Next time the Tories and UKIP want a debate about ‘What it means to be English?’ they should come over here to Victoria, especially Oak Bay which is very much like Torquay with same demographics and same climate. Even the locals say it is more English than England with its pubs and tea shops. Actually, the houses are more Canadian with weather-boarding, porches and local trees. See pic of the only indigenous broad leaf species- the Arbutus- specially for the horticulturalists reading this.
Today I had a totally ‘study-free’ day. Instead went for a long walk along Beach Drive and a trip to the lovely, gorgeous, wooden-floored Munros bookshop and bought a novel by my favourite Canadian writer Michael Ondaatje.
So, last day here and end of Study Leave Phase 1 (going to New York, Milwaukee and Nova Scotia in September for Phase 2)so I’ll continue blogging but maybe less frequently as I process all the information I’ve gathered, not to mention the escapades of the hounds, Indigo and Juno.