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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Crossing the Georgia Strait to Hotel Vancouver



One of the adult orcas and a baby Peter photographed from the ferry last Wednesday. You can see the fins of some of the others in the water.

Here we are at the Fairmont, taking Mavis, the hotel dog for her walk. Mavis is quite the girl. I'm convinced she's autistic from all the mauling she constantly receives at the hotel. And as for her walks, she pulls, big time--it's a good thing I lift weights. And she's a garbage can--I had to keep her from nibbling on all and any disgusting bits she came upon in down town Vancouver. She got her chops on something rather crunchy and bone like--she refused to open up and drop it for me. So, if you hear anything about famous Mavis coming down with a nasty case of the trots...don't breath a word about this blog.
Now back to the present, I must confess being in Victoria inspired me. Everything there is about tea and sweets. And I am the biggest tea fan. I drink it all of the time: black, green, white, oolong, you name it, I love it. And sweets? I have the biggest sweet tooth I know. So, I baked a cake today with Mistaya. A lemon, raspberry tea cake with lemon cream cheese frosting. It was in honour of my birthday last week. We did manage to bring a Dairy Queen ice cream log back to the camp site in our cooler before it turned into a puddle, but I wanted to treat myself to a proper cake baked by me. I love to bake. I must confess, I make the most delectable sweet desserts. Yet, I almost never allow myself to bake, as I don't like to eat too many sweets. So yes, baking the cake was a birthday present in itself, to myself.

6 Comments:

Blogger Sandra said...

The picture of the orkas was very interesting, especially the baby.

I'm glad you allowed yourself a birthday cake. It sounded delicious.
Mistaya must be becoing quite a baker!

August 11, 2008 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger QueenMJ said...

I hope so...she hasn't shown much interest in baking but whenever I make something I know she'll love (anything with lemons) I get her to help. And she really enjoyed helping this time.

August 11, 2008 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Miranda said...

What pics! Your family hands down wins for photogenicity. That mist is turning into a giant!! Why were you spending so much time with that dog, and whose was it?

August 11, 2008 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger QueenMJ said...

Mavis is the offical dog of Hotel Vancouver. We've visited with her for the past 3-4 years, each time we stay at the hotel. She's the dog that brought my good friend Robin Williams(Mork from Ork) and I together--we both went to pet her at the same time.

August 11, 2008 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger bricktop said...

Yeah, great photo of the killers.

Funny story about Mavis - what a funny name!

Great photos,

Cheers,

Roo

August 16, 2008 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger QueenMJ said...

BT:Just discovered your comment--glad to have you back from the busy streets of the UK.

August 20, 2008 at 10:29 PM  

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