Hey, I'm back! As you might have guessed, L and I had to go back to Powell River to attend his step-dad's funeral this past weekend. Fortunately, both our jobs allow us a generous bereavement leave, so we left on Thursday. This is a big, picture-laden post (as my travel posts usually are), so don't say I didn't warn you.
I spent Thursday morning putting together a quick and small travel/funeral capsule. Vizzini helped.
|"I won't let you go!"|
|"If I stay on the skirt, the Woman can't go."|
I didn't want to bring a ton of clothes with me. I also knew I'd be sitting around quite a lot, visiting with L's mom and his relatives.
here a weekend ago for $5.00.
The top underneath is one that I wear around the house. I have worn it a couple of times on the blog:
- January 2012 for a very dressed-down day at work (during moving/renovations); and
- October 2011 for a casual Saturday out.
It's by Calvin Klein and I thrifted it for $12.50. It gets a lot of wear around the house. I think I've even played Ultimate in it.
here back in May (last outfit) for a casual brunch outing. It's wonderful for traveling, as the more it wrinkles, the better it looks.
I also wore this scarf that the wonderful Lynne gave me some time ago.
Secret Squirrel showed us! Thanks for the easy tutorial - I used that knot all weekend!
The shoes are my Enzo Angiolini gladiator sandals, last seen in the all-neutral June 2012 capsule (recap here) where I wore them 7 times.
For accessories, I am wearing my leather cuff, silver feather earrings and for rings, my spoon ring and snake ring.
Cardigan (Jacob, thrifted), tee (Calvin Klein, thrifted), skirt (Cute Options), shoes (Enzo Angiolini, consignment), scarf (gift from Lynne), cuff (Guess, thrifted), earrings (locally-made), snake ring (homegrown vintage, 80s), spoon ring (About Tine).
We started with a lovely sunny day. I never tire of the grand scenery here.
This is an arbutus tree - they are rare, and only found on the West Coast. I like how this one is growing right out of the rock face.
Mount Finlayson towered over us.
L and I had the roof up on the convertible for the early part of the drive.
I took a shot of L:
I liked the drama of the power line towers looming over us.
I had lots of time - LOTS of time - to take pictures on the Malahat. Why?
We crawled along at about 3 kmph for an hour.
We finally got past most of it near the summit.
I caught a shot of the giant hockey stick in Duncan.
This mountain is called Mount Prevost. My mom's sister, my Aunt M, lived at the foot of it just outside of Duncan when I was a kid. Every summer, my brother and I would be shipped up-Island for two weeks to stay with my aunt and uncle and cousins.
Onward! We passed Nanaimo, which means we get to drive fast!
Some of the mountain ranges on the island still have snow on them.
We made it to the ferry with half an hour to spare (thank you, delaying construction).
Because we're a small car, we're nearly always one of the first on the ferry. And you know what "first on" means!
We hung out with L's mom and brother on Thursday night, then on Friday got ready for the funeral and tea afterwards.
I took my pictures outside since it was nice out (and a bit windy - my hair looked better than that).
here in April with a candy-cane bustle.
I'm linking up to Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style. This weekend wasn't about me, so I didn't work at making myself visible; it was about being there for L and his family. There are different ways to be visible - sometimes one doesn't need to "shout" with bright colours. I ended up being perfectly appropriate for the funeral and tea (I admit I was shocked at people in shorts and t-shirts - have a little respect, people!).
here (3rd outfit) in April with my snowflake skirt. For accessories, I wore my Grandma J's jet/rhinestone choker and some rhinetone studs, along with the spoon ring.
In the evening, I switched to my olive maxi again, and took the belt off. Way more comfy.
This is my mother-in-law's backyard - she loves to garden.
While I was prowling around on Friday looking for a spot to take pictures, I saw this robin checking out the herb pots.
I picked some strawberries - look how luscious and ripe they are.
The flower garden is glorious. The peonies were in full bloom.
There was a graveside service, then everyone went to the local hall for a memorial tea. L did the eulogy - I teared up several times. He did such a wonderful job - I was so proud that he'd captured his step-dad's personality so well.
This is Lawrence:
It was a really emotional day - very rough for all. We spent a quiet Friday night.
On Saturday, L and I went out to find a frisbee (for the aforementioned disc-tossing), and to pick up liquor for all the relatives that would be descending that night.
|I know, bad pose. I didn't have a lot of time.|
L and I went for lunch at the Jailhouse Cafe. It used to be...a jailhouse. We sat next to the old doors.
I didn't take any pictures of the big family reunion (I'm not good with crowds of people at the best of times), but it was fun (wine and frisbee helped).
We got up at 6:30 am today and packed up for the trip home. You will forgive me - no make-up and wet hair!
After 3 days, we were really missing Vizzini. I took this picture the morning we left.
Waiting at the ferry dock - and there she is, the mighty Queen of Burnaby!
This is where you drive onto the ferry, that lane that curves to the right.
Driving onto the ferry:
Then we get to drive on.
View looking towards Vancouver Island.
And we're in the Comox Valley!
Although it looks cloudy, it was smoking hot for the whole drive down. We kept the "lid" on the car since it would have been sun in our faces (and sunburn!).
Only an hour later, and we passed the blasted tree.
I nearly missed the gnome! He's had a new paint job - now he has a blue shirt!
Like coming home to a very lovey kitty:
|"I didn't miss you a bit."|
|"I slept on your robe and shredded your chair some more."|
But I took this one when we got home. He was so happy to see us! He rubbed all over us and is being very needy.
|"Lies! I had Uncle Zeb."|
I missed Tamera's Black and White Party - thank goodness Vizzini was on the ball (and in his black and white tux, of course).
It's really good to be home...