A weekend in Victoria
It was Mothers day weekend and Helen and I weren't
crazy busy so we decided to go over to the island to see the folks and
wish my Mom (and Grandmother) a happy Mothers Day. On Saturday we
had some time so we decided to go downtown to see the Abkhazie
Garden. Unknown to me, the Moss Street Market was just down
The market was mostly goods with little food (prepared or
otherwise). I'm not so keen on taking photos of other people's
artistic works so I don't take a lot of "here are the earrings"
The market was pretty busy. It gives me confidence in the long
term viability of "farmers markets" in the city.
I heard about the Abkhazi Garden years ago when the
Land Conservancy was getting big in the Island area. The garden
is set on an oversized city lot and the original home is converted to a
small cafe and gift shop. The plants are very mature and you
don't get the "this bed just came out of the greenhouse" feel.
There were lots of plants I hadn't seen before and the small spaces
were well used. A large part of the lot is dominated by bedrock
that rises out of the earth and I was especially impressed with the
small ponds they have built onto the rocks.
One of my favorite parts of Van Dusen Gardens is the variety of foot
paths - from wheel chair accessible paved, or well trod gravel, to
barely more than disturbed grass. If anything, I find Abkhazi too
prescribed, but that is probably the reality of having such a well
visited garden on comparatively small land.
Mount Douglas Park
Never one to let a good day go to waste, after lunch
we drove up to the local park for a bit of a walk
around. This park goes from Ocean front to almost
alpine, all in the city.
Every time I visit the summit, I'm impressed by the
Oak Trees on the top of the mountain. I have yet to take a
compelling photo of them, but that doesn't mean I should stop trying.
My grandparents had now joined us so we were looking
for a short walk around town. I wanted to poke around China
town. We drove by looking for a place to park and noticed another
market! Turns out Sunday morning they close part of Government
We poked around China town a bit. I was
surprised how small Chinatown in Victoria is. There are some cool
alleys to look around and I was especially impressed with the 1/2
addresses. Redevelopment is starting to hit this neighborhood so
I wonder what this place will be like in 20 more years.
And that's a short mothers day weekend in Victoria!
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