Biking, Restless Retiree, Retirement lifestyle

Biking the Arbutus Greenway

We planned to do the Grouse Grind but it doesn’t open until 1pm on weekdays so we opted to bike the Arbutus Greenway to Fraser River Park. It’s an easy ride at just over 20km round trip from the start at the 6th and Fir Park. The pathway is fully described on the Let’s go Biking website.

Once we climbed past King Edward we stopped for a photo, the views are spectacular. This one’s looking out to the North Shore Mountains over the rooftops of Point Grey.

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All of the intersections are finished on the pathway so it’s easy to cross the major roads like Broadway, King Edward and 41st but you have to watch out for other cyclists, and of course pedestrians, as it can get congested in spots. At Marine Drive we reached the end of the separate bike trail, but our goal was to go right down to the river, so we continued our adventure by following Marine Drive down to the Fraser River Park.

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On the way down to the river we stopped to admire the view of the marina and cycled down to ride around the Milltown Bar & Grill parking lot.  The restaurant doesn’t open until 11am and the reviews say it fills up fast. We definitely plan to return for lunch before summer’s end!

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We followed the Fraser River Park trail until we reached a big frost fence with a Dangerous Do Not Enter sign against the perimeter of the McCleery Golf Course.

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We circled back to check out the park. A couple of people chatted together while their dogs enjoyed some off-lease freedom by running along the little beach,  splashing in and out of the river and barking their pleasure. The park has a network of boardwalks so you can bike right out along the shoreline.  We ventured out onto the pier to watch a tugboat chugging downriver to take care of some business and a plane descending through the trees on its approach to the Richmond airport. At the dock there’s a plaque explaining the history of how labour, government and business worked together to build the pier in 1988.

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After we had our fill of the scenery we rode back up to the street and stopped at the Friend’s Café, a little restaurant serving local businesses.

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It was a beautiful morning and we enjoyed a feast of gorgeous views on our ride back home.

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We still plan to get to the Grouse Grind but we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks until it reopens after its annual grooming before the summer onslaught of tourists!

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Tidying

Spring Cleaning the KonMarie Way

 

Last year I was smitten by the teachings of tidying guru Marie Kondo and I’m not the only one. KonMarie (nickname) is an international phenomenon and if you haven’t heard of her by now you’re in for a treat.

I started my tidying journey based on KonMarie’s principles last October. After reading her manga book even my husband was convinced.

I wasn’t completely faithful to KonMarie’s step- by step approach. I couldn’t dump my entire wardrobe on the floor to sort in one day as she recommends in her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up   because depending on the season, at any one time, half of my wardrobe is stored away in a unit in the basement.

As I mentioned my husband, Vaughn, is into it too. His sock drawer is now neatly arranged with everything folded into thirds and standing at attention. KonMarie correctly states that we can get more in our drawers when the vertical space is maximized, plus you can see what you’ve got. It’s not buried underneath other stuff, sadly forgotten.

Here’s our kitchen spring cleaning before and after photos. Vaughn is great with the storage drawer! As KonMarie recommends haul everything out and determine if it “sparks joy” and then place it back, or discard / recycle.

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We also emptied out our kitchen pantry / hall closet:

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Here’s the after, removed my winter coats and jackets so now our closet has space and breathing room (you have to read KonMarie to get this!)

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As my parents always said, “A place for everything and everything in its place!”

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Food, Healthy Lifestyle, Restless Retiree, Retirement lifestyle

What’s for Supper?

 

Supper, or dinner, is probably my least favourite meal of the day. Usually I’ve spoiled my appetite and I have to force myself to eat something nourishing otherwise it’s an evening of snacks – not good!

I eat fish at least once a week and tonight it’s cod and trust me, I really need to have an appetite to enjoy a chunk of fish when the cookie jar is calling me.  For example, I made these oatmeal cookies on Monday and they’re all gone now!

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On Tuesday, I stopped in at Granville Island after a bike trip on the newly redesigned False Creek Seawall South. They’ve done a great job separating the bike and pedestrian paths. It’s a beautiful stretch along the creek between Science World and Granville Island, but there are sterile patches without any trees as the old Cherry Trees were deemed too fragile & got the chop!

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I picked up a pound of cod at my go-to fish monger, Seafood City. I forgot that Tuesday is cruise ship day, but the crowds weren’t too bad. It’s awkward when your local grocery store is also the #2 tourist destination in the city (Stanley Park rates #1). I smeared the cod with Oyster Sauce, it can stand up to the cod’s texture and natural flavour. Bake it in a hot oven & it’s done in thirteen minutes.

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I thought some fresh veg would go nicely with some couscous as I’m potato’ed and breaded out. No leafy greens on hand, just cuke, red pepper, green onion and parsley mixed with a lemon, sour creme, yogurt, mayo and olive oil dressing.

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Meanwhile the couscous steams in boiled water. Pretty easy, I prefer whole wheat couscous but it’s not always available.

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Mix it up with the veg and it’s ready to meet the cod!

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Add some organic steamed carrots and it makes a satisfying dinner ready in under 30 minutes!

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I did break down & have a pre-dinner snack: an appetizer of focaccia bread, heated up in the oven it’s pretty yummy!

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Enjoy, see you next time!

 

 

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