We are back from Victoria, BC. It was a great trip - smooth plane rides, fun with our family, and wonderful times walking and biking. We rented bikes one day, and did about a 45-50 km. ride, up hills and down hills, along the coast line. Another day we went bought bread, cheese, fruit and had a picnic on the seashore. We had Mead to go with the meal - purchased at a local winery. Mead is an old drink which Shakespeare wrote about in his plays, made from honey. It is a very unique drink which certainly "went with" the picnic theme.
Our hotel was within walking distance of downtown, and very close to The Empress. On the grounds of the beautiful old building, they have thousands of roses in an extensive rose garden. I have never seen so many different kinds of roses in one spot. Many of them were exquisite, but some were a disappointment when I went to smell them and they had no scent! It was an amazing garden - one which I am sure takes several full time gardeners to take care of.
This acrylic painting of a rose is 20 x 20 inches. The background roses were done with a palette knife in a regular gel, which is the background for the painting.
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