Jake is a Humpback whale who is a regular visitor to the Campbell River area. He’s easily identifiable due to an injured dorsal fin, and loved for his personality; A ‘chilled out dude’ as described to me. He is particularly worth a mention for his visits to the nearby islands. In this area, on rare occasions, the currents increase to an extreme. In one … Continue reading Memorable ‘big animal encounters’
Mrs K is hitting a rich vein of creative form in her art work, and that’s best supported by me taking my leave of the apartment, so she has some peace and quiet. My favourite time-out is to walk down to the marina, and just watch the waves and boats, read a book, and wander around the high street. The second time I did this, … Continue reading Swimming with Harbour Seals off Vancouver Island
Saanichton, Vancouver Island was our last month’s stay. Our home away from home was a new build farm-house. The upper-level suite was an Airbnb and ours for most of July. We genuinely loved it. Views onto farmland, deer walking through the barley, no-one around. Saanichton itself was a quiet, well-appointed town. We were about 2km west. A bit too far to walk regularly for … Continue reading We prefer city life.. we think..
I’m always amused when tourists in London get so excited about the red post boxes. Frequently you’ll see them gathering around, taking group photos invariably thumbs-up, maybe posting in volume to Instagram #redpostbox. There’s no need to feel smug however as obviously, we do the same type of thing when we are travelling. The locals’ mundane to us seems exciting and interesting. But one event … Continue reading Tourists are interested in the strangest things..
There’s an image in my mind, carried with me for as long as I can remember, of a modest glass fronted house. Nestled amongst tall pine trees, lightly raised so looking down onto a turquoise lake. On the other side of this quiet space are snow topped mountains. A total cliche of Canadian living! When it turned out that Mrs K also harboured similar dreams … Continue reading Finding our inner Canadians..
Apparently, the Milky Way (our galaxy) spins once every 240million years, and that discovery was made near here, on Vancouver Island, at the Dominion Observatory. Built in 1918 as a modern marvel, it has nearly always been open every month on a Saturday night to allow the masses a glimpse of the cosmos. So, given we’ve had clear skies constantly for two weeks, and … Continue reading Last (galaxy) year the dinosours roamed the earth
A favourite family saying is that ‘the best bit of a long walk is the hot cup of tea back home’. We’re enjoying a steamin’ cuppa now after trudging up a nearby hill to a view from Pickles Point. We can just see the US and the nearby smaller islands. Lovely way to start the week after a busy weekend. For frequent weekends of our … Continue reading Hanging out with the pensioners
It’s the beginning of the second month of a new lifestyle, and we think that there will be a natural pattern to our adventures as we continue. Each month a new home. So for each month, we guess the following sequence; week 1 is ‘where is everything??’, 2 is ‘visiting & exploring’, 3 is ‘feeling at home’, and 4 is ‘OK, so what’s next?’. It … Continue reading We loved it; then we left
I have no sense of direction. At all. Mrs K is fully aware of this and so she will take the lead on navigation. I mention this, as a key point, because I went from our home to my target centre of downtown without the aid of Uncle Google. This suggests that I’m now getting to know the city. The downtown area has been our focus for … Continue reading Size does matter
Mrs K and I have been long-term admirers of Canadian culture. It’s one of the many reasons this lifestyle change started in Vancouver. In broad strokes, we like their appreciation of the outdoors (unsurprising given their landscapes!), but mostly our shared belief in the Prime minister’s mantra of ‘strength through diversity’ which itself seems to talk to and emboldens the Canadian liberal majority. I see … Continue reading Insatiable desire for a pick-up truck with tow bar