I've been visiting Victoria, BC for a week, starting with the JASNA AGM on September 29 to October 2, and then for a week with my husband.
The JASNA AGM was focused on Sense and Sensibility, and I thought all three general sessions were excellent, and I enjoyed all the breakouts I attended. I picked up two new Austen-related books--on one crime during the Regency (by Susannah Fullerton) and one by Robert Morrison, who did one of the general talks. It was great fun to talk Austen for 3 days, hobnob with Janeite friends, and learn to English country dance (I did one of the workshops--Regency aerobics!).
Here are some photo highlights from the JASNA AGM:
|Ready for the banquet, Saturday night!|
|The belle of the ball, dressed in the theme, City of Gardens!|
After the AGM, it was on to Butchart Gardens--one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.
|The Sunken Garden - a former quarry complete with cement factory, transformed into a wonderland.|
|The Dragon Fountain - one of many gorgeous fountains|
|So many landscapes - I especially liked this grove of trees encircled by impatiens.|
I also really loved visiting the Moss Lady at Beacon Hill Park. Inspired by the Mud Maiden in Cornwall.