There’s no rule saying that business meetings must be held indoors in a stuffy office, especially when the lovely weather beckons us outside, right? The two of us spent a delightful morning at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver this morning discussing Mitmunk’s long-term plans, all the while enjoying the sunshine, wildlife sightings, and delicious offerings at the Ambleside Farmers’ Market.
Why have we never heard of Coconama chocolates by La Chocolaterie before?! The flavours we sampled were to die for. Green Tea, Dark Chocolate, Milk Tea, Mango, Earl Grey, and Lemon Basil were all delectable and smooth, and the pretty pastel colours added visual appeal. In the end, Wayne settled for Rich Coffee, and I, ever curious, chose the Coconama Salad, which pairs purple yam, kale, tomato, and avocado with a mild chocolate flavour.
We went on to sample savoury vegan, gluten-free spreads from Pâté Pastiche, vegan confectionaries from Life Bites, and many other baked goods, snacks, and condiment vendors as we enjoyed freshly brewed coffee from the market. We can’t wait for an opportunity to seek out these artisanal food companies again.
It’s not just the perspective making the child look a mere sixth of the size of this juvenile elephant seal; the seal was quite in impressive size, certainly far larger than the harbour seals we often see around Vancouver. The visiting marine mammal has chosen Ambleside Beach as the site of a seasonal moult, a month-long process during which old skin and hair are shed to make way for the growth of a healthy new coat.
After getting splashed by the incoming tide, which we observed for about 45 minutes, the seal apparently had enough and began humping up the beach, frequently stopping, turning, flipping sand, and vocalizing. Wayne took this last photo, which makes it look like we were quite close, but we respected the space and remained on the other side of the fence erected by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to ensure minimal interference by people.
As we ended our stroll, we saw an eagle flying overhead with a crow that Wayne steadfastly alleges to have bitten the eagle’s tail mid-flight before alighting on a conifer. I can’t corroborate that claim, but, reflecting on the wonderful day we had, we can both agree that there is much to appreciate all around us.