Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Year Scavenger Hunt

I love the idea of February 29th, a day that magically appears once every four years, like a rare desert blossom. What a special day to post Scavenger Hunt photos. Thanks to Greenthumb at Made with Love for hosting the link-up!

I didn't really get going on this until last week, and suddenly everything fell into place, starting with


Mr. S and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary. Here we are, the 2 of us, looking very much younger at our wedding dinner in 1996.

On our anniversary, we decided to ride our bikes into town and have lunch at a beautiful little deli, so I got most of my photos there.

Somewhere you went

The deli is in 5th Street Public Market. I remember visiting here decades ago when it was a hippie-type place with little stalls for people to sell homemade things. Now it's all upscale with lots of shops, a courtyard with a fountain, and a boutique hotel next door.

From a low angle

This sculpture is outside the boutique hotel. I have no idea why they put a rooster on a tree stump.


In the deli, looking up at the ceiling, sort of.



On the shelf


Inside the pastry case. I passed on the macarons and had a chocolate chip cookie instead.

Then on the way home, we got stopped at a train crossing. Serendipity! I had seen this building many times, but never looked at it closely.




On the other side of the tracks -


There was writing all over this bus, far too many sayings to read them all. That's a chicken coop on the roof at the back, and I wonder if the white box is a compost bin.

All in all, a beautiful day out, and 20 beautiful years together!




  1. Happy anniversary, Val! You guys look so happy. :)

  2. Oh, happy happy anniversary you two! You look as right for each other now as you did 20 years ago.

  3. Happy Anniversary!! Yay! Except for the hair color you both still look the same! Sooooo sweet. And what nice photos. You're making me hungry here.

  4. Happy anniversary! That deli looks amazing and I also loved shape and frame. x

  5. So pleased for you, looks like you had a very happy day, and all your photos are wonderful..
    Amanda xx

  6. How lovely. Happy Anniversary. What a lovely way to celebrate, I've enjoyed all your photos:)

  7. How wonderful! Happy anniversary you two!! xo

  8. congratulations to you too lovelies- Mr Sparkle is the English one isn't he!?
    You loook very sweet together!!!
    I love the cool drinks and the writing on the van!x

  9. Congratulations! Happy Anniversary you love birds : )


  10. Congratulations! What a lovely couple you make!

  11. Happy anniversary, Val. You look so happy (and I do like the bus).

  12. Happy Anniversary and great pictures. Love the bus with writing on and of course the macarons.:)

  13. Happy anniversary! Lots of interesting photos from your special day having lunch at the deli. Of course, the best this time are the ones of you and your husband looking so happy.

  14. Love your wedding pic! And great scavenging, beautiful real-life scenes. xox


  15. Happy 20th Anniversary <3 ~ so lovely to know you met in Victoria :) I have been to the 5th Street Market a few times, and how it has changed over the years..a most fascinating place, and turned out to be a great opportunity to take your Scavenger Hunt photos. I love heart shapes, too. The bus was one amazing find, chickens and all - and a rooster on a stump...I'm stumped about that too ;)

  16. Congrats on 20 years together Val. Lovely photos of you and Mr. Sparkle, you both look so happy and Mr. has a very kind face. That bus is terrific, it should be on Amazing Spaces, a British TV prog...have you seen it?

  17. Loving the set of photos . Happy anniversary x

  18. Happy Anniversary :) I love that you put your current photo at the end.
    Great set of pictures - this challenge brings so many lovely interpretations.
    Fil @ Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

  19. Happy Anniversary Val and Mr. Sparkle! I'm late with the good wishes I know...but it's your twentieth and I hope you are celebrating for at least a week!

  20. You guys are super cute couple!! Also, I love the pictures you took.:) 5th street is the best around here!

  21. Happy Anniversary! Lovely young couple, still lovely couple 20 years later. Your photos are just wonderful! Especially love the bus, and the planter at 385. Jen.


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