Sunday, February 17, 2008

beautiful day

Today the sun shone. There was only one thing for it. We headed to the beach. It was, as expected, a little hard to find parking. The first sunny day of February everyone pretends that it's July. I can't really blame them. Clad in a t-shirt, jeans, and an unzipped fleece I was doing the same thing. The boats were out. This is as close to them as I could get. Maybe one day I'll be able to take this shot looking back at the shore.

Eventually we found a spot in the parking lot everyone always forgets about and trekked down the railroad tracks to the beach and then on to our real destination, Moby Dick's, still home to the best fish & chips you've ever eat. As long as you order the tartar sauce. You might think that you don't like tartar sauce but the truth is that you simply don't like regular tartar sauce. The dill-infused, home-made concoction at Moby's is in another category altogether.

See how I'm smiling in this pic? It's because I know we remembered to get the sauce. And also because in February it's warm enough to eat outside (even though technically it's only warm enough out of the wind, but shhhh, we won't talk about that.) I was also trying to get a pic of my new haircut -- does anything feel as great as a fresh haircut? -- but it didn't really work. The wind was doing me no favors. This pic from yesterday is better (but then it's always better when the hairdresser does it). I don't know if I have the patience to straighten it, time will tell.

On the way down to Moby Dick's we past my favorite staircase in White Rock. I'd always meant to take a picture of it and finally today I had my camera with me.

I love that this art, a group community project, is entirely unnecessary. Who takes the time to decorate the risers on a concrete stair case? And yet it's so pretty. If you're not careful you can walk right past and miss it. If you take the time to stand back and look at it from a little distance you can see that it's mostly on large picture. I wish I had been around when they were working on this but it was before my time.

All in all, it was a pretty great day. The sun is starting to go down now and it's definitely not warm enough for short sleeves, but that's OK. I'm back at home, cup of tea in hand and cozy blanket not far away. It will be spring and then summer eventually. I can wait.


orangejack said...

Looks like a great day! White Rock was one place we really enjoyed. And your tip to go to Moby Dick's was right on! I agree with you.

Did I tell you that there's a show on the USA Network called Psyche and all the outdoor shots are done in White Rock?

Janice said...

Claire...I'm jealous! Looks like a wonderful day. And I agree, there's nothing quite like a fresh hair cut. Hope you're having a great day. Janice