Aidan brought a couple of large bags of books with her this trip to try to sell at Russell Books, the largest and best loved second hand book store in Victoria. They accept books on Thursdays at 9:30 am. Inspite of our late night last night I was up at six. We hit the road around 8 am and took the back road into the downtown. I stopped at a lovely little bakery for coffee and nibbles then we headed up to Beacon Hill Park to check out the bunnies. Not many bunnies but the place was crawling with screaming peacocks.
We walked around the flower beds. It was all lush and green in the centre of the park but around the edges the trees were grey with thirst. There’s been a real drought here and water shortage so no frivolous watering. The trees are thirsty. We drove around the sea shore admiring all the beautiful cottages. Victoria is so old country except that the trees are prehistoric, the roads wider, and the houses bigger. Back to the book store where I scored a couple more of my Donna Leon mysteries and Aidan sold one bag of books for a store credit of $71. She had already chosen some books to buy with the credit and was a very happy girl.
Lunch was early today. We stopped at a tea house in Oak Bay. The tea house is in the oldest building in Oak Bay, built in 1923.
They are one of the few places in Victoria that actually still serves a full tea. The Empress Hotel downtown serves one too. Aidan and I went about six years ago. The bill was a staggering $120 for the both of us. Of course, this was the Empress Hotel, one of the CN/CP jewels along with the Chateau Lake Louise, Banff Springs, and the Chateau Frontenac. It was quite the experience. Oak Bay tea house was a bit more modest. I started with a great dark ale, brewed on the island. It was only 11:30 am but the sun was over the yardarm somewhere in the commonwealth. Lighthouse Race Rocks Amber Ale.
Then the tea, which didn’t look like much to start, but in the end defeated me.
The scone and cream were to die for. We carried on driving up the Saanich penninsula. Today is the Sydney night market. We never miss this one. The Haunted Book store is here as well. We are just chillaxing in the park now waiting for the market to start. I finished my book on the Lindbergh Baby kidnapping and wanted to start Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. It’s just been made into a film with Robert Redford and Kris Kristopherson. Preview looks hilarious, about two old farts who walk the Appalacian trail. But I left it behind so I guess I’ll just have a snooze. Then we start home tomorrow bright and early.