Hello, my friends! I've been having a lovely day to myself, introverting away in a slightly social manner. Like my good friends, Ann of Polyester Princess (here) and Mim of Crinoline Robot (here), I'm throwing my energy into maintaining a routine of getting dressed up. Connect with us and through us - click on other commenters' names to see if they have blogs and go say hi! Let's be alone together.
|I'm totally holding this wall up|
I have a very shiny outfit in store for you - and I've amped it up to 11! - and I also went for a Mental Health Walk today, so grab a hot cup of tea and a comfy chair and get settled in for a Bigass Free Day post.
I slept in a bit - L went to his empty office to work today - then I put on my walking gear and headed out.
This tiny bunch of some kind of daffodil/narcissus variant was so pretty.
Look at that wonderful pink.
This yard is always one of my favourites on my walk.
I spotted a Cat of Victoria on my way to the water.
|"Who goes there?"|
He's got a bit of Charlie Chaplin vibe about him.
Pretty daffodils. Yellow is so joyful.
I know I like whoever built this little garden scene.
And a violin-playing gnome.
I arrived at Dallas Road to find that a good percentage of Victoria citizens also decided that the waterfront would be a fine place to visit today.
You can see the demarcation of the cloud-line on the cliffs.
Looking towards Clover Point - that's where I'm headed.
Looking back at that gorgeous sky!
Logs and birds on the water.
I was careful walking on the logs.
A "whip" of kelp near the water.
I wonder what that big iron ring is??
This is the most southerly point in Victoria.
This daffodil is so amazing, standing strong.
These crows were in quite a tizzy.
|"Did you see him? What's he doing? What does he want?"|
They were cackling away and hopping from wire to wire.
I saw a few of these driftwood creations along the beach.
Up ahead, near Ross Bay Cemetery, I saw a big dark speck in a tree.
|"Those crows better keep their distance.."|
They aren't that rare on the west coast, but I haven't seen one this close to people in a long time.
|"Photos? Please let me tidy myself."|
That is one big bird.
Looking into the cemetery, which is on the other side of the road from the water.
And a bunch of our urban deer, foraging for food.
Back at the water, I'm headed for the other side of the bay.
Another driftwood structure.
This pink stone was put there with love.
And a selfie from the top of the stairs, looking back at Clover Point.
More plum blossoms.
This yard is always a bit hippy-dippy. But I like the peace sign.
|"If you cannot be brave, be kind."|
A good reminder.
I saw this squirrel dash across the road in front of me.
|"No pictures! No pictures!"|
That's a beautiful cedar tree - although the knot on the right is looking at me...
I decided to go by Government House (home of BC's Lieutenant Governor), and cut past the Castle on my way home.
here - it's a B&B now.
Another B&B across the street.
Government House's grounds are still open, and look at all these good folks doing their social distancing.
Spring has officially arrived - my first robin sighting.
|"Spring robins are here, mofo!"|
The manors around Craigdarroch Castle are massive and magnificent.
There's the Castle!
I like that a lot of the streets have these blue tile letters.
Here, enjoy! That was so fun.
The Castle is closed right now.
here) or The Boy (a slightly silly horror movie with Lauren Cohan, IMDB link here), both of those were filmed at the Castle.
I hereby pledge that when the Castle is open again, I'll go up there and take a tour so you can see the inside. They also have a new tearoom and gift shop converted from one of the houses nearby.
I love that port-cochere, where carriages would drive up to the front door.
here's their gallery (the flyover is really cool).
When I got home, Vizzini was super-excited to see me.
|"Oh, were you out? Is it food time?"|
He hasn't quite clued in that things in the world are...different...yet. We've been on our regular schedule for work, so as far as he's concerned, nothing's changed.
And speaking of schedule, here's what I would have worn to work if I'd gone today.
- Dress - The Arkin Collections, vintage 60s, vintage fair; purchased here for $40.00
- Shoes - Tod's, thrifted; last worn here in my last outfit of my spring/summer in September 2019
- Jacket (below) - Forever 21, thrifted; last seen here in April 2019
I will admit that I did go over-the-top (OTT, as they say) on the styling. Why the heck not?
I left the original gold vinyl belt on the dress for its inaugural outing- I probably won't wear it much going forward as it's quite fragile.
It's such a great fit too. Remember, I did not try this on when I bought it!
Here's with the belt off - I find this more comfortable to wear and I like the sleeker look of it.
While I was outside doing my stair picture, I experimented with carefully moving my camera around on the ledge (I always worry about it smashing on the ground four floors down). I take all of my pictures with the camera timer.
It was when I started to think about outerwear that my whackitude side came out to play. Heh. Note that I switched my bracelet and ring to the outside of my gloves. KLASSY.
- Hat - Henri Original, vintage 50s, gift from Elaine, last worn here exactly 6 years ago in March 2014
- Gloves - Club Monaco, consignment
And because we're feeling very EXTRA today, a faux leopard cropped jacket.
And I'll just sling on this new-to-me vintage bag with the whole ensemble.
- Purse - Ted Lapidus, vintage 90s, vintage fair; purchased here for $31.00
- Earrings - Biko, consignment
- Bracelet - Butler Fifth Avenue Collection, consignment
- Ring - c. 1996
And now, some reading on the couch with another cup of tea. Maybe Vizzini will join me.
|"And leave my robe and crown pillow?"|
Take care, my friends! I'm off to enjoy my long weekend with L - we have some fun adventures planned for our anniversary. Be kind to yourselves and others. Take it a day at a time. Breathe. Thank you all again for stopping by!