The Royal Buzz

Victoria is eagerly awaiting the arrival of their Royal Highness’s, William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, the Dutchess of Cambridge – fondly known as Kate and William. The royal progeny, Prince George of Cambridge, and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge will accompany their parents – and undoubtedly steal much of the spotlight.

William and Kate married on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey. Prince George, was born on 22 July 2013, and Princess Charlotte on 2 May 2015. Various media sources have reported that a third royal offspring is in the plan. Incidentally, Kate and William will have a night away from the kids when they visit Vancouver – just coincidence, I’m sure.

They royal family and entourage arrive tomorrow (Saturday, Sept 24) at the airport via military helicopter. The motorcade will proceed to Government House where the family will check in – probably no credit card will be required, but there may be a damage deposit required, what  with the young prince roaming around among  all those expensive and breakable trinkets.   T

The royal’s public debut in Victoria will begin  tomorrow afternoon  at the Legislature at 5:00 pm. Thirty to forty thousand royal watchers are expected to swarm the legislature lawns and inner harbor. Setup crews and media outlets have been out in full  force over the past couple of days. Here are a few photos of the pre-visit preparations taken last night and this afternoon.



Queen Victoria awaits her relatives


The red carpet runway is ready


Taken from the main media camera platform

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Authors’ November Afternoon Nov 15

I was one of the authors selected to participate at the Author’s November Afternoon event at the Victoria Public Library. The following content is from the Victoria Writer’s Society website. It promises to be a fun time. Hope to see you there!

Meet Victoria’s Writers at:

Authors’ Afternoon
2 to 5 p.m., November 15, 2014
Central Library meeting room,
735 Broughton Street
Victoria Writers Society’s

Are you writing a book? Are you a writer?  Would you like to be?  Why not join others who love the written word. Meet others of like mind, do some networking, find out who is publishing what, get the inside scoop!  Drop by to chat with members of the Victoria Writers’ Society who will  be showcasing their books throughout the afternoon. Books will be available for purchase. No registration required.

The Launch Party

Pluto’s, a former service station artfully transformed to a fifties-style restaurant, proved to be an excellent venue for the launch party of my first book, The White Limousine. White, red and grey balloons, matching the book cover colors, enhanced the decor and the festive mood. We were delighted that fifty-one family members, friends, neighbors, former work colleagues and fellow writers took the time out of their busy schedules on a warm summer night to join the celebration. Guests were welcomed as the arrived and invited to sign the mat of a framed poster of The White Limousine book cover. It will be a keepsake that I will treasure. The open seating arrangement enabled everyone to mingle with a cold drink or two. I enjoyed the opportunity of meeting friends and catching up.

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Pink Flamingos

Remember the pink flamingo fad of the 70’s? You’d wake up one  morning to find a flock of plastic ones on your front lawn wishing you a Happy Birthday? Or, maybe you actually liked pink flamingos and you had a bunch as permanent lawn ornaments. This picture will bring back memories of those good old days, but take a closer look. Some of the flamingos are doing something quite remarkable that very few of us – if any – could manage. Have a look and think about it and post your guess.


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