IT WAS A SPECIAL occasion hanging out with Stephanie from Comox, BC. We normally communicate only on our blogs. But when she came into Vancouver for a holiday this past August, it gave us a chance to finally meet in person.
I arrived at the designated Granville Island restaurant early. So I passed the time by taking a few pictures in and around the nearby pond.
There was quite a crowd gathering.
It was entertaining to watch wildlife enjoy the morning air and dip into the cool refreshing water.
This lovely duck seemed to be snoozing with half an eye open.
A turtle the size of a football seemed to have lost its way. It inched along a path littered with cigarette butts.
I was glad to get some shots of its indestructible armor that gleamed in the sunlight as it methodically headed for cover of the vines.
Highrise apartments stood shoulder to shoulder overlooking natural wonders in and around the Granville Island/False Creek area.
The view offers stunning boating scenes and is awash year round with visitors from near and far.
When Stephanie arrived at Pedro's Organic Coffee House I recognized her instantly even without her signature sunglasses. It was like greeting an old friend as I have been following her blog since I started mine almost three years ago. I was first intrigued when she posted her painting of a little girl with an umbrella. Of course, it made me think of Penelope.
After Stephanie bought art supplies at the Opus store nearby, we began to explore. Roses were amid a sea of flowers at the Public Market.
Stephanie and I were both charmed by these unique protea blooms. They reminded me of sea sponges. As it turns out it is an exotic flower possibly imported from Hawaii.
A pretty girl with an unshakable smile swiftly moved her fingers along the violin she played exquisitely for passersby.
Although the inukshuk is a common sight, this rather large one lurking in a corner caught me by surprise.
I found reminders of coming autumn within the colorful squashes.
I could have chosen a tempting peach. But of all the delights I purchased a polished green avocado (no picture taken). It looked gorgeous on the outside but when I got home I found it was gray and spoiled under the skin. Yuck!
There were cases of yummy Canadian Maple Syrup.
Mouthwatering treats were everywhere to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Everything looked delicious as we strolled and chatted along the way. But the best treat was walking alongside Stephanie and getting to know the friendly and creative person behind the photographs, artwork and sunglasses.
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