Wonderful World of Melrose and Bill
Saturday, May 19, 2018
      ( 3:30 PM ) melrose  
                 To-day, May 19th - the water is right up to the sidewalk.

    And ... closer to the railroad bridge where the sign posts are almost under water. #

Friday, May 18, 2018
      ( 2:01 PM ) melrose  
Here it is: past the middle of May and it is 'High Water' and flower time ~ how beautiful ..... Kamloops is fortunate in that the city  and almost all homes are situated well above the flood plain. Every year we watch the water rise and sometimes it floods the City park - and the occasional area along the river - but not homes. We'll keep a watch and keep you posted ...

                                             Begonia on the deck

                                                  Colourful basket ... 

                                   Almost up to the sidewalk in the Park.

                               Almost up to the railed deck on the river .... they remove the railings almost every year well before the river is too high.

                  The CN railway bridge and the "red" Bridge... in the distance.

       Looking down river to the Overlander bridge over to North Kamloops. 

Trying something new this year... Begonias at the front near the Patio. Hopefully, they don't get too much sun.

And ...  our flower bed also on the "sunny side" with only the Iris and Cosmos blooming - yet. The 'Bleeding Heart' is just finished.... #

Saturday, April 21, 2018
      ( 1:29 PM ) melrose  
My Nursing class just had our 54th year celebration since we graduated from Royal Inland Hospital in September of 1964. This year, we changed from our usual location of Sorrento Centre. Instead, we went to the Vernon Lodge in Vernon B.C. for one night. We only had 8 attend and two of us had our husbands along ~ to be drivers and get us there and back.
We always have a very nice time catching up on the last year's activities and remembering "the good old days". This year our main topics of conversation were .Where to eat? and where should we gather next year?. 

             The decision for Breakfast was easy ~ right there in the Lodge.

The hotel has a lovely Atrium with a pool and hot tub ~  most enjoyed a nice    dip in the pool. #

Sunday, April 08, 2018
      ( 6:56 PM ) melrose  
Easter Weekend in Burnaby and Port Moody:  

Our final weekend of our very nice holiday was spent in Burnaby and Port Moody with the 'kids' and 'Grandkids'.  since we no longer have a yard for the Easter Egg hunt - we now go to their place for the Easter week-end. The 3 youngest granddaughters always enjoy the egg hunt.
This year they decided the 3 hunters would be allowed to start at at 15 second intervals.

    The 3 Egg Hunters - ready for the start.... with Rebecca and Ellen standing by.
                                                Melissa was in a rush.

Everyone gets in on the action looking for the last remaining egg.

                "The count" - after they think all eggs have been found.

          It was so nice and sunny, we had lunch out on the new deck. Glen and Susan are having their entire house renovated  and here they are sitting in the living room.... they have lived in the basement all winter and are looking forward to everything being finished.

Saturday, April 07, 2018
      ( 9:37 PM ) melrose  
Hi, everyone. Usually, my Blog reads from the start of the occasion to the final from top to bottom. But, this posting is not in that order. When I began the blog on April 6th - I expected to complete it at the time. That didn't happen. 
So, instead of deleting what I had already done - decided to continue on ... I soon found out that way is difficult... but persevered - it now reads from the end of the journey  to the start - sorry about that. If you prefer the correct order - please start from Victoria on March 21st starting at the bottom to the top.   I'll get it right next time.     Mel. #

      ( 7:56 PM ) melrose  
Powell River: 
Powell River was the second to last stop of our wonderful Holiday to Vancouver Island and the West Coast of Southern B.C. 
Visiting Joan and Richard was another beautiful highlight in our journey. After many years of traveling and living in Foreign countries they are now retired and settled in Powell River. They have built an absolutely gorgeous house on the way to Lund. The small town of Lund is the end of the road North on the mainland. This monument signifies the start of Highway 101,  known as the "Pacific Coast Route" which starts in Lund B.C. Canada and ends in Puerto Mont, Chile. it is 15,202 Km. in length.

Nancy's bakery is a very popular spot for visitors and tourists - I had been told by at least 3 people to be sure to go there and have a Cinnamon Bun. We enjoyed the bakery - but ordered a cookie rather than the bun... the cookie was good.

                                           Joan and Richard with Bill.

Another interest to see in Powell River is "The Hulks" - Large ships made of wood, steel and cement that were brought to Powell River to act as a Breakwater in 1930. They are still floating but no longer needed to calm the water.

