In keeping with the Halloween season I came across this sweet little tome........
It really IS a rather intriguing read I must say.
"I assure you, the time hath been so odious to me that I long for nothing so much as death."
"A queen who is not regent ought, under these circumstances, to remain passive and prepare to die."
"Marie Antoinette, Anne Boleyn, and Mary Queen of Scots. What did they have in common? Long nights in dark prison towers and a march to the scaffold where they surrendered their heads to the executioner. Throughout history, royal women have had a distressing way of meeting bad ends ~~ dying of starvation, being burned at the stake, or expiring in childbirth while trying desperately to produce an heir. And all to often, even devious plotting, miraculous pregnancies and selling out their sisters were not enough to keep them from forcible consignment to religious orders. From Cleopatra (suicide by asp) to Princess Caroline (suspiciously poisoned on her coronation day), there's a gory downside to being blue blooded when you lack a Y chromosome."
This book chronicles the lives of fifty of the most notorious queens in history. You meet such figures as Catherine of Aragon, Josephine and Mary Stuart.....just to name a few.
It was a quick read and throughly enjoyable for this spooky halloween season.
With fall and winter settling in part of the country.....today I wanted to show you some of the beautiful photos from Butchart Gardens....in British Columbia on Vancouver Island. We had a home up in the Pacific Northwest for 15 years and visited this beautiful spot whenever we were able. It was always a must see when we had visitors to the island.
The gardens were originally planted in the bottom of an old lime quarry....and over the years it has grown and grown in to the magnificent spot it is today.
It is open year round ...... these are shots taken one summer several years back.
You are able to visit the gardens over Christmas as well....when everything is awash in twinkly lights. We have not done this....but hope to someday.
Some of these shots were taken inside the wonderful restaurant they have on the premises.
I've said this before and I will say it again....I think the garden's in Canada are some of the most beautiful in the world.
If you ever get a chance to visit British Columbia....this spot is just outside Victoria and is worth the visit.
Let's all embrace beauty where ever we find it.
I know.....I'm a little out of sync here...but came across these photos while getting organized at home and I just had to share this beauty! (O:
Because of the gypsy lifestyle I lead....it seems as though we are always a little out of sync with the seasons....not to mention the fact that it is always WARM in Arizona.
I'm looking for summer flowers while the rest of the county is settling in for wonderful fall weather followed by the wonderland of winter.
Sooooooo......since I live in perpetual sunshine half of the year I can incorporate vivid warm colors in my surroundings at anytime of the year.
I spent today adding some of my sweet finds of the summer into our little nest here in AZ.
Picked up the lantern in Texas and the rug is from Anthropologie.
Found this Flapper hat in a little shop in Oregon....thought it would be perfect for my Buddha.
Put an old crown on my Santo's statue.....I often change her hat....but this will do for now.
Shadow puppet from Bali.....found it in a ethnic shop in Park City.
Have been looking for an altar for quite some time.... so was lucky enough to find this one on-line while traveling this summer. I fill it with meaningful photos and items that help me stay focused on the present.
I've posted before about needing to have spiritual items in my surroundings...they do seem to help me stay calm and focused.
We are still traveling south to home in Az. Have met lots of wonderful people and seen lots of beautiful spots along the way. The above pic was taken of a fellow blogger.....aka http://justcallmejake.blogspot.com
We met up in Park City, Utah....one of my favorite spots in the country. We got to know one another a little better which was a wonderful treat. If you get a chance....stop by her blog....she is one FUNNY WOMAN!!
See the lovely bird necklace around my neck.....
Vicki....aka....Jake.....gave me this little gift on our meeting.....she is so very thoughtful. ~~~~~~~~~ Here are some more shots around the area and heading south to Colorado....Autumn is in full swing in this part of the country and it is such a thrill for Brad and I to see all the fall color.
These shots were all taken between Utah and Colorado. We crossed over Monarch Pass....and the continental divide.
The visitor center above is completely covered in snow during the winter months and they have to snow plow themselves out in the spring.....can you imagine?? ~~~~~~~~~~
On another note......yesterday was my birthday. Yep.....I turned 65.....come on Medicare. I'm probably one of the few people I know who are actually pleased by this....Not growing older.....just growing better!
My wonderful aunt Ruthie had a little get together in my honor.....she knows how much I love cream puffs....so.....she made me a batch.
Here is what greeted us at our coach on my birthday morning......
So....I bet you are wondering what this is......well so did we??? LOL LOL LOL
Here is the whole batch
Kind of look like flying saucers....don't you think? Just a little pilot error....as they say. LOL
Anyway....she made another batch and they turned out PERFECT!
My cousins and their families were able to join us and we had a wonderful time catching up. We usually stop here every year while traveling to see "my favorite aunt" (O: She is in her mid-eighties and as spry as you could ever imagine. She sets a fine example, and she is really a wonderful woman.
Once again....I'm sorry for not visiting each of you as much as I would like. Traveling and the wi-fi systems make it almost impossible to download blogs.