26 May 2018

the butchart gardens

 















A couple of weeks ago, on a hot Sunday afternoon, Madi and I cashed in our complimentary tickets that our landlord had given us for The Butchart Gardens. The Butchart Gardens are a pretty popular tourist destination here in Victoria, and just so happen to be right down the road from home. I don't know how I've lived here so long and have never actually stepped foot in the gardens, but our landlord started working for them last year and gave us some free tickets, so I had no reason not to visit!

I never expected it to be as beautiful as it was! I was in awe of all of the flowers and work that must go into the upkeep. The Italian Garden was my very favourite. It really felt like I stepped into a little Italian courtyard for a couple of minutes and made me want to visit the real Italy even more than I already do!

I definitely want to make it back a little later this summer when the roses are in bloom in the Rose Garden. It was such a lovely afternoon spent with my best friend!

summer sunset scenes

With the weather getting warmer and less rain on the forecast these days, we've been spending a bit more time at the beach. One night a couple of weeks ago, we headed to Moses Point for an evening of grilling dinner, watching the sunset, and having a beach fire.

I bought this little grill for $20 last spring and it's probably the best money I've ever spent.





While we were waiting for the grill to heat up, Madi and Laura did a touch of yoga.









We were spoiled with such a beautiful sunset this night. I'm so glad I brought my camera to document it a little better!

Here's to the summer that's fast approaching and to more nights like these!

15 May 2018

a night in port renfrew

















Last month, Madi and I hopped in her new Jeep and made the 2 or so hour drive to Port Renfrew for a spontaneous night of camping. We had less than 24 hours from the time we left to when we had to be back home, but we were craving an adventure and had to break in the Jeep with a little road trip!

I had never been to Port Renfrew before but had heard wonderful things about it from friends who have visited. It's a tiny remote little seaside town here on Vancouver Island with no cell service and tons of incredible beaches. 

It was a rainy first night and we were sort of regretting our spontaneity for a second there. But we ended up having a good sleep and woke up to clear skies the next morning. It was a short trip, but the sense of peace and calmness I felt being completely disconnected from cell service and social media was really nice. I'd love to go back in the summer when the weather is a little better to be able to enjoy the place to it's fullest!

11 May 2018

month in review | march

Year after year, after long, cold, wet, winters, I find myself looking forward to the arrival of March. It seems to be this gateway month, sort of half winter, half spring. We start to see more sunshine, flowers start to bloom, and everything starts to get greener. It's normally filled with tons of rainy days, too, as to be expected on the west coast, but I'm always happy when March comes around because I know that it's the beginning of the end of winter!



At the beginning of the month I started nannying for a new family a couple of days a week with a two month old baby boy named Charlie. He slept almost all day and I really enjoyed the sweet newborn cuddles!


Madi and I went downtown one sunny Saturday. It was the first time I left the house without a coat and I remember it being chilly, but just warm enough to make me feel giddy about summer days ahead!


It wouldn't be a month in review post without a cute Olive snapshot!



The cherry blossoms started to bloom in March and I remember feeling so genuinely happy on this day, walking around the neighbourhood with baby Charlie in the stroller. Every once in a while I have to pinch myself that this is my job!


Paint Nite with three of my favourite ladies! We had so much fun painting, sipping on wine, and laughing about how ridiculous our paintings were. Somehow they actually turned out pretty decent in the end!












Olive pretending to be one of the plants on my windowsill.


The view from the gate leading into the back yard. See what I mean about half winter, half spring? There was frost on the ground and the garden beds are empty but the sun is shining and the sky is blue! These are some of my favourite mornings in early spring!


My inner alarm woke me up extra early one morning before work and instead of lazing around the house until it was time to leave, I decided to head to Mount Tolmie to take in the views of the city. I was the only one there at 8 am on a Saturday in the otherwise usually overflowing parking lot!



I had a quick weekend visit in Nanaimo to spend some time with friends and family. Maggie and I went to Sebastian Beach and people watched while taking in the scenery.


More morning sunrises on my way to work!


A beautiful beach sunset at Moses Point.


Madi swinging from the scaffolding downtown one evening. Although we live together, we don't hang out near as often as I'd like, so we headed downtown for ice cream and some wandering and we had the best night!


Olive playing hide and seek in Madi's windowsill.


All of these beautiful flowers were blooming near where I work and I couldn't resist picking some to bring home. I had to drive home one-handed since the mason jar didn't fit in the cupholder but it was so worth it! Those hydrangeas filled our whole house with their sweet smell!



I met my friend Natashia and her perfect pup Zara at the beach one evening. We walked and walked and talked and talked forever and it was such a lovely night!




There's a quiet country road near our house that has tons of farms along either side of it. Almost every field was full of daffodils this year and I rerouted so many of my regular routes so I could drive down it as much as possible while the daffodils were in bloom. These photos are from a day that Maggie came to visit. We went and took some photos in the daffodil fields then went for coffee in Deep Cove before heading to Moses Point!



Moses Point later that day, as mentioned above!


I think this was the same day, once Maggie left for home. Madi and I went to the coffee shop around the corner from our house to get a mocha and I was so pleased that the wall matched my outfit!