Birthday fun in the Canadian sun

One of the perks of being born in the (British) summertime is that I'm usually away for my birthday. Now I grant you, going travelling for six months increases one's odds slightly, but still, I felt special getting to celebrate it somewhere new.

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View from The Boathouse

The morning was spent opening cards and pressies and having video chats with family and responding to lots of lovely messages - thank you one and all. We then had lunch out at The Boathouse in Kitsilano, before spending the afternoon at Maple Grove Park, a super park near us which has an outdoor swimming pool that's just for kids, complete with a slide which Master Hart thinks is almost better than Blaze and the Monster Machines (and that's saying something). Thanks for the recommendation Eilidh and Elizabeth - it's now our favourite park! (More to come about these lovely lasses later - who said this blog was going to be chronological?) 

pool-boy

pool-girl

pool-slide

pool

The next day I got to prolong my birthday even further (as if spanning three time zones wasn't enough) as my present from Mr H was a ticket to the matinee performance of 'Much Ado About Nothing' by Vancouver's professional Shakespeare company. I strolled to and from the beachfront theatre in splendid isolation (I pressed the button for the green man MYSELF for the first time in about a year), and the show was marvellous. It was set in 1950s Italy, on a film set, so the stage, costumes and overall attitude of the play was a joy to watch. If by any chance you'll be in Vancouver before the end of September, marry, get thee a ticket!

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The rest of the gang went to the zoo while I was away and had a jolly good time too. I don't think Miss H was the slightest bit interested in the actual animals, but at least the statues provided merriment.

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Happy birthday to me indeed - cheers!

birthday-wine


Still to come: Stanley Park, old friends and new ones, and starting to explore some of the beautiful Canadian scenery.


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