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On the Trail of Odin and Athena

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It’s mid September and the changing colours tell us that it’s time to start packing up our island home and setting off on another adventure. Although we live on the edge of one of the world’s most expansive rainforests, and look out over the cerulean Salish Sea towards the permanently snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, this summer’s perpetual sun was sometimes dimmed by smoke from more than 600 forest fires. However, every cloud has a silver lining, and we were rewarded with some magnificent sunrises from our kitchen window....
We also had many sightings of whales, sea-lions, seals, otters, vultures and eagles, and this morning, as we prepared to leave, a huge school of dolphins swam right past our front windows. This is one of the many eagle-eyed raptors that we saw on a daily basis as they surveyed the beach below us hunting for prey...
Thanks to the wonders of laser surgery James now has eagle-eyes and was able to create this colourful ratatouille dish for one of our summer parties...
But, when it comes to colour, Sheila surely took the prize for creating this beautiful quilt for a very special person...
Summer was a busy time with several family visitors from the U.K. along with trips to Vancouver, Victoria and Campbell River. One trip to Government House in the provincial capital of Victoria was especially memorable as we went to witness long-time friend, Joyce, receiving an award from the Lieutenant Governor for forty years of community service. Here is Sheila and Joyce at Government House following the award ceremony...
Our garden suffered this summer through four months of drought with temperatures close to 30 degrees but James, with the aid of members of his woodworkers guild, was able to add a colourful addition to the Japanese Garden...
And here is the finished Torii gate...
Now the rains have come to our little Pacific island and it is already snowing in the mountain passes, so we are taking off to explore lands steeped in ancient mythology. We will start in Scandinavia, the land of Vikings, smorgasbord and wooden longships. From there we will wend our way south to the Aegean sea in search of some late autumnal sunshine and the home of Athena. But first a quick stop in our native England. Come with us as we go in search of Odin, and his Greek cousin, Athena.

Posted by Hawkson 12:44 Archived in Canada

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I was wondering about you two, and when you would be taking off again. A pleasure to see your blog pop up in my inbox - I will follow this trip with great interest, as always.

by Ginny

Yeah on the road again....armchair traveller is ready. Beautiful spread James and gorgeous quilt Sheila.

by Sue Fitzwilson

This poetic review of the summer leads me to see that you could keep this going year round - with beautiful pictures of local nature. Safe journey. Looking forward to keeping in touch with your adventures.

by Janet

Yes, a year round blog would be most welcome! Sorry I missed seeing the quilt Sheila. Magnificent, as is the torii!!
Safe travels!!

by Alison Fitzgerald

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