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Food and Views from Victoria to Nanaimo

Another quick trip down to Victoria yesterday with Jamjarjude and Ralphie to pick up my new Canadian passport and see our Auntie Bee, ninety-four and as spry as either of us. We had a lovely lunch of Montreal-style smoked meat sandwiches (pastrami on rye with mustard and a side dill pickle for JJJ and me, and blinis for Auntie Bee) at The Village┬áRestaurant www.villagerestaurant.ca and picked up some delicious cupcakes at Crumsbys www.crumsbys.com across the street…

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…then drove along the beachfront to walk Ralphie and smell the fresh salty air…

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We dropped Auntie Bee off and headed back to Nanaimo, stopping to admire the view from the summit of the Malahat.

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The evening was so lovely we decided to sit in the lovely gardens (although the interior is a cosy place that looks like it is straight out of a Dickens novel).

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JJJ enjoyed a Smithwick’s Irish ale and I had a A-class gin and tonic with lime. Then we decided on a Stilton ploughman’s which was perfect.

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Afterwards we walked around the idyllic gardens bursting with the flowers of early summer…

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There were water irises…

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…roses fragrant with scent…

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…paper-like Oriental poppies…

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…eryngium (sea holly) like fire crackers…

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…my favourite blue delphiniums…

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…giant alliums like puff balls…

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…rabbit-eared French lavender…

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…and flowering thyme sending its pungent scent into the evening air.

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We didn’t see any crows but there was a pretty tree swallow with brilliant blue feathers perching in front of a bird house.

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The Crow & Gate — not just for beer lovers.