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I’m in Canada — eh!


We had a very rough night. Mr C was hit with food poisoning as we were settling in for the night. I thought I might have to take him to the emergency room, but after a major purge, he got a good night’s sleep and we continued on our way. I am sure it was his lunch because it was the only meal that we did not share.

Our ferry was due to leave Port Angeles at noonish so after breakfast we wandered around town and then picked up sandwiches to eat on the ferry. I loved this sign in a bookstore.


In the bottom right corner is says 01.20.09 Bush’s Last Day!!!

While we were waiting for the ferry I took this lovely photo from the pier. I love the colors, the reflection and the lines.


On the way in to the inner harbor of Victoria, we could see our hotel from the ferry:


We have a view of the harbor, but not quite from this side. I selected this hotel because it has a very Japanese, zen decor. I am not comfortable in the old world style hotel with all the fabric and stuff. Here is our zen bed:


We are off the beaten path, but just outside the hotel, you can get on the walking path and within minutes, you are downtown. The flowers here are just gorgeous. These are tuberous begonias outside our hotel:


I love being outside the US for a few days. There are lots of Europeans here, and I love hanging out with them. There are many street performers — some talented and some just plain weird. Here is the Darth Vader violinist. I gave him a dollar for just being innovative.


Look at this absolutely gorgeous flower. Does anyone know what it is? The blossom is huge.


We had a fabulous dinner tonight. I had seared albacore tuna, cooked medium rare with a wasabi soy sauce and tempura onions and leeks and perfectly cooked green beans. Our wine was a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand — Mt. Riley.

Tomorrow, we are going to the BC Museum and Butchart Gardens. It has been gray and overcast, but no rain. Tomorrow, the sun is scheduled to come back.

8 Responses to “I’m in Canada — eh!”

  1. KT says:

    If you find yourselves in the Seattle/ Redmond area on yur way back, Let me know! kt at theeislers dot com. Will email my cell # would love to buy you and Mr C a cuppa.

  2. Deborah says:

    Maybe the Datura made Mr. C sick. Did he nibble on some when you weren’t looking?

  3. Reva says:

    I trust Mr. C is back to his usual perky self.

    I thought “datura” as soon as I saw the picture; we saw it growing wild in New Mexico just a couple of days ago. It’s hallucinogenic and poisonous; our friend Floyd told us a couple of kids died after brewing up and partaking of some datura tea.

  4. thelmasmith says:

    It is Datura. It’s not hardy but somehow it does survive the winters. I suspect it’s considered a perennial. It’s a larger cousin of the native, sacred datura, of the sonoran desert. I have one in the garden courtyard outside the master bedroom. The extreme heat has shaken this one badly. However the monsoon has revived it and it’s putting out new shoots nicely.

  5. Beverly says:

    Looks like an angel trumpet to me. I first encountered them in June when visiting my son in Florida. I fell in love with them- if they are in British Columbia, they must be more cold hardy than I’d originally thought!.

  6. Susan says:

    I think it is called Brugmasia or Datura. It is exotic, not hardy in the UK and usually has the most fantastic scent especially if kept inside. Can also be white.

  7. teri says:

    Well, I can certainly empathize with Mr. C. Been there, done that at least 4 times!

    Visiting Victoria is on my list of “must dos”….but it’s ButchART Gardens…..hope you get lots of photos there.

    Oh, and the dinner sounds wonderful!!


  8. Leah says:

    Looks like a type of moonflower to me 🙂