Monday, September 26, 2016

Royalty amongst other things...

The young royal family Kate, William, George and Charlotte are here in Victoria for the week and they are staying at Government House.
Government House is on Rockland Avenue just a few blocks north of The Humble Bungalow.
Government House has a tea room where Mother and I go to in the summertime and where we sit on the patio to have lunch and share a pot of tea.
I love to walk through the rose gardens and smell the beautiful roses...
the gardens are tended by an army of volunteers and it looks splendid.

The gates are closed for security this week while the Royals are in residence...
our SIL is busy working on the tour providing audio tech support.

I did not take the following picture but wanted to share it with you...
it is a wee bit fuzzy and I think it must have been taken with a zoom lens.

Kate looked radiant in her Royal Blue dress and exquisite hat.
She wore sapphire (I have been advised that they are actually tanzanite) and diamond earrings with her lovely sapphire engagement ring.
On her dress she pinned a diamond studded Maple Leaf borrowed 
from HRH Queen Elizabeth.
It was a gift from Canada to honour Queen Elizabeth (another error on my part, they were given to the Queen Mother) on one of her visits to Canada.

I apologize for these errors as I took the information from the local news reporter who obviously had not done her homework...
we have amended the info thanks to reader and royal watcher Patricia!

Helicopters are in the sky in our neighbourhood
hovering above the motorcade.  
Security is serious business and there are strict protocols in place.

One of our orchids is flowering and the rest are dormant...

We have settled into a slower pace 
as Fall nudges its way into The Humble Bungalow...
the garden will be put to bed in the next few weeks and then I plan to pull out my knitting.

I made a lettuce soup.
Have you ever heard of lettuce soup?
I had a tub of lettuce that was almost wilted and knew that we would never eat it all by its best before date so I looked online and found a recipe.

So quick and easy and really low in Weight Watcher points!

Cook a diced onion in a wee bit of oil until soft.
Add 6 cups of veggie stock and 1 cup of diced potato
simmer for about 20 minutes until potato is cooked.
Add 6-8 cups of mixed salad greens and cook a few more minutes.
Season with salt, pepper, and 1 or 2 tbsps. of a good curry powder (to taste)

Use the immersion blender and process until no lumps remain.
Serve hot topped with a dollop of yogurt if you desire.

I wore my collection of bangles out to lunch last week.
Darling daughter, Savvy son and Mr. HB met for a family lunch.
Talk about one for the memory books...we cannot remember the last time we went out just the four of us!

Mr. HB and I enjoyed a recent date night.
We went out for dinner and a movie...
we saw the new Bridget Jones film and I laughed out loud so much that I had tears rolling down my face.
It is a light comedy and a "feel good" film.

Darling daughter and I went to Aritzia and perused their new stock.
I love their lines of clothing as they are very classic, simple and are suitable for the young and the old.

I purchased a simple off white Wilfred top that is very soft and cozy.
It has a low V neck which is perfect for featuring pearls or a scarf.
I will layer this when the weather gets cooler under my black leather vest or a sweater or jacket.

Darling daughter purchased a fabulous pair of jeans by Citizens of Humanity.
She referred to them as"mom jeans" and we laughed because I was wearing my NYDJ.
(Not Your Daughters' Jeans)
Coincidentally we both had our leather "moto" jackets on with our jeans and tops.
This is the second time in a few weeks where I have found myself dressed in the same style outfit as my companion when out and about!

Today and I have a few chores on my list which will keep me busy
and I am trying to decide what to cook for dinner tonight.
When the weather gets cooler I like to make a cozy meal of roasted veggies and possibly cook a roast of beef.

I need to go for my walk and I may just pop into the grocery store on my way home and see what inspires me...
Keep cozy people.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~