Not bad for a few plants in a quarry

Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 05, 2012


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Friday, September 28, 2012

We really love this B&B.  Had the best sleep of our whole trip last night! The sheets are incredibly soft it's like sleeping wrapped in talcum powder.  We've bought a set to bring home!  We made it to breakfast by 9am, which was quite impressive for us, especially considering the one hour time difference between AB and BC... so really it was like 8am.  Ha.  

Breakfast was a real treat, a two course home cooked gourmet feast served in the bright dining room.  First course was rhubarb pecan bread  with fresh fruit salad and french vanilla yoghurt with an almond and ginger granola.  Second course was a smoked tuna omelette (we changed the tuna) with herbed potatoes and BC cherry tomatoes.  Wow!  And while we were gorging ourselves on all this beautiful food we had two different types of hummingbird flitting around outside, and of course there was also a squirrel.
 
We went to buy tickets for Butchart gardens from Michelle at the B&B and mentioned we would be going whale watching tomorrow.  She asked what company, we told her, she said "oh, we have a combined gardens & whales ticket that will save you some money, plus the company is much better".  It was less than 24hrs before our whale tour though which was the minimum cancellation period with no penalty.  No problem for Michelle... she rang up our whale company and told a slight porky pie and managed to get us a full refund.  Is there no end to their powers?  hahaha  (*we later found our the original tour we were on didn't see any whales, but ours did!  Lucky)
 
Off to the beautiful Butchart gardens.  Wow again, the quarry garden here is amazing.  To have the vision to turn an abandoned limestone quarry into the fantastic garden we saw astounded us. I was also worried there might not be much blooming seeing it's now Fall, but the whole place was a blaze of colour.  Lots and lots of photos taken here (Jeff took >100).  One thing I did notice though...  no squirrels to be seen anywhere.  I asked our server at afternoon tea if the squirrels have been  (insert cutting neck motion) and he started to laugh nervously. As I suspected, squirrelcide at Butchart gardens!
 
After scoffing our yummy high tea and having a poke around the upscale kak shop we drove back to town for a look around.  Found a very dry park with a plethora of peacocks wandering around and some weird looking trees in front of the Fairmont Empress hotel.  Though very pretty, there doesn't actually appear to be that much to see in the city.
 
Joined a ghost walking tour and had high hopes.  These were cruelly dashed.  It was ok, but the Munich one kicked its arse.
 
Thai for dinner and then packed up as won't have much time in the morning.
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