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Christmas in the time of COVID


Claira Decorating Christmas Tree
Last year COVID lockdowns prevented us from traveling so we had our first Christmas in our own home.  This year there was a lot of uncertainty - Omicron was rising fast and while there were some lock downs (can't fly to South Africa for while) and lot of barriers (you need to quarantine for two weeks if you visit Hong Kong), the restrictions were better this year than last year.  There was guidance to keep visits under 10 guests.  We were all vaccinated (the kids got their first shots in December) so we felt a lot better (but no invulnerable) than last year.


Of course the world goes on beyond COVID.  There was a significant series of storms (now called atmospheric rivers) that destroyed highway access from the lower mainland to the rest of BC including shutting down pipelines.  Sadly, much of abbotsford was under water, damaging food production.  Gasoline was restricted to 30 liters a fill up and some gas stations had lineups.  My parents ment to come over but had to rearrange their plans because of the difficulty in finding fuel in Surrey.  (Vancouver was fine).  My parents did a make up trip the next weekend and we took them to see the outdoor lights downtown.

Heron Light SculpturePink TreeSky Blue Tree

The kids get two weeks off over Christmas break, but Helen and I get less.  My parents kindly offered to take the kids for the week so we took them over on a weekend.  We were early enough for our 3pm reservations that they put us on the 2pm which gave me the chance to try and do a timelapse from the front of the ferry!



Start Of Bike Ride

Claira Catching UpClaira PedalingDad Biking With NaraNara Waiting With Bike

View From BridgeTaller View

Nearly Home

Christmas in Victoria



Claira With Candle Powered Ornament
Helen and I returned to Victoria on Christmas Eve (it's hard working in a hospital) so we were there for Christmas morning.

Claira With Unopened GiftsClaira With New DressMom With New Santa
 
  Nara With Unopened Gifts


Christmas day is a bit of a weird duck for me.  Clearly it's about family but everyone seems to have their own ideas for the day - perhaps start in on a new book or go for a walk.  It wasn't much, but I hung out on the back deck of my parents house and watched the birds do their thing. 


 
 Bewicks Wren PortraitBewicks Wren With Insect

  Male Annas On BranchMale Annas Scratching Beak

 
Later in the afternoon we drove to Goldstream Provincial Park.  Parking was reasonable.
 
Nara And GrandpaTree Lungwort On BranchLungwort Details

Nara Brining Out Birthday CakeMy Dad With Birthday Cake

Up Island for Boxing Day

Boxing Day Spread

My aunt kindly hosts a Boxing Day get together in Courtney where most of my family live.  Between the snow and the COVID restrictions it looked a little doubtful for a while, but we made it up island and arrived just before dinner.

Playing Dancing Game On SwitchClaira And Arabella



 
 
Nara Serving Pink FluffyClaira Serving HerselfLexi With Pink FluffyNathan Serving Pink Fluffy

ArabellaHunter And JustinKayla With Christmas Gift
 
  Claira Helping Open Christmas BookNara Claira Lexi Shelton JessicaNaras Card For Grandpa
 
 
Grandpa And Three DaughtersGrandpa And Two Daughters
 
  Fancy New Ramps

Nara On High BeachClaira With Snow In Boot
 
Great Grandpa With Nara And Claira

John Hendry Park


Danger Thin Ice
A few years ago there was a two week long cold period in Vancouver and people started playing hockey on the ice of Trout Lake.  There was warnings that the ice was thin, but it got enough coverage that eventually huge crowds showed up at the lake to see it.



Claira Wants To Throw At MeCleared Snow Makes Black Ice
This years cold streak was going on two weeks below zero so I decided to head out to the lake and check it out with the kids.  Sure enough, there were hundreds of people on the lake skating and having fun.    There were a few signs warning about thin ice, but when there are hundreds of people breaking the rules, it really hard to take the sign seriously.  This bothered me because the city is effectivly teaching people to ignore the safey signs - not good.


In the summer Trout lake can have really high fecal coliform counts and they close the small beach to swimming.  Even if the bacteria counts aren't above the limits, the city still publishes the data for the beach and many other swimming locations around Vancouver.  My proposal is that the city should measure the ice thickness here and post the results regularly rather than teaching people to ignore safety signs.

