Today we finally set out to explore the Touch Wood Sculpture Exhibition at VanDusen Botanical Garden. The weather was perfect for a leisurely stroll through the garden, and we saw a lot of the sculptures, but as you can see in the pictures, four of those were our favourites: Shattered Spheres (made of cedar shards) by Brent Comber, Cedar Ravens (stained with black milk paint) by Paul Burke, Nine Sentinels (broadleaf maple forms, standing in a circle) by Brent Comber and finally, Chickadees (various songbird houses, made of mixed woods) by Nathan Lee and Trevor Coghill.
Naturally, we also admired all the natural beauty there, including those beautiful sunflowers and water plants like water lilies.
Near the Nine Sentinels, with all those coloured maple leaves, it already looked like a bit of autumn. Besides, I also liked those reflections of a tree in the water, amazing, eh?
Anyway, as it was only early afternoon and we were in Vancouver already, we thought why not head over to the Vancouver Aquarium for a short visit? And that was what we did…
When Marcus and I went to Alice Lake about two months ago, we were hiking along a trail that let us explore all four lakes there, but as Ben and Tom love being near and in the water a lot, we just packed our picnic box, picnic blankets, swimming things for the boys, my Kindle and our cameras – and off we went to spend a relaxing day at the lake.
Luckily for us, there weren’t many people around so that we could choose a really nice spot to sit. Ben and Tom were very much interested in getting their own kayaks this time after having shared a canoe at Buntzen Lake some days ago. So they rented some kayaks, and immediately went kayaking in them.
After a while they came back – hungry, of course -, had some snacks, went swimming and diving in the water, came back for lunch, took their kayaks out again, came back for some food, went swimming again… They definitely didn’t get bored all day.
Shortly before going home, we even saw those cute Douglas squirrels. Especially one of them was very sneaky as it went into someone else’s bag, retrieved some food from there and sat on one of the benches to enjoy his stolen snack which must have been especially tasty, as the squirrel came back several times to get more of that.
As all of us had so much fun at Alice Lake, it will definitely be on our list of what to do with the boys next year.
The first little tour we tackled today at Woolmer Copse, near Stedham, was really easy on flat terrain and very beautiful with so many rhododendrons in bloom, well, except for that part where we were searching for one special geocache and we had to somehow find our way to it which included some little bushwhacking – and all because we came from the wrong direction…
The second little tour took us to Middleheath Copse as part of the South Downs National Park, not far away from the first one. We especially liked that part of this route followed and crossed a stream, even if it was a bit muddy (or a bit more) at same places. Anyway, near the water we also saw some amazing dragonflies.