Butchart Gardens and Victoria

We took a taxi to the ferry terminal Thursday morning, and took the 90-minute ferry (from which we saw an Orca whale!) to Vancouver Island.

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Upon deferrying, we took a one-hour, public bus ride to Butchart Gardens – a total of four hours from our apartment to the Gardens – where we ate lunch and enjoyed the beautiful scenery for hours.

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We left there at 4:00 to take another long bus ride to Victoria where we’re staying two nights. Since Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, we toured the parliament building today.

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Everything’s been beautiful, but it’s been kind of a stressful couple o’ days. Charlie developed a terrible cough before we left Vancouver, possibly because he’s not getting rid of the snot from his cold
since he still doesn’t know how to blow his nose. I looked up whether this is a common thing for autistic kids, and it is. There are numerous posts about it, including an instructional video featuring a non-verbal, autistic 17-year-old boy blowing cotton balls across a clip board while covering his mouth. It made me sad, but I guess I’ll try it with Charlie. Meanwhile, Laurel continues to be a mucous factory and had used up all our hankies, so I bought some tissues at a gift shop. They’re very rough and made Charlie’s skin under his nose bleed when he was awake for hours coughing during the night and brutally wiping his nose. At least I think this is what happened. I slept on the sofa last night while the kids slept in the king-size bed. When I went in to say “good morning,” Charlie was in the bathroom; and there was blood on his pillow, both sheets near the pillow, and the duvet cover. It didn’t look like a crime scene; there were just tiny drops everywhere.

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Laurel said, “I’m supposed to blow my nose on the Canadian flag?” I didn’t think about the strangeness of the tissue decor when I bought them. Today we came across an Irish linen store and bought several hankies. Yay!

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2 thoughts on “Butchart Gardens and Victoria

  1. Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing! I feel like I get to travel along with you on your big adventure 🙂
    Hope Laurel and Charlie get to feeling better very soon!!!

  2. Victoria Island & Butchart Gardens are just beautiful! Sorry you can’t seem to get the kids well! Idea- buy some really soft 2 ply toilet paper & use as kleenex. It’s much cheaper & works just as well. You’re kind of transferring germs using hankies – assuming you use them more than once before washing. Just an idea. Use Vicks under Charlie’s nose at night. Healing & will help him breathe. As for the cough – you kind of have to get rid of the cause. Sorry for all the illnesses! Take care! Sandy

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