And some clever quip...
Jessica and Shelton Get Married
Seeing Family in Surrey
My sister lives in in Surrey and the summer
is a great time to go out and visit. Covid is in what turns
out to be a low so we can meet up, but we want to still want to
maintain space between people and keep the number of people to a
minimum. I did a bit of research and found Colebrook
park. It has a one way trail network that helps to keep
visitors separated while you walk around.
The kids were happy to be outside and
basically just started running. I was hoping for a photo for
Grandma who we weren't visiting nearly as much as we once
did. The kids were just barely cooperative.
The park itself is quite nice - a lot of
nice forest and birds flying though. We wound up doing the
loop twice because the kids were done in less than half an hour
and we needed the space.
After the walk, we decided to go to Cresent
beach for take out. While there is a lot of space here, the
sea wall trail was more crowded than I had hoped for. The
tide was out so we went for a walk in the shallow water and mud.
We saw lots of Lugworm eggs in the shallow
water which the kids have seen on previous subtidal walks
out in the eel grass around boundary bay.
On the Island at the end of the Summer
My mother kindly offered to take the kids
for the last week or two of summer. We setup our schedule to
reduce how many kids the kids saw to try and shrink our bubble and
then took the trip over to the island.
Claira got it in her
head that she wanted a butterfly in a jar. I've seen some
beautiful butterflies at the top of Mount Douglas before so we went
there to try and get one. The only thing we found were
European Skippers (which I don't mind so much trapping in a jar) so
Claira was a little happy. I've seen kids with large butterfly
nets and I really don't understand the boundaries of capturing
wildlife, even if it's just an insect.
My kids really enjoy time at the local
playground. McMinn park is a short bike ride away from my
parents house and it's been upgrade with a good zip line and a
disk swing. My dad has been collecting used kids bikes
from consignment sporting goods stores so we seem to have enough
bikes that everyone can petal down.
The kids get a good play, but it's a different kind of play than
what they get at school. In school they play games like
grounders or "man hunt". Two kids aren't enough to play
these kids of games and my kids won't talk to other kids on the
playground to try and get a game going.
Good play in, the kids were tired enough for a portrait and then a
Outerbridge park is a small park very close
to my parents home. I used to be private property by the
owner of the property gave it to the city at the end of her life
and it's a small park/garden now. It used to be her private
garden and still has many invasive or non-native plants, but that
doesn't stop endemic (and invasive) wildlife from calling it home.
This year I saw a surprising number of
Common Wall Lizards. These are invasive and they appear to
growing in numbers. There were a variety of size so clearly
they are reproducing.
There are lots of other things to see in the park - birds, insects
and sometimes frogs.
I enjoy the small breaks to go to the park and use my natural
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