Vancouver in Spring

Spring has Sprung in Vancouver, finally! Alyssa and I went for a walk this morning around Granville Island, and noticed a lot of the flowers are now out. The cherry blossoms are in bloom, so are the magnolias, daffodils, tulips, pansies and azaleas. It is very pretty with cherry blossomed lined streets nearby, and planter boxes with tulips, daffodils and pansies popping up providing much needed colour.

Azalea bushes on the seawalk near Granville Island.

It is now a ‘warm’ 10 – 12 degrees each day, very balmy indeed!

Daffodils on the Granville Island walk.

Cherry blossomed lined Vancouver streets.

Three weeks ago we had the Vancouver International Wine Festival in town for 4 days, of working day and night at wine tastings and events. It was great to work on the Mission Hill table with my friends Natalie and Alyssa. It was even better to steal away for 10 mins and try wines at the other tables, some of my old wines were there: Penfolds, Rosemount, Devils Lair, Stoneleigh, Brancott, Jacobs Creek, Wyndham Estate to name a few.

Natalie, me and Alyssa – the girls in the Mission Hill marketing team

Kim – our boss, waving the Mission Hill sign

The weekend before Easter Mark’s brother Stuart was on holidays skiing in Whistler, Mark went up on the Thursday for a ski, I went up on Sunday for a ski. It was still wintery conditions, completely clouded in and snowing at the top. We tried to ski the Blackcomb Glacier, an 11km run through a Provincial Park, but you couldn’t see 1 metre in front of you, so we skiied lower down the mountain.

We finished work at 3pm on Thursday before Easter as it was our last day in the old office, and they were packing up and moving us to a new office (only 5km away from us, 8 minutes drive away, hopefully we will walk this week). So Mark and I went up to Whistler on Thursday evening and stayed with Shelley, Sean and Jade, and skiied Friday and did Fresh Tracks on Saturday morning. This is a great option to upload early on Whistler Gondola, have a buffet breakfast at the top of the mountain, then ski early as soon as the lifts are open, before the general public are allowed up. Then we had to come down before lunch so Mark could work back in Vancouver by 3pm.

On Monday I flew to Montreal, near the East Coast, 5.5 hours flight away. I had a meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday to try and launch a new wine brand in Quebec. It went OK, it is a very different market, and I even learnt a little French.

Dinner at Point Clare in Montreal, a lovely little cottage restaurant.

Our new office is very nice, and I have a fabulous office with large windows looking over a doggy park, so that is quite nice. This weekend we are just laying low, as I unfortunately have a bad cough and asthma from the cold and dry Montreal air and 11 hours flying in 3 days. Oh well, at least it’s warming up here, double digit temperatures at last!

Sunday April 15th – this morning the Vancouver Sun Run (similar to City to Surf) went right past our front door, check out the photos by clicking here. Alyssa and I had a lot of fun, and it was a lovely sunny day in Vancouver.

Alyssa and I participating in the Sun Run outside our apartment.

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