Family Skating At SunsetKids Throwing Snowballs At Me


We had a great walk - I wonder how many years it will be before the lake freezes like this again.

Lake Full Of People





Lake Full Of People
Altitude: 24m (78 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: ice, lake, Trout Lake
Arabella
Person: Arabella
Claira With Unopened Gifts
Pink Tree
Altitude: 9m (29 feet)
Location: Go To...
Bewicks Wren With Insect
Species: Thryomanes bewickii (Bewick's Wren)
Kayla With Christmas Gift
Person: Kayla
Cleared Snow Makes Black Ice
Altitude: 29m (95 feet)
Location: Go To...
Hunter And Justin
Person: Justin
Family Skating At Sunset
Altitude: 20m (65 feet)
Location: Go To...
Naras Card For Grandpa
Person: Nara, Philip
Claira Catching Up
Altitude: 54m (177 feet)
Location: Go To...
Playing Dancing Game On Switch
Person: Lexi May, Nara
Taller View
Altitude: 37m (121 feet)
Location: Go To...
Great Grandpa With Nara And Claira
Person: Claira, Nara, Philip
Claira With Snow In Boot
Person: Claira
Tags: beach, snow
Nara And Grandpa
Person: Lloyd, Nara
Claira Wants To Throw At Me
Person: Claira
Altitude: 26m (85 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: snowball
Claira Pedaling
Altitude: 48m (157 feet)
Location: Go To...
My Dad With Birthday Cake
Person: Lloyd
Tags: birthday cake, candlelight
Claira And Arabella
Person: Arabella, Claira
Nara On High Beach
Person: Nara
Altitude: 12m (39 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: beach, snow
Lexi With Pink Fluffy
Person: Lexi May
Tags: dessert
Nara With Unopened Gifts
Boxing Day Spread
Nara Claira Lexi Shelton Jessica
Claira Helping Open Christmas Book
Person: Claira, Philip
Dad Biking With Nara
Altitude: 54m (177 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: biking
Male Annas On Branch
Species: Calypte anna (Anna's Hummingbird)
Claira With New Dress
Nathan Serving Pink Fluffy
Person: Lexi May, Nathan
Tags: dessert
Male Annas Scratching Beak
Species: Calypte anna (Anna's Hummingbird)
Start Of Bike Ride
Person: Claira, Lloyd, Nara
Altitude: 50m (164 feet)
Location: Go To...
Danger Thin Ice
Altitude: 26m (85 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: ice, sign, Trout Lake
Claira Serving Herself
Person: Claira
Tags: dessert
Fancy New Ramps
Tree Lungwort On Branch
Species: Lobaria pulmonaria (Tree Lungwort)
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
Location: Go To...
Lungwort Details
Species: Lobaria pulmonaria (Tree Lungwort)
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
Location: Go To...
Sky Blue Tree
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nearly Home
Altitude: 19m (62 feet)
Location: Go To...
Grandpa And Three Daughters
Person: Janet, Philip
Bewicks Wren Portrait
Species: Thryomanes bewickii (Bewick's Wren)
Kids Throwing Snowballs At Me
Altitude: 23m (75 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: snowball, Trout Lake
Nara Serving Pink Fluffy
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: dessert
Nara Waiting With Bike
Person: Nara
Altitude: 58m (190 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: biking
Nara Brining Out Birthday Cake
Claira Decorating Christmas Tree
Person: Claira
Tags: christmas tree, decorating
Claira With Candle Powered Ornament
Person: Claira
Tags: candlelight
Heron Light Sculpture
Person: Claira, Janet, Lloyd, Nara
Altitude: 16m (52 feet)
Location: Go To...
Mom With New Santa
View From Bridge
Person: Claira, Lloyd, Nara
Tags: bridge
Grandpa And Two Daughters
Tags: dessert(4), Trout Lake(3), candlelight(2), beach(2), snow(2), biking(2)
People: Claira(12), Nara(10), Lloyd(5), Philip(4), Lexi May(3), Janet(2)
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