Thursday, December 15, 2022

Mom-Day Adventure: Beacon Hill Park in Winter

Hello, my friends! Mom and I strolled around Beacon Hill Park today, enjoying the ducks and the crisp cold air. We last visited on a hot day in July (here)- it's a totally different park in the winter! 
With doom and gloom and very cold temps predicted starting in a few days, we thought we'd better get out and enjoy the relative warmth while we could! 

Outfit time. 
I've been doing a lot of black lately. Also a lot of plaid. 

  • Top - Danier Leather, thrifted; last seen here in October with a different red plaid skirt
  • Turtleneck - Wanko, thrifted; last worn here a couple of weeks ago, layered under a velvet embroidered blazer
  • Skirt - Liz Claiborne, vintage, thrifted; last seen here in March with more plaid
  • Shoes - Hispanitas; last worn here in January with Adidas for brunch
  • Coat - Denny Rose, consignment; last seen here in December 2021

Without the coat, although I only had it off briefly while we had lunch.
I love this leather-fronted tee - it's cute and great for layering warm tops underneath.

I debated between three red/orange plaid skirts. 
I put one in the giveaway pile. 

Masked up. 
This skirt stays - pockets! 

I was too cold to ever wear this coat open like this. 

All done up.
That's more like it. 

Isn't it a cool coat? 
It's a wool/cashmere blend, bought here in 2017 (a good shopping weekend - I still have 8 of the items that I bought then!) for $24.50. I've worn it close to 20 times! 

I wore every bit of this (except for the mask) all day. Brrr, very cold out.

The stuff: 
I don't wear these funky shoes as much as I used to due to corn issues with my toes - but I've been using my silicone "toe tubes" and they make a huge difference, and I had zero pain with these. Hooray! Put 'em back into rotation! 

Minimal bling: 
Did you notice the lion on my coat's shoulder. "Uh, yes, how could I miss it?" said Mom. 

  • Lion brooch - consignment
  • Tree pin - Keyes, gift from Ev, vintage 90s
  • Tree tie-tack - Avon
  • Earrings - thrifted

Vizzini, I'm headed out - you doing okay, bud? 
"Yup, I've got George. We are snug as a bug in a rug."

We parked at Beacon Hill Park near the petting zoo, which is closed for the season. 
Starting with this ginormous redwood. I can't even get it all in the picture! 

We walked along beside the empty petting zoo. 
There's the sign for Queenie the Clydesdale horse on the right - memories of my childhood! 

They were feeding the goats! 
We watched for a while as the goats clambered all over. 

Back to the park.
Let's head over there. 

Mom, it's a bridge! 
Take my picture! 

Love this giant weeping willow. 
Beyond that is the sundial garden. 

We headed that way. 
A tiny bit of sun gave us long shadows, even though it was barely noon. 

The sundial garden had been taken over by a gang of peacocks. 
One was on the bench, a few were sitting on top of the flower beds. 

That one's an albino.
Their tails are short right now.

We walked along a service road for a bit, pausing to enjoy the clumps of nature. 
Very tall trees. 

No weeds or lilypads on the ponds this time. 
There were plenty of ducks around. 

Wait a second, those aren't real deer! 
There were little red bows and decorations all around the park. The ducks are unimpressed. 

Standing on a stone bridge, looking back. 
This was our turnaround. See the wee bench on the right? 

Here we are. 
Aw, someone's decorated the bench with cedar boughs and holly. 

Looking across the lake. 
The ducks are all streaming away to the right. 

I spied this peacock lurking in the underbrush. 
"Dammit, I've been spotted!"

It's a bridge! Mom, pose for me! 
Perfect, would make a lovely card! 

This is the Emily Carr bridge. 
She was probably the most famous artist to come from my city. I am a fan of her paintings (about her here).

Ah, this is where all the ducks were going! 
He's being swarmed! 

Another pretty bridge. 
The sun is still valiantly trying to break through. 

We enjoyed it on our faces.
A lovely twisty tree. 

Back to the car. 
I see patches of blue sky.

I also see...SQUIRREL! 
Oh, he sees me! 

We're moving along, no panic, Mr. Squirrel. 
Thank you for posing! 

Tiny birds were hopping around on the ground near this tree.
I see one! 

And back to the redwood. 
I'm hungry, time for lunch! 

We went to the Flying Beagle. 
Mom in her "Audrey" sweater. 

One more selfie! 
That was so lovely, thank you, Mom! I love you! 

When I got home, Vizzini was so happy to see me. 

This is it, the last weekend before the madness! Hang in there, my friends, and try to find some peace. Be merry! And I'll be back on Sunday with tales of adventure! 


  1. Weeping with laughter at Vizzini’s FEED ME NOW photo. Thanks as always for the joy and inspiration you bring Sheila (on so many levels), and loving wishes to you and all the fam for the year ahead. Leanne from Australia xxx

  2. Good on you for getting out there and having a Mum's Day amid the madness. I squeal with joy every time I see a peacock out in the wild, which always amuses people when we're in India and they're as common a sight as sparrows!
    You and your mum are fabulously attired for your jaunt around Beacon Hill Park, love the selfie of the pair of you although Vizzini, as always, steals the show! xxx

  3. Had to laugh over "how could I miss that lion on your shoulder?"
    Your mum is incredible, being able to walk for such a stretch.
    Laughed as well over the last picture of Vizzini: "Feed me now".

  4. A red plaid skirt with pockets must be a keeper, and I love it paired with the leather fronted top. The coat is a stunner too, and isn't that a lion on your shoulder :-)
    I loved strolling through Beacon Hill Park with you and your Mom, and I'm loving the peacocks and squirrels in particular.
    It's freezing here but the sun was out today. It would have been perfect for a walk, but unfortunately I've got the mother of all colds :-( xxx

  5. It takes a badass to go walking outdoors in the Winter!

  6. I have never seen a albino peacock. Your mother is such a lucky woman to have a daughter like you!

  7. I love this black and red styling. The coat is wonderful as well! You look fantastic.
    So nice you enjoyed your day with mom.

  8. I am glad that skirt is staying - it looks so good on you! It looks like a lovely walk and I'm glad it wasn't too cold, I hope that the weather doesn't get as cold and wild as they predict! :)

  9. I love goats - funny, eccentric creatures that they are! Also appreciate the tall shadows, taller trees and peacock photos! We can't walk more than 10 yards without seeing a grey squirrel in the woods behind our house and they often visit our garden and steal all of the bird seed.
    As ever, you look very stylish and I enjoyed tagging along on your day out. What a lovely relationship you have with your Mom!

  10. Lovely outfit, totally agree this is a cool coat and it matches so delightfully the red tartan skirt and fab top!, really lovely accessorizing! (how could anybody miss The Lion? ;DD)
    Glad you made the most of the sunshine and went for a walk!. Your mom rocks!


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