winter months, the following pictures were all taken in January and February!
|Beach at Parksville|
|People bike and golf year round here|
Three weeks ago, I met a friendly woman at aquasizes and within five minutes of meeting me and hearing my story, she asked if I would housesit for them while she and her husband spent a few weeks in Arizona! I laughed and said she was obviously an excellent judge of character, and after meeting her husband, we all agreed it would work out for all of us. I moved in yesterday to their beautiful home in Qualicum Beach and will be here for the month when we then head to Seattle and Idaho.
Jodi and I went for a 90 minute walk yesterday along the sea wall at Qualicum and then just three blocks from the beach we hiked through a beautiful forest.
|We've been friends since our kids were toddlers and I love have a walking partner!|
|Daffodils blooming in February|
|Cherry blossom trees are blossoming!|
|Qualicum Beach. Snow is where it should be -- on the mountains!|
|Moss covers everything|
|We saw sea lions but none were close enough to get their pictures taken|
|Posing for the camera|
I think we have definitely lived up to this quote, but I am ready to return to the safe harbor. It's time.