Saturday, March 30, 2013

Taking a walk on Easter weekend

at the midway on the walk.
In what is an unusual alignment of the planets, the forecast for the holiday weekend was "clear skies". this is one of those weekends where I am reminded of the advantages of living on this island paradise... absolutely gorgeous weather, and spring all around us. I took a poncho in case it got chilly.  Nope.  I think indeed that sunscreen might have been a better choice! 

Geary Oak, not quite ready for the new leaves
cherry blossoms against the sky
We were actually on a misson of sorts (some banking stuff to be done), but decided to walk instead of driving.  Or, as Duncan and his friend Ben might argue, it was another deathmarch of doom.  Still, the trees, and sky, the gentle breeze, the smell of the blossoms... couldn't have been better.

Also fun was chancing across a piece of civil protest along the way. A group of cyclists engaged in a protest against Chevron, and 'fraking', had surrounded the local gas station, were blocking all entrances with their bikes, had taped signs to the gas pumps (outlining their concerns with fraking in the province), and had wrapped police tape around the outside of the pumps.

Anti-fraking protest at the Chevron
There were 3 or 4 police cars there too, with police officers talking to the protesters on their own megaphones, saying things like "come on guys, don't make me give you a ticket".  I thought that at least was decent interaction, having just seen the CBC clip the other day of a police officer punching a cyclist in the head.  So... it could have been worse!  :-)   In any event, the protesters were peaceful, and headed off on their bikes to stage the same (sort) protest at the next Chevron up the road.

The camelias in bloom outside our front door
We, jobs done and protests observed, headed off to the local Noodle Box for a bit of lunch, and wandered our way back home down side streets, enjoying the sun sky.  Next on the agenda?  A 7pm showing of Les Mis at the university movie theatre.  Perfect holiday so far!


  1. I would have to cheat to get pictures like those to put on my blog. Or at the very least, live in Victoria. The fushia in the camelias? the baby pink in the cherry blossoms? I don't think that colour can really be appreciated by those of you in paradise, like it can be by those of us who are just happy if the air warms up to 13 celsius. But our tulips are peaking through, so there is hope.

    And you get a form of protest coming from the lives of real people to add interest to the walk.

    Lovely day for you.


  2. So, if Duncan went to Les Mis, how did he like it, when he measures it up against the production he saw in London?


  3. When I first read "fraking" all I could think of was the Battlestar Galactica TV series where that word is the swear of choice. Oh, that fraking Chevron!!! Then I realize I was just a sci-fi geek -- I remembered that fraking is an oil feild term.

    Keep the blog posts coming.

    (hating you just a little bit as I imagine breathing in those cherry blossoms)