I had to take the little car for some attention (nothing to do with me) … it needed whatever it was – Mercedes summoned us - I arrived on time … the chap was somewhat amazed – being the English ‘girl’ in a Smart car …
… some others rocked up, and his comment was 'they’re an hour and a half late'! People get lost … but this little soul (if I can call myself that?!) had found her way to the outskirts of the industrial area near where Point Ellice house is today (without SatNav).
Down I walked, past the Cowichan Tribes store – I called in for a chat and look around, on to Bastion Square, where Hudson’s Bay Company established its trading post, Fort Victoria (1843 – 1858), … I need to have another look around this historical area.
|Finns - as it now is|
|Tabasco cocktail sauce and|
Better than a quick snack … so a good light lunch was had … Oysters with a Caesar salad accompaniment. No wine – just water! It was delicious … the view was gorgeous despite having to be indoors as it was a cloudy, chilly Thursday, check out the views on the harbour on their site.
|Recent self-portrait: Robert Bateman|
Then off to walk along the harbour front to an Art Gallery – the Robert Bateman Centre. As a child he (now 88) was fascinated by the natural world, sketching and painting wildlife around him. Travelling and teaching allowed him to focus on art and nature … as well as stimulating youngsters in the great outdoors.
|Cardinal in Sumac 1992|
(can you see him ... middle left ...?!)
The art in the gallery was a delight to see … he is highly acclaimed today as one of Canada’s great artists and conservationists.
Dozing Lynx 1987 by Robert Bateman
(apologies it wasn't the Snow Leopard - though I have
that ipic too)
Very different from Emily Carr – though both these artists were influenced by the Group of Seven – Canada’s first national art movement inspired by the Canadian landscape.
|Totem Pole in the new extension - Empress Hotel|
I wandered back past the legislature, thought about tea at the Empress Hotel … but walked on through, not by – it was packed … and then retraced my steps up town to find little car.
|'Farm' - the cannabis bar ... not quite sure of the status|
as regulations are in the process of being relaxed
I was fairly desperate for some tea … and hoped to find a cup somewhere – nothing presented itself … I cannot stand fast food outlets (sorry!) … anyway I met a bulk of a man outside a bar …
|Descriptions of products available|
… he was obviously ‘guarding’ something – but I thought I might be able to get a drink : so asked … he said he didn’t think it was the kind of tea I’d like or perhaps was suitable for me … so I asked what it was: a cannabis bar!
|I have no idea what any of these are ... except I was|
in that shop!
I went on my way – about three steps … u-turned, retraced … and said ‘do you think they’d mind if I went in for a quick look’ – he said he didn’t think so … and I could take pics as long as no-one featured.
|Not the chap! Just one of the murals on the hoarding|
for the Rock Bay project
Actually the chap I met inside was quite interesting – he’d had mental problems, and mixed with ‘the wrong sort’ … and said that since he’d had some help using cannabis it had calmed him down and he could cope with the depression and challenges.
|Vancouve Island top left, Seattle has that huge|
range of fjord like inlets ... Vancouver itself
is about where the title 'Boater's Guide' appears
above the 49th parallel
He mentioned other health issues it appeared to cure – I don’t know … and we were just generalising … I enjoyed my chat … however = no tea!!
On up past murals like the one above … to the car and back home via the dreaded Malahat – it was a fun walk around … stimulating and diverse …
That was another day in the life of this positive blogger …
PS This dozing blogger - just realised that it is a Lynx Dozing ... and not the Snow Leopard = brains went somewhere!! Sorry commenters, but more importantly - the artist: Robert Bateman.
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