Happy New Year to my fellow bloggers - may it be a safe, happy and adventurous year (in whatever manner you choose).
In Jan-Feb of 2014 I was greatly blessed to experience a house & car exchange for 3 weeks on Vancouver Island. It was an incredibly memorable holiday for many reasons, one of which was a meal at this fabulous restaurant/bistro in Victoria, BC -
Pagliacci's - the food was fantastic and my salivary glands are running at the
mere memory of the Prawn Broker dish I enjoyed here!
This is the interior décor of this thriving eatery
and this painting on the wall duplicates the restaurant interior layout
Not sure whether these were friends of the family or ..... ?
Another closeup of one of the wall hangings
. . . and here is a sample of their amazing menu (as at 2014)
I found their imaginative dish naming great fun!
If you are ever in the vicinity of Victoria, BC, I strongly recommend you track down this vibrant eatery - I doubt you'll be disappointed !
Since I've not been out much with my Nikon P510 of late, these images have come out of the archives and were taken in the back yard of my previous home.
The birds are Eastern Rosellas and - in case I'd missed noticing - the blooming of the two palm trees there was invariably announced by the excited and noisy arrival of these colourful birds (and many bees!)
Sincerely wishing you all a joy-filled and safe Christmas with your loved ones, in celebration of the real reason for the season.
Thank you, too, for the joy you've brought to my life this year in sharing your spectacular photography - I look forward to seeing more in 2016.
Special thanks to all the wonderful hosts of numerous themed blog sites, whose dedication enables us to share our images effectively.
Last year I was greatly blessed to spend a week with friends exploring Brittany. One of the delightful towns we visited was Pontrieux. (I have also posted other images of this town previously).
Francethisway.com describes it thus -
"Pontrieux stretches along the banks of the River Trieux and owed its prosperity - from medieval times onwards - to its position at the head of the estuary.
The success of the port led to the building of many fine bourgeois houses here, each bourgeois house has its own lavoir - a special wash area on the edge of the river where the maid could do the family’s washing without having to go to a communal washhouse. There are 50 of these private lavoirs along the river, each of which has been restored and beautifully planted up with attractive flower displays."
The scene above shows two such lavoirs.The weather was glorious and the surroundings peaceful - the twitter of birds and the hum of bees complementing the ambience!
To see other scenes from around the globe, do visit Our World Tuesday, kindly managed by a wonderful team - Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy & Jennifer. Thank you ladies for your dedication to keeping this fascinating blogsite up and running!
Recently I visited a cousin who lives at Encounter Bay, near Victor Harbour on the fabulous Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia.
We drove to Petrel Cove and this was the scene from the carpark....
On the Victor Harbour side of the Bluff, I aimed my camera at this boat and its passengers - imagine my surprise, after uploading the image and zooming in, to notice the passengers had been deeply engrossed checking out their smartphones!!
. . . and this Magpie dropped by as we stood in the carpark
A lovely day's outing in good company in my very favourite part of our State.