Sunday, April 03, 2011

Weekend Getaway


After an intense weekend of study culminating in a final exam (yay, one more course finished), we packed the car and drove down to Victoria.

Saturday morning saw us on a ferry to Pender Island. Blue skies mingled with grey and raindrops. But the atmosphere immediately around us was as sunny as can be. With four of our good friends we enjoyed the steam cave, the swimming pool, the hot tub, and the beautiful view from our three-bedroom cottage at Poet's Cove.

The cottage was outfitted with a small kitchen and a gas barbecue on the deck. We all brought something to contribute to dinner - meltingly tender steaks, prawns with garlic butter, roasted asparagus, raspberry shortcake and more. Our evening lasted long as we laughed and talked.

Spring is dawdling this year, but on Pender the hellebores and euphorbia added color along with sunny daffodils. Trees are showing hints of green. I feel for so many friends and bloggers who continue to see snow and suffer intense longings for spring. I hope these photos encourage you. Spring is indeed on the way. 

Weekends like this refresh and invigorate us. Now, it's home again and back to the regular routine. 

Linking once again to Mary at the Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.

18 comments:

Teagarden said...

Oh, that I would have found for a great weekend also ... Thank you for the beautiful photos!
Best wishes,
Markus

Lori E said...

There are such great places on the West Coast to visit. You have been to one of the best.
Thanks for stopping by.

Pondside said...

What a heavenly spot you chose for your getaway!

Katalin said...

Csodálatos fotók, gratulálok
legyen szép heted:))):)*

Maggie said...

What a stunning spot for a getaway, good friends, good food, good times!

Vee said...

Beautiful location and a wonderful getaway made all the more fun with friends. I'm sorry to read that spring is still dragging her heels your way because that doesn't bode well for my corner. (In fact, we're expecting more snow today. The only good news is that the ten inches that arrived on the first has already melted.)

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Aaah...sounds like a heavenly day. Beautiful views. V

Carol said...

What a fantastic getaway, sounds like an amazing time! Beautiful shots.

Jacque said...

What beautiful scenery you have to enjoy! Your mosaic is so pretty. I know y'all had a great time with your friends.

I posted my sign today. Let me know what you think.

I'm glad you got another class behind you! Have a great week.

Dawna said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend. i love Victoria and area, I have some airmiles to use,,,maybe Spring is calling in that direction!! Great Mosaic...again :)

EG Wow said...

What a fabulous getaway! Wish I were there! :)

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

That sounds like the perfect 'getaway'! Love the hellebores.

Miss Debbie said...

Good for you! I'm sure you came home refreshed! Beautiful pictures!

Ima Weed said...

Your photos are gorgeous and the menu you gave is scrumptious.

A Garden of Threads said...

What a beautiful place for a getaway. Spring is slowly arriving here:)

Sheila said...

Glad you enjoyed your weekend getaway Lorrie. Anytime one can escape to an Island - from an island is my idea of a wonderful time. I love the adventure of ferry travel and just looking across the water at the other islands. My trip to Gabriola Island last summer was a first but a wonderful getaway and something I'd love to do again. Poet's Cove looks like a wonderful destination. Thanks for the info!

Jill said...

What a beautiful place. I actually got to visit Victoria once all the way from Nebraska. We went to Seattle to see and Aunt and Uncle. Then took a ferry up to Victoria to Buchart Gardens (don't remember how to spell that) That's the way I remember it anyway...it's been I suppose 25 years ago. We also went to the Worlds Fair just for a day. I think it was in Victoria or some where close. I was in college and just along, not making decisions so it's hard to remember what was where! What I know I remember was how BEAUTIFUL it all was!

Porch Days said...

Your granola recipe sound good and so easy that even I should be able to get around to making it! Thanks. Nancy