On one of our little explorations around Victoria, we stumbled upon the Fisgard Lighthouse. (OK, we really didn't stumble upon it. Phil505 did a little pre-vacation research and knew it was there.) It's on a historical military fort, similar to Fort Stevens on the Oregon coast. It was built in 1859 and was the first permanent lighthouse on the Pacific coast of Canada. And, it's quite possibly the prettiest lighthouse I've ever seen. I think it's because of all that red.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Sunday was our first full day in Victoria. We walked over to the Royal BC Museum (which is just across the street from the Parliament building) and learned a little bit about Vikings and a lot of Canadian history. The Viking exhibit was very crowded and I may have been getting slightly annoyed at the people taking pictures of every. single. thing. behind. every. glass. case.Craigdarroch Castle. It was originally built in the late 1890's for a wealthy family of Scottish immigrants. It has over 20,000 square feet of living space and a total of 39 rooms. Can you imagine cleaning all that? I have a hard enough time with my 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. (Well, I'm sure this family was able to afford someone to clean it for them. They were Canada's first millionaires.) Unfortunately, the man who had it built died before it was finished.
After the family sold it, it has since been a military hospital, Victoria College, offices for the Victoria school board, and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Now it's a pretty big tourist attraction and they are working on restoring parts of the inside. The rooms have been furnished to look like they would've back when the original family lived there. It was even used as one of the sets for the filming of Little Women back in 1994. In fact, Victoria was where quite a bit of the movie was filmed. Now I want to go rent Little Women and watch it again and see if I recognize anything.
Out the window you can kind of see the downtown area of Victoria.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Just around the corner from the Parliament building is the Empress Hotel. Oh man, this place is just magical. That's how I like to describe it. It's like stepping back in time. We did go inside and saw a small part of it. There were some fancy shops and the dining room where they serve high tea.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
We recently celebrated our 10th anniversary by taking a trip to Seattle (to see the Mariners take on the Indians) and Victoria, BC. We left for our trip Friday afternoon and headed on our three hour drive up to Seattle.
We had great seats on the first baseline. I was the only one wearing Chief Wahoo in our section, and the Indians lost that game, but since the Mariners won, there can be peace in the family. We did get rained on a little bit, but that's Seattle for ya. I instagramed this picture with the hashtag #marinersfireworks in the hopes of getting us on the big screen. Unfortunately, they must not have liked my Indians cap or the caption "to each his own." Oh well. I tried.
Our stay included breakfast vouchers for the little cafe' downstairs. The hot tea and egg sandwiches were included, the fruit salad was not. Whatever.
Then it was off to the ferry dock to catch the ferry to Bainbridge and then on to Port Angeles. From there we caught another ferry to Victoria.
Monday, July 7, 2014
So the Mr. and I just got back from a wonderful vacation to Victoria, BC and the Seattle area for our 10th anniversary. Oh you guys, if you ever get a chance to see Victoria, go! The whole place is kind of magical.
Here's a collection I took at most of the places we went. I'll share more details about these places in later posts. But for now, you get an overview.
#1 - Craigdarroch Castle. The stained glass, the beautiful huge staircase, the pianos. It was very cool to take a step back in time and see how the rich and famous lived.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
mourning: the closing of twopeasinabucket.com. I stumbled upon a link to that site one day about 6 years ago while reading Simple Scrapbooks magazine and immediately became a two peas addict. I learned a ton about scrapbooking from the Garden Girls and from Shimelle's weekly Glitter Girl videos, and then from other crafty people who would post comments in the threads. I loved the non-scrapbook related message board too. I learned a lot of cool things there. It was a part of my every day reading. While they had an online store, I never purchased anything. I had enough local places to shop, so it wasn't necessary. I never even joined and became a contributing member, but I sure got my brain full of ideas and spent a lot of time there reading. I'm so sad to see it go.
marveling: at how well my window box is doing this year. I dug out all the old dirt and refilled it with some good stuff we bought at Marbott's. It totally worked. Well, that and the fact that Phil has it hooked up to a soaker hose that's on a timer so it always gets watered. Really, this picture doesn't even do it justice. It's so pretty.
decorating: for the 4th. The top of the piano is all decked out in red, white, and blue. I really want to make a burlap banner for the deck (we are having a small gathering here on the 4th) and I want a patriotic table runner. And I have a whole pinterest board of fun things that I'll probably never get made.
smiling: when I see Wilson snuggling with Phil. He's such a big baby. He thinks he's a lap dog.
needing: to finish the file organizing in the office/scrapbook room. I really want to share the transformation with you.
wanting: to get some stuff hung up on the walls this summer. It's time.