Nothing says ‘Be mine forever’ like a late night ritual/date at Victoria’s oldest graveyard (1814-1850’s). After reading Stoker’s obsession on the subject of sex, I went looking for a gentleman of good breeding who might lock me in a basement with three extremely horny women (Hey, if it worked for Jonathan Harker in Dracula, why not me? I ask, why not ME???). After this last week or so, I can assure you, I am VERY good in bed. Indeed one worker calls me ‘Sleeping Beauty.’
Luckily for me, Victoria thinks we are Victorians or Edwardians, and so giant monoliths of stone means classy in the sort of women with fans and men with silk waistcoats. Sadly for many it means pretentious with a firm stick up the old….er, yes. But, ala Dorothy Sayers, we do have a full circle ring for those into Campanology (Church bell ringing), eight full bells in the tower at Christ Church Cathedral, all made in Whitechapel London (known for Jack the Ripper) in 1936.The design of the bells and tower is based on Westminster Cathedral. See, I told you we, um, live in delusions of the grandiose. The Tower captain and ringers do everything from Grandsire Doubles & Triples to the Cambridge and Oxford rings. I recommend reading The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers if you want to know WAY too much about bell ringing.
Just a few blocks over is the oldest Chinatown in Canada, at 1858, second only in age to San Francisco. And the Chinese in BC only had to wait 101 years until they got the right to vote in BC. Isn’t that lovely? Oh, sorry, drifting off into social justice and Province shame. This New Year (starting Jan 23rd) is the Year of the Dragon. To celebrate, Chinatown has a new statue, at the end of the street, past the alleys (fan tan alley still the best place for folk music, corsets, kink clothes, and other indie artists). The night was clear and Chinatown emtpy. During the day, with the produce from the shops half covering most of the sidewalk, wheeling down in this area is a challenge, but fan tan alley IS wheelchair accessible, if you are nimble, and good with your caster.
Thanks to Linda for these shots, we talked about going out and getting them but after a day advocating for changes in our library system, I was funky to the core. She took the tripod and camera and got the shots, and I did the text, selection and resizing (74 photos - go team Camera Whores!). The pictures I took during the day, should be out in another 48 hours.
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