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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Elvis is Alive and Well...

and entertaining folks at the Planet Java 50s Cafe in Fort Langley, BC. It was a glorious sunny day today, so I took Daughter #2 and we headed 45 minutes east to the town of Fort Langley for lunch and a stroll. This delightful small town, with a heritage focus, is easy to walk around to enjoy the many old buildings, antique dealers' shops and, of course, the Fort itself, which we bypassed having already been there. This Fort is actually the birthplace of British Columbia, the exact location where, 150 years ago, a huge fur trade organization called the Hudson's Bay Company established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast. The enterprise grew, evolved, and influenced history, leading to the creation of the colony of British Columbia. In the town, gift shops, galleries, fashion stores and artist's studios abound and the observation tower near the bridge has an outstanding view of the river. There are several excellent restaurants for a snack or a meal, many with sidewalk tables but we always eat at the Planet Java whenever we visit. Hope you enjoy this virtual visit and I'd be delighted to accompany you if you come to town and would like to go and see the village and/or the Fort.

I love this shot of Jaclyn by the juke box - we played "Lollipop" and "Good Golly Miss Molly."

This is a mural painted in "Gasoline Alley" depicting the history of Fort Langley.

Here's the Antique Shop.

and the Stained Glass Studio.

We took a moment to smile for the camera before heading along the main drag where we saw a house with this weird fence.

Here's the old Fort Langley Railway Depot

and the railway tracks that run between the village and the Fraser River.

the south bank of the river by the railway tracks

We crossed the bridge (built in 1932) to get some shots of an old church we spotted.

The church from the south end of the bridge.

and a bit closer.

I kind of like this shot of the church through the trees.

Jaclyn got this shot of the mountain peaks from the car as we drove past some dried blackberry bushes at the side of the road.


Smalltown RN said...

Leslie I love those photos...and Fort Langley...I use to live in Langley many years ago...and when I would get on my bike I would cycle there....you being a teacher I bet you made many a trip to Fort Langley and all the history....

I just love that photo of you and your daughter...gosh you can tell you are mother and daughter...you both look so happy...just simply fabulous...

Casdok said...

Sisters even!!!
Wonderful photos!

kissa said...

I just love these little wooden churches infact little churches of all types. You girls look so alike and so very happy. Great tour.

sally in norfolk said...

Love the photo of you with your daughter, you lok so alike great smiles too :-)

Trubes said...

You live in a truly lovely place Leslie, I`m almost envious,(as envy is a sin, I shall refrain from being totally envious).
Good to see pictures of you and Jaclyn together, you look almost identical. She's a lucky girl to have such a loving Mama. You look like good friends too! Wonderful.


P.S. I've written a little yarn about my recent Birthday treat on my site.

Janice Thomson said...

Wonderful photos Leslie - I enjoyed this tour of Fort Langley - it's been years since I was there so this was a nice treat!

Tai said...

I haven't been there for ages! That was great, thank you!

Josie said...

My gosh, talk about two peas in a pod!!! That's amazing.

Gorgeous photos. I haven't been to Fort Langley for quite a while. I had forgotten how much fun it is there.

meggie said...

Great post Leslie! I loved seeing all your excellent photos. The one of you & your daughter is lovely!

jmb said...

Leslie, these are lovely photos of a very nice place. I haven't been to Fort Langley in years.
You two are just like two sisters.

Bobbie said...

Great photos of Fort Langley. It's a great place to spend a sunny afternoon. That's such a nice photo of you and your daughter.