I’m home, all luggage accounted for.
Sadie was waiting for me when I walked in the front door, travel weary and ready for bed at nearly midnight, North Carolina time.
I slept the sleep of the dead, only to awaken at after 9am!
I was astounded, but when my brain kicked in I realized that my body was still on Seattle time, so all told, it wasn’t that bad.
Still, this is going out a bit late today because I forced myself to have a leisurely Saturday morning, catching up with my son before he went to work, and then toodling down here to the studio where my desk is to start to make sense of everything that has come in since I’ve been gone.
Today’s post is a leisurely walking tour through Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC.
And let me tell you, my photos don’t do this place justice. It has to be experienced first hand!
From the first whimsical snail fountain you pass just beyond the entrance -
To the magical pathways that wind through what used to be a quarry bottom.
To roses blooming in perfection.
To fountains capturing the wonder of all who pass by.
Butchart Gardens is a magical place in all seasons. My only regret is that we weren’t there over a Saturday night because the gardens are lit, and open until 11pm. And there are concerts on the lawn! I wish I could have stayed, and if I lived near by I would definitely have a season pass.
We really had the best weather for this whole trip.
Very little rain in Alaska, and if there was any, it added to the mystique of the environment. Some got sunburned in Skagway! The sun was beautiful on our train ride up in the Yukon.
And Victoria. *sigh* It couldn’t have been any better! My very heartfelt thanks go to Dale and Kathy, and Diane for picking us up in port and transporting us all around Victoria. We couldn't have seen this without you, and it was so very nice to see you again!
I still have photos to share of Hatley Castle, and the 2016 Leader & Ender Challenge post has to be written and posted.
And I leave Tuesday for Montana????? Yikes!
But we will get it done!
Irene was also behind the scenes (Or in front of them!) taking photos and I haven’t had a chance to get those from her yet, either! Such a wonderful trip!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. If the same problem keeps happening over and over, change how you react to it! It just might change the outcome.
Have a lovely Saturday, everyone!