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As I sat and contemplated the word of the day, waiting patiently for inspiration to hit, I considered this word thoughtfully. We spend a considerable amount of time waiting. Waiting for the phone to ring regarding a job interview, waiting on appointments for dentists or doctors or test results. We wait on plains, trains and buses.
You can picture children excitedly waiting until they are grown up and are as tall as everyone else, and or enjoying the fruits of adulthood. Little girls waiting with anticipation the day when they can dye their hair, use nail polish, wear grown up styles. Little boys waiting to be just like dad, and use the tools of his trade whether it be hammers and chainsaws or a sharpened pencil – to name but a few examples of waiting.
For some,waiting requires mountains of patience.
Max was late, yet again. That left Charlotte waiting impatiently upon his return. While Max was very patient, her feet were firmly planted at the far end of the spectrum. She wasn’t good at waiting.
She wasn’t overly concerned about others responses, except when it intersected with a deadline, then she found herself anxious and nervous. Her mind was always racing, with lightening speed moving from one idea to another and yet another. A definite asset in creating the brilliant designs she was noted for, and consequently the movement and style associated with each unique project. If only others were as quick at responding.
So for her, any delay was a nightmare, an absolute nightmare. She constantly reminded herself that there was a difference in perception and interpretation, therefore implementation. Trying to remain calm and keep her sanity, she ran hundreds of ideas for the next contract through her mind in an attempt at distracting herself. It usually worked. Still the waiting seemed interminable.
Who doesn’t delight in dreaming about traveling to far away destinations and the possibility of making those dreams a reality?
A firm believer that traveling broadens your horizons and assists in growth as you experience the world and what it offers, I also believe those travels don’t have to include long distances but can take place nearer to home.
Victoria, BC is approximately an hour away. There are some impressive structures to enjoy such as the “Empress Hotel” with it’s moss covered exterior along with it’s impressive list of famous individuals, some of which I’ve outlined in my novel. It’s Chateau-style was designed by Sir Francis Rattenbury and was built between 1904 and 1908.
And what a find, and how beautiful is Craigdarroch Castle. Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria, it is now a National Historic Site. It has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of the privileged life in the 1890s. The Castle weaves a fascinating tale of an intriguing family – their achievements, their relationships and even their quirks. When I last visited, it was being used as a conservatory of music and housed rooms which included harps, violins, pianos and more.
Although many would rid the world of carriage rides, one of the most beautiful and enjoyable are the Tally Ho Carriage Tours which offer a slow paced ride that includes heritage homes, panoramic water views, snow-capped mountains, and most importantly, a very pleasurable cuddle with that someone special.
These are but a few of my favourite sites to visit in Victoria.