A Good Cup of Tea

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DSC_8800When the calendar says spring but the temperatures are still downright chilly, a good cup of tea can bring clarity. Seasonal changes are occurring. Everywhere you look, the preparations and planning for spring are underway.  Parkas have been traded in for raincoats and snow boots for garden galoshes, as we ready for the season ahead. Fortified with shortbread and sandwiches, the garden awaits.

Filled with the promises of spring (and macaroons!) we took a little wander down the paths that entagle the lakes at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. There we found not only the passing of one season to the next, but a treasure that only spring could unfold. Snowdrops, crocus, hellebore, viburnum  and early rhododendrons dotted the landscape. Offering the saturated colours and fragrant reminders of why spring is worth the wait. 

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Spring Delayed

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With the big melt well underway my daughter & her PoCo Euro-Rite FC team finally got to play a few soccer games before the season came to a close. It seems too early for it to be over, but that might have had to do with our record snowfall and fields lodged in a permanent deep freeze. In fact the younger kids are set to Jamboree this weekend and snow is in the forecast! Strange for the westcoast.

Here is a round up of images from the U12 Minnions last game of the 2016/2017 season.

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Winterscapes along the Pitt River

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Industrial Sunset

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Leigh Park: Dusk, Dogs & Wildflowers

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Celebrating May Day in Port Coquitlam 2016

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We celebrated May Day in Port Coquitlam last week. This spring tradition is steeped in our culture here in PoCo. Something everyone looks forward to, the young and old come out to celebrate at events through out the city.

BeFunky CollageWatremark_DSC_7378Watremark_DSC_7369Watremark_DSC_7488Watremark_DSC_7494In Port Coquitlam 2The weeks celebrations culminate in a parade of epic proportions. It was a gorgeous day, encouraging all the locals to come out to wave and cheer on their friends and family members as they marched on by. 
Watremark_DSC_8368Watremark_DSC_8444Watremark_DSC_8549Watremark_DSC_0053I hope you enjoyed the parade. Look for even MORE friends and smiling faces in my coverage with Snapd Tri-Cities June edition, on the newstands and online June 1st.

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Spring Blooms: Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’

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Spring is blooming across the lower mainland. While many gardens still appear to be sleeping, the first buds of growth and bulbs of the season have already revealed themselves.

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It’s a good time of year to take a walk around your garden. Start cleaning up the remains of last years beds, to make way for this years growth. Time to trim up the roses, add a top layer of manure or nutrient rich compost to the garden and plant a few winter pansies to soften up the edges.

It’s 2016! A good year to get gardening.

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Coquitlam 125

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Happy Birthday Coquitlam

This year the city of Coquitlam is marking a milestone with it’s 125th birthday. To jump start the year’s events they hosted Activate Coquitlam 125. Marking off the first few days of the calendar year, the city of Coquitlam lent a helping hand to neighbours and friends looking to boost their exercise routines while making the most of those New Years resolutions with free classes and drop in sports at the rec centre.

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A Moment to Remember

In these two images I captured a small piece of that celebration as aboriginal groups, historians, artists and athletes came together to celebrate what makes Coquitlam a truly unique community.

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Under the Sea: A Year of Learning at the Vancouver Aquarium

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Watremark_DSC_1260Welcome back readers.

It’s a new year and a fresh start. This years story has yet to be written. So here’s to hoping your 2016 is full of laughter, love and spontaneity!
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Under the Sea

Our new year started with the wonders of the sea and a membership renewal at the Vancouver Aquarium. We have held their membership before, especially through the children’s younger years. It was an exceptional place to spend the day with them as toddlers and infants. The facility is conducive to young and old alike. Great interactive displays, sensory learning and of course the fish! Now after a couple years away, a renovation and expansion, our children have been clamoring to get back. They’ve missed the hours of awe and wonder that come with the hands on and participatory learning offered at the Aquarium.

This Christmas we were gifted with a family membership to the Vancouver Aquarium. A years worth of opportunities for learning and creating special memories in a single card What a wonderful present to receive. We are so thankful for the hero of this story. Grandma. XOXO
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Well, that it was awesome of course. In the words of the 6 year old:

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Radiance of the seas: Sawyer Glacier, Vancouver RT

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Watremark_DSC_3367Last month my family and I hitched a ride on Radiance of the Seas as she made her last Alaskan voyage of the season out of Vancouver. Although we’ve cruised to and from some fabulous places, this was the first time we’d had the opportunity to sail out of our home port of Vancouver and it was an amazing experience!

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Day One: Depart from Vancouver

Day Two: At Sea

Day Three: Icy Strait Point (Hoonah) Alaska – Tender

Day Four: Tracy Arm Fjord Alaska – Cruising

Day Five: Juneau Alaska – Docked

Day Six: Ketchikan Alaska – Docked

Day Seven: Inside Passage – Cruising

Day Eight: Vancouver – Disembark

Watremark_DSC_5926We had a great time catching up with the kids while enjoying the natural beauty of the BC coastline and Alaskan wilderness. Such gorgeous scenery, right there, in our own backyard.

Over the next week check back here often. I’ll be posting some of our favorite captures from our family’s Alaskan adventure!Watremark_DSC_5719

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