The last week has been great! We've visited a lot of the free sites around Vancouver. We officially restarted our job search yesterday. We have enough money for about two months but are a little stressed out regardless. The structure below is Bloedel Conservatory. It was $7 each to get in so we skipped it. We'll save it for the winter. :)
It really is beautiful here. Every day since we've arrived there has been nothing but sun. We've visited Burnaby Mountain Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Simon Fraser University, the Science Centre, the Athlete's Village, and many other areas. Apparently Vancouver's nickname is Hollywood North because it has the biggest movie industry in Canada. We've seen several areas were Battlestar Galactica, Caprica and Stargate have been filmed. We're Sci-Fi fans so it was super exciting!
Seeing as we have limited funds and are in a basement, I'm thinking my posts for the next month or two will be mostly of things I see during walks. There are many plants I don't recognize and this will help me learn and introduce you to new ones as well. Take this spiny thing below for example. I have no idea what it is other than a holly of some kind...
Today we went to Queen Elizabeth Park (all the pictures, it's on a hill) and a Home Depot Garden Centre. The prices for plants like Japanese Maples are half what they are in London! You can buy a palm with a 1m (3ft) trunk for $85. I thought they'd be around $150. There are baby ones for only $10. It was difficult for me to resist, but I have to for now! I also want this huge Gunnera mericata below.
I also updated the background seeing as I no longer work at a greenhouse. Feedback would be appreciated! I took the photo of the Japanese Maple today and I think it works well. I had to darken the text a little because I noticed some readability issues. The page bar also looks a little out of place. I might need to make a new one. Please note I didn't make the paper texture. It can be found here free for use. I'll leave you with a last photo of Queen Elizabeth Park and will upload some of our others over the next few days. I'll also try and comment more, I promise!
PS. I'm having trouble decided what I want to do with my life. Any thoughts? I'm thinking I should design vertical urban farms. It's a little niche at this point though, plus no capital to invest... :(