As many of you know, I recently moved from Gordon Head to James Bay. Don't get me wrong, I loved Gordon Head. It still only took me 20 minutes to walk to the beach, which is somewhere I really like to be. But James Bay has been surprising me daily with its wonderful beach walk and friendly people.
Last week we met Mitzy, a sweet little dog from Victoria Adoptables. My wife and I were sitting on the bench when Mitzy came over to check us out. She is a really small dog, maybe a chihahua/dachshund cross. I tried to pet her but she was skittish and dodged away. Until her caretaker explained that Mitzy had been in their care for two years and they were trying to teach her to trust people again. She said Mitzy could sense we were good people. So she gave us each a treat to give Mitzy and we got to pet her a bit.
My friend from Barrie, Ontario, just visited this past weekend and we walked the beach almost daily. This was the first time I've attempted to scale the rocks all the way from the breakwater to Clover point but I did it. A couple of sections were dicey but I didn't drop the 10 feet to the frigid waters below so... As we rounded one point, there was a party on the beach with a DJ, people dancing - what? Another random but wonderful Victoria moment was unfolding. We found out it was someone's 63rd birthday party. We stayed and hung out, the weather was great and the music and vibes too. What a great way to spend your birthday! Only in Victoria could something like this occur so spontaneously, so peacefully, and not get shut down. My friend and I returned that night and the party was still going with a cool light show and DJ's alternating every hour.
No matter how long I live here, I still get surprised and my love for Victoria gets rekindled to a brighter flame than before. We are so lucky to live here.
Photos from February and the party can be seen on my I Love Victoria Facebook page (www.facebook.com/welovevictoria). I don't like posting photos on my realty site as it limits the size and quality. I've posted a link to the photos below. Become a fan of the page if you haven't already. I share a lot of photos from great photographers who use Victoria as their muse. K