Pomp, circumstance and, yes, tea! Celebrating the Royal Wedding in style.

The Royal Wedding is just around the corner! I got my hat ready. Do you have yours? If not, don’t worry, The Grand Hotel in Nanaimo has some tiara’s on hand so you can fit in.

I would love to wear this hat by Philip Treacy… monarchs for the monarchy.


The Royal Wedding is on Friday, April 29th and you can count on a being treated like a Prince or Princess at the celebratory Afternoon Tea.  Traditional Afternoon Tea will be served at 1:00 pm and the price is $22.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids. Reservations highly, highly recommended. Please call 250-758-3000 to reserve your table. The in house tea masters have brought in the very special Buckingham Palace tea blend just for the grand occasion. Tea, traditional scones, fresh Devonshire cream, pastries, sandwiches and a beautiful wedding atmosphere will help celebrate this special day.

The Grand Hotel will have two big screens to watch the replay of the ceremony. To help guide us through the vows is Nanaimo’s own Barbara Densmore, a Wedding Celebrant. She knows lots of great things about weddings, vows and the magic of any wedding, royal or not.  There are prizes for best hats and/or costumes, there will have a vintage jeweler on site to help you find that special wedding bauble, you can also purchase a commemorative plate to mark the occasion. Lots of fun to be had.

For those not able to come to the Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea, do not fret! You can make your own party. Drop by the Grand Hotel and purchase a bag of Buckingham Palace tea ($11.95) and brew your own cuppa and enjoy the wedding day at home or in the office.

Salt Spring Island – historic art.

Recently I had one of the best weekends of my life. My hubby and I went to Salt Spring Island. I love Salt Spring for many reasons, Fish and Chips at Seaside Restaurant, the Saturday Market, Hastings House and we got to have sneak peak at some stunning Canadian history in the form of art!

One of our first stops on our Salt Spring trip was a visit to Pegasus Gallery owner and curator Ian Sigvaldason’s abode to see a collection of historic prints, fittingly titled “Unseen Silk Screens”.  Ian is one heck of a smart guy…  he is a recognized expert on Canadian art history, so he knows his stuff.

Ian is giving everyone a chance step back in time and view a rare collection of hidden art prints from one of Canada’s leading graphic art companies Sampson-Matthews this May on Salt Spring Island.  This collection had been hidden away and stored intact since the project was completed in 1963.

The show will consist of over 45 silkscreen prints, many by the Group of Seven, as well as by famed west coast artists like Emily Carr, and B.C. Binning. He is pleased to be able to offer collectors an opportunity to once again be a part of our nation’s largest publicly funded art project. In conjunction with the National Gallery of Canada, the prominent graphic firm of Sampson-Matthews produced a wealth of technically masterful silkscreens under the supervision of Alfred Joseph Casson. Between 1942-1963, a total of 89 works of art by a virtual who`s who of Canadian artists were translated into oil pigment silkscreens. Such well known artists as AY Jackson, Lawren Harris, Tom Thomson and JEH MacDonald from the group of seven were represented along with woman artists including Yvonne McKague Housser, Rody Kenny Courtice and Emily Carr as well as a host of other well regarded and loved artists. One of the most valuable morale boosters of the war, these silkscreens – depicting scenes from coast to coast – were sent to army barracks and were later available to schools, hospitals and libraries. Pegasus Gallery was fortunate enough to acquire a large group of prints, and is offering over 55 different images. They are visually rich, affordable documents of our Nation`s Heritage.

This is history folks, amazingly stunning work that is going to be shown to all. We loved it and I hope Ian is going to be on hand to do some talking tours with folks. He is passionate about these pieces and it was an honour to have him show us the pieces and share his knowledge.

Check out Pegasus Gallery for more information on the show. “Unseen Silk Screens”, will be exhibited at ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island, BC from May 21-30th. 

Here’s one of the “Unseen Silk Screens” you will have a chance to enjoy…

Binning –  Ships Classical Storm

PS… I did a video with Ian, but am having technical difficulties. Will add when I can figure it out.