Saturday, August 20, 2016

Oh, Canada!


This is the Canada Man who is perched on the rock at the shore out from Croft and Norma’s place.  As Canada has won gold medals at the Summer Olympics the Canada Man has acquired similar ones around his neck.  I’ve been watching the Olympics with Norma and Croft and it has been exciting.  It is always entertaining to watch how another country reports on news and sports, and I’ve seen a lot I like.  I do like the spots on the Canada station that has the tag line ‘we all play for Canada’.

There is a paved walkway along the shore that I’ve taken several walks along.  This morning I took some pictures.IMG_20160820_070204  There is a coffee shop not far along and I stopped.  $2.75 Canadian for a small coffee that was good.  I tipped $1 because, hey, its not quite a US dollar, and I only had a credit card as I have no Canadian money. 






Further along is a small park set up by the local Rotary Club.  There are a few of the chainsaw carved wooden statues.



It is also a Memorial Garden, with small memorials on rocks along the sides.  I walked a bit further.  Everyone smiled really big and said hello.  I realized later that I had on long pants, a long sleeved t-shirt and a hoodie.  All the locals were in shorts and sandals.  I think they were laughing at me…  Pretty much everyone here is complaining about the heat and just how hot it is.  I’m comfortably cool.  It may be 80*.  I’m afraid if it ever got to 95* here we would lose the entire population of the Island to heat stroke.

I’m eating well.  I’ve discovered that I love smoked salmon.  Croft stopped on the way up here from Victoria at a small seafood shop and got a baggie of the stuff.  I think he may have gotten a couple of bites of it.  One taste and I’m hooked.  He took me to a dockside fish and chips for supper when I got in, and we have gone to a dockside fish and chips place here in Campbell River as well.  Turns out I do, in fact, like seafood.

This is for Al in Bayfield:

IMG_20160819_145814  I am in my first ever Tim Hortons eating a carrot muffin and drinking a coffee.  It was really good.  I can see why Al has a habit of getting them.  I had gone with Norma and we got haircuts at a local salon.  My hair is pulled back into a French braid.   I only got 6” cut off, so it is still down my back, despite how it looks in this picture.

That is what has gone on so far.  Eating, Olympics, walks, Olympics, Eating, and did I mention how well I’m being fed.  So far Canada is a hit with me.


  1. You are in the right place for seafood, especially smoked salmon. I was last there 40 years ago and was offered a job. But my children were very young so came back to Ontario.
    Love it there and hope to get that way in the near future.
    Enjoy you time with Norma and Croft it is a wonderful place to live. Glad you got to enjoy a "Times coffee and muffin" Just keep on having fun with your friends

  2. @ pixie hair cut like Jamie Curtis-Lee will look MARVELOUS on you, your have the right face-type for it ! A fringe benefit will be dos simple, fast & easy will be for the wearer to take care of it.
    Glad you're enjoying life.

  3. Now I'm getting the urge to visit Canada! I'm not sure about the smoked salmon, but I love salmon just grilled, baked, broiled, etc. I dressed the same way you do when I was in Alaska recently. After about a week I got used to the cooler weather and loved it.

  4. Hey great to see you sitting there at Tim's with a coffee and carrot muffin. Careful now the next thing you know you will be getting that coffee and muffin to go and end up driving all around the countryside.

  5. That is a big cup of coffee!

    So glad you are having a good time. Enjoy the cool temperatures.