Springtime at last in Victoria – Hatley Gardens

A beautiful early evening at Royal Roads  in Colwood –  Hades has at last freed Persephone from his winter cave and Demeter rejoices.  Here are a few scenes in that enchanting garden.

the old waterwheel
waterwheel

 

A celtic spring

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  1. Does anyone live in that castle? It looks like a splendidly comfy castle compared to some of our drafty and rather spartan ones in the UK that are steeped in all sorts of bloody history and political intrigue.
    I’d love to teleport into that garden. It’s beautiful and spacious.

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    1. Sarah it was turned into a university!! When I was young it was also a military academy but originally one of the Dunsmuir granddaughters, Dola lived there. Apparently she and Talulah Bankhead used to party it up there. She sadly died of cirrhosis and was I believe the last of the well known Coal barons the Dunsmuir family of Victoria. The gardens are exquisitely beautiful and open to the public.

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  2. Roy McCarthy says:

    It could almost be an English stately home and grounds Cybele – and that music has an Old English ‘feel’ as well as the Celtic instruments. Lovely post.

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    1. Agreed. They say Victoria is very English and so it is!! Thank you Roy!

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    1. it was! thanks Debbie!!

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  3. Peter Nena says:

    Nice gardens. If Hades lives there, I should join him without fear. There is a poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne called The Garden of Persephone. I like it for those “other” imageries of mine.

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    1. Peter Nena says:

      Is winter and spring analogous to death and rebirth? Just thinking.

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      1. Indeed!! Persephone is held for six months underground by her lover the king of that underworld Hades ( or the Roman Pluto). He lets her go visit her mother ( Demeter or Ceres who is goddess of earth) for 6 months. So while she is gone Demeter is sad and everything dies etc and when she comes back Demeter is happy and renews the earth for spring and summer) Don’t you just love all those myths!! They are quite delightful and often scary too!!

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    2. yes, lol!! But poor old Hades stays underground. So happy to see Spring this year as we had a long wet winter!!

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      1. Peter Nena says:

        Myths are some of the greatest stories I have come across. I love them.

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      2. me too Peter!! I love them!

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  4. Superb! I do miss the seasons and your springtime is beautiful. I especially like the Garden Lawn and Hatley Castle. I know the Castle isn’t really representative of spring but I just am fascinated with castles! Beautiful soothing music. Happy weekend! 🙂

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    1. and to you Linda!! Thank you! I love castles too!

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  5. Cybele!! This is where I live!! (well okay I am about 45 minutes from Colwood) but still!! 🙂 Your photos are wonderful at highlighting the gardens. I’m so excited to see it here, thanks! Do you live here or was it traveling?
    Also, I just read your note about having trouble with the book. Oh dear! And so nice you want to buy it – thanks! Here are instructions: Click this link and then press the button for “ship outside US”, then select your country from the list and then press the PayPal button. Any issues after that please let me know xoxo
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    1. Perfect, thanks Christy!!!!

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      1. Hi Cybele, I’m so glad that helped you! I’m excited too about you reading the book ((hugs)). I just noticed how the link showed up in my comment here looking so long for some reason so feel free to delete the link from the comment if you want (through your dashboard). Happy women’s day!!

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  6. DG Hardy says:

    I love being able to access these online. How splendidly full of beauty you make life seem! Bless you!

    DG

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    1. Most appreciated dear friend!!!

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  7. Thoroughly enchanting Cybele 🙂 I can’t wait for the cherry trees to burst into blossom!

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    1. thank you Sarah – it’s so wonderful to see them bloom after the dreary grey of this last winter!!

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      1. It’s been an odd winter for us! A few snow flurries but nothing exciting. The north of the UK had a bit more but it’s generally been a mild but boring winter weather wise. Not great for photography!

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  8. yelena says:

    such beautiful photography..glad to have discovered your blog.

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    1. thank you so much Yelena!! I’m honoured.

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  9. lauramacky says:

    Wow that castle is amazing!! Beautiful shot with the huge tree.

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    1. have you been there Laura!? It is beautiful!! Thanks!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        No. I wished we had more time in Victoria when we were there.

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      2. next time! 🙂

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  10. Boy do I wish I was there!

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    1. It’s so welcome after such a dreary, wet winter!!

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  11. pike says:

    What lovely gardens, I love celtic music, too 🙂

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    1. Thank you pike!! Me too!!

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  12. suej says:

    Ooh, I like that, waterwheel shot…..

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    1. I do too!! thanks Sue!!

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  13. Carrie says:

    That castle is a gem! Beautiful light and whimsical bliss as always, Cybele. Looks like a beautiful place to spend an evening.

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    1. It is Carrie Thank you!!

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  14. It looks like a lovely park! Your images are very fine. I like the full tree in bloom, and the one of the castle best in this series.

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    1. Thanks so much Deborah. It’s a gorgeous park!!

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  15. Amy says:

    Beautiful garden photos! Can’t wait to enjoy spring!

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    1. oh it’s so welcome after a dreary grey winter! Thanks Amy!

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  16. sedge808 says:

    things are coming alive

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    1. they are at last!

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