As we set out each afternoon on our bicycles or on foot, one of us (more often, Bill) will say, "Do we have a plan?" Usually, I am the one to reply, "No, not really." Some days, our plans are made in the elevator as we ride to the bike room in the basement of our building, or even later, as we stand by our bikes in the lane outside the building, with Black Jack in her basket. Some of our favourite Vancouver locations on good weather days are English Bay, Lost Lagoon, Beaver Lake, Coal Harbour Pond, Granville Island, Olympic Village and Vanier Park. Sometimes, we go a little further afield and make it to Jericho Beach and as the weather continues to warm up, we'll probably soon add the trek that goes all around the seawall. If it rains, we often do downtown walks. Yesterday, Bill came up with a new idea. He suggested riding to Chinatown, parking the bikes, and then exploring some of the streets on foot. Sounded great to me! In fact, we went just a bit further, exploring Strathcona, which borders Chinatown.
There were quite a number of fences. My favourite shot was this one. I'll share it, and the rest of our delightful walk, with TexWisGirl's Good Fences, with many thanks to her for hosting. I promise if you visit that meme once, you will never see fences quite the same way again.
Our first stop was along False Creek, where we admired Mr. and Mrs. Canada Goose and their five adorable goslings.These parents have been in the area for several years. They are fine..
The rest of the photos were taken as we walked along Strathcona's streets.
The business behind that fence had no sign, but appears to be making sidecars..
for motorcycles. I think it would be well worth a visit, some day. I'm betting there's an interesting story waiting to be told.
The gardens were colourful..
and somehow, unique in their reflection of a varied demographic that is beautifully described at this link.
I almost caught this sparrow on top of a fence. When Bill looked at the photos last night, he noticed the harmony in the wing and fence textures.
Take an item from the box if you like it, and leave something in its place.
or book (the book exchange box was just behind the art one).
We didn't have a book with us to trade, so Bill just took this one out to show you, and then replaced it.
Some of the flowers were familiar ones,
and some were new to us. These were a unique shade of pink.
This cat looked at us for about three seconds and then went back to sleep.
and few things thrilled her more than taking a trip with one of her two daughters. Here, she and I had traveled to Victoria, BC, (around 2001, perhaps about five years before she died at age 92) and though she feared dogs in her youth, had adjusted to the fact that animals were central to my happiness. She not only loved my dog, Scott, but she helped me to rescue him from a devastating situation in Montreal's SPCA. (You can read about that story here.) If we stayed in a hotel, it had to be one that accepted pets, and she was fine with that. She and Scott were buddies. Period! (note the mauve jacket)
even among the rocks we saw yesterday,
put my mother's memory front and centre many, many times.
It seemed that with every step I took, something new would catch my eye.
It seemed no two were alike, and it was possible,
This one was bamboo behind metal railings, and the single..
We took Black Jack into MacClean Park where Bill caught these photos..
made our way to Harrison's.
that I couldn't resist.
We both liked the top of what we guessed at one time, to be a much loved home, though it is now in a sad state of disrepair.Good Fences meme. You won't be sorry!