Betty picked me up, and I had no idea what we were going to do. A walk? Coffee? I dressed for any eventuality.
Jammy dress time! I also factored in a possible walk and wore my sneakers.
I had a lovely view of the Castle.
As it was only in the mid-teens, I decided to wear this light coat.
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subjected treated you to a Flashback on it, so we'll have a little peek back at the ways I've worn it shortly.
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Jacket done up.
Glasses on - I like the contrast of turquoise and copper.
Masked up - just in case we went indoors. Didn't end up needing it.
Okay, I am getting the allure of sneakers/trainers with "real" clothes. These are insanely comfy, especially since I bought new inserts (Dr. Scholl's) for them. I discovered that the original insoles had been removed (which is probably why they were only $16.95!). Once I had proper inserts in there, they fit perfectly. Further disappointment for covetous Mom! (hi, Mom!).
- Brooch - vintage, thrifted
- Earrings - vintage expo
- Necklace/cuff - vintage 70s, vintage expo
- Copper bracelet - Renoir, thrifted
- Copper rings - Glee
- Silver/onyx feather ring - c. 1986, gift from Mom & Dad
- Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
Flashback: Talbots Lace Zigzag Dress
I purchased this dress at the Patch here in June 2016 on a shopping-filled weekend. Although the entire bottom floor of the Patch is vintage, I often find mall brands there from the last 10 years.
I know Talbots can size large, but this is marked a size 2!
I wore it right away as a work outfit in June 2016.
I didn't wear it again until the following spring, in May 2017.
I wore it again only a couple of months later, in July 2017. I'm growing my purple hair out long!
One year later in July 2018, my hair is LONG (it grows really fast), and I'm doing silver and black with the dress.
Wearing all yellow accessories here before an Ultimate Frisbee game in June 2019.
And then we have my last outfit with it, last year in June 2020.
Mathy stuff: I've worn this dress 7 times in five years, which is pretty good, since I basically only pull it out once a year - I have so many dresses, and so little time. That's a cost-per-wear of $3.43. Awesome!
Betty and I meet up regularly, every 2-3 months or so, since we stopped working together at Weight Watchers/WW in August 2019 (my last day here). We usually go for walks or lunch or dinner - and when this walk came up in the calendar I realized, I do not have a single picture of Betty, much less one of me and Betty! Rectified!
Betty picked me up and we drove to Willows Beach at Oak Bay, where we parked. This along the same coastline as the Oak Bay Marina, where I Mom and I had lunch on a previous Adventure Day (here), and the marina is in the distance in some of these pics.
The Kiwanis kiosk sells burgers, chips and drinks.
Looking south - that distant point is where the marina is.
There's a sidewalk all along the upper edge of the beach.
There are art installations all over Oak Bay.
There were a lot of people relaxing on the beach.
This area is full of native plants and trees, including many Gary Oak meadows.
People with boats can launch from Cattle Point. I like that the point itself is mostly left natural.
And looking to the next bay, which is Cadboro Bay.
This is a war memorial (link here about it, 'cause I love).
Coming back to Oak Bay, which is the name of this specific bay, as well as the municipality that surrounds it.
When we passed this piano the first time, it was under its cover. Oak Bay has several of these (about them here).
Her husband was filming her. "Circle of Life!" I remembered.
Edited to add: I'm not anti-American! It was just startling to run into US citizens, as the border has been closed for so long, and we've been hearing horror stories about the pandemic situation there. Victoria is a tourist town, and we rely on and are grateful for our visiting American neighbours.
Robert Amos (a famous local artist, painting website here) painted that scene on the back.
We spotted a group of ladies at the far end of the field (near the food kiosk/parking area).
We kept going a bit south, past where we'd parked.
As we walked back to the car, we spotted some succulents planted in driftwood, plus some painted rocks, just behind a wrought-iron fence.
Betty and I both smirked at this message on a garbage can at Cattle Point.