We're now in the
US, at the home of our friends,
John, eleven year old Ava and their
Dutch au pair Stephanie. 'We're keeping
her' said Ava. I can see why. She is
lovely. Oh I forgot to mention
Jules. I was so surprised to see him. I first met him fifteen years years ago when his owner, my friend Lori was
still alive and he was a one year old whippersnapper. He was then known as the
devil cat. If you nipped to the loo in
the night he'd pounce, attach himself to your leg and sink his teeth in. I quickly learnt strong bladder control at a
consequence. In old age he has mellowed
and now butter wouldn't melt. This big
ginger beastie likes nothing better than to laze aroud and be stroked. He purrs for England, or is that America?
The house has stunning views over the water of Puget Sound out towards Bainbridge and Baker
. From the deck I've watched the ferries,
sailing boats and big cargo ships come and go .
John had friends over last night for a barbecue. The kids played hide and seek and then
hunkered down in the basement TV den. It
seems a love of screen time is universal among the small set. I haven't taken a single picture yet. Sometimes it is good to savour time without
the hindrance of preserving them photographically. We were talking about that at one point last
Anyway I promised shots of the swanky Airbnb studio in
Vancouver that we left yesterday so here they
are. It was an excellent example of how,
with clever design a small space can seem plenty big enough. We couldn't have wished for more perfect base
from which to explore that amazing city. This is Louis adopting rather a swanky playboy pose in the main living area.
With a bit of clever leverage that coffee table can seat six for dinner. Seats are stowed
away in a clever storage cube.
Our bed folded up into the wall and behind those mirrors were big cupboards.
The kitchen seemed tiny but yet there was a full sized fridge freezer, oven, fridge and washing machine.
No shower room to save space here. A proper bathroom with a full sized tub. On the aquatic front there was also a swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi on the second floor. We made use of that but didn't touch the gym. I think that we did enough exercise outside.
And of course that view over False Creek to die for. Little living accommodation needs lots of light and scenery that makes up for lack of wall space to hang pictures.
Finally I've popped in a random picture of Louis. Before we came on holiday I promised him T-shirts from