 Our second to last Ferry ride for this trip was from Powell River to Earl's Cove. We stayed in Gibson's on March 30th - before our trip on the Ferry from Gibson's to Horseshoe Bay on the 31st. We will  spend Easter with the family in Port Moody and Burnaby before returning to Kamloops April 2nd..
What a wonderful holiday we had!.

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      ( 6:26 PM ) melrose  
Campbell River: From Port Hardy on March 27th, we traveled to  Campbell River for our last stay on Vancouver Island. Campbell River has really grown in size since we were  last there 29 years ago. It is very much a working fishing community with it's harbour full of fishing trawlers.


      ( 4:34 PM ) melrose  
 Port Hardy - the furthest North that the road goes. Much to our surprise - Port Hardy is a beautiful vibrant place with a very nice hotel. We expected there would not be much there. The "Quarterdeck" hotel room, had an excellent view of the harbour from our room. 
The Bar and Restaurant were actually attached to the hotel by a canopy (for the rain)...  and the food was delicious. The people were also very friendly.

                                    The "Quarterdeck" from the harbour.


      ( 1:23 PM ) melrose  
Gold River was one place Bill really wanted to see.  It was an amazing small town in that it had new buildings, a nice new tourist information and many fairly new houses in various subdivisions. We stayed in the nice new 'Gold River Chalet' ... but there was almost no where to eat - we only saw a deli that was near the motel .....  they said there was a pharmacy - but we did not see it. It may have been because it was Sunday ~ we also saw very few people. When we checked out in the morning - there was not even anyone at the desk in the hotel.

We drove to the inlet where the Uchuck 111 was docked - Bill says this boat takes tourists from the inlet out to the ocean in the summer.
The front of the ship is the front area that drives the boat - the tourists sit on the yellow benches on the new section at the back of the boat ... I'm sure it would be a very interesting trip on a nice day. We did not see a person anywhere - there were trucks parked by the road -  - probably belonging to workers at the mill but no one anywhere..... the quietest town we have ever seen.

Telegraph Cove: was a real highlight to see. Again, there were not many people because of it being winter - but there was a girl who helps out there who told us all about the place. It has a very photogenic setting with the mountains and the beautiful cove. The buildings are heritage and artistic.... and the main attraction is the Whale Museum, privately run.

The museum is the red building in the distance. Inside the building are the bone structures of whales and other sea life. We were amazed to see the size of the Killer whale - it took up the entire length of the building! I could not get a picture of the entire length so had to take it in 3 sections. this picture is just the tail section.  Telegraph cove  would be a great place to visit in the summer time.


      ( 8:22 AM ) melrose  
Ucluelet, and Tofino: After leaving Qualicum, we headed off on Hwy 4 to Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino on the west coast of the Island. when going over the mountain pass to Ucluelet, we encountered a 'real' winter storm - but, once we were back down to sea level it was nice and sunny.

We encountered a 'real' winter snow storm just after Port Alberni  going over the mountain pass. But, once we were back down to sea level it was nice and sunny.


We stayed at the "Whale's Tail" motel in Ucluelet. The town centre has very interesting statues made of some sort of metal. .. a tree .... a surfer.... also a beautiful lady with an eagle.

We drove North to Tofino, saw Long Beach and stopped at Chesterman Beach which is at the north end of Long beach,  just before Tofino.

                        Chesterman Beach is absolutely beautiful.

Surfers were out in the waves in wet suits,  - waiting for just the right wave.

 And  .... this fellow was taking a rest in the sunshine. What a beautiful place this is. It would be a wonderful place to visit again.

Tofino is a quaint small town where we enjoyed the sunny afternoon taking pictures and walking around to see it all. It reminded me of Bella Coola - only a bit larger. The Anglican church is one of the oldest building in the town - it was established in 1913 and has a beautiful setting near the water.. The small tiny building is filled with "free Books".... how neat. I also visited the museum, where I learned of the history of Tofino  and also  the Native Art Gallery where they had many over $5,000.00 paintings ... while Bill had a rest in the Honda. 

               It was a beautiful sunny day and ... the Blossoms were Beautiful.

After leaving Tofino - we drove back over the mountain pass where most of the snow had melted and we stayed the night at the Travel Lodge in Courtenay  - we didn't see much there as we arrived late in the day. - but had a great breakfast the next morning before traveling on to Gold River.



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