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My Non-Photo in 10 minutes

It was our 25th wedding anniversary, 2001.  We were in Victoria, Canada to fulfill a dream that I’d had for at least 15 years.  I wanted to have tea at the Empress Hotel.  We were finally here.  It was an unusually warm June day.  We waited patiently in the hall until seating time.  The door finally opened and everyone was seated.  I loved our table.  We could see out the windows but were not directly in front of one.  The windows were open and a wonderful breeze was making the sheer curtains billow.  Piano music filled the room.  The server came around, we added Champaign to our tea service.  The server was wearing a plaid vest over her white shirt and had a matching tea towel draped over her forearm.  Quite formal and I loved it.  When she served the tea she actually asked, “One lump or two”!  Could my day possibly get any better?  I don’t think so.  The tea tasted amazing.  The finger sandwiches and pastries were delicious.  And then our day got better.  From outside we could hear a lone bagpiper playing.  Shortly after that we heard the sound of cannons being fired.  We asked the server about the cannons and were told it was to signal the closing of Partliment for the year.  My wish had turned into a day I will cherish forever.  The only bad part was that we had left our camera in the car.  Oh well, we have our memories, and they are magical.

 

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Debra says:

    What a romantic way to spend an anniversary. I love the Empress.

  2. Sounds like a great way to celebrate such a milestone. 🙂

  3. Maria F. says:

    Happy Anniversary Iris!

  4. Aww bless! What a lovely anniversary! Tea and champagne… the best combo ever. I am pleased to know Canada knows how to do afternoon tea! 🙂 xx Mother Hen

  5. Rosh says:

    Yeah Canada! Lovely photo of the Empress. I attended UVic. Loved living in Victoria. Thank you for reminding me of those times and my homeland.:-)

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Victoria is a lovely place, we many spots to take photo without thinking much.

  7. jpeggytaylor says:

    You have painted a wonderful picture with your words, Iris – it certainly sounds like a treasured memory 🙂

  8. I live in Victoria Iris!!! So glad you enjoyed your anniversary there! It’s such a quaint and charming town!! Next time you come you must go to Royal Roads and Hatley Castle!! and don’t forget your camera!

  9. dianaed2013 says:

    Congratulations and how wonderful to fulfil a dream

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