Wednesday, May 11, 2016
TWO OMANIS IN: Victoria, BC, Canada---Government House, and Beacon Hill Park Gardens
...Although my fondest memory of it was of a rainy day in early spring, when a ballerina was practicing for 'Swan Lake' in the covered part of the rose garden, and all the roses were but small sweet smelling buds in the downpour. An artist was trying to paint her. Me...I was cradling a paper mug of hot coffee from a local coffee shop, and trying to shield a stack of old books from the rain in my down vest... The books, I had rescued out of a box that read "free" on someone's front sidestep up Rockland, on the walk up. That's kind of quintessential Victoria to me. Ballerinas, roses, oil paints, old furniture and books given away on front lawns for free, and local coffee.
Of course, the roses ARE in full bloom in early summer...