Sunday, September 23, 2018

BCHS Homecoming Week

 Peyton was a Homecoming Prince candidate representing the 8th grade
this week.  He won third runner-up.  His mom, our daughter Melissa,
was probably a lot more excited than he was. 

We are so happy 13 year old Peyton has adjusted to
small-town life and has made many friends since relocating to Berea
a year ago.
Peyton is a third generation Pirate after his mom and grandma (me).
"Once a pirate, always a pirate"

Friday, September 14, 2018

Dressing The Queen, a Book

With all the publicity about the styles and fashions of
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, I became curious about
who dresses The Queen.
in my opinion, The Queen is elegantly dressed for every occasion.
I am so pleased I found the book "Dressing The Queen" on Amazon.
This book is written by Angela Kelly, a member of the Royal Household since 1994,
and currently Personal Advisor and Senior Dresser to Her Majesty The Queen.
The photos and text give an amazing insight into The Queen's wardrobe,
including hats, jewelry and accessories.
This book was written after the 2012 Diamond Jubilee.
Imagine all the different outfits that had to be planned for multiple daily
events during that special anniversary year!
The Queen wears striking colors to make her stand out in a crowd.
After all, the crowds of people travel from far and wide to come to see her.

Angela Kelly, below, designs the clothes and hats.
Three dressmakers and a milliner help to cover more than three hundred
engagements a year through different seasons, occasions and cultures.
Everyone remembers when The Queen visited with Mr. Bond
at the 2012 Olympics.
In the introduction of the book, Ms Kelly says,
"Go and put the kettle on,
Make yourself a cup of tea,
Sit down, relax,
And enjoy the book."
That is exactly what I plan to do as I enjoy this lovely
coffee table book.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Visiting Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and Woodinville, WA

If you've been following my posts about this trip,
you know we were two nights in Seattle, two nights in Victoria, B.C.
and the last two nights were in Woodinville, WA at the Willows Lodge
for Glenn to attend a business meeting.
I didn't take photos the first afternoon and evening, but we walked
and explored this suburb of Seattle in the evenings.
There are several nice restaurants and according to the information,
over 100 wineries in the town with a population of approximately 11,000 in 2010.
At the end of Glenn's meeting we walked to Chateau Ste. Michele for a visit and tour.
Chateau Ste. Michelle is the "founding winery" in Washington state.
The chateau and grounds are lovely, and the place was very busy preparing
to host a rock concert on the grounds that night.
 After our tour and tasting, these two guys did a little shopping,
claiming to be experts after a 30-minute tour. :-)
This is the last business trip Austin and I will accompany Glenn on,
as he will retire later in September. 
It will be interesting to see where retirement takes us!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Departing Victoria via Kenmore Air

Oh boy!  Now the adventure begins!   
 We traveled back to the port in Seattle via Kenmore Air.

 Glenn was up front with the pilot. I counted nine passengers.
Apparently all of them had traveled by sea plan before.
I was a bit nervous at this time.

 The flight back to Seattle was 45 minutes compared to the 3-hour boat trip.
Take-off, the flight and landing were extremely smooth,
and enjoyable once we were in the air.

 Apparently we landed on a lake in Seattle.
 Notice where the luggage is stored.  Our bags have the green straps.
From Seattle we took a long taxi ride to Woodinville, WA
where Glenn attended a 2-day meeting.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Murchie's Tea

After returning to the hotel, we walked around the waterfront and downtown Victoria,
I wandered into a book store and purchased a book to read during the rest of the trip,
while Glenn and Austin were browsing in a nearby store.
Then I made my way to Murchie's Tea and Coffee Shop.
I had heard of this shop for years from tea friends across the USA.
The guys soon joined me for a little shopping

 My purchase from Murchie's is the
1894 Select Orange Pekoe
"A unique blend of Assam and Ceylon teas carefully selected
to produce a rich flavorful cup"
 According to the back of the tin,
"it is one of the Murchie's original blends, named after the year of founding"
 After walking we went to wonderful dinner at The Keg Steakhouse,
but forgot to take photos.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Afternoon Tea at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C.

We thoroughly enjoyed afternoon tea at Butchart Gardens.
Austin and I were very pleased they served a gluten free version of their afternoon tea menu.

I ordered the 100th Anniversary Blend, described as:
A light black tea blend of Darjeeling, black Hunan and gunpowder

The first course was the English trifle

Each of us had our own three-tiered server with
Signature house scone served with fruit preserves and Devon-style cream
Traditional savories and sandwiches (there were seven!)
Sweets (four)
We also ordered the tasting of three unique wines, above.

After our fun adventures at Butchart Gardens, we traveled on the
return bus to The Empress Hotel, approximately 45 minutes.

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