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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.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Spanish Banks is part of MY WORLD


Named by the earliest European Spanish explorers in the 1770s, Spanish Banks is home to three of Vancouver's superior beaches - Spanish Banks, Locarno, and Jericho Beaches. Far from the madding crowd, you can scan the open waterfront to the west or turn towards one of the most beautiful city skylines anywhere. My friend Josie and I spent some time there on July 1 this year (and she posted about it here) but it was so windy we didn't stay long. The sand was hot between our toes but it was also blowing wildly through the air, sticking in our hair and noses! Lots of seagulls floated on the wind currents or braved the rough waters. It was at this beach when I was 5 years old where I knelt down in the shallows and landed on a broken beer bottle. Apparently, my screams could be heard all the way to the doctor's office where my mother rushed me for stitches. To this day, I bear the 3-inch scar on my right knee. Ah, but what a gorgeous beach it is on a pleasant summer's day. Here are some of my photos from that day. Be sure to click to enlarge the photos.





































Thanks to the folks at My World Tuesdays for organizing all this. Go on over and click on participants' links to see "their" worlds.

18 comments:

bARE-eYED sUN said...

thank you for the tour, friend.

good pix, good narrative, wish we were there. :-)

..
.ero

Maggie May said...

I came over here expecting to learn something about Spanish Banking! (Was wondering what you knew about it)
Anyway, was pleasantly surprised! Lovely place!

Jo said...

You look GREAT in that picture. I wonder who took it. *heh*

See you Tuesday...

Clarice ♥

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely tour! I do love the beach! Great photos and your narrative makes the pictures even more interesting!

Have a lovely week,
Sylvia

erin said...

beautiful captures of your beach...i just love the coastline of bc...it is simply wonderful.
have a great evening.

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful Canadian Summer days.
Beautiful shots.

Carver said...

That is a beautiful beach. Great shots. I had a similar injury at the beach as a child with the remaining scars to prove it.

ewok1993 said...

That's a great looking beach. Funny how I initially got confused which part of the world I was in after reading Spanish Bank. :)

Reader Wil said...

That's the kind of place I also like Leslie!!! In all seasons of the year, in sunny weather in stormy weather, always...Have a great week.

Starnitesky said...

Lovely sandy beaches which I love. You do look rather windswept!

Babooshka said...

That is interesting. We have a Spanish Head with many varied reason why. Looks like a fabulous place.

SandyCarlson said...

What a gorgeous landscape. Surreal, the blend of the urban and the natural in such stark contrast.

david mcmahon said...

Thanks for the reminder - I went there in 1999 and the place is actually mentioned in a novel I'm working on at the moment!

Rajesh said...

Very beautiful. Loved the snaps of skyscrapers.

Arija said...

Very beautiful photos of the lovely, lonely beaches. A pity that people everywhere have a tendenct to drink on the beach and smash their bottles.

Carolyn said...

Great photos and history of this part of your world. Hope you manage to keep cool in all this heat with you moving...a thankless job! Thanks for sharing.
Smiles

Joanna said...

I grew up on West 5th and we spent so many summer days at Spanish Banks. Of course that was 50 years ago. (gasp)

Indrani said...

Beautiful beach shots! It has been ages since I have been to one. Lovely post.