Hello, Harry Potter fans. Are you a member of the New Pottermore? Have you been sorted into your Hogwarts House? How about your Ilvermorny House?
Funny, but I have been sorted, in both places, to Houses with Serpents. Yes, I’m Slytherin at Hogwarts, and Horned Serpent at Ilvermorny.
And just this past weekend, I discovered my Patronus. J.K. Rowling says in her essay about Patronuses that the animal you get isn’t necessarily what you like, but what you are, inside. So Arthur Weasley’s Patronus is a weasel, but Ron’s is a terrier!
I feel a kinship to the Weasley Family, because my Patronus turned out to be a Stoat. Many of you have no idea what a Stoat is, and I was unsure, so I learned about it. A Stoat is a relative of the weasel, is found all over the world, and when it puts on its white winter coat, it is known as the Ermine. Interesting connections! My Patronus gamboled around me, and just looked cute and playful. Isn’t he cute? They do have sharp teeth, and are good hunters.
This was the “Opening Shot” in today’s Daily Shot newsletter from Ricochet.
“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” ― Mark Twain
When we got married, in October of 2003, my husband and I decided to go to Victoria, British Columbia, for our short honeymoon. Hubby had lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1980, and he had never been to Victoria, which is just a few hours away, north of us. So I contacted Clipper Vacations, who run the Victoria Clipper catamaran and had them do a honeymoon package for us. They booked us the hotel we wanted (Inn at Laurel Point), and all the normal touristy stuff people do in Victoria. We went on a tour of the famous Butchart Gardens, had High Tea at the Empress Hotel, and a bus tour of the town. And we spent the next couple of days just walking all over town and admiring the scenery from our wonderful hotel balcony which had a view of the Inner Harbour. Every couple of years since then, we have returned to Victoria, stayed at the same hotel, and explored more of the area of Vancouver Island when we went by our own car. There are many ways to get to Victoria, and we have taken all but one. You can, of course, take the Victoria Clipper, which drops you right at the waterfront. You can take the Coho, the Black Ball Line car ferry from Port Angeles, Washington on the north Olympic Peninsula, about an hour’s trip across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. You can take the Washington State Ferry, which leaves from Anacortes and wends its way through the beautiful San Juan Islands before landing at the town of Sydney, a few miles from Victoria. Or you can drive to Vancouver, B.C., and take the BC Ferry from Tsawwassen. Lastly, you can take a float-plane on Kenmore Air, which drops you right in the Inner Harbour (the only way we haven’t gone).
Herewith, a selection of the many beautiful sights of Victoria, British Columbia.
The above photo taken from our balcony at the Inn at Laurel Point.
Below are some of the beautiful sights at Butchart Gardens, outside Victoria.
On the way back to town…
So if you’re trying to find a pleasant, peaceful, beautiful place for a weekend getaway, or a honeymoon, you can’t find a nicer place than Victoria, B.C. Especially,now that your US dollar goes farther!
Songs on the Death of Children. In his book The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, Michael Walsh opines that the German Romantic Movement of the late 19th and early 20th Century, foretold the decline of Western Civilization. Two stories in the news today perhaps reflect how far we have fallen. Both stories are horrifying.
On that day, worldwide Radical Islam escalated the ongoing war on the United States of America (and the rest of Western civilization), the nation that has been a beacon of hope and prosperity for over 250 years. For the past eight years, we have ignored that war, and turned our backs on Christians and Jews everywhere who have been murdered in the streets of Paris and Jerusalem, and even in their beds. And the current administration undermines the USA, freeing dozens of terrorists from Guantanamo to return to the jihad they wage against us.
We must never forget those who perished on September 11, 2001, in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. May their lives not have been in vain.
Long Live The United States of America!
And a big Thank You to Michael Ramirez, whose work honors them, and us.
Over the edge of the Promenade Deck on the Crystal Serenity is the Sea. The Inside Passage from Canada to Alaska. The water temperature is a pretty steady 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so you don’t want to fall overboard. But watching the water go by is hypnotic, and very relaxing.