Empress Hotel

The good ol’ Empress Hotel…where we spent our honeymoon 35 years ago!

Walking back along the harbour.

Walking back along the harbour.

The 8th TIGHR Tri-ennial conference started yesterday.  But not before we managed to fit in more sightseeing and checking out more eateries. 🙂

We started the morning by walking up to Sam’s Deli for a delightful breakfast. They open at 7 AM and have lots of choices, but no gluten free.   Walked back by the harbour.

I actually spent the morning resting and rug hooking.  Yes, I hooked on more Christmas ornaments.

The Crust Bakery, Victoria, B.C.

The Crust Bakery, Victoria, B.C.

Come late morning Hubby and I went out in search of lunch.  We found this neat little bakery tucked away beside Russell Books.  It serves savoury as well as sweet baked goods.  Excellent food!

Russell Books, Victoria, B.C.

Russell Books, Victoria, B.C.

Of course, it was beside a bookstore…so we just had to go in…  Have I mentioned that my other addiction besides stash building is book collecting?  I have to call it ‘collecting’ because it seems I never have time to read them.  But there  you go.  I have hopes and dreams…they’re really good books after all. 😉

We raced back to the Inn to register for the conference.  No way were we finished with Russell Books, but it just has to wait for another time.  I dropped off my rugs for the Back to Nature exhibit and went back upstairs to chill out for a bit.

But not for long!  Hubby decided he wanted to take me to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.  So off we went to see that and the attached Spencer Mansion, which was a surprise.  We didn’t know it was there.

There are wonderful exhibits at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria right now.  Some Emily Carr and people who worked with her, Anna Banana, Chinese scholar exhibit, and Women Artists Self-portraits.  Actually there is a crazy quilt to die for in that last exhibit.

Shinto shrine

Shinto shrine

After checking around the gallery we went into the Japanese garden courtyard to enjoy some peace and quiet.

Spencer Mansion

Spencer Mansion

We checked out the Spencer Mansion before coming back to the Inn.

We were just in time to do a quick change and come down for the Welcome and Wine and Cheese Reception.  It was a bit overwhelming and loud, but wonderful too.  All that talent in one place!  Who to talk to first?  I clammed up and sat on a chair waiting for people to come to me…which is never a good idea.  A lot of people knew each other and were traveling together.  Hubby and I sat, drank, ate, and soaked up the scene, chatting with people.

The appetizers were not enough to make a supper for us, so we headed back to Fisherman’s Wharf.  This time to Barb’s Fish and Chips!  Yum! 🙂

Came back to the hotel to view the Back to Nature and Emily Carr exhibits and was wowed by some gorgeous work!

But first there were all the friendship mats people had hooked and exchanged!  These are a great study in technique and style in and of themselves.

Friendship mats.

Friendship mats.

Friendship Mats.

Friendship Mats.

Friendship mats.

Friendship mats.

Friendship Mats

Friendship Mats

Then the Back to Nature exhibit…

B2N thru the trees B2N subdivision B2N riptide B2N queen annes lace B2N purses B2N my rugs B2N Borealis Moose B2N beachThen the Emily Carr exhibit.  I just took photos of a few, primarily skies, because that’s what I’m interested in hooking.

B2N skies 3 B2N skies 2 B2N skies 1 B2N rocking chair

 There are a lot more pieces to see than I have room for in this post.  If you are in Victoria area I urge you to come visit Tuesday from 4 – 7 PM to check out the work.  A wide variety of styles and techniques are on display.  Admission is $10.

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