Tuesday, April 30, 2013

To John's House, 2nd & Alma

Look at the forecast!! Woo hoo! Walking every day.

Today I went over the Burrard Bridge to Kits Pool, along that path behind the houses on Point Grey Road and then up Trafalgar to Fourth Avenue where it is a wreck of construction as they replace the sewer system. Up to Fifth (to get away from the construction dust) and along to Alma then to John's where Warren recorded John's and my "Orphan Song" that we are going to post on YouTube.

Home vis Dwight's at 10th and Alma along Broadway to the tracks at Arbutus. I followed the tracks to Granville Island where I took the ferry across False Creek and walked home.

Smells of Note: The incredibly fragrant Cottonwood Trees beside the Burrard Bridge; the fresh pain, a glorious smell from my youth, at Kits Pool; the smell of tar, reminiscent of summers past, on Fourth Avenue; the smell of urine cakes in a public washroom reminded me of my youthful swimming lessons.

These smells of the fresh paint, wood smoke from a backyard, cut grass and the tar all remind me of the ecstasy of my youth in the 1950s. I miss the simplicity of life back then when doors were left unlocked and every trip downtown meant bumping into someone known.

Left at 10:00; back at 2:00, with a half-hour in the studio. Cool and a cold wind.

 Re-painting Kits Pool.
 One of my favourite houses in Vancouver 
on its huge lot on Point Grey Road.
John's House. His studio is in the basement. 
 Warren laying down a track.
John at master controls.

To the Marine Drive Skytrain Station

This is one of my favourite walks because:
  • the sun is on your face as you walk
  • the Cambie Bridge east sidewalk is heaven to walk
  • the sidewalks the whole way are excellent
  • there are refreshments available along the way
  • the #15 bus is a great ride back into town
I get to Queen Elizabeth Park in an hour. It takes about another hour to get to the station where there is the option of the bus or the Canada Line to return.

It was VERY windy today and cool. A north-westerly that added a wind chill factor to a coolish day. Average winds were 50K/Hr.

Camellia petals on the sidewalk. 

One person's front yard has a huge rock in it. On Cambie just north of Oakridge on the east side of the street. Cambie is REALLY changing as a result of the new Canada Line subway.

I love the Park Board's use of red tulips with Forget-Me-Nots underlying them.