Vancouver's Strathcona district is just east of Gastown and Chinatown, an area that has some of the city's smaller but lovely old homes (old for Vancouver). Our photography class took an afternoon outing, walking by a few homes but spending most of our time in a rather large allotment where many people can get small vegetable plots. It's a bit too early to show the plots because this is the season for gardeners to clean up what is left from the winter veggies, prepare the soil for spring and think seriously about when it will be safe to plant (everybody of course wants to be first). So I focused instead on closeup photography of grape vine bark, artifacts, a small cement pond and the like, as well as several shots of bits of homes I found interesting. Anything beats fighting the crowds downtown looking to see what might be happening that is associated with the Olympics. From what friends tell me--not much.