One of those necessary “resting days” … laundry, shopping, fix the leaks, and catch up with the blog!
But we did manage a good walk in the beautiful Tynehead Park across the street. Snaking through it is the Serpentine River, which winds its way down to the ocean in Delta. This is a salmon river, although we did not actually see any. There is also a salmon hatchery, which was closed when we arrived, so we may re-visit this another day. The idea is to add to the salmon runs of the future. A Great Blue Heron had other ideas as he wandered down the creek and ate his dinner!
Resting for a while on a bench, the wildlife gathered around, including a small garter snake and a bushy Western Squirrel. Then a splendid gleaming cobalt blue bird with black head and crest. This we later identified as a Steller’s Jay, which we had never seen before. There are also apparently a lot of owls and mink in the park, but we will have to seek them out later.
A gem from the supermarket. An incredible delay caused by a bottle of mayonnaise. Apparently the bar codes were bad, and nobody could locate a jar with the good codes. Next in line to me was a woman obviously from India. We both lamented a world that was controlled by impersonal computers, and then she said: “… but look here … we are waiting with much patience in this wonderful country of Canada. In Delhi, this delay would cause a riot!”
A spell of wonderful warm, sunny weather, which the tourist guides assure you is the normal condition for Southern BC!!