Recently my friend Jannice informed me of an item she’d seen on the BBC news. In Ladysmith, a small town south of us on Vancouver island, a gigantic rhododendron was causing heads to turn.
A local councillor was proposing that this shrub be promoted as a tourist attraction. The shrub, a version called Lady Cynthia, is 115 years old and was brought from Devon, UK by early settlers. The shrub now dwarfs the house of the current owners.
Today I drove to see it and took my auntie Jean with me for the day out. As you can see, Lady Cynthia was gorgeous to behold and awesome in its presence… much like my lovely lady.
If you’d care to read the whole of the BBC item click here.
‘Bye for now and God bless.
Gold medal for poomsae
Last weekend Tim, Andi, Charlotte, Oliver, Cynthia and I went to support Oliver in his first Tae-Kwon-Do tournament. It was held in Parksville, a 45 minutes drive south of us on Vancouver Island. He and we enjoyed the well run event. When the initial nervous period was over and the butterflies settled, Oliver said he enjoyed it very much.
The children his age and younger competed in threes or fours. That way everyone got a medal, which was a great experience for these little uns. Oliver did very well getting a first place in Poomsae. Poomsae is the performance of a sequence of movements which involves strength, grace and power. He got a joint third in sparring.
Here are some pictures and a short video from the day. I hope you enjoy them. ‘Bye for now and God bless.
Location of Naka Creek In Relation To Home. (400+Km round trip approx)
Since last Saturday and over the past weekend to Wednesday, we were camped at Naka Creek which is north of where we live on Vancouver Island. It took us about 3 1/4 hours of driving time to get there, with 1 1/4 hours of that done on logging roads. For those of you outside of Canada, the logging trucks have right of way on their roads. Fortunately we didn’t meet one coming our way. If you’d like to see a clip of some active trucks, watch below. It’s long so you might just want to watch part. (video credits to Tim Twichell)
Our camping trip was blessed with good weather, a lovely site, great people and fab food (thanks especially to GJo but also to Andi and Cynthia). We even saw a humpback whale or possibly it was a Minke. I think pictures, and there are lots of them below, can do a far better job than I could to show the beauty of this place. We are so blessed to live where we do.
Goodbye for now and God bless.