Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Saturday at English Bay Beach

Saturday afternoon I went for a walk along the north side of False Creek. There was nothing unusual there, just the usual, much of which I've taken photos of. That changed when I got to Sunset Beach. Note the square-sailed boat in the distance on the right-hand side of the photo above. Below is a closer shot as the viking-style boat was heading across English Bay to its port of call near the Planetarium on the south side. Below that photos are some cropped pics at various stages as it sailed across the bay. It looks like someone built a replica of an original ship. The tiller to steer the boat would be on the starboard side (literally "steerboard side") and though I wasn't able to get a closer look, those boats would have been built in a klinker style! The boat looked rather unusual alongst all the modern boats and ships. Mind you, we do have the mountains and waterways similar to the fjords of Norway!

Then there was the main beach at English Bay with its usual activity on a hot summer day. There were plenty of people sunning themselves on the beach or walking, riding or rollerblading along on the paths set aside for those purposes. I hope you've been enjoying your weekend too! - V.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Davie Village Community Garden - Vancouver

Last Sunday afternoon I was in Vancouver's West End and dropped by the Davie Village Community Garden on my way to English Bay. These are photos of the garden I took that day. Its a place to commune with nature at a busy street corner. The large sign is at the northwest corner of Davie and Burrard Streets with nearby St. Paul's Hospital as a backdrop. Drop by to have a look if you live in the area and also if you don't and you are passing by. I'll have some more photos next month as the plants in the garden grow and mature! - V.