Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Want To Go To Saint Thomas For The Weekend?

That's what my hubby said to me last week.  His company had a trip and I got to tag along.  We were there just 24 hours but it was fabulous!

The day we arrived it was cloudy and overcast but so warm!  We headed right to our hotel and then to the pool.  Here is hubby and I on our balcony as we headed to the pool


I wanted to go to this pool, an infinity pool with a swim up bar.
There were these little birds there and the bartender was feeding them some kind of juice.
When I asked her about it she said if they didn't the birds would be in our drinks!
They were called Bananaquit birds.
They were like a cross between a golden finch and humming bird.
Quite charming.
As we swam around I noticed some odd things in the bushes


 As we swam around I noticed some odd things in the bushes.
There were Iguana's everywhere!


Sunset from our room after the rain.


There were some beautiful boats sailing around the island too.


We walked to the beach on both days but it was much sunnier on Sunday.  
The water is so amazingly blue!





~I think this was my favorite photo of the beach~


If you look closely you can see an amazing number of Iguanas hiding in these bushes!


Here were two of my favorites.  This photo almost looks fake with such blue water in the background!



The flowers all around were so vibrantly PINK!


I love this fellow's striped tail!


Well 24 hours was not long enough, but it was enough to re-charge my batteries.
This is out the airplane window as we were leaving.





 ~XOP~


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stratford and the Swan Festival

Our daughter had given us a two night stay at the
 Stone Maiden Inn in Stratford Ontario, Canada for a Christmas gift.  
For some odd reason she thought we needed to get away from it all. 
 After finally being able to go and coming home, I realized she was right.  
I feel much more relaxed and energized and ready to work!  
We had a great time.  
We drove to Stratford and it took us about 3 hours. 
 Here is the Inn we stayed at.


We stayed in The Secret Garden room.


Our towels were folded like swans!


We walked everywhere and had beautiful weather.  
We went into some amazing chocolate shops.  
This one was the BEST. 
 Rheo Thompson. 
 That bunny was gigantic!


A different chocolate shop had these amazing apples!



We walked along Lake Victoria (the locals call it Avon Lake)


There were free carriage rides this weekend so we did that too.


Sammy the Swan was there to hug the kids!


Beautiful courthouse


The city hall was pretty spectacular too


 Stopped in at the local pub one night and had a beer.


This was the weekend of the Swan Festival.  

On August 23, 1918, a pair of Mute swans was released onto the Avon River in Stratford. They were a gift to the city from Mr. J. C. Garden.  The population of Mute swans has grown considerably since 1918. Over the years, swans from other bloodlines have been introduced and the resulting 
offspring have firmly established Stratford’s herd as healthy and diverse.
 Several of the swans on the river today are descendants of Queen Elizabeth II’s royal herd. In 1967, 
Her Majesty gave six pairs of Mute swans to Ottawa in honour of Canada’s Centennial anniversary. Subsequently, one of the pairs was then given to Stratford. The female lived more than 20 years on the Avon and had several mates and numerous offspring.

So every year they release the swans by having a parade and marching the swans to the Avon.  
It all begins with the pipers followed by the parade of the swans to the Avon.


They are beautiful birds!  And HUGE!!


Little known fact, when I was a little girl my grandparents took me to feed the ducks and there was a swan there.  I guess I was not fast enough and one of the swan's bit me!  I have been a little nervous around them ever since.  I also had a gigantic blow up swan with a weighted bottom that I used to  "ride" in the water when I was little too.  


Have fun in the Avon swans!!  
We had a great time visiting your city!

~XOP~


Wednesday, April 09, 2014