On Thursday morning, Rick and the kids went snorkeling at the site of two shipwrecked pirate ships. They said that the sea life wasn't all that exciting, but that the shipwrecks were totally awesome. Emma wasn't allowed to go, so I took her shopping in King's Wharf (aka the Royal Navy Dockyard), which is where our ship was docked.
The British Royal Navy once occupied ports all along the eastern coastline of America, but they lost control of those ports with their defeat in the American Revolution. In 1809, the British Royal Navy used British convicts and local slave laborers to build King's Wharf as a military outpost. It remained fully operational through both World Wars. After 1951, only a small number of naval operations remained in function, and all operations halted in 1995. Since that time, it has become the major passenger cruise dockyard. The dockyard's main fort now serves as the Bermuda Maritime Museum.
Emma was enamored with this huge anchor.
King's Wharf is also home to The Dockyard Glassworks studio and gallery, which is where we bought this bowl and vase in 2010.
This year, we wanted to get two pieces to finish off our redecorated living room, which is decorated with muted jewel tones and black wood furniture. There isn't any blue in that room, but these pieces stand out really well on the black wood and the gold flecks bring out the gold stripes in the draperies. The colors and swirls remind me of the Bermudan waves.
I forgot to take a photo of them, but I bought Emma a small glass tree frog and a tiny glass ladybug. The tree frogs are quite prolific in Bermuda, though they are not indigenous. Rumor has it that they arrived in Bermuda sometime in the early to mid-1800s, most likely as stowaways on imported orchids. They are tiny little creatures, easily able to fit on your thumbnail. The males actually whistle (almost a bell-like sound) to attract females, though only in warmer temperatures.
In the early afternoon, we took the ferry to Hamilton, which was the original dockyard for cruise ships. Cruise ships keep getting larger, and Hamilton cannot accommodate them as the waters are more shallow there than at the Royal Navy Dockyard. Smaller cruise ships can still dock in Hamilton. Rick would love this to be his "other" garage.
Hamilton is a very busy town, housing the major shopping and business district. The guys strolled around town and went to a pub while the girls enjoyed an afternoon tea at the Fairmont Princess Hotel. Emma got to sit with Mark Twain, a frequent visitor to this hotel. In fact, his last visit ended just nine days before his death.
Ahh, this is the life for a little princess!
Emma said that her favorite part was stirring a sugar cube into her tea, LOL! She even told us, "You girls can have some of my tea if you'd like. It's the BEST tea ever!"
We each had our own tray of scrumptious goodies. Unfortunately for me, most of the sandwiches were composed of seafood (I'm allergic) and half of the desserts contained kiwi (I'm allergic) or lime (not allowed to eat b/c of my stomach issues) and, of course, there was tea (not allowed to drink b/c of my stomach issues). So why, you ask, would I go to this tea? Because it was fun and Emma loved it and I really didn't need to eat all of that stuff anyway. Just look at how much Emma enjoyed this! It was so worth it (even though I had a stomach ache for the rest of the day because I drank some of the tea).
THIS is the moment that made it all worthwhile.
Yes, Mom, I know I should have avoided the tea. But you totally would have done the same for Brittany when she was little! There's no sacrifice too big for a grandma and her little princess!
Now where did I put my Tums...