Tuesday, July 11, 2006
The Tea Party Surprise!
Alma's dear friend, Lovisa, had a birthday, and her husband wanted to surprise her with something very special. He told her that he was taking her to Victoria, BC, but he didn't mention that he was inviting friends and family to meet her at The Empress for birthday tea surprise! Guests traveled from afar, all meeting at The Empress at a designated time. Dad and Alma started their journey early, meeting the ferry as foot passengers in Anacortes, Washington before 7:00 am. After a leisurely cruise, they disembarked at the harbour in Sidney, BC. From there they boarded a bus and commuted to Victoria. At a proper and appointed 'afternoon tea' time, they guests all arrived to surprise Lovisa. What a lovely surprise it was! Seventeen guests arrived to spend an afternoon of happy conversation, celebration, and delightful food. Alma is pictured, sitting beside Lovisa, and is wearing a red dress. Dad is in the back row; dark shirt. Lovisa's kind husband is the true gentleman in the gray suit, seated.