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.
I lvoe the jacket and skirt together - it's such a nice colour combo! :)ReplyDelete
And your walk looks lovely - being by the water is always more relaxing! Our creek has dried up (drought!) so I'm trying to go to our local lake a little more, that's still there although smaller. It's not always easy to do the beach with the boys as they just want to play in the water, ha!
Thanks, Mica! I was really happy with it too.Delete
It's so beautiful along the water. That sucks about the drought! Small boys + water sounds like a recipe for a mess!
What beautiful photos. Happy to see you tuned in to your environment. This outfit makes me swoon: it's so pretty.ReplyDelete
Thanks, hon, my walks have been a great source of peace and mindfulness. Much appreciated - it's pretty girly!Delete
How lovely to see a bit more about the area where you live. It looks beautiful! Enjoy your weekend!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Nancy, it's really a gorgeous place. Happy weekend to you too!Delete
BTW, we are finally playing a board game tomorrow evening! Settlers of Catan! Yeah!! Love it!ReplyDelete
Oh, awesome, I love that game!Delete
Thank you for sharing with us! I loved your walk pictures. What a beautiful area. I really hope to come visit one day.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Charlotte - it really is gorgeous here. Come visit!Delete
Hi Shiela, I love your soft pink outfit, especially the boots.ReplyDelete
It’s great that you have a Mental Health Walk night, I should do that too. Plus, look at all the beautiful houses, trees and ocean views you saw on your way. X
Thanks, Jess! I love having pieces that match.Delete
I love my walks - I'm really glad I'm getting back to doing them.
Vicariously enjoyed your walk. Just returned from the Maritimes yesterday and hubs & I enjoyed similar walks along similar waterfronts. Thursday night a bald eagle flew overhead on our last walk-a good omen I think. Provinces are recovering from Hurricane Dorian, thankfully. Had a wonderful time-you Canadians are so nice. I know it's a cliche, but it was true everywhere for us! Carol in VTReplyDelete
Hi, Carol, thanks so much for your lovely comment. I love the Maritimes too - and yes, Canadians are friendly all over.Delete
Wat a lovely outfit to end the Summer seasons with. I'm hearing you on the wrinkly ruffles, though. I often postponing washing something as I know there'll be a lot of ironing to do. If it happens as the end of the season, the item often resides in the ironing pile for monts! I loved joining you on your evening walk. What a beautiful area you are living in. I'm drooling over all the Victorian and Arts & Crafts houses. As for that beautiful bay, there's nothing like that around here at all, and I'm just a tiny bit (no: a lot, actually) envious. Wishing you lots of fun (and courage) for your closet swap-over, Sheila! xxxReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Ann! Steaming is much easier and faster than ironing - I probably wouldn't buy as much wrinkly stuff if I had to iron it all! It really is only a fraction of the time of ironing.Delete
Isn't it lovely? I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful place - I knew you would love seeing the pictures.
You live in such a beautiful place!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Chrissy! I know, I really do!Delete
I loved joining you on your walk - I think you're distracted by the same things as me, lovely old houses, kittens in windows and sea! The Mayfield gatepost looks exactly like those you find in my neighbourhood, we've even got a house of the same name in the next street. You live in a gorgeous part of the world, you really do.ReplyDelete
The riding boots, not-too-subtle jacket and ruffly skirt are a lovely combo. I hear you on ironing the damned things. I really need to invest in a steamer! xxx
Yup, those are the things I love checking out! I'm not surprised that you have a Mayfield there - Victoria is full of ex-pats from England. I know, it's a really lovely place.Delete
Aw, thank you, Vix! Steamers are the way to go - you'll never go back to ironing!
Thanks for the tour, it was lovely!ReplyDelete
Glad you liked it, Gerrilyn! Thanks for reading.Delete
I love how you blazer jacket matches your boots perfectly. The skirt is simply divine. You look pretty in pink. The photography is lovely as well, it is always good to go for a long walk.ReplyDelete
It was a lucky coincidence, Ivana! Thank you so much!Delete
I love tiered pink ruffles!!! I also love your "Oh, were you out" and cat-in-the-window photos, your Victorian house photos, and the picturesque waterfront photos. That driftwood is amazing!ReplyDelete
Aw, I'm glad you enjoyed all the pictures, PB! Thank you!Delete
Fab outfit Sheila. The ruffle skirt is great with that fitted jacket, and man, how I adore those boots. Bye bye to them for the next 6 months. Your shoe and boot collection must be worth a fortune. Do you take out extra insurance for your clothes and shoes? I only ask because when we had that fire in our kitchen I was asked that question too.ReplyDelete
Thank you, dear Anna! Yup, bye to the boots. No, my clothes are part of the house insurance, nothing extra on that.Delete
I forgot to say thanks for sharing your walk with us too. I'm amazed that no-one salvages all of those logs. My tree surgeon hubby would love to get his hands on those to recycle them.ReplyDelete
You are so welcome! There are more logs than can be salvaged, really! People do take the wood for arts and crafts, and for firewood.Delete
what a beautiful post!. Firstly, a lovely outfit to enjoy, with all this delightful matchiness and fab boots (both of them are fab!).ReplyDelete
And thanks for sharing all these details that caught your eye when walking!, it's a wonderful place!
Thank you, Monica, I'm so glad you enjoyed it.Delete
Thanks for taking us on your walk with you. Another faboo outfit, great mix of shapes and textures. And those "Surprise" boots - frickin' gorgeous.ReplyDelete
Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you - I love those boots! So fun!Delete