I'm back! My extra-long weekend has been wonderful! What do we have in store? We have Thursday's wacky outfit that I wore to work, WW and then to Book Club (late night!), and L and I went to visit his mom in Powell River for a couple of days! I have oodles of pictures to share (you've been warned), including a few purchases. You know I always like to fit in a bit of shopping!
Did I mention cat pictures? We also have those.
|"Okay, just this one cuddle."|
Here's Thursday's outfit, which ended up being wildly inappropriate for the weather, as summer has arrived here, with temps in the upper 20s and even into the low 30s.
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Go on, you know you want to visit!
- Shirt - Replay, vintage 90s, thrifted; purchased here for $5.00
- Trousers - Banana Republic, thrifted; first worn here in June with beaded cream
- Shoes - Chie Mihara; first worn here in June with my chicken top
I built the outfit around this completely eye-searing shirt.
|"A cat is the best accessory."|
90s-does-70s double-knit polyester did not work well in the sun. I roasted most of the day, even in my air-conditioned office, and tossed this shirt into the wash as soon as I got home at 10:30pm. Sweaty!
|"Time for the back pose? Here's the back of my head."|
- Belt - vintage 70s, Mom's
- Earrings - local
- Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
L and I were up bright and early on Friday morning, getting our travel stuff ready. While L picked up our rental car, I looked for Vizzini.
|"I'm not happy with you, Woman."|
I moved in closer.
|"I know those knapsacks mean you're leaving!"|
This is a cat who is about to destroy something we love.
|"Could be shoes, could be a bookcase. You won't know until you get home!"|
I'm a light traveler - not a huge amount of items come with me when I go anywhere - I prefer to just do variations on a theme. This time, it was this full white skirt, with two different shirts on top for sun coverage.
- Shirt - Dept, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in April during Ally's visit
- Skirt - Angel Eye, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here (2nd outfit) for a June weekend brunch
- Shoes - Born, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in June with my lettuce dress
- Cami - Esprit, c. 2008, no longer tracked
I also like long sleeves to keep my tattoos covered, both for the sun and for L's mom, Louise who is not a huge fan of them.
I still stood out. Both L and I were hollered at and complimented a lot on our outfits.
I brought my hat, but it was just too breezy.
- Amber ring - c. 1996
- Turquoise/silver ring - local
- Earrings - Mango's (I dropped one on the hotel bathroom floor, so I need to glue it back together)
- Gold hoop earrings (not shown) - 5th anniversary gift from L
I wore an assortment of this jewelry with my different outfits over the weekend. Nothing too heavy in the hot weather.
Okay, for those of you who aren't familiar with where I live, I'm on the west coast of Canada, in Victoria. We are the capital of British Columbia (BC), which is one of the provinces of Canada. It's a very large province, larger than Texas!
We often travel to Powell River (where L is from). It's a bit of an ordeal to get to, as well...we live on an island. There are no bridges, as we are in an earthquake zone, so to get off the Island you either have to take a ferry or fly.
We last traveled to PR here in August 2016 (I wore the same shoes!), and I last went up-Island (as we locals refer to it) in January here to Mt. Washington with my girlfriends.
I live in an incredibly beautiful part of the world (in my opinion!), so I usually take a ton of pictures. Skim as you like, I don't mind.
I don't take any pictures of leaving the city (suburbs and highways, yawn), and only start once we hit Goldstream National Park, as the bottom of the Malahat Drive.
Mt. Finlayson to our right.
The road is very claustrophobic in parts, as the giant Douglas firs, moss-covered cedars and arbutus trees loom.
Now we're on the open highway, past the Malahat, on our way to Duncan, the closest city to Victoria as we head north.
I love seeing cool cars.
At the entrance of Duncan is Silver Bridge.
Neither is Nanaimo, and here we are past that city, over an hour further north, and we see our friend, the Gnome!
North of Nanaimo is a huge stretch of highway (speed limit 120 kmph) with nothing but skies, trees and mountains in the background.
We're headed for Courtenay/Comox.
And now we enter the Comox Valley.
The ferry to the mainland leaves from Little River, near Comox, just outside of Courtenay. We have a new ferry on the route! The mighty Queen of Burnaby has been retired!
The tide was out/low, so all this extra beach was exposed.
Our new ferry is the Salish Orca, and has a corresponding First Nations orca pod design. Pretty!
I like the patterns of the pebbles from the tide receding.
I was searching for sea glass and/or interesting shells.
Selfie in front of the ferry!
And I took my shoes off and scrunched my toes in the hot sand.
There are lots of houses along the point.
Someone built a fire-pit on the beach.
I laughed when I saw the shadow in this picture.
We're close to CFB (Canadian Forces Base) Comox, and one of the Air Force jets was doing swoops of the area.
Time to board this new ferry!
Looking to the left/east as we board.
Look how spiky the mountains there are!
Okay, here we go!
Yes, we have to go down there.
We headed to the forward lounge and grabbed some seats for chilling out in during the 1.25 hour trip.
|Looking back at the beach I was just on|
I went outside and looked down onto the upper car deck.
