Thursday, May 30, 2013
Hello & welcome
Today I am going through some old Family photographs trying to identify the subjects. This selection of photos are from my Mother's family and most are simply marked Arthur Family.
I know the shot below is of my Great Grandparents.
This photo is marked Arthur Twins but as with many of them I need to gather more information on their first names and who their parents are. Don't you just love the furniture!
I love the dress's and beautiful hats of the Era.
Now I have the time in my Retirement to go through the many boxes of Family photos and letters and try to get our Family tree started. It also reminds me to put names on all of our photos so our children have the information in the future.
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my Family tree.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Welcome Dear Bloggers! This year on our vacation to Victoria we visited Hatley Castle once again as we love the architecture of the castle. I hope you enjoy another visit there with me as well.
The leaded glass in the windows is so lovely...
My how I love pink & white tulips!
Check out the carving in the stone walls!
On the grounds of Hatley Park and Royal Roads University in Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Happy Mother's Day! Today I am remembering my Mother and Grandmother's as we celebrate Mother's Day.
The photo above is my Mother at 18 years of age. Below was taken at 70 years of age.
This is the first Mother's Day we will celebrate since she passed away so it will be filled with memories of wonderful times spent together.
My Grandmother Laura below with my Mother and Aunt taken in 1934.
Great Grandmother Agnes with Grandmother Laura and her siblings.
Great Grandmother Flora below
Step Grandmother Anne with my Grandfather Andy.
I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day with your loved ones!
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Thank you for stopping in again to visit. I am sharing with you our Vacation to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
We try and visit Butchart Gardens every time we visit Victoria in the Winter or Spring as it is so beautiful.
Our Winters in Saskatchewan, Canada are long and we seem to need a little cheering up by February so we head to Canada's West Coast for some energizing.
At the end of my post I have added the details of Butchart Gardens so I hope you enjoy our photos as well.
My Sister In Law & I below as we wonder along the many paths in the gardens. Take care!
Robert Pim Butchart (1856–1943) began manufacturing Portland cement in 1888 near his birthplace of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. He and his wifeJennie Butchart (1866–1950) came to the west coast of Canada because of rich limestone deposits necessary for cement production.
In 1904, they established their home near his quarry on Tod Inlet at the base of theSaanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. 
In 1907, 65 year old garden designer Isaburo Kishida of Yokohama came to Victoria, at the request of his son, to build a tea garden for Esquimalt Gorge Park. This garden was wildly popular and a place to be seen. Several prominent citizens, Jennie Butchart among them, commissioned Japanese gardens from Kishida for their estates. He returned to Japan in 1912.
In 1909, when the limestone quarry was exhausted, Jennie set about turning it into the Sunken Garden, which was completed in 1921. They named their home "Benvenuto" ("welcome" in Italian), and began to receive visitors to their gardens. In 1926, they replaced their tennis courts with an Italian garden and in 1929 they replaced their kitchen vegetable garden with a large rose garden to the design of Butler Sturtevant of Seattle.Samuel Maclure, who was consultant to the Butchart Gardens, reflected the aesthetic of the English Arts and Crafts Movement.
In 1939, the Butcharts gave the Gardens to their grandson Ian Ross (1918–1997) on his 21st birthday. Ross was involved in the operation and promotion of the gardens until his death 58 years later.
In 1953, miles of underground wiring was laid to provide night illumination, to mark the 50th anniversary of The Gardens. In 1964, the ever-changing Ross Fountain was installed in the lower reservoir to celebrate the 60th anniversary. In 1994, the Canadian Heraldic Authority granted a coat of arms to the Butchart Gardens. In 2004, two 30-foot (9.1 m) totem poles were installed to mark the 100th anniversary, and The Gardens were designated as a national historic site.
Ownership of The Gardens remains within the Butchart family; the owner and managing director since 2001 is the Butcharts' great-granddaughter Robin-Lee Clarke. 
In 1982 the Butchart Gardens was used as the inspiration for the gardens at the Canadian pavilion opened at Epcot Centre in Orlando Florida.
In December, 2009 the Children's Pavilion and the Rose Carousel were opened. The menagerie includes thirty animals ranging from bears, to horses, to ostriches, to zebras and mirrors the world from which The Gardens draws its visitors. The designs were hand picked by the owner, in consultation with an artist from North Carolina. The carvings were done by some of the few remaining carvers of carousel art. Each animal is carved from basswood and took many months to complete.