B is For Bustle

A large  derriere was in fashion during the Victorian era.  The early bustle took a simple form of a padded roll worn around the waist which originally held up the skirt off the ground. When worn, the bustle’s effect was completed with layered fabric, bows, trains, and tassels on the outer garment. In the late Victorian period, the bustle acquired a more pronounced backward pouf, reflecting one’s high status. Bustles were created out of coiled springs or horsehair bags held in place around the waist. Housework would have been impossible when wearing a 2-foot deep wire garment.

The above pictures show the differences thanks to the White River Museum. Mrs. Burke is in white and was high society. Her husband opened the Burke Museum near the UW in Seattle.


Here is a great photo I took of an elk. It looks like he is laughing.IMG_0879

This squirrel I have dubbed Mittens. He is bigger than the other squirrels that frequent my backyard and his paws and inner coat are white. He’s smart too. He figured out how to get into the birdfeeders even with gadgets supposed to stop squirrels. The other squirrels couldn’t figure out how to get up there. One day he took a leap from the ground and managed to land on the bird feeder. I decided to use the old bird bath and put peanuts and corn in it which the squirrels like. Now I have to figure out how to keep the crows away.20171231_105322 squirrel

Christmas Music Boxes

Fall Colors

I took this while on a walk. I love how the colors contrast one another.fall colors

Vancouver, BC

Downtown Coal Harbor was once a shipyard for the industrial center and was also close to the railway terminus. Now it’s a haven for watching  float planes take off and for watching boats pass by. There are numerous waterfront pubs and small stores along the seawall.

Stroll along Water Street and you’ll enter Gas Town. It is the oldest district and its Victorian charm will wheel you in with its old architecture, boutiques, and vintage lamp posts.  It was founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton in 1867. In the center of Gas Town is an old steam clock that still works.

East of downtown is Chinatown. Vancouver’s Chinese population originally made the journey to work in the mines and build the Trans-Canadian railway. You’ll find classic Asian specialty shops and cruisine.

Commercial Drive runs through the center of town. Lovely old ‘Queen Anne’ style homes remain on either side of the main road. You’ll find a diversity of cruisine.

Like most cities, Vancouver is growing. Foreign markets have bought many of the local homes and are tearing them down to build high rises and expensive condos, etc. For the average person, it is no longer feasible to live in the areas due to the high prices. It’s a great place to visit though.


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