Beacon Hill Park and Thunderbird Park – Victoria BC, Canada 8/2/2013

AUGUST 2, 2013 (Friday)

 

Feeling alive today. Thinking I was just tired. We both got up early (for us) and did some “work” (banking, etc.) things. It’s raining so we thought we’d be smart and go to the Royal BC Museum. We saw more deer on an earlier trip this morning to the bank. Two young bucks with small racks.

A couple of deer looking for food.

A couple of deer looking for food.

Sampling the greenery.

Sampling the greenery.

Finding parking was a nightmare near the museum, so we found an hour parking spot and just walked to Thunderbird Park, saw the Helmcken House, and went into the BC Museum Store. In the Museum Store, we talked to a volunteer (former BC lawyer) and he told us the best time to visit was a sunny day. Makes sense. He also told us about a concert on Sunday we want to make sure to see.

Totem painting on building side at Thunderbird Park.

Totem painting on building side at Thunderbird Park.

Totems in Thunderbird Park

Totems in Thunderbird Park

Nice detail on one totem at the Park.

Nice detail on one totem at the Park.

 

A really tale totem.

A really tall totem.

Very ornate, must have been a master totem pole carver that made this one.

Very ornate, must have been a master totem pole carver that made this one.

 

Edie is a sucker for every mother child image.

Edie is a sucker for every mother child image.

 

Dr Helmcken, First Doc of Victoria.

Dr Helmcken, First Doc of Victoria.

A rainy day is good for business at the Royal Museum.

A rainy day is good for business at the Royal Museum.

 

Edie liked this at the Royal Museum gift store.  Glad the Prius is full.

Edie liked this at the Royal Museum gift store. Glad the Prius is full.

After we walked around for awhile, we got into the car and drove the couple of blocks to Beacon Hill Park. What a lovely park, even in the rain. There are many different areas – Children’s zoo area, golf area, concert area, gardens – all lovely. While we were walking around we heard music and we gravitated towards it. Wonderful live concert in the park during the summer. Not many people there (due to the rain) but it was wonderful. We saw ducks, squirrels, geese, and peacocks. We even saw peacocks resting in a beautiful old tree. What fun.

Beacon Hill Park Banner.

Beacon Hill Park Banner.

Edie's penchant

Edie’s penchant

Duck Butt.

Duck Butt.

Their poop is big, like that of a small dog.  Edie was taking her chances getting this picture, just look in his eye!

Their poop is big, like that of a small dog. Edie was taking her chances getting this picture, just look in his eye!

 

Really nice fountains and green expanses at Beacon Hill Park.

Really nice fountains and green expanses at Beacon Hill Park.

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Lovely grounds at Beacon Hill Park.

Lovely grounds at Beacon Hill Park.

Mr Douglas drew the boundaries of Beacon Hill Park and located it next to his property.  After a year he changed the boundaries, making his property bigger and the park smaller.

Mr Douglas drew the boundaries of Beacon Hill Park and located it next to his property. After a year he changed the boundaries, making his property bigger and the park smaller.

At the stone bridge.

At the stone bridge.

Jet Black Squirrel.

Jet Black Squirrel.

Orchestra in the park.

Orchestra in the park.

 

Strutting.

Strutting.

 

There were four peacocks/peahens up this tree.

There were four peacocks/peahens up this tree.

 

Peacock tree.  When we were there a woman and her mom, with her daughter came so the granddaughter could climb where her mom use to climb.

Peacock tree. When we were there a woman and her mom, with her daughter came so the granddaughter could climb where her mom use to climb.

 

Grounds

Grounds

 

Grumpy Old man at Beacon Hill Park.

Grumpy Old man at Beacon Hill Park.

Lake at Beacon Hill.

Lake at Beacon Hill.

 

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They really are artistic gardeners here.  Planning out how it will look as they plant it.

They really are artistic gardeners here. Planning out how it will look as they plant it.

We left the park and drove around. While driving we saw the Norwegian Jewel ship, and the Worldmark Victoria (we want to stay there). We got “home” and are resting for awhile before I make dinner (tilapia, rice and vegetables).

A common site in Victoria, this one is the Norwegian Jewel.

A common site in Victoria, this one is the Norwegian  Jewel.

Worldmark, Victoria. Bumped into it driving around.
Worldmark, Victoria.  Bumped into it driving around.

Worldmark, Victoria. Bumped into it driving around.

 

A glass of wine, rice, veggies and pesto sauce tilapia, Edie did good.

A glass of wine, rice, veggies and pesto sauce tilapia, Edie did good.

Hope your day was great!

 

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