Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Holiday Time!

I have 1 week left out of my three week vacation and the time has just been flying by. We have done lots of interesting, fun stuff and have spent a ton of money. I said I was on vacation right?
I bought myself a new bike!!!! I got one that fits my frame size with lots of accessories for serious bike travel. I can pack great lunches, throw in some beach clothing and away we go. We have been riding the trails and loving every minute of it. My legs are very sore but I guess I have just been that out of shape. There are lots of very steep hills in our area so my new bike gears are getting a work out also.

 Here’s my new bike on the day it came home. I got all the accessories to go with it, too.
Here’s my new bike on the day it came home. I got all the accessories to go with it, too. I got a bottle holder, a trip computer, a kickstand and a carrier rack including a soft bag big enough to carry lots of stuff.

 On its first day we took a ride around the block to see how it would go.
On its first day we took a ride around the block to see how it would go. I didn’t realize that it was that big of a block!

We have also been out for the maiden voyage in the canoe we bought from a co-worker this spring. The day was beautiful, sunny and calm and we paddled around for about 3 hours. I even got out into the middle of the bay without getting scared. I’m just getting so brave!

 What a perfect day to go canoeing.
What a perfect day to go canoeing. The water was just dead flat for the first 2 hours. We were able to travel around the entire bay and check out some of the homes that can’t be seen from the road.

 We paddled right out into the bay and under the bridge just to see what was on the other side.
We paddled right out into the bay and under the bridge just to see what was on the other side. Well, okay. We knew what was over there but we did get to see under the bridge!


We have visited lots of restaurants and sampled some of the finest foods out there. I’m glad to be exercising or I’m sure I would have gained 10 pounds easily.

I’ve had lots of time to fly my kite, build beach art and play Rummoli.

 I found this funky looking piece of driftwood at the beach and decided that he looked like he wanted to dance so I propped him up and gave him a stage.
I found this funky looking piece of driftwood at the beach and decided that he looked like he wanted to dance so I propped him up and gave him a stage.

 The dancer looked so good that I made him a dance troupe to back him up.
The dancer looked so good that I made him a dance troupe to back him up.

 Of course, every artist needs to sign her work!
Of course, every artist needs to sign her work!

 We’ve played lots of Rummoli this summer but this was the perfect evening to play outside.
We’ve played lots of Rummoli this summer but this was the perfect evening to play outside. Needless to say that I won again!

 There’s something so relaxing about flying a kite.
There’s something so relaxing about flying a kite. It just hangs up there fluttering in the breeze.

I’m leaving you with some great pictures and hopefully I’ll get back on track financially and will have more blogging time in October. Oh wait that’s Halloween Pumpkin season, the Witch’s favorite time of the year!

 No, this crab is not sun tanning. He is quite dead and I’m okay with that.
No, this crab is not sun tanning. I assure you that he is quite dead and I’m okay with that.

We’re not sure what kind of birds these are. They might be semipalmated sandpipers but that is just a guess. They were taking a siesta on a nice warm rock until we showed up.

 We’ve been able to spend a lot of time at this beach this summer.
We’ve been able to spend a lot of time at this beach this summer. The weather has been crappy all year but it has been perfect ever since I started my holiday.

 Now that’s a summer meal! Fresh oysters and corn heading off to the BBQ as a side dish for smokey chicken wings, mmm.
Now that’s a summer meal! Fresh oysters and corn heading off to the BBQ as a side dish for smokey chicken wings, mmm.

 This red fox came out to greet us while we biking down the trail.
This red fox came out to greet us while we biking down the trail. He was quite happy to pose for pictures and even brought a friend out to play.

 We found a small dockside café and had a bowl of mussels and a beer and then rode back again.
We had a great ride on this afternoon. We rode along the trail for 8 or 9 kilometres until we got to this fishing village. We found a small dockside café and had a bowl of mussels and a beer and then rode back again.

 Being on vacation means that there is lots of time to make breakfast and one of my favourites is blueberry pancakes and fresh fruit, peaches in this case.
Being on vacation means that there is lots of time to make breakfast and one of my favourites is blueberry pancakes and fresh fruit, peaches in this case.

9 comments:

Sara said...

Sounds seriously wonderful!! I love biking and canoeing! So happy you are enjoying your time of!

Marguerite said...

I'm awful jealous of how relaxing your vacation looks! So many wonderful activities you've done. Like you I get a little anxious on the open water (we kayak) so I understood completely going out on a calm day. Although it's hard to find a day without wind here!

Suz said...

now..that's living

I need to get my bike out..not
the thighs need some tunnnning up
but I'm an old wench
how you like that excuse?
loved this post and seeing the fox..oh I love seeing foxes

Canadian Saver said...

I LOVE all your pictures! The bike looks great! I also love the little dancing man, how neat! Hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation :-) We're finally getting good weather now, you picked some great weeks to be off!

its me, sam said...

You're having great weather for your vacation! I've always wanted to take a vacation in the fall. Enjoy you well deserved days off.

Jane said...

What great photos! I think you and Michael would get along great - he loves flying his kite and on our hilltop there's always a breeze! Your bike is awesome - I love the area behind the seat for your bag and the computer - how cool is that?! Hope your final week is as great as the first two!!

Cottage Tails said...

now that sounds like a fab holiday. Thrilled the weather is nice for you. LOVE your new bike & off to see if we can get the game in NZ.
Love Leanne

Connie in Japan said...

How absolutely wonderful!!! What great fun and wonderful pictures! It is such fun to stay active! Glad to see your vacation is so nice!

Gill - That British Woman said...

great to hear and see your vacations days......

Loved the last photo,

Gill