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Monday, January 30, 2012

Today we walked 5km in 95-minutes over Mt. Tolmie. We walked clockwise up thru Finnerty and Henderson Park and entered Mt. Tolmie Park from Rattenbury. Afterward we drove to Costco to buy food supplies for Super Bowl Sunday.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Saturday was very interesting: We started out by parking on Rupert St., downtown, and walking over to the museum to see the Storm Tracker vehicle which was reportedly going to be on display until noon. They lied. By eleven a.m. it was gone.

The good news is, Joel was working at the coffee shop and Bethany was there working on her papers. Joel suggested we host our Superbowl Sunday for the third consecutive year so that set us planning the 'operation'. lol.

After our coffee and snack, we headed over to the legion to hear our favourite country band, Yesterday's Wine

We wound up the day by having fish&chips with Sam&Carol and Wayne& Gizelle at Salty's. Just another day in paradise.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Today we walked 5km over Mt. Tolmie, counterclockwise on a 70-minute loop. A nice sunny morning for walking. Cold and windy, but pleasant.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tribute to Robbie Burns

We enjoyed the Tribute to Robbie Burns organized by Ken Irvine and Anna Appleby at the Royal Canadian Legion Dockyard & Esquimalt Branch #172, Sunday, January 22, 2012.

Thank you to all participants.

3-minute Video to Robert Burns Tribute

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Mt. Tolmie Panorama (cropped)

Today we walked 5km+ over Mt. Tolmie from the Alumni Trail route. A pleasant enough morning for this 90-minute jaunt. The heartrate was up to 136bmp on the uphill slope which is just about what we wanted.

We enjoyed the 11th Annual Robert Burns Event at our legion yesterday (Sunday afternoon). It was well done thanks to the efforts of Ken & Anna. Ken is a clansman of mine and we wear the same kilt tartan.

3-minute Video to Robert Burns Tribute

Friday, January 20, 2012

Kings Pond in WinterToday we walked 4km plus 400m (4.4km) around Cedar Hill Golf Course in the snow. We're into the third day of snow-on-the-ground here in Victoria.

The Kings Pond shown here is the same Kings Pond into which an irate (read that: bipolar schizophrenic) vicious-owner-of-a-dog head-butted a father and his child into this pond, Thursday, April 14, 2011, because they reminded him he was in contravention of the Saanich Municipality.s dog-leash bylaws.

There's a lot of kooks out there. lol

Thursday, January 19, 2012, my beautiful wife and I enjoyed a romantic dinner-for-two at Fireside Grill in Royal Oak.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dressed for the weather TolmieToday I walked 4km over Mt. Tolmie, again.

If you liked yesterday's wintry weather you'll love today's. I started suiting up just after nine this morning as the hoary blast raged outdoors. Wouldn't you know it: as soon as I stepped outside it had abated to a simple, winter snow storm. Darn!

Being born and raised in Victoria, I learned long ago if one wants to enjoy any kind of outdoor, winter activities, one has to get right on it -- it won't last long.

The temperature was a balmy -4*C. with a windchill of -12*C. when I set out. The snow pack averaged 15cm with drifts to 40cm. A few children were out sledding and a couple of young men were cross-country skiing down the mountain trails. A good time was had by all.

Blizzard 2012 1-MINUTE VIDEO

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Today I walked 4km up and over Mt. Tolmie in the fresh snowfall. Overnight accumulations were minimal around our place (2.5cm) but in the exposed areas and atop the mountain it was between 5-8cm on the ground. Yes, I have pictures-to-prove-it.

We love the seasonal changes Victoria has to offer. Too often, we get no snow or real winter weather at all. Who would pass up the opportunity to get out and enjoy Nature's Phenomena? Not me.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Fozen Cedar Hill PondToday we walked 4.4km (that's four-point-four) around Cedar Hill chiptrail. Clear and cold at freezing temperature -- that be Zero degrees Celcius or 32* Fahrenheit.

There were no paranoid schizophrenics nor bipolar, delusional, crazies walking their dogs off leash nor vicious owners-of-dogs today on the trail. No one got head-butted into King's Pond, either. We knew we were having a good day.

In the year 2012, there are three (3) occurrences of Friday the 13th: Friday, January 13th, 2012, Friday, April 13th, 2012 and Friday, July 13th, 2012.

Presumably, this date is considered bad luck because on October 13, 1307, a day so infamous that Friday the 13th would become a synonym for ill fortune, officers of King Philip IV of France carried out mass arrests in a well-coordinated dawn raid that left several thousand Templars — knights, sergeants, priests, and serving brethren — in chains, charged with heresy, blasphemy, various obscenities, and homosexual practices. None of these charges was ever proven, even in France — and the Order was found innocent elsewhere — but in the seven years following the arrests, hundreds of Templars suffered excruciating tortures intended to force "confessions," and more than a hundred died under torture or were executed by burning at the stake.

"Novus Ordo Seclorum" is latin for New World Order -- the Templar's objective since its founding by Hugues de Payens in 1118. The phrase "Novus Ordo seclorum" appears on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States of America, first designed in 1782 and printed on the back of the United States one-dollar bill since 1935. Templar traditions are expresses today by some Freemason's Lodges.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Today we walked 4km on an abbreviated countclockwise route over Mt. Tolmie. Cold but sunny day.

We returned thru Horner Park to shop at our local strip mall.

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Monday, January 09, 2012

Today we walked 6km clockwise over Mt. Tolmie. Another spring-like, winter's day at 10*C.. We added a few extra metres to our walk by shopping at our local Shelbourne Plaza.

Just another day in paradise.

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Saucer Magnolia (magnolia soulangiana) bud Finnerty GardensToday we walked 4km on El Camino de Mont Tolmie using counterclockwise route. We started out in the wind and rain but both abated shortly thereafter. Darn. We never get to walk in the rain.

We took photos of our favourite Magnolia tree in Finnerty Gardens. It has large flower buds similar to those we photographed last year. As indicated in last years' writeup, the long, wet spring caused them to rot. We hope this year will be better.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Today we walked 4km+ on El Camino de Mont Tolmie. We took the clockwise route up Varsity to Henderson then over the top from Rattenbury. Pretty much the same-old-same-old. But isn't it beautiful! we are so fortunate to live so long and enjoy so much.

Nice and warm at 6*C. and no wind nor rain.

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Sunday, January 01, 2012


We celebrated New Year's Eve with friends at the Dockyard/Esquimalt Branch 172 of the Royal Canadian Legion. This was our second time celebrating the New Year here and our main reason in doing so was because of the music provided. The legion hired Victoria's two most-popular entertainers which gave the chance to dance to each as they alternated their performances over the evening. Both bands played to the same dance floor.

Ron King and Tom Gough's "Yesterday's Wine" played to a crowd of approximately 120 people. Ron is a one-man band and Tom had four other musicians to help him on stage. Tom fronts Canada's best country band and regularly has his partner, Glenda Lee, backing him on vocals; Randy on drums and vocals; Doc Jenkins on steel-guitar and Clayton on bass (doubling as sound engineer).

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P.S. New Year's Day was deja vu all over again at the legion with Yesterday's Wine Country Music, free food and grog . . . the place was packed!

Collage from 2006

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