Making Merry On A Boat: Butchart Gardens

We went on a 4 day sailing trip just before Christmas. We spent two days at Princess Bay on Portland Island. Portland Island is a marine park and Princess Bay is a lovely spot on the SE corner.

Motoring in our full enclosure with the Wallas forced air diesel heater on in the cabin is such a big improvement over our 35 day January sail last year:

The wind decided to change heavy and southerly after two nights and so we anchored in Todd Inlet near the famous Butchart Gardens.

The Gardens were lit up for the holidays:

And they have displays of the 12 days of Christmas. I photographed all of them, in the fading light, so here they are...

12 Drummers Drumming:

11 Pipers Piping:

10 Lords A Leaping:

9 Ladies Dancing:

8 Maids A Milking:

7 Swans A Swimming:

6 Geese A Laying:


4 Calling Birds (ha!):

3 French Hens:

2 Turtle Doves:

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree: