WELL, OF COURSE THERE IS. It has been nearly a month since the last post and I must admit that I have felt lost without a camera; I used one nearly everyday for the past ten years. And, what is a blog without photos to share?

OTHER pursuits took precedence over blogging after the camera malfunctioned and life continued on. I made some wonderful orange jam (not marmalade) and orange pepper jelly with sweet, juicy oranges that I bought on our way home from our desert trip;

I finished some art projects; I tried to catch up on my travel journal; my sisters, a nephew and I helped my mother hang quilts for her guild’s show, and my husband and I went to Vancouver, B.C. to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary (hooray)…

where I surprised him with a new point-and-shoot camera (Nikon Coolpix S9100) that he tried out in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

He had wanted something more simple than the camera that died and point-and-shoots have come a long way in the six years since the last camera purchase. So, now there is one functioning camera in the house while I continue to research the camera that’s right for me.

The detail captured with the 18x zoom is pretty impressive (and this is slightly out of focus).

We retraced a few honeymoon steps and spent the first day of spring with a walk through Lighthouse Park at Horseshoe Bay and tried to recapture a photo of the lighthouse that I took thirty years ago.

This day it was sunny and not as moody as the first time.

We finished the afternoon at Queen Elizabeth park and a trip through the Blodel Conservatory.

And a walk through the large quarry garden. Similar in nature to the one at Butchart Garden, but quite a bit smaller. The weather was quite delightful and returned to northwest normal the next day—rain.

Now to catch up to what is happening in the garden here and perhaps a few last notes about Death Valley.

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