When I start my early morning jaunts around my neighbourhood, I often have no idea where my route will take me. I follow my adventurous feet and discover corners and areas I never knew existed. A cedar chip path, off a residential street, led me through a grove of trees. Who would have known this existed except for the locals who lived close by?
With this pandemic heading into its second summer, people have tended to their homes and gardens with much more attention. Some neighbourhood streets have undergone transformations that brings a cheerful ambiance to their area. One street had talented artists who painted utility poles to show that Life doesn’t stop because of a virus.
Some homes are unique in creating spaces with a welcoming hospitality. . . . . .
Some homes choose to have unusual ornaments mysteriously hidden behind the foliage or in plain view.
Others choose to have an eye-catching entrance to their home.
Palm trees always make an impressive entrance and Victoria can certainly boast of palm trees popping up here and there. After all, we are the Banana Belt of Canada, especially in the winters and springs.
My feet are now on the final hill and homeward bound. The magnificent magnolias, in their creamy whites and pale pinks unfurl their petals in the various gardens I pass. But, it’s the stunning deep pinks of the small magnolia trees outside the grocer, that captures my attention.
Almost home and a few specially crafted “free lending libraries” are spotted along the route.
Down a sunny path and I’m finally home—another fun walk to Nowhere. . . . . . . .