My feet tend to follow laneways and byways and connectors that seem to pop up everywhere along my route–whatever route I decide to follow.
Oak Bay is an area that is filled with streets that begin as one name, but around that bend, it becomes another street altogether. Laneways, byways and connectors can quickly put an adventurous walker into a different neighbourhood.
A driveway is transformed into a parade of colourful dinosaurs.
A tiny rural corner can open into something very surprising.
These beautifully painted stones, carefully placed beneath clusters of sunny yellow flowers—-are these someone’s artistic and poetic nature striving to be heard. . or are these rocks a remembrance to a passing poetic soul.. . . .?
I enjoy seeing how people make their entryways totally theirs. This custom iron work with its colourful red tulips is one example.
A homeowner decided to make the corner boulevard, outside his front gate, part of his scenic garden. . . while others use ornaments and flowers to capture passer-by’s attention.
Just leaning over a stone wall can bring you a woodsy wonderland. . . . .
Or just beyond, a charming children’s playhouse
Sometimes a few steps to the left or a few steps to the right will bring a walker to some incredible gates. What is it about gates that implies “keep out” or “Welcome, do come in. . .”
Doors can be intimating too–but there are some eye-catching ones that makes you wonder who are the people behind them?
Homes are as diverse as their owners. It’s always fascinating to speculate on whoever lives there and the choices they made to make the homes theirs. Besides admiring their gardens, it does pay to look upwards too. . . . .
Summer is almost here but the weather has been perfect to explore the byways and laneways—-time to follow this connector back home.