Looking up at the main control area.
Up I went to the next level, looking back down on the stern of the vessel.
This is such a shiny new ferry!
This one's for my Aussie readers!
At the bow of the ship, looking down to the vehicles on the upper deck.
At the bow, looking back at the two passenger decks.
After a nice chunk of reading time with our headphones on (L and I both look forward to lots of reading on the ferry both ways), we're nearing Powell River.
Waiting in the car as we dock.
It's very steep as we exit!
Here we are, coming off the docks, and into town.
She's a snowbird, spending her winters with her boyfriend Dave in Arizona. Look what she brought us!
We hung out with Louise for the evening, then met her and Dave for breakfast at the hotel. Here's my Saturday outfit.
- Blouse - INC, thrifted; last worn here (5th outfit) in October 2017 with black culottes
This blouse is 100% silk and was amazingly cool to wear in the hot weather.
Me and L - klassy couple!
here and here).
A guest in the hotel lobby raved about our outfits, and some people yelled out their truck window that we looked great. We felt like celebrities - it pays to dress up!
L and Louise.
Oh, yeah, the view is okay, I guess.
I liked this lawn chair on the sidewalk.
The little bit of art added to it was fun.
L, Louise and I browsed in the second-hand/thrift stores along Marine - there are lots of them! I found a few things, and Louise found a lovely dress for only $10.
In the Willow Rose Boutique (link here 'cause I love!), I found a pair of awesome leather and cork sandals.
Not too much toe - I don't like my full toes hanging out in my sandals.
Nice back detail, and the ankle straps are stamped with a four-leaf clover.
And look! Brand new!
Here they are on:
In the jewelry case, I spotted these lovely wood and sterling silver earrings.
The silver .925 stamp is there.
In another store (sorry, I lost the name), I found...gloves! Yes, it's the perfect season to be buying gloves.
These are nylon with down feather filling and fleece lining, and are fingerless. Only $6.00 - very good! No idea what brand they are, but I bet I'll wear them a lot in a few months.
Louise had a funeral to go to, so L and I had timed our day to meet up with some of his friends from high school who were also in town.
And Christina (now living in Vancouver) and our dear (and silly) friend Kelly.
|"W" is for woo!|
The high school gang:
We hung out on the patio of the Coastal Cookery (great food), then everyone went their separate ways. We planned to meet up with Kelly for some more drinks after he ran an errand, so L and I wandered around a few blocks, killing time and taking some more pictures.
Down in the ferry dock area, there was a big signpost. Hey, L, which way is Victoria?
|These are all mine!|
We popped into this very typical Powell River store.
We met up with Kelly again at the Westview. It's call that because it has a view...to the west! Shocking, I know.
L and Kelly on the deck.
We went to Dave's place for Saturday evening - we had takeout Thai food for dinner while we waited for his son, daughter-in-law (hi, Lou!) and grandson to arrive from Ontario. They took the long route, up the mainland coast from Vancouver, so arrived later in the evening.
Later in the evening, I went out on the deck and took scads of pictures of the islands, boats and the pending sunset.
Looking north as the sun goes down.
Zooming in on the mill north of town.
A tug carrying barges of crude wood, ready for refining into paper (the first barge), and for stoking the fires to run the mill (the subsequent barges).
And we had to get up for the first ferry back to the Island.
While we were in PR, they had Logger Sports Days on. This is as close as we got to it: driving past on the way to the ferry at 7am on our way home on Sunday.
here to see what the heck I'm talking about, and here's a great little YouTube video of some of the sports in action.
But no, not for us! Back we go, into the beast's maw!
This time we were on the upper deck - there was not as much traffic as on our arrival to PR, so no cars on the lower deck on this trip.
Here's where we figured out what the big arches were. Oh yeah, they move!
Driving back down-Island, coming from the ferry terminal, and cruising down the hill into the Comox Valley.
Yup, nothing but road, mountains, trees and sky.
"Nice from far, far from nice" - here we are back at the Gnome.
Climbing back up the Malahat...
We are usually just raring to get home at this point.
Mt. Finlayson appears as we come over the crest.
The steep sides as we come down in elevation.
I had brought this outfit with me to PR to wear on Saturday, with my plan to wear the silk shirt on the trip home, but I'd taken the wrong bra with me. Oops!
- Shrug - Le Chateau, thrifted; last seen here with my polka dot dress for the vintage fair in June
- Dress - Huanba, thrifted; last worn here in a 90s look in April
Minimal make-up for a quick walk down to Floyd's for brunch, and then home again. I know, I am very wrinkled and my bra is showing. Don't care! It was 29 degrees out!
|"Oh, are you home? What did you bring me?"|
He acted all nonchalant.
|"Uncle Nick was adequate. You owe me a lot of kitty treats."|
I was rather hot in this shiny shrug, but I hate the feel of sunscreen.
All ready for the great outdoors.
Vizzini, did you miss us?
|"I guess so."|
I'm also joining Samantha's link-up at Fake Fabulous while she drops off the face of the earth for the summer.