Ah, here we are at the weekend! It's been a quiet week for me - which I totally don't mind!
- Jacket - Brooks Brothers, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in June, wearing my Corey Hart concert tee to work
- Sweater - Alice + Olivia, consignment; last seen here in May with triple patterned black and cream
- Skirt - Sandra Angelozzi, thrifted; last worn here in July with black and pearls
- Boots - Effortless Sophia, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in July with velvet
This jacket is such a great subtle colour - I know, me and subtle are not often associated! It usually gets packed away due to the fact that it's not fully-lined. Not warm enough for fall!
The jacket matches the back of the boots so well.
I washed this skirt after last time I wore it because I sweated in it.
- Crystal necklace/earrings - Sherman, vintage 60s, vintage fair
- Salamander brooch - vintage fair
- Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence
- Crystal/silver ring - Soul Flower
I usually don't take a picture in my walking shoes, but I've just switched over to my rainy weather boots, and they looked good with the whole outfit.
So! I have a little something extra for you today! It's Thursday, formerly my WW meeting, but now my Mental Health Walk night (while it's still light out). Tonight was so beautiful, I took my camera along and took some pictures of things I saw along the way. I walked for about an hour and a quarter, as the sun slowly got lower in the sky.
My neighbourhood is filled with Victorian houses, many of which have been converted to house businesses.
I'm always on the lookout for wildlife.
This old house still has its porte cochere on the side, where you would drive your horse and carriage through and disembark to visit.
I have always loved this house's front yard/garden.
I'm always on kitty lookout - this one was peeking out at me from the second storey window of his house.
|"I'm on Squirrel Alert!"
His brother was in the downstairs front window, also on high alert.
|"Move along, ma'am, nothing to see here."
I love their cute markings.
I saw a lot of spider webs.
After a long hilly stretch, my route brings me out at Dallas Road. This is the tip of Vancouver Island (where am I?).
This is looking west - those hills in the far distance are still on the tip of the Island.
here), and we wrote our names in the sand (here). My coworker Ann and I also did that (here). It's a thing to do with visitors, what can I say!
Looking south, those mountains are Washington State.
Looking back north as I head east along Dallas Road, I spotted Government House, the Lieutenant Governor's mansion. The gardens there are open to the public (groovy map here). I think the last time I was there was for bridesmaid's photos c. 1994.
Walking along the water, towards Clover Point, site of many a teenage shenanigan I will never reveal!
Looking back west.
Along with masses of Victoria-era houses and Arts & Crafts-era homes, there are modern ones scattered around. This one is on the Art Gallery's "House Tour".
On the other side of Clover Point, looking down.
Turning back to the east, that red arrow is where I'm headed.
I walked down to the water level - there's a nice walkway all along this area, built to deflect the logs from going on the road when the weather's stormy.
Someone's carved a seat out of this cedar log.
So much driftwood, seaweed and kelp.
I've been wanting to capture this sculpture since I started doing my walk again. It's perched on top of a gigantic driftwood stump, see it?
I don't know how long this bird has been here.
The artist has made it look wonderful from every angle.
Not two seconds before I took this below picture, I saw an otter dash into the water.
The end of Ross Bay.
Looking back west - I always like to look back.
I've been walking this same 5-mile route for over 30 years - it's special to me. While construction happens, and things change, some things don't.
And these two cats have been in this window for at least 10 years.
|"Shhh...she thinks we're real."
I love looking up at the canopy of trees above me.
Remnants of an old mansion?
Looking up the trunk of a 70+-foot tall cedar tree.
Nearly home, and the quality of light has definitely changed.
|"Oh, were you out?"
I am off now, and will be back on Sunday, with tales of adventure (many are planned) and with my seasonal closet swap-over pictures. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Thank you so much - as always - for stopping by.