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Victoria For Labour Day

Our kids stayed at Grandma's house for the week before Labour day, and then us working parents over to visit for the second weekend.  Marcus and James and their parents came as well so we had lots of kids and lots of parents which gave more time for activities.  I've wanted to go to Whitty's Lagoon for quite a while and so we packed a lunch and headed out!

Bridges At Start Of HikeClaira Running To Catch Up

Walking On Sandbars
If you get the tides right, there are small sand island forming shallow lagoon where the water heats up.  There doesn't appear to be a dry route to the islands, but you came to the beach to get wet right?


Standing In ShallowsWading Out To SandbarsNara Doing Handstand

Claira Ready To GoClaira Picking Up CrabClaira Pretending To Eat Crab
 

After our time at the beach, we got back in our cars and drove home.  We noticed a "farmers market" sign and dropped in to see if there were any good local veggies.  The farmers market was run well - hand sanitizer, limited admission numbers and prescribed walking route around.

Half Of Metchosin Farmers Market

Claira With Knitted Gloves
While we did find some veggies, Claira found some kids sized fingerless gloves and Helen found some nice ceramics. 


Outerbridge Park

Claira Feeding Ducks

Outerbridge park is just around the corner from my parents house - you can walk over after dinner and still be back in time for bath time.  When the kids are entertained, I enjoy going over to see what I can spot.


Barred Owl Looking DownLorquins Admiral On Leaf
 
  Two Frogs On Leaf
One on trip over with the kids, Claira claimed she saw a frog.  It jumped before she could show anyone else, but she was sure it was a frog.  I spent a bit of time and eventually found a large number of frogs getting sun on leaves.  They were very patient - you could get quite close and they didn't jump.

Tree Frogs On Blackberry LeavesSkin Details

I was able to take photos, go home, get the kids and by the time I was back, the frogs were still there.  The kids weren't as fascinated as I was, but I think they still enjoyed seeing them.

Tie Dye Project


Adding Dye To ShirtShirt Dyed In Sectors


My mom got 4 white shirts and some tie die kits.  The kids followed the instructions winding the shirts up and then wrapping them in elastic bands.  In the morning sun they put the dye in and then left them for a few hours for the colour to set.  After a few hours, the dye was supposed to be set so the shirts went through the washing machine.  Turns out the red runs quite badly so we got 4 mostly pink shirts, but the kids were still happy.

Claira With Still Bundled ShirtNara With Her ShirtKids With Their New Tie Dyed Shirts

Beach at Cordova Bay

Grandama With Grandkids

We normally go to the beach near McMorrans restaurant.  There are other beaches and one of my favorites is D'Arcy Lane Beach Access because it's mostly walking distance and while the beach is small the rock cliffs are quite interesting.



Looking For Beach GlassPlantago_maritimaOn RocksClaira In Sunlight


Happy Birthday Grandma

My Mom's birthday is early September.  It's rare all of her grandchildren are around for her birthday - Happy Birthday!

Playground at Lochside Elementary

There are two playgrounds fairly close to my parents house - McMinn Park and the playground at Lochside Elementary.  While there are lots of good things at McMinn, Lochside is a bit closer so the kids can pretty much on a whim.  This years favorite equitment was the Rotator - an umbrella like piece of equipment where the top can rotate.  It's not quite fair - Claira is just a little shorter so she can't get on everywhere.  Nara has great hand strength and can hang on longer than everyone else.  We tried to make games that everyone could win, but the rules because quite complicated quite quickly.

Four Kids On The RotatorStarting To SpinClaira And James Playing On Rotator
 
Nara Leaning OutNara Stretched Four RingsHair Catching Sunlight

Claira On SwingKids On Top Of Climbing WallNara And Marcus Running
 


Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Early in the COVID Outbreak, the Reifel Bird Sanctuary closed.  I didn't hear when it opened again, but the internet told me it was now open.  The new format requires you to book ahead to get a time slot so the parking lot doesn't become crowded.  It was a little rainy so we got a "short notice" slot, but on a sunny day you definitely need to book in advance.

