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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ohhh Flowers!!! So Tasty!!

If you ever wonder why the flowers you places on a grave were gone. I think I may have found the answer LOL 😀  I believe this is a yearling at Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, BC.

Saturday, April 29, 2017



In 1959, the Royal Canadian Navy, as a 50th anniversary event, commissioned artist Chief Mungo Martin to care a totem pole and gifted it to the Royal Navy in recognition of the enduring relationship between the two navies.

The pole, Hosaqami, was displayed on Whale Island in Portsmouth, England until the late 1980's, where it was severely damaged by the weather. It was sent back to Canada to see if it could be restored, but the extent of the damage was too much and Chief Tony Hunt, who assisted his father Henry Hunt and his adoptive grandfather Chief Martin in carving the original, recommended it to be returned to the earth and a replacement be carved.

The original Hosaqami was moved to the Government House grounds where it now lies. The new Hosaqami stands in front of Government House where it will remain in perpetuity.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fragile Beauty

Sleep is alluring me, so decided to edit a few images. Came across this one .. didn't impress me the first I went through these images but I really like it now.

So moral of the story, walk away from your images for a little while and you may be surprised that you have a few hidden treasures.

Happy Birthday, Canada!! ~ British Columbia

Emerald Lake, one of the most beautiful spots I have ever seen.  The color of the water is almost unreal.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Craigdarroch Castle

So, I was aiming for interesting or different this with image however, I think I ended up with just creepy??  What do you think ??  😊

Happy Birthday, Canada!! ~ British Columbia

Haida Clan's Pole
Artist: Don Yeomans ~ 1996

This Totem was carved in 1996 by Don Yeomans of the Masset Village of the Haida Peoples from the Haida Gwai (Queen Charlotte Islands). It depicts the Raven and the Eagle, the two main clans in the Haida Nation. In mythology, the Frog Figure is a Haida Sub-Crest and is the messenger of Power the Human Face on the bottom represents the Raven's Tail and his transformation ability.

Victoria Conference Centre
City of Victoria Art Collection

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Flight Home from Victoria!!

Ok!! So I got a window seat for both flights home from Victoria!!  I usually end up with an aisle seat, so I was quite excited and my poor cellphone got quite a work out!! So yes, all of these are cellphone photos but Hey!! what every works right!!

Now, I haven't flown over the mountains in many years so had forgotten just how beautiful they are, not only from ground level but also from above.  It is quite amazing and humbling just how small we humans are and how small our time is here on earth.

My little puddle jumper plane from Victoria to Vancouver.  This flight was a total of 18 minutes, it actually took longer to load and taxi out than it did to fly across.

I was right beside the propeller and it was a bit freaky when one side started and the other didn't.  Needless to say I think I will try changing seats next time!!  What I don't know don't hurt me!!  LoL!!

Beautiful scenes while flying into Vancouver.  Between the Mountains and the Sea ... Just beautiful!!

Can you see the train!!  This is just coming into Vancouver.  Looks like a walk way out into the Ocean, not sure though .. may be a good excuse to go to Vancouver to find out??

That black "plane shaped" dot is my plane ... just thought it was rather neat!! 😀

Heading out over the mountains now.  Tried to figure out what mountains ranges were which but well .. your guess is as good as mine!!  But just Wow!! between the clouds, snow and mountain, it was quite awesome!!

Ok, now this are just a handful of images I made along the way .. I was quite click happy!!  LoL  😆

And, Poof!! The Prairies!!  Always one of the things that blows my mind even when you are driving in and out of the mountains ... go over a hill and all of a sudden you are on the prairies.

So different, Eh!!  I had been in Victoria for a week where everything is already green and spring had sprung and then I came back home and everything is still brown.  Rather pretty from above but well, still wishing it was green!!  LoL

Hello Calgary!!! Good to See You!!

Ohh, Look, Flying Over Work .... LoL!!

Well, that is the end of my flight!!  Was quite entertained all the way home as you can see.  Just so you only 108 photos taken, LoL!!  And I was trying to be good LoL!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bastion Square


You are standing in Bastion Square a public space dating back to the Victoria Era.

There are many alleyways to explore, connecting Bastion Square to Boomrang Court. The Court was the home to the Boomrang Saloon opened in 1856 by Ben and Adelaide Griffin, an English couple. Like many pioneers, the Griffins arrived in Victoria at the time of the Fraser River Gold Rush.

The word “chancery” means a court of justice. The Maritime Museum building was Victoria's Court House from 1889 to 1962 and was previously the site of Victoria's jail and gallows. The nearby Boomrang Saloon was a popular place to socialize. It was busiest when people would gather to witness public hangings.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Old Victoria Custom House

This is such a great looking building and its pink!! LoL 😊

Completed in 1875 in the Second Empire style. Victoria's original Custom House is a distinguished example of the buildings erected by the new Federal Government after Confederation. It regulated the trade of the West Coast's busiest port and symbolized the pre-eminence of Victoria as a commercial centre in the late 19th century. Goldseekers from around the world converged on its steps to obtain miners' licences before embarking for the Klondike in 1898. This elegant structure recalls efforts to establish a federal presence across Canada through the construction of impressive public buildings.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fan Tan Alley

Fan Tan Alley is named after a gambling game that reached the height of its popularity in this location in the early 1940s.

