Tuesday, April 26, 2016

More Victoria

In the afternoon we went to the Parliament building where we got to sit in on a committee meeting.

The windows are full of sententious sayings.

We wrote a birthday note for the Queen.

Then we paid a visit to Fan Tan Alley. New Age smells pour out of every shop.

Anglican grandeur

Christ Church Cathedral is very grand. 

This window was unveiled by Prince Charles and Camilla during their 2009 visit.

If you look closely, you can see a carved robin at the top of one of the columns. When the building was under construction a robin built her nest there and they delayed work on the Cathedral until her eggs hatched.

A newer chapel upstairs:

The igloo window.

A verger's staff:

They have a copy of the Breeches Bible, so called because Adam and Eve sew breeches for themselves out of figge leaves.

Another St Andrew's

This morning we stopped in at another St Andrew's--the Scottish Presbyterian church. 

The quotation around the organ is all about silence.

Her Britannic Majesty:

The sun never sets, etc.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Victoria by evening and night

Emily Carr statue in front of the Empress:

Night lighting at the Parliament building:

And somewhere along Government Street:

At the museum

Second stop: the museum. We are nothing if not predictable.

Majestic mammoths.

Haida twins:

Just in case:

A visit to the saloon:

At the Cathedral

Our first stop, needless to say, was St Andrew's Cathedral.

Their Doors of Mercy have even more pictures on them than our Doors of Mercy.

Inside. There was a good crowd for 12:10 Mass. (NB, most of them had left by the time I took this picture.)

Fortunately not all bishops' epitaphs are as exciting as that of Archbishop Seghers.

Window over the sacristy door.

On the Clipper

Here we are en route to Victoria. You can get a variety of craft beers or a glass of champagne beginning at 7:45am.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Shakespeare's 400th

Today marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. In honor of the occasion I got out the Complete Works of Shakespeare mom and father gave me for our birthday about 35 years ago. I underlined one line in the entire book: "What, must our mouths be cold?" from The Tempest. I don't know why I thought that was significant. Maybe it was the only line I didn't understand on page 1. Or, more likely, the only one I did.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A birthday party

Today is the long-awaited day: Charlotte Brontë's 200th birthday. Needless to say, there was a birthday party.

Chris not only made a delicious seedcake for dessert, she also made a diorama complete with Parsonage.

Because today is also Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, we listened to a grand choral setting of "God save the Queen."

Our parlor game was Brontë blackout poetry. Rebecca obviously has some experience with the genre:

Happy birthday, CB!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

At Top Pot

Because breakfast is important.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

In the south aisle

Our Lady of Guadalupe flowers for Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Zizi and Sage

We were going to go see the tulips but the weather was iffy and time was short so we picked dandelions in our backyard instead.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring garden tour

Today we had our breakfast outside for the first time this year. Before you know it we will be camping in the backyard again.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Lunchtime with Z

Sharing funny videos at Starbucks...

Fine dining at Denny's....

And a quick trip to Zizi's favorite park!

What a great day.