Before leaving Victoria, British Columbia, we visited a cidery for a cider tasting. Wow, do I love ciders. They served us chocolates, cheese, and other goodies to go along with the different ciders. After the cidery we made a stop at Butchart Gardens. This was a mined out quarry that the owner’s wife decided was just to gloomy and ugly to leave that way. She spent years adding flowers and other plants to restore the beauty destroyed by the mining operation.

The original family still owns and operates this beautiful garden as a tourist attraction. It is acre after acre of the most beautiful plantings you will ever see. For lunch we had high-tea in what was the family’s original residence. They served us tea, me coffee, and loads of good snacks/finger foods. Oh yeah, it was good.