the Sweet Smell of Burning Fur (plonq) wrote,
the Sweet Smell of Burning Fur

Goodbye Victoria

Now that we are leaving, the past four day seem to have flown past. I still had things that I wanted to do, and places that I wanted to go, and people who I wanted to see. Such is the nature of vacations - they are always too short.

Here are a few more pictures from the last couple of days. When we get home I will probably do another image dump when I move all of them over to my desktop computer and have more time (and horsepower) to play.

We drove to the top of Gonzales hill to check out the old weather station. I think it has been at least 25 years since I was last up there. On another note, tossing out terms like "at least 25 years since I..." makes me feel really old.

The hilltop offered a nice view of the city, including Craigdarroch "Castle". The old mansion was the next stop on our agenda that day. They have done a wonderful job restoring the old Dunsmuir mansion. He was one of many rich, eclectic, colourful people who litter Victoria's past.

We walked down to Fishermans' Wharf yesterday morning. Here is a heron, taking advantage of the low tide to scout for food.

Gib me fish!! If you hang a raw herring over the water, they will come. Although these critters are ostensibly wild, they are tame enough to take a fish out of your hand. The fish vendor would sell you a plate of raw herring at a reasonable price, but we saved our money since enough other people were buying fish to afford us lots of photo opportunities.

Since there are no free fish being handed out at the moment, it takes a few moments to lounge in the sun. Life is good.
Sunning Seal

They moved us out into the garage guest house for our last night here. It was very large, with a full kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and bedroom. Even so, I didn't like it quite as much as our other room which had a nicer bed, better view, and a much bigger bathroom. The best feature of this room was the chain toilet (I'll snap a picture before we leave -- no, I don't make it a regular habit of taking pictures of the toilet when we stay somewhere.

Following are some more examples of the interesting, eclectic décor in Albion Manner. This is in the front sitting room, where we could mingle with the other guests for coffee while we waited for first breakfast.

This little niche was on the other side of the room. You can just see the tips of the peacock feathers in the mirror.

Even the lamp tables had an interesting touch. This was the Zen table.

Anyway, atara is breathing down my neck because she wants to finish loading the car, and my computer has to go in before the other stuff. I'll process and post more pictures when I get a chance (though this will probably be my last entry before we get back to Winnipeg).
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