A day in the sun

It's been quite hot here and the last couple of days were spent being rather lazy and useless. So today I had to escape the house !
It took awhile for our son and I to get motivated, the heat really sucks the life out of a person. Even my husband Jacques, who is usually always busy, was stuck to the recliner for a couple of hours.

So we headed to Mystic Vale, a lovely wee sanctuary located next to UVic --University of Victoria. It's also right next to some farm-type land the university uses, and is a fantastic place for bringing dogs ! We had several greetings from quite a variety --boxers, labs, scraggly fluffy ones, a hunting dog. We can't wait for the day when we can finally get a dog !
Then it was on to the vale, a nice place to get away from the heat, even though it was still fairly warm among all the trees.
It wasn't a long walk, enough to get the heart pumping a bit, but we didn't really notice our hearts because we were enjoying the scenery. Here's a small sampling of the place:

Oh, first is a pic. showing what I had for breakfast. Every now and again I like to do some green juicing, today it was a mix of spinach, broccoli coleslaw and a carrot mixed with some apple juice, yum !! Then I had an avacado. Not your typical breakfast but it helped to make me feel more alive.

After our walk we decided to take a drive downtown ( Victoria B.C. ). I took several shots but didn't want to clog up my blog with too many. This shot shows the Empress Hotel , a very popular and well loved hotel looking over the very popular and busy waterfront. Many a busker has entertained many a tourist on that waterfront, it makes for a fun evening wandering the area and taking in all the sounds. Plus there are plenty of wonderful restaurants nearby, along with the wax museum, Parliament buildings ( or legislative buildings is the proper name but has gone by Parliament for so many years ) and Royal B.C. Museum.

After our drive we headed to Dragon Alley in Chinatown for a bubble tea, and then off home. I ended up with a bit of a headache, too much sun maybe ? But right now it's almost 10 p.m. and I'm feeling fine and very relaxed.
Looking forward to tomorrow evening ! We live about a 5 minute drive from the popular Butchart Gardens , and every Sat. eve. in July they put on a fabulous fireworks display with music. Our area is close enough that we will be able to hear the music and possibly see the higher fireworks, woohoo ! It will be our first time enjoying this. Wish I could take pics. for you, I'll try to catch one of the fireworks.
Tracy ♥