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Just a thought... I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas lights. [Maya Angelou]

I hope you had a lovely weekend because, oh, did we ever! Despite hacking and sniffling through the first cold he's had in a year, Rob was by my side as we immersed ourselves in the lights, the love and the spirit of this season here in and around Sidney and Victoria, BC.
 
I'd love to start with last night and work my way backwards, but I just can't. I will have to elaborate on the Sidney Sparkles Parade and subsequent Sailpast in tomorrow's journal, as I just haven't had time to process the pictures for publication here or the experience! Besides, if I cram all of the weekend into one journal, what does that leave me for, say, Wednesday, right?
 
A very soggy Friday night was spent taking in part of a Victoria area tradition: celebrating the kickoff of The Magic of Christmas 2017 at The Butchart Gardens. We were treated to the most magnificent sights. There was a skating rink all ready for use (we didn't bring our skates, but do plan to this season), a live band playing popular Christmas tunes and yes, of course, lights! From a display reminding us of what a significant year this was to our nation's history...
 

The Butchart Gardens, BC

 
To every line from the "12 Days of Christmas" depicted in characters and colour! You can guess these, I'm sure, as six geese a-laying...
 

The Butchart Gardens, BC

 
And three french hens...
 

The Butchart Gardens, BC

 
As carollers wandered, we dodged a poky procession (and by that, I mean both slow AND filled with poke potential) of sightseers in rain that fell so heavily that the sound it made on our open umbrellas was like popcorn popping! But, oh, it was worth it all to see this: the incredible sunken gardens.
 

The Butchart Gardens, BC

 
Down below you see those dotted white lights? There are people walking those paths between the gardens. That's how large and breathtaking this display is. And I made a little video for you to enjoy a bit of a panorama.
 

The Butchart Gardens, BC

 
Thankfully, the worst of the rains were over by Saturday morning and the rest of the weekend went just as we'd hoped. I promise more on that as the week goes on and I hope you have a gentle Monday. Thank you again for coming by!
 
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