We are enjoying a few sunny days in Vancouver, but the mornings are still rather chilly. British Columbia seems to have done well with flattening the Corona virus infection curve, but we still have to practice social distancing for some weeks to come. I use the time for walks on the sea wall around Stanley Park (still allowed) and various jobs on the boat such as oiling the inside teak.
Over the last couple of days I took Ancient Murrelet from Sidney to Vancouver. It was nice being on the boat, but as I could not go to pubs or visit other yachties, it felt a bit isolated. The boat is now at the closest dock to our place, a 10 min walk from the flat. I plan to get her ready for cruising this summer, just no idea when I can go and if I will still make it around Vancouver Island as planned. We are still feeling well, getting used to lots and lots of video conferencing.
We are still doing well, mostly staying at home. Vancouver is under an emergency status, schools, restaurants and bars are closed, but no lock down (yet). The weather continues to be nice and sunny, and we can walk on the beach. The city is very quiet though and most people seem to abide by the rules for social distancing.
We made it back to Vancouver, just in time as it looks like. Canada now recommends against any non essential travels. We are feeling fine and had no contact with anybody infected with the Corona virus as far as we know. The weather here is cold, but sunny and should warm up over the next few days. The magnolia bush on our patio is starting to blossom and there are flowers on the ornamental fruit trees in our street, feels like spring is coming.
I came up to Simon Fraser University today to give a guest lecture, beautiful day to be back at my old university. It has grown quite a bit, but the views on a sunny day were still great. Sheila and I met some friends from our student days for dinner on the hill afterwards, and we all enjoyed the fantastic sunset and catching up.
I brought the boat back to Vancouver for a week and yesterday we celebrated Sheila´s mother birthday with the family on Ancient Murrelet. Unfortunately, it was raining quite heavily, so we stayed at the dock and ate lots of food. Very nice to see everybody and we all had a good time anyhow.
We are all back in Vancouver and today we are helping Andrea celebrate her birthday with a walk, a game of golf and a little party tonight. The weather continues to be nice and warm.