Wednesday, March 30, 2011

San Diego Botanical Garden

We had intended to visit Sea World San Diego but having arrived there, the place was heaving with people and so we decided to turn around and head for the San Diego Botanical Gardens.
Other than birds, we saw only one bit of wildlife - this very tiny lizard!  Look carefully now!
San Diego is, apparently, the biggest grower of avocados and it was amazing to see them still on the trees in December!
 We also saw bananas growing.
 Lovely displays of plants
 And flowers. 
We used to grow Agapanthus in our garden in St Albans, something we are not sure will survive here in Alberta!  It was a real treat to see them again!
 We walked up to the viewing platform, where you got a nice look out over the ocean.
 These are Dragon Trees, when you look at the branches, you can see why.
This is a bit hard to see, but it is a paper tree.  The bark was just like layers of paper and you could tear bits off in thin strips.  Very odd!
Giant Bamboo
 And of course, oranges, which seem to grow in an abundance, everywere.
After leaving so much snow, it was a real treat to get out into the sunshine and walk around a lovely quiet garden.

Monday, March 28, 2011

San Diego Seaport Village & La Jolla

After a hectic couple of months, we now have a small opportunity to continue with the account of our raod trip to the States over the Christmas and new year period.  After Scottsdale, we drove to San Diego.  Just wanting to be outside and make the most the sunshine, we headed to one of our very favourite areas of San Diego - The Seaport Village.

A few shots of downtown!  This first one is a panorama, which is best viewed by clicking on it.
This was looking across at all the shops and restaurants at the Village.
One of the restaurants, perched over the water.
As we took a moment to take in the view, we saw two Pelicans come in to land!
  You couldn't have a port without a sailor and his "girl".
 This one shows the scale of the statue!
 We then headed down the road to La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya). 
It isn't that we particularly miss open waters on a day to day basis, but it is nice to get a little "fix" of shorelines and lapping waters from time to time!
 We walked down onto the beach, were there were loads of harbour seals
 They seemed happy enough basking in the sunshine.
  Something seemed to tickle this one!!
It was a lovely and relaxing day and so nice to see green grass, blue skies and water!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Top Dawg Okotoks Realtor

Eamonn is now officially a major sponsor of the Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Team.

Eamonn embarks on this sponsorship with a 40ft x 8ft billboard which will be on the side of the Duvernay Fieldhouse for the next 3 years! 

The board was put up today, Friday 4th March 2011.  It is made up of ten 4ft x 8ft aluminium (or aluminum depending where in the world you are from) panels. 

We have been very excited about today and about this partnership.  It has been hard to keep it under wraps until now.

So next time you are taking a trip over the bridge or travelling to or from Costco, Winners, Home Depot, Michaels or Dollarama etc, keep an eye out for his new sign.  It is hard to miss!

We should have other things going on in and around the ground during the baseball season.  Or we might just kick back and watch the game!  Hopefully we will see you there! Don't forget to buy a programme - the Dawgs are a non-profit organisation and rely on dontaions, sponsorships and sales.  They have great facilities and it is great thing for our community to have on its doorstep.  

We will let you when we are at the ground - perhaps it will be a good excuse for a bit of a get together!

So brush up on your barking skills and get ready for the summer season! Lets make this their best seaon yet!   

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Airdrie Bungalow - 1823 Summerfield Boulevard

Eamonn's latest listing.  This home needs some care and work, which is reflected in the price, but it could be a beautiful, cozy and welcoming home.
It has loads of potential.  This front living room has large bright windows and looks out onto the front yard and deck.
 The kitchen overlooks the rear yard, and has a modest mountain view.
The dining nook is a good size and feels very open.
The master bedroom is at the front of the home.  
The previous owners made a start on adding an en-suite.  The access point at the moment is through the closet.
The en-suite could be lovely once completed with the potential for a tub, walk in shower, double sinks and wc.
 Bedroom 2 looks over the rear yard
4-piece family bathroom with natural light.
The basement has a large recreation area, bedroom with window and closet, workshop/storage, cold storage and laundry.
The good sized detached garage is to the rear of the property and has a door through to the yard.  The front of the garage can be accessed by the back lane.
The rear yard is fenced and has a shed.  A few shrubs and plants could make this west facing yard a delight to sit out in during the summer months.
 For more information and details on this "could be" delightful home, click on the link below: