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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, September 28, 2008

The Heritage of Ladner Village

Be sure to click on all the images to see them in a larger format.

Here is the new "Boot and Sombrero" restaurant that serves great Mexican food. It's okay, if you like Mexican food, but I preferred the restaurant that was there before. It was called "Uncle Herbert's Fish 'n Chips" and had a British theme. Inside are a couple of medium-sized rooms and several smaller rooms, each with a particular theme. All over the walls were photographs and memorabilia from the British monarchy and life in Britain. I miss old "Uncle Herbert's."

When I was the 1995 Census Commissioner for Ladner, I rented the upstairs area of this building to train my cenus representatives and administrative assistant. We were there for about a week and looked out of those actual windows over the main street of Ladner.

This is one of our First Nations people dressed in traditional garb. He is wearing a cloak embroidered with the image of the Orca and a hat woven out of cedar bark.

This is one of the oldest houses still standing in the village, built in 1889. It has been well kept and renovated over the years to include all the modern conveniences.

Here's the old Ladner Village Hardware store. Whenever I go in, I just ask for help because it's so crammed full of everything you need, I don't know where to start looking. They're always helpful, though. One day this summer I went in and there was one of my former students working the front desk!

The sign - close up...

I like this shot because of the colours, and the shapes.

Below, on the right is the entrance to our local Museum. Yesterday, you could go in and visit the display, "1858 on the Delta" and figure out the mystery of the "Stagecoach Robbery."To the left of the door stand two totem poles, this one much taller than the other. I really like the top of this one with the eagle image.

One of the many boats you'll see on the river. This one led the procession of the First Nations' longboat and many kayakers who took part in the water parade.

Finally, along the river you will see original fishing warehouses dating back at least one century.


Maggie May said...

The buildings all look so clean, compared with ours!
Good photos.

CrazyCath said...

I love the bits of history you give. History fascinates me and this is no different. You paint a great picture with your words. Love the bright colours.

david mcmahon said...

How do I get there?

leslie said...

David, you KNOW which flight to catch! ;)

nancygrayce said...

I love Mexican, so that would be a good restaurant for me, but all the history is wonderful! I had to catch up, reading back a few posts!

PERBS said...

What an interesting place you have thee to enjoy history! Sounds like you two are having lots of fun.

jmb said...

I visited Ladner village with Heritage group of the Faculty Women's club and we took a conducted walking tour of the area. I recognized the museum building immediately in your photo.

Unfortunately one of our members fell and broke her wrist and we had to take her to the Delta Hospital. Luckily after we had done the tour and even had lunch. A very memorable day!

Daryl said...

I wish I were there camera in hand ... lots of interesting photo ops, Leslie ....


Jo said...

Leslie, that looks absolutely wonderful!!!

Anonymous said...

Lovely walk through your town. Sadly, when we were living in Canada we never got further than the outskirts of Montreal and I know there is so much beauty in your country.

Russell said...

Very nice tour - thanks!!

I really want to see totem poles when I get to the Vancouver area. I remember as a child (about the time written language was being developed!!) I was fascinated with totem poles.

I don't know much about them, really. In fact, I don't even know if there are any in the states. Maybe a few in Washington area but I would almost doubt it. These poles seem to be associated with Canada and that makes them a bit special.

Ladner looks like a great place and I think you are fortunate to live in that area!

Take care.

Hilary said...

Looks like a must-see area.. I'm glad you decided it was a must-show. Here from David's.

Bear Naked said...

Isn't that First Nations' cloak lovely.
But it also makes me sad that I never bought an original LaParka by Linda Lundstrom

And now she has gone out of business.

Bear((( )))

reluctantfarmchik said...

Been here before, but stopped over from Authorblog. Very nice. Another trip on my laptop - would love to be there in person. Such a colorful and interesting place! Thanks for the history too! And I'd vote for the Fish 'n Chips joint too. What a loss!

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

Wow Leslie, This is really interesting I red (and looked at the pictures of course!) with growing interest, thanks for showing my friend... Are you OK? (and how about yu back...)

JoAnn's D Eyes /Holland