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Vancouver Visit – Summer 2018

Happy September! I got back yesterday from a short visit home to see family in Canada. Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty gross with tiredness and jet lag. I had a relaxing time, catching up with friends (including a very handsome baby named James!) and lots of dog walks. I’m going to take it easy today so please enjoy a few photos from my holiday; I’ll be back next week with more energy. 🙂

Baking: I made two things while at home: zucchini (courgette) cake to try to use up the abundant harvest from the garden, and my go-to earl grey tea cake for my mom’s birthday, topped with fresh raspberries.

Shopping: Mom and I went to Fort Langley to look in the antique stores and on the highstreet. My favourite shop was called Chuckling Duckling Farm, which is a home and beauty store that sells natural products and zero waste/re-fills. Mom picked up a blush for me from the brand Elate that I’ve been wanting to try because they make refillable bamboo packaging. I don’t get to try it until Christmas so I’ll have to wait to tell you my thoughts! She also picked up some wax wraps – I’ll talk more about these in a future post on zero waste and plastic free solutions. I picked up several bars of delicious-smelling soap.

Curiously titled books in the antique market

Also, I treated us to some Tim Horton’s doughnuts to satisfy my yearly craving for maple glaze, and I picked up some Canadian snacks to bring back to the UK.

Gardening: I didn’t really do any gardening but I helped my mom plant her two vines that I bought her for her birthday. Watson “helped” too.

Dog Walks/Swims: We went for lots of walks, and my favourite spot is along the dykes in Pitt Meadows (so peaceful).

Celebrating and Relaxing: We celebrated mom’s birthday – she got a pasta drier and ravioli press, a top, and plants. I was set on drinking margaritas all day in the hammock. In reality, I had one drink while reading my book, but it was still perfect.

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