Place 72 – Day 160: Vancouver, BC – Fort Langley, Cranberry Festival & Market!

Fort Langley, Cranberry Festival & Market

We were up at 10:00, had a quick breakfast, got ready, got in the car and headed on up to Fort Langley.

This is a small ‘township’ out east, fairly close to the USA border.

Fort Langley, BC

It took us around 1 hour to get there and then we had to find some parking as there were a lot of cars parked everywhere!

We managed to find a spot next to a school which was luckily just a short walk from the middle of the town.

We walked to the town and the first thing we saw was their farmer’s market, which they seem to do every Saturday. This was full of some jams, cheeses, booze and trinkets, all home made!

We smelled and saw a perogie stall which was busy, but they only took cash, so we walked down to (the only) bank in the town which there was a large queue for!

We got some money out and then went back up to get perogies. They had a few different things cooking, so we got a plate each with everything on!

There were perogies, a sausage, onions and some kind of hamburger meat wrapped in lettuce in a spice sauce, all topped with a cream sauce.

It was all ok, but Curtis had liked the sausage the most and the lettuce wrap thing the least.

Kim really liked the perogie and disliked the sausage the most.

Once we finished eating, we went over to the cranberry festival market.

This was a whole street rammed with stalls, a lot selling cranberry related items, such as cranberry beer,chocolate and bakery items.

We walked around looking at this for a while and trying a few samples, and then went to find a place for a coffee.

Cool Alleyway!

Curtis got a large cappuccino and it tasted odd. Kim wanted an ice cream so we found an ice cream place and she got a creamy salted caramel cone.

We watched the dragon boat race as someone from Kim’s work was apparently competing, but we didn’t see her.

After the race, we finished our food and drink and saw a couple of antique stores, so we had to go in! The town was old and quaint, so perfect for an antique store.

We spent probably far too long in there, but some of the items were super cool!

Work Stuff

We drove back home which didn’t take too long and we got back in perfect time for Curtis to watch the Leafs game.

Whilst he did that, Kim had to go to the city and do stuff for work, on a Saturday!

She rewarded herself by going to a few shops whilst she we in the area and managed to get us both dressing gowns too.

(Bad) Katsu Curry

Kim got home shortly after the leafs game finished and we decided it was dinner time.

We wanted Katsu Curry, so found a couple of Japanese restaurants and picked one.

We picked wrong!

This was a Japanese pub of some sort and was falling apart and was not busy at all.

We eventually ordered after waiting for a long time. We each got a chicken curry and we ordered a vegetable donburi to share.

All of the food was mediocre and the service was awful. We left and almost certainly won’t go back there again.

We got back home and snuggled on the sofa to watch some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 147: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Beef Stew

Coffee & Homesense

We eventually left the house and went up to check out a few things we needed from Homesense, but first, coffee!

Curtis wanted to get a cardamom latte to see if that is any good, but they didn’t have any, so he got a cappucino instead whilst Kim got a salted caramel hot chocolate.

We sat and relaxed for a bit and then went up to Homesense to find a few things. The main things we wanted were;

  • A duvet
  • An airtight contantainer for coffee
  • A dressing gown for Kim

We were able to get these things pretty easily and Curtis was also able to find a coat which he needed, and it was half price!

We got all of this (which was quite a bit of money) and then took it home before heading back out to go to the supermarket. We spent around $150 there which wasn’t too bad, but it was busy in there today.

Homemade Beef Stew

We got back home and Kim spent a couple of hours making a delicious beef stew with dumplings and a side of cauliflower cheese. A perfect warming dinner as the weather starts to get colder.

We settled and watched Vikings and had some ice cream.

A great Sunday night!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Day 72 – Day 118: Vancouver, BC – Steveston Town

Steveston Town

We had a lazy morning, just had a bagel each and watched some YouTube.

We eventually got ready and decided we wanted to go out for the day. We hopped in the car and googled to find somewhere fairly close to go as its long weekend, therefore all places places to go will be very busy, so we found somewhere a little different.

