It’s a Wonderful Time of Year. If you are looking for a tree farm to find that ‘extra special’ fresh Christmas tree this year… check out PSCTA.org ~ the Puget Sound Christmas Tree Association.
Note: at the Washington State Fair this year, it was nice to see the variety of trees that are typical for this holiday tradition. Noble Fir. Nordmann Fir. Fraser Fir. Green Spruce. Balsam Fir. Grand Fir. Douglas Fir. Blue Spruce. Pine. Shasta Red Fir. Do you have a favorite?
The day after Thanksgiving is known here in the USA as ‘Black Friday’. But this year, thanks to REI ~ http://www.rei.com/, we have #OptOutside. Employees will be paid and REI stores are closed on this day…encouraging its employees and members to get outside.
Also, after REI’s action, the National Parks of Olympic and Rainier in Washington State (and some in other states) are promoting #GreenFriday. Admission to these two parks are free today.
So, whether it’s a nature walk, a visit to Snoqualmie Falls or a garden trail, hiking or snowshoeing, skiing, visiting a state or national park, a wildlife reserve or a beach…join us outside.
P.S. Other industries are getting into it too but please, keep our air outside fresh, in our parks and other, naturally green.
Oak Bay, a suburb of Victoria, British Columbia … a fabulous place to live and visit. When I say live I mean it’s a community where you have surf, sand, arts, history, and can enjoy an active lifestyle or a leisurely one. Downtown Victoria is just 10 minutes away where you’ll find all the pleasures of a British city as well as a harbor town. Shopping, restaurants, gardens, and more. And getting here is simple… helicopter, ferry, float plane, boat.
The first mention should be for the Oak Bay Community Arts Society. The Studio Tour happens twice a year, in April and November. The artist’s showcase their craft in their home – it is a self-guided tour. You’ll find photography, paintings, abstract and architectural designs, hand-dyed fabrics, and calligraphy just to name a few. A pamphlet can be found at http://www.oakbayartists.com The other annual event is the Bowker Creek Brush-Up Art Show & Sale in August.
Cycle, run, walk, kayak the beautiful coastlines and parks that surround the neighborhoods here. Wildlife and nature abound as well as the incredible views you’ll experience. I can recommend Willows Beach (fun to see the variety of dogs from October 1 to April 30) and Cattle Point. A popular tree in the area is the Garry Oak. The history of Oak Bay has a colorful mix of Edwardian architecture and a glimpse of the Songhees First Nation. https://www.oakbay.ca/explore-oak-bay/outdoor-activities/public-beaches
And for a taste, stop in at The Snug Pub at the luxurious Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Enjoy fish & chips and other fine cuisine. The Snug Pub is Victoria’s first neighborhood pub dating back to 1954. http://oakbaybeachhotel.com/dining/snug-pub/