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About living in Vancouver British Columbia Canada

Dear, Dear Vancouver

Tuesday March 6, 2012.  Another beautiful day in Vancouver – sunny, blue skies and all calm – no wind and no waves on the ocean.  Today as I ate my breakfast I was watching the sky looking for the Great Blue Herons.  There is a large nesting area just a few blocks away by The Fish House Restaurant.  Last year I noticed several herons that would perch on the rooftop of one of the neighbouring apartment buildings.  I haven’t seen them yet, but my friend Karen tells me she has spotted them already this season.  They are such a magnificent bird.

There is so much life to see outside my window although it doesn’t necessarily move that fast.  Off to the right I can see one of the small prop float planes that flies back and forth between Vancouver and Victoria harbours.  I saw a ferry in the distance sailing into Horseshoe Bay from Nanaimo.  It’s too early to see any of the cruise ships headed to Alaska.  And always there are the shipping tankers sitting out on English Bay waiting for a pilot boat to take it into the Port when it’s their turn to unload.  I never see any movement on these boats.  I wonder if there are very many crew aboard, where have they travelled from, what are they doing on board, are they anxious to reach dry land?  Do they dream of jumping ship and claiming refuge in Vancouver?

Karen and Roy invited me to dinner tonight.  They have recently moved into an apartment building that I see from my living room window.  On the top of the building is a very recognizable orange circular structure.  It is a building that is mostly dark at night because few people live there full-time.  They live on the third floor with the park wrapped around three sides of their apartment.  They call it their treehouse.  There’s an interesting back story to this condominium building.  I know the woman who lived there before, Phyllis who I met her through my friend Joan.  Phyllis is a famous Canadian make-up artist.  She lived in an apartment on the location of this new highrise and while all her neighbours sold out, she held firm and insisted that they provide her with a place in the new building.  And she won.  And this is now the condominium where my friends live.  So even if you are one among many, you can succeed as long as you stay strong.  I’ve always loved that story and now the story continues because of Karen and Roy.

lt’s five minutes before midnight and my day is over.  A little reading, listening to the radio and then lights out for me.  Good night!