We drove for about 30 minutes to get to Steveston.This is a fairly small, former fishing town in Richmond.

We arrived and eventually found some parking. We had a couple of plan for whilst we were there, but we didn’t really know anything about the place.

Coffee, Of Course

We started by finding a coffee spot. We found a really nice, and cheap, place called Rocanini Roasters.

Curtis had a flat white and Kim had a mocha.They were both pretty good, but not the best we have had!

Former Tram

This town used to have a tram system that ran through it.

We went rright across from the coffee shop and there was the tram they used to have!

We walked along the tracks and came to a small forest walk, so we partook in that for a bit.The town is quaint but also a bit built up in some areas, though a lot of the older buildings are still around.

Waterside Walk

We walked along the side of the water for a while, just for something to do.We got to a point and wondered if we should continue as it didn’t seem that there was much going on, but we then saw a cool old building in the distance so wanted to investigate.

Former Fishing Area & Living Quarters

We stumbled upon the former fishing area, where there were living quarters and multiple buildings, which could be entered, which were used during this time.

This was a museum area and was actually very interesting.

The first building we entered was a building for both hanging nets as well as making things, such as steering wheels for boats.

There was many older artefacts still around and in good condition, as well as a lot of machinery.

We moved on from here to the living quarters.

All of these are segregated, so there were the likes of a Japanese house and a Chinese house.

These were all pretty small for the amount of people that would have lived in them.

Boat House

We finished off in the boat house, which had a few different uses but was used most recently to store and build boats.

We looked around and saw lots of things along with boats, such as a few ddifferent workshops, such as the engine workshop and the blacksmith.

Ice Cream!

We walked back and had previously spotted an ice cream place, so went and got one there.

Kim got salted caramel and chocolate and Curtis had whisky coffee.

We sat outside and had our ice cream and just chatted about our day!

After our ice cream, we got back into the car and drove home.

Hockey Gear

When we got home, Kim vacuumed the car whilst Curtis got his hockey gear ready! He has a team scrimmage tomorrow, which he is very excited for!

Kim went out to get some things from the shop and then when she got back she began to make dinner.

Sweet Chilli Wedges

We have been discussing having sweet chilli wedges for a few days now, so we finally decided to today, and it was an excellent choice.

We ate some dinner, drank some wine and watched some TV. A fun day all around!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 91: Vancouver, BC – Pride Celebration & Games!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a non stop day again today, but it was perfect! The day went incredibly fast.

Just after lunch, Curtis went down to the lobby of the building as they were doing a ‘building appreciation day’. This meant that every person got a free cold brew coffee and an ice cream sandwich!

Curtis got his free stuff and went and sat outside with some colleagues to eat it.

After finishing his first cold brew, Curtis went and got another one because he could!

Curtis got some more of the Apple Macs sorted and then went and had some drinks with colleagues.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim sorted the fruit when she got in, binned the mouldy grapes and replaced them. She later went back in to the kitchen to make a little fruit salad and also cut and freeze some fruit for a drink she had planned for the afternoon.

Kim then spent some time orgnaising a day trip for a few differnt people who have arranged for a summer outing. She and the representative kept missing each other so Kim will solidify the plans next Tuesday. She also placed the food order to arrive for the following week.

As there is a day off on Monday kim then drafted and sent out the company wide notification email.

The Vancouver Pride March is on this coming Sunday so the theme for this weeks Friday afternoons drinks is Pride! Kim went out to the dollar store to pick up more decorations. She got rsimbow banners, flags and treat pots. After this Kim went and got a cake from a local supermarket as she had a great idea! Then on her way back to the office Kim picked up the wine and beer. It was a very successful trip out of the office.

The cake kim bought was a lemon bundt style cake, so it had a hole in the middle. Kim filled it with skittles and then ‘iced’ the top with coconut whipped cream and decorated it with a skittle heart!

Kim then spent some time going through her phone messages and catching up on emails before and after her lunch.