Two Yellowlegs With Dowitchers

At this point, my kids are pretty good at feeding birds out of their hands.  This behaviour is widely seen - kids everywhere are sticking out their hands trying to attract chickadee's and Red Wing Blackbirds.  On our recent trip to Manning Park, we found birds there were looking for hand outs, as are birds at Stanley Park, but it's not universal.  A walk around QE Park found that the Chickadee's completely ignored seeds in our hands.

Claira With Redwing Blackbird In HandBlackbird In Hand


There are bird feeders around the sanctuary at various places so it's pretty easy to spot small birds near the paths waiting for a turn. 

Female House Sparrow
My bird portraiture still needs work, but I'm trying.

House SparrowGolden Crown Sparrow




Claira Running To Catch Up
Person: Claira
Tags: running
Tree Frogs On Blackberry Leaves
Species: Pseudacris regilla (Pacific Treefrog)
Altitude: 32m (104 feet)
Location: Go To...
Barred Owl Looking Down
Species: Strix varia (Barred Owl)
Altitude: 25m (82 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Outerbridge Park
Nara Leaning Out
Person: Nara
Tags: monkey bars, playground
Happy Birthday Grandma
Person: Claira, James, Janet, Marcus, Nara
Tags: birthday cake, candlelight
Kids On Top Of Climbing Wall
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: climbing, playground
House Sparrow
Species: Passer domesticus (House Sparrow)
Tags: bird, Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Golden Crown Sparrow
Species: Zonotrichia atricapilla (Golden-crowned Sparrow)
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: bird, Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Grandama With Grandkids
Person: Claira, James, Janet, Marcus, Nara
Starting To Spin
Person: Claira, Nara, James, Marcus
Bridges At Start Of Hike
Claira Pretending To Eat Crab
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: crab
Claira In Sunlight
Person: Claira
Blackbird In Hand
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: hand feeding, Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Claira Picking Up Crab
Person: Claira
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Two Yellowlegs With Dowitchers
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Claira Ready To Go
Person: Claira
Nara And Marcus Running
Person: Marcus, Nara
Tags: playground, running
Kids With Their New Tie Dyed Shirts
Person: Claira, James, Marcus, Nara
Tags: fashion
Female House Sparrow
Species: Passer domesticus (House Sparrow)
Tags: bird, Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Standing In Shallows
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira With Redwing Blackbird In Hand
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: hand feeding, Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Plantago_maritimaOn Rocks
Nara With Her Shirt
Claira And James Playing On Rotator
Person: Claira, James
Shirt Dyed In Sectors
Hair Catching Sunlight
Person: Claira
Altitude: 36m (118 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira With Knitted Gloves
Person: Claira
Altitude: 39m (127 feet)
Location: Go To...
Lorquins Admiral On Leaf
Species: Limenitis lorquini (Lorquin's Admiral)
Tags: insect, Outerbridge Park
Claira On Swing
Person: Claira
Altitude: 39m (127 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: playground, swing
Adding Dye To Shirt
Nara Doing Handstand
Person: Claira, James, Nara
Location: Go To...
Tags: beach, gymnastics
Two Frogs On Leaf
Species: Pseudacris regilla (Pacific Treefrog)
Altitude: 32m (104 feet)
Location: Go To...
Half Of Metchosin Farmers Market
Altitude: 44m (144 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: market
Looking For Beach Glass
Claira With Still Bundled Shirt
Skin Details
Species: Pseudacris regilla (Pacific Treefrog)
Altitude: 32m (104 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Stretched Four Rings
Person: Nara
Altitude: 36m (118 feet)
Location: Go To...
Wading Out To Sandbars
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Four Kids On The Rotator
Person: Claira, Nara, James, Marcus
Tags: playground
Claira Feeding Ducks
Person: Claira
Altitude: 54m (177 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Outerbridge Park
Walking On Sandbars
Location: Go To...
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary(6), playground(5), Outerbridge Park(3), bird(3), running(2), hand feeding(2)
People: Claira(17), Nara(11), James(7), Marcus(6), Janet(2)
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