Friday, October 9, 2015

Butchart Gardens

One more post from Victoria, B.C. just because it was
the main reason to visit there.
This lantana was amazing!
Every season has it's own kind of beauty at Butchart Gardens.
The last time I was here was early spring, so visiting in early fall was just a whole different experience.
The begonias were just gorgeous!
The view from here always touches my heart.

Walk with me here.

The dancing waters just sing of beauty!

I hope you enjoyed a walk through the gardens.
It is pure delight and definitely worth the visit to Victoria, B.C.
Now I am off on another adventure, so come back next week to see where I am.
Taking adventures is the very best, whether in your own backyard or far away.
Happy weekend, dear friends!

PS - Don't forget the give-away on October 6th post.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden in Victoria, B.C. totally delighted me.
At first the fluttering of so many butterflies around me was a bit
disturbing, until I took a deep breathe and began enjoying their beauty.
The parrots in the garden were just amazing.

Mr. E loved that I talked to him so much he came closer.
He would put his bill on my hand and just rest it there,
then nibbled at my hair and earrings very gently.
The colors were spectacular.
Now why have I always pass this garden in the past
and not stopped?  It is worth a stop for sure.

Flamingos always enchant me.
The butterflies loved eating the bananas and oranges.

I definitely recommend a visit to the Butterfly Garden in Victoria, B.C.
Now I am off to California for a few days.

PS - Don't forget the give-away on October 6th post.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My Birthday Boy

 The birthday boy just hanging out.
 Can you believe I sat in this and spun out of control.
I couldn't stop.
Finally I just closed my eyes and went with it.
Then it slowed and allowed me to jump off.
I think life is sometimes like this.
Turmoil and Release, then Jump!
 This birthday boy certainly enjoyed his celebration.
 He loves chocolate and his daddy made just that for him.
 Friends are the very best part of the party.
 This was the best tree to share with mommy.

 Who can resist a noisy ambulance.
It was a birthday celebration I will never forget.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Of Course, There was TEA

 This past weekend I played with tea friends.
That jar holds one of my "go-to" teas.
I always pick up a bag of Dian Hong at New Century Tea Gallery
when we visit Seattle.
 Tea friends are the best and we love sitting at this table for a tea tasting.

 Then it was off to Floating Leaves to taste more tea.
 Finally the reason for the trip, the NW Tea Festival where the
little blue traveling teapot found a friend.
I am hosting this teapot for the month of October,
so you just may see it show up again during the month.
You can find my full post with the teapot at:
There were eight of us from Portland hosting the WuWo Tea Ceremony 
under the Space Needle.  The day was a perfect day for tea in the sunshine.

Take Note, a Give-Away:  In the celebration of tea in the sunshine I have a small give-away.
Just leave a comment on this post and I will choose one of you
to receive a book called Herbal Tea Gardens, a magazine from Tea Time Magazine
that I picked up just for you at the tea festival, and I know there will be a little tea tucked
inside the package too.   The drawing will take place on Friday, October 16th.

Linking to Bernideen at

Monday, October 5, 2015

Monday's Quotes

Variety's the very spice of life,
That gives it all its flavor.
~William Cowper

random photos from Victoria, B.C.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Victoria, B.C.

This is the second time we have stayed at this B&B and we just love this room tucked
in the back.  We have to walk through the garden to access it.  There is the sweet patio just
outside our door and a spa inside.  It is really a treat to stay here.
The walk to our room.

What a gorgeous neighborhood too.
The first evening we went walking and discovered this fairy tree.
What you see here is about 5% of what was on and around the tree.
While we stopped there a tour bus came by and actually stopped for people to see it.
Then we walked to the Government House and Gardens.
Isn't that tree amazing?
The gardens were still gorgeous with roses, hydrangeas, dahlias,
and so many more flowers still in bloom.
The trellis must be beautiful when in bloom with roses.
The statue is of the first Governor Douglas of Victoria, B.C.
I just loved the sunshine and shadows of the late afternoon
on this flower.

Victoria, B.C. is definitely a lovely place to visit.
Next week I will share just a bit of Butchart Gardens and the Butterfly Gardens.

Happy dreaming and weekend, dear friends!
I am off to the NW Tea Festival today in Seattle.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

White Heather Tea Room and tea with a Friend

On the last day in Victoria, B.C. we met my online friend,
Lorrie, from Fabric, Paper, Thread blog.  Click on the name of her blog
to take a visit and see the beauty she shares around Victoria, B.C.
Since it was morning, both Lorrie and I chose the cream tea.
The scones were fresh from the oven and very delicious.
My "live-in gardener" had a breakfast appetite.
Looks good, doesn't it?
Lorrie was just as sweet as her blog.
It was truly a delight to meet in person and get better acquainted.
Learning we had some similarities in our family history was fun.
Now wondering if we are related in the very far past.  Hummm?
Tea with friends is the very best.
We met at the White Heather Tea Room,
a tea room I have wanted to visit for a very long time.
Located at 1885 Oak Bay Street, Victoria, B.C.
They are in a beautiful neighborhood with cute shops
and restaurants all along the street.
Dinner one evening was at the Penny Farthing Pub on this same street, which
felt like we had traveled to England.  The food here was also amazing!
Lorrie recommended a consignment shop just down the street from the tea room.
Oh my, I could have come home with a trunk full of beautiful tea cups.
My "live-in gardener" came home with more flower pots.

If visiting Victoria, B.C. definitely stroll down Oak Bay Street
and stop for tea at the White Heather Tea Room.