Towards the end of the day Kim decorated the kitchen with everything she had gotten earlier, but still felt it was lacking something. So she made a small thing of pride glad bunting and hung that near the table and that perfected the room!

Kim then made the foundations for the Sangria type drink! She had found a sparkling rose can that donates to charity so bought 3, chopped and froze fruit throughout the week to make a wonderful little summer drink! She started by putting the frozen fruit into 2 pitchers, adding a little triple sec and ginger beer and letting it marinate while she set up the rest of the glasses and drinks. Once everything else was set up Kim poured the rose in and everything was ready to go.

People started arriving and then 10 minutes in Kim set up and started the game of Pride Anthems guess the song. There were 20 songs and Kim played various lengths of parts of songs and points were awarded for song and artist name. It was so fun! There were songs that people expected to heat that didn’t come up, so there is a possibility of round 2 this coming Friday. That way the people who were away for the long weekend can join in the fun too.

People left right after the game, which was to be expected, so Kim packed away the drinks and table cloths, but decided the flags and bunting could stay up a little while longer. Then she headed home herself.

Wendy’s & Upcoming Long Weekend!

We forgot to take anything out for dinner, so had to decide what to have.

We were incredibly lazy when we got home and did nothing for over an hour and then went up to Wendy’s to get some food.

Curtis wasn’t too hungry so just got a cheeseburger and Kim got a big chicken burger meal.

We watched some YouTube and then the latest Suits episode, followed by some more YouTube.

We have a long weekend this weekend and we may do something but mostly we want to sleep!

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This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 49: Vancouver, BC – Food Truck Friday & Ice Cream

Curtis’ Day

Curtis received an email stating that there would be a large meeting happening, so he had to ensure the boardroom worked and connected with all other boardrooms.

Curtis got that setup and then sat in the meeting to ensure it all goes smoothly. The meeting was 2 hours long and Curtis didn’t understand most of it.

After the meeting, it was lunch time and Curtis met with Kim to go to a food truck.

The food trucks are all lined up along Robson Street just next to Robson Square.

We looked at what was on offer and decided to go with a hoisin chicken wrap (the wrap was a green onion pancake!).

The food was really good and certainly filled us up!

We each went our seperate ways and Curtis was still busy when he got back to work.

Curtis sorted a new Mac for someone and gave them it and had to deal with a couple of tickets, too.

At 14:30, Curtis’ office had a big ice cream selection for everyone to try as a first day of summer celebration.

Curtis went right back to work at 14:45 and got a few final things done…it was a busy afternoon which was rare!

At 16:15, Curtis grabbed a beer and chatted with some colleagues as well as two friends of theirs from the UK.

Kim’s Day

Kim’s day was very busy but with lots of little things.

Unfortunately there were no dogs in the office today and it was Kim’s colleagues last day!

When Kim got in she had some time set aside for a catch up with a colleague who is heading out on holiday for a few weeks. They had a chat about all the training for the HR side of things to ensure Kim would be comfortable while she was away.

A little while later Kim got a call from the vendor that she missed yesterday and had a lovely introduction.

It was then lunchtime so Kim headed out to meet Curtis.

When Kim got back in the office she went through making the new business cards. It took a bit of trail and error and help from other people but Kim eventually managed to send out the drafts to people for them to review.

Kim then popped out to grab a few things for Friday afternoon drinks. The first stop was to a drug store, like Boots, to get some rainbow coloured sweets as this week we celebrated Pride month. Then it was to the liquor shop to pick up a few things.

Kim then attempted to get everything finished for the week with the final hour of work left in the day. Most things she achieved, there was one that was pushed to Monday so it was a very successful week!

It was then time to grab a drink and have a chat with some colleagues!

Toaster Attempt 2

We met in our usual spot and walked home together.

We got home and had to take out all of our rubbish and recycling.

Once we took that out, we relaxed for a while and then Kim went to get a new toaster as ours was rubbish, so we are sending it back.

We got our new toaster setup and then watched some TV.

We got a bit peckish but not hungry enough for a proper dinner, so we decided on some toast.

