Monday, June 3, 2013

Victoria, Sting & Highland Games!

Hello all! I've been super busy at work and even busier at home. For some stupid reason I took a commission from a local bed & breakfast  - who is re doing all their rooms. I've been making pillows by the dozen as well as complicated window bench seats. I've been sewing so much I dislocated my thumb last week! This weekend I got to take a break and visit Victoria and see the highland games.
1890's animatron ladies drinking tea at Murchies. On the right is a blurry shot of the Sting concert. My mum is a huge Sting fan and this was or 25th Sting/Police concert. A million years ago I dated someone who worked at NBC and we got to meet him 3 times at the Tonight Show, so no concert is ever quite as good as that.
 Saturday we went to the Royal British Columbia Museum. This is my most favourite museum EVER! I've been there dozens of times since I was little. Once I was old enough to go by myself at around age 8 I was giddy with excitement! To my amazement they had a wonderful exhibit of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1912 and an IMAX about Shackleton's amazing deeds in the Antarctic. My real love is the Arctic, but the Antarctic will do too. I became obsessed with the Arctic while visiting Victoria in 1986. The remains of Franklin's expedition had just been found and there was a huge to-do about it. The wax museum had recreations of the exhumed bodies, I was so scared and thrilled at the same time!
Ice cave workshop on the left. George Vancouver's ship on the right.
Hair work in the Victorian hotel. Sitting on 19th century barrels.
We took the ferry back on Saturday and went to the Bellingham Highland Games on Sunday. The weather was lovely and there were men in kilts EVERYWHERE! Next time I should go without my boyfriend so I could do some hardcore lusting! To the left is the world champion Simon Fraser Pipe Band and to the left are some lovely girls dancing the Hornpipe. The Hornpipe is the cutest dance that can ever be, if you've never seen it click here.
There was a display of Scottish military uniforms. On the left is one from WW1, similar to the one my great-grandfather wore! On the right are some braw lads heaving the caber.