Fan Tan Alley is a very narrow lane, three to six feet wide and 240 feet long, that runs between Fisgard Street and Pandora Avenue (formerly Cormorant Street). It came into being between 1885 and 1920 as Chinese and Western landowners initially constructed buildings fronting on Fisgard and Cormorant, then over time filled in the spaces behind with new buildings. This was a popular location for opium factories, housed in wood-frame buildings behind the street-front brick buildings, and owned by Tai Soong, Kwong Lee and Shon Yuen. Until 1908, it was legal to produce opium in Canada, largely because municipal and federal governments could collect license fees and taxes. Around the turn of the twentieth century, moral reformers began to voice their concerns about opium use in Canada. As a result of actions by Western reformers and the Chinese Anti-Opium League, as well as a report by future prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, opium was made illegal in Canada in 1908 and factories were shut down.

Government House


Residence of the representative of the crown in British Columbia Canada

This structure is the third on these grounds, its predecessors having been burnt to the ground. (1899 and 1957)

The first house known as “Cary Castle” was purchased in1865 by Governor A. E. Kennedy.

The second house, different in plan and first occupied in 1903, was designed by 2 McClure and F.M. Rattenbury, Architects.

The Port Cochere, Designed by Rattenbury in 1909, withstood the fire in 1957 and was incorporated in the present building.

The area of the grounds is 35 acres.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ross Bay Cemetery

The light was just beautiful this evening at the cemetery.  It was a perfect evening for photo tour.

Victoria's Ross Bay Cemetery opened in 1873 to serve the burial needs of the growing city of Victoria, BC, Canada. Overlooking Ross Bay, it is 11 hectares in size (27.5 acres) and has almost 28,000 interments. Not just a burial ground, it serves as a park and restful get-away for many people.

After Fort Victoria was founded in 1843, a small graveyard was opened at what is now the southwest corner of Douglas St. and Johnson St. In 1855, a new cemetery was opened, the Quadra Street Cemetery, now known as the Old Burying Ground (or Pioneer Square).

As the Quadra Street Cemetery was filling up, the city looked for a good location for a new, larger cemetery. The original site the city chose for Victoria’s new cemetery was 47 acres just outside the city near Ogden Point. The land was given to Victoria’s Cemetery Trustees in 1872 and was to have 12 acres cleared for use right away. Many people opposed this site, including Dr. J.S. Helmcken. They said it was too valuable to use for a cemetery, and it was a health risk because it was on the city’s windward side. Taking the protests of the citizens to heart, the city sold some of the land. It then bought 13 acres of cleared land at Ross Bay from Robert Burnaby (the man for whom the municipality of Burnaby would be named) for $300 per acre. By October 1872, the site was being laid out and drained, and by the following March, plots were being offered for sale. The cemetery was named Ross Bay Cemetery because it is beside Ross Bay. The bay was named after Isabella Ross who had purchased the land.

Emily Carr

1871 – 1945

Artist and author Emily Carr was born here and lived most of her life in this neighbourhood of Victoria where she died. Her compelling canvases of the British Columbia landscape offer a unique vision of the forest and shore while her documentation of Indian villages provides a valuable anthropological record. Lively accounts of Emily Carr's travels in the province are collected in Klee Wyck for which she won the Governor General's Award for non-fiction in 1941. Six other autobiographical work are memorable accounts of her world.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Animal Park at Beacon Hill Park

Was so surprised when I heard the peacocks making a bunch of noise!!  Just made my day to be able to photograph them!!  Loads of fun to watch and shot!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Butchart Gardens

Jennie Butchart began to shape this magnificent landscape in 1904. She established, in the style of the grand estates of the period, several distinct gardens to evoke a range of aesthetic experiences. An abandoned limestone quarry was transformed into the dramatic Sunken Garden, a reflection of early 20th-century beautification movement and an exceptional achievement in Canadian gardening history. Through successive generations of the Butchart Family, this site has retained much of its original design, and continues the Victorian tradition of seasonally changing the outstanding floral displays.

Fishies, Please!!!

This was one of best things I saw yesterday for silliness!! Just makes you smile!!


This was at Fisherman's Wharf ... looking forward to going and exploring this spot a little more.  There are loads of different things to see and do in Victoria, definitely on my list of places to come back too!!

Government House Gardens

I will have a few posts from this garden but wanted to share a few photos.  There is actually wildlife all over this area and I have been quite surprised how much I have seen.

This pretty little Junco just sat there and let me get quite slow before he run out of courage and flow away.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

H2O Taxi

Ok, I did so many things today I don't know even where to start.  One of the fun and silly things, but yet ever so worth it was to take the H2O Taxi across the harbour to Fisherman's Wharf.  It was great experience and what a great service too!!

Victoria Harbour Ferry

This is the dock that I got off at ... Old Town!!

Saturday, April 8, 2017



Built for coal magnate Robert Dunsmuir, Craigdarroch symbolized the desire of the late 19th-century industrialist to assert their social position through conspicuous displays of wealth. Completed in 1890, the eclectic mansion features exquisite detailing in stone, stained glass, wrought iron and fine wood. Designers, craftsmen and material were drawn from all over North America, marking a new age in construction made possible by transcontinental rail system. This imposing landmark among the largest and most ornate 19th-century mansions in Western Canada.