We ate our toast and then had some whiskey whilst catching up on our TV we have to watch.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 43: Vancouver, BC – Kitsilano

Walk To Kits

We woke up and had a pains au chocolat each and some strawberries.

We ate this and then spoke with Kim’s family briefly as they were at Kim’s uncle’s wedding.

We then sat down to speak with Curtis’ family, but missed them so instead we left the house and walked to Kitsilano!

Kitsilano is a very trendy, hippie and beautiful neighbourhood in Vancouver. It took us roughly 45 minutes to walk from our home across to ‘Kits’.

The weather was beautiful, with the sun beating down on us.

The majority of the walk was along the seawall, so we got to see a lot of boats and we even walked through Granville island.

Coffee In Kits

We wanted to grab a coffee so we found a coffee shop called Bean Around The World. We believe this is a chain but it smelled delicious when we walked in and it was pretty well priced as well.

Curtis got a cappucino and Kim got a caramel macchiato. Both of our drinks were delicious!


Bean Around The World | Vancouver,BC

Rating:- 9/10


Looking For Food

We thought we would look around for something to eat, so we went to the main area in Kitsilano to get some lunch.

Unfortunately, we were unable to find anything, so we settled for a wrap and KitKat from Whole Foods instead!

Kitsilano Beach

We walked to the beach which has mountain views and lots of volleyball courts! We sat and ate our lunch and then began the walk home by the side of the beach.

We walked all the way home from there which took about another 45 minutes and we were exhausted!

Shopping

We got back home and relaxed for a bit as our feet hurt.

We then went out to do our shop for the week and didn’t really spend that much!

We came back and Kim made a really good dinner which was marinated pork with noodles and vegetables.

We finished up with dinner and watched the first episode of the new season of Black Mirror, followed by some Lucifer, as well as some ice cream and then whiskey!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 40: Vancouver, BC – Free Cookies

Curtis’ Day

It was a very warm day today and when Curtis walked to work he worked up a sweat!

When Curtis got to work he had an email regarding an issue with a mac which he dealt with and then he ended up getting a lot of tickets come in and got most of the sorted before lunch.

Curtis had a team meeting right before lunch which was productive and informative.

After lunch, Curtis’ day became a bit less busy but he did then notice a warning light on a server so he worked with a colleague to get that sorted.

Curtis then had 2 informative meetings in which he learned a few new things and then he walked home.

It was another hot walk and when he got home he relaxed for a bit before sorting out the recycling into type piles.

Kim’s Day

Today, Kim walkedto work all lonely because she had to get in early to man reception.

Kim got started on setting up for the day, putting out fruit etc. and then had a few questions for reception. By the time Kim finally ended up in the HR department to start her day it was 10!

This also didn’t last long. While doing some admin, Kim needed some help from the front desk with something so went back out there to go over a few things. While Kim was getting help, a lady from the Marriott popped by to make an introduction and say hello to Kim and another colleague. It was lovely to put a face to the name and she even came with cookies! They were delicious snicker doodle cookies and did not last long in the office!

Kim then eventually went back and continued with some admin.

Kim spent the rest of her morning and early afternoon after lunch on more of her project, just familiarising herself with the applications and how things work.
Kim then had a meeting about some HR procedures and even had a chance to help with some of the onboarding process.

Just towards the end of the meeting, some of Kim’s colleagues were walking around playing music and handing out ice creams! What a great way to celebrate mid afternoon on a Wednesday.

Kim kept herself busy for the rest of the afternoon.

She left early due to arriving early and took this opportunity to head to the bank to collect her credit card. One very hot train journey and 20 minute walk later, Kim had collected her credit card and headed home via 2 buses and the supermarket. She had to pick up some veggies!

Dinner

We sort of did nothing for a while and then decided we would make dinner.

We had pork and egg fried rice. Curtis made the rice as per usual and Kim cooked up the vegetables and meat.

TV

After dinner we just watched some TV and Kim showered to get ready for tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale