Miniature World in Victoria BC

By DAMI - Last updated: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Inside many of the miniature diorama displays are animated scenes that come to life at the push of a button. Buses and cars move, trains pass, gates open and people come to life!

Inside many of the miniature diorama displays are animated scenes that come to life at the push of a button. Buses and cars move, trains pass, gates open and people come to life!

Ever since seeing the miniature kitchen scene inside a microwave oven at the Moncton Miniatures Annual Show I have thought miniatures were so neat especially when the details are so realistic and on such a small scale that it really blows your mind. We went for a visit to the famous Miniature World in Victoria, BC and it was beyond anything I could ever imagine!

There are over 85 dioramas and displays at Miniature World and when we were there the new Camelot display had just opened and the Camelot series of dioramas alone took 3 years to build! Throughout there were narrations for each display as well as animations and sound effects to fully immerse you in each era and story.

This Miniature World diorama reminded me of Ft. Louisburg in Nova Scotia. The display radiates an old village charm with cobble stone roads and peasants going to market.

This Miniature World diorama reminded me of Ft. Louisburg in Nova Scotia. The display radiates an old village charm with cobble stone roads and peasants going to market.

There were huge panoramic display cases filled with incredible action scenes based on real places and people and events of history as well as scene from fairy tales and myths from the past. It’s like some sort of Twilight Zone episode, you know the one where the guy in the museum sees a dollhouse and then he gets drawn into the dollhouse and starts interacting with the miniatures…that’s how crazy the miniature world is!

First you are seeing a wild west scene of horses and cowboys running across the plains and you can almost smell the horses and hear the pounding of the hoofs on the dirt and then you turn around and are inside of a 1950’s park in a little town with white fences and an antique car show happening in the town square!

The townsfolk gathered in the local park to visit with neighbors and look at some late model vehicles.

The townsfolk gathered in the local park to visit with neighbors and look at some late model vehicles.

Then, after you move on you see a world war two miniature reproduction of a battle in a small French town complete with soldiers and fires and broken brick homes and then after you give your head a little shake you are visiting the Swiss Family Robinson in a tree house, and then a circus with trained seals on a sea saw and then the marriage of King Arthur and Gwendolyn and then there is that same dollhouse from the Twilight Zone almost the same but before you can think about it you are right inside walking up the stairs into a miniature world of 1870 carpets and doors and chandeliers!

A miniature display of a World War II village ravaged by the war in France. The realistic figures in the streets really create an atmosphere of battle and destruction.

A miniature display of a World War II village ravaged by the war in France. The realistic figures in the streets really create an atmosphere of battle and destruction.

You have got to visit this place, I don’t want to give everything away but there is so much to see and the fun part is each scene is like a giant Where’s Waldo and you are spotting little animals and details inside the miniature scene that are so incredibly imaginative that you are in awe at the amount of work and detail the builders put into it.

Boats dock at the wharf and townsfolk  crowd together to board the train into towm. The dioramas at Miniature World are amazingly detailed and this scene shows a crowd and you can really imagine the pushing and shoving and noises of the moment captured in miniature!

Boats dock at the wharf and townsfolk crowd together to board the train into towm. The dioramas at Miniature World are amazingly detailed and this scene shows a crowd and you can really imagine the pushing and shoving and noises of the moment captured in miniature!

Most of the miniatures displays have interactive buttons that operate some small mechanism inside the display…you have to really look close sometimes to see what the button activates because everything is so small…one button I pushed had me stumped…I kept looking for any movement and after five minutes finally saw that three miniature koi fish were swimming below the surface of a small pond when the button was pressed! Crazy fun!

Miniature World is right downtown in Victoria, British Columbia and is a must see! It’s really the Greatest Little Show on Earth! Visit their website: http://www.miniatureworld.com/

The stone bridge over the river is the scene for a drmatic and bloody battle between Knights of opposing kingdoms!

The stone bridge over the river is the scene for a dramatic and bloody battle between Knights of opposing kingdoms!

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Baby Cuisinart

By DD - Last updated: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

baby cuisinartSomething wonderful has happened to us! Our life will never be the same all because there was this little baby left at our front porch! It was so cute, we were so ecstatic! I couldn’t wait to take it out of its box and give it a bath. It came all wrapped and snugged in the box to make sure it wouldn’t be hurt and it didn’t have any bruises.

Our Cuisinart Big Mama adopted the little mini baby right away and even let me use it for the first time! The instructions didn’t say we could make smoothies with it but I did: a delicious blueberry banana smoothie with almond milk and a dash of vanilla. It was so refreshing. Big Mama Cuisinart will even let me bring it to Victoria BC next month with Mama D.

Seriously, the reason why I bought this little baby (Cuisinart Elite Collection 4-Cup Chopper/Grinder) is because I want to bring it on vacation to make Pesto without Mama and Baby CuisinartParmesan or citric acid, and mayo without vinegar and citric acid. Also I want to make some healthy beverages and I’m happy it works better than a magic bullet and is not as loud. It’s also 60 grams lighter than the Magic Bullet and it won’t take much more space in my bag, however I have to remember to pack the blade in the suitcase. It has tiny holes on top of the lid to incorporate liquids like the oil when making mayonnaise; I was skeptic the liquid would go through the holes as they are so small but it does. It can only take 1 cup of liquid at a time but hey, it’s for travel so it’s just perfect: I love mini things.

While in the hotel room’s kitchen, I plan to make liver pâté, mayonnaise, basil pesto, steamed “breakfast sausages” (ground chicken and spices), smoothies, slushies and many more delights.

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A Visit to the Kelowna Kangaroo Creek Farm

By DAMI - Last updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Two handsome kangaroos lounge in the shade at the Kangaroo Creek Farm in Kelowna British Columbia

Two handsome kangaroos lounge in the shade at the Kangaroo Creek Farm in Kelowna British Columbia

With only two days in Kelowna on a 7 day British-Columbia adventure I was looking for a short hike or daytime adventure that was close to Kelowna and my hotel. I saw a pamphlet for the Kelowna Kangaroo Creek Farm and thought I’d give it a try…I was so glad I did the place was fantastic! It’s just outside of Kelowna and is a privately operated kangaroo farm and they have more than just kangaroos, they have goats and emus and other strange creatures and I won’t say too much because you have to go there and see for yourself!

A mother kangaroo with an albino joey peeking out of her pouch!

A mother kangaroo with an albino joey peeking out of her pouch!

I got to hold a little baby joey and she was such a little softie, the farm employees careful pass around little plush pouches with the baby kangaroos inside and they snuggle up and licked anyone who held them! They were so cute and cuddly, the kids loved it! There were mini goats roaming around munching on shoots and leaves and the large open field full of kangaroos lounging in the shade was lovely!

Cuddling a baby joey at the Kangaroo Creek Farm in Kelowna BC

Cuddling a baby joey at the Kangaroo Creek Farm in Kelowna BC

We saw an albino kangaroo which is very rare the guide said there is only 1 in 10,000 kangaroos who are albino so it was nice to be able to pat one and they have such lovely little eyebrows!! They do look a bit like big white rats but there’s nothing wrong with that!

Watching them all hop about in the open grass and not being afraid of people was a great experience.

This albino kangaroo is very rare! Only 1 in 10,000 are all white like this sweetie!

This albino kangaroo is very rare! Only 1 in 10,000 are all white like this sweetie!

We even saw a mama kangaroo with a little albino joey in her pouch! They seem like very gently creatures and it was something I won’t forget. I only had an hour to visit the kangaroos but will go back again next time and try and bring a friend, its a great place for families and good times! The entrance is by donation and the farm recieves no government funding, it’s not a kangaroo rescue just a place created by true animal lovers! You should give at least $5 per person and by the time you’ve held a joey and patted a true to life “Skippy” you’ll want to give even more on your way out! Great place for photos!

There are some more photos at the Kangaroo Creek Farm Website

This little joey was so cozy in her plush little pouch and on her face was a big happy smile as the kids cuddled her.

This little joey was so cozy in her plush little pouch and on her face was a big happy smile as the kids cuddled her.

There are portable toilets on the site and a place to have picnics but it is a farm and not a provincial park so expect some dust and mud and smells and try and keep it clean and don’t litter. I hope they can keep operating as it was a super experience!

This all white kangaroo had lovely eye lashes and cute little pink eyes!

This all white kangaroo had lovely eye lashes and cute little pink eyes!

If you are going to Kelowna here are some hotels

The website of the farm is here: http://www.kangaroocreekfarm.com/index.html

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