The Dark Month
Claira is in Girl Guides. For one of
the meets, they booked the rink at Trout Lake and all of the kids
went skating. Nara didn't want to go so Claira, Helen and I
went skating. By the end of the session, Claira was getting
pretty good at skating off the boards.
The kids have the week off before Christmas - the parents aren't
so lucky. The plan was for the kids to go to the Island the
weekend before and then the parents join them later. Reality
was a bit more mixed. Claira got sick so we delayed the kids
going over to just Nara on Sunday. Claira had a doctors
appointment but is snowed so hard the doctors office closed.
Claira did make it to Victoria, but it took a heroic trip to the
ferry to make that happen. Helen and I had a few days in the
deep snow in Vancouver to finish off any last minute shopping and
get ready for the holidays.
Christmas Eve at Butchart Gardens
My parents know the tricks to reserve
tickets and managed to get us some Christmas Eve tickets - one of
the most in demand nights. While is rained most of the day,
we were really lucky to get a foggy but not wet night. My
parents had tickets for three nights this year but for a variety
or reasons, we were the only night that didn't get canceled.
The gardens in snow are of course amazing. The snow diffuses
the light but also reflects it around. The fog does it's
part as well, give literal atmosphere to the photos.
Butchart does a lot of mix up the lighting all over the garden -
there are new things to see as you get further into the gardens.
Perhaps half way into the walk there is a stop for the
Carousel. (There is also a snack bar). It was pretty
busy - we had to wait for two cycles before the kids could get on,
but what do you expect on Christmas eve.
From here, the walk is downhill to the large buildings.
After opening gifts on Christmas morning, we often go out for a
walk. This year we picked Sidney as our place for a
walk. There is a sea wall and a few piers that are
good for walk on this surprisingly dry day. We have been
here before in the summer for the ferry trip to Sidney
As is tradition, we celebrated my Dads birthday in the evening.
Boxing Day in Courtney
The next day we drove up to Courtney for a
get together with the extended family.
Raelynn is the newest family member - just over 90 days old.
She has the best feature - she can mostly hold her own head
Piper Spit - Nanaimo
We had a reservations on the 4:45 sailing
but we were about 30 minutes earlier than necessary so we took a
brief diversion to check out a local park - Piper Spit. The
parking lot was nearly full.
There is spit and then and Island to walk
around. If the tide is low enough you can walk over to a
second island, but we didn't have enough time today to spend the
time to explore the park. This park is shadowed by the hill
behind us so we lost sun light well before sunset. I'd like
to come back here again for another longer visit.
neighbors across the hall have a tradition of having a holiday party
at an ice rink and they kindly invited us. Helen was at work so it
was me and kids (and only one kids jacket).
Nara started by asking for a cone but after a few minutes she had
regained her earlier skating skills. Claira had been skating
earlier in the month but still took a while to go from navigating
the boards to skating on the open ice. When the kids were
young Nara got skating lessons but Claira didn't. Every time
we take Claira skating, she uses the opportunity to remind us.
Getting a booking for skating lessons is really hard.
Tags: Butchart Gardens(8), skating(6), snow(4), lights(4), birthday cake(2), cake(2)
People: Claira(10), Nara(6), Helen(3), Marcus(2), Lloyd(2), Arabella(1)
From: John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > December 2022
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