What a cool day!
A friend from Qualicum Beach mentioned to me that we must go to Seedy Saturday. It’s a wonderful annual event for gardeners and we would enjoy it. Mark was keen as we had been talking about getting advice for our garden. I mentioned it to my Hair Stylist and she was all pumped about it saying ‘it’s what we do here Debbie; we grow things’.
I also mentioned it to my friend in Calgary, different response! ‘Seedy Saturday, is that like at the Cecil Hotel?’
Mark’s comment this morning was priceless: “that would be the day that I thought I would be getting up on a Saturday and the highlight of the day would be to go look at seeds!” I told him we better go early as it’s likely to be a popular event and very busy. He smirked and said “Debbie, this is Parksville” (I corrected him and told him that it was actually in Qualicum Beach).
We drove to Qualicum and literally could not find a parking spot for blocks. Crazy. We walked into the Civic Centre, past the woman with the sign that said Save our Seaweed, gave our donation and wow, we faced wall to wall people – you could hardly move. I must say it was like going back into the 60’s or 70’s. I have never seen so many ‘wholesome’ people gathered in one spot since Enderby in that era. There were vendors from all over the island and surrounding islands – Denman, Gabriola, Salt Spring. Everyone seemed to know what they were talking about and growing your own garden from seed seems to be a very serious business here. Did you know you could grow Quinoa from seed? I had just learned how to say it!
I bought myself some wildflower seeds, some sweet pea seeds, poppy seeds and 4 Dahlia tube (root thingys). Got some great advice about certain plants in our garden, with not much of a ‘you didn’t know that?’ look!
We then went to the Farmer’s Market – no beef jerky there for Mark!!! Walking back to the car, we smelled a big whiff of pot! Perfect. That’s what we needed to end the outing. It was a glorious day and another affirmation that we have chosen the best community for us to retire.
Have enjoyed putting this together. Certainly not completely happy with it yet. Some adjustments need to be made and some additions/exchanges. I’ll just get it right and then it’ll be time to paint! 🙂
Jan. 7, 2014
It is three months today that we moved into our new home and it’s just a week over three months since I retired. I know that we should all be grateful for everything we have and through my later, more mature years, I think I have been, but not like this. Wow! How blessed I am. Here is just a taste of some of the blessings in my present life that I have given thanks for these last three months, in no particular order or importance:
- I am healthy (as far as I know)
- I am loved
- Mark and our families
- I live in a beautiful home, community, island, province
- I previously lived in a beautiful home, city, province
- I worked for a great company that has allowed me this lifestyle at a relatively young age (not to mention the wonderful travel benefits)
- I had the best sister anyone could ask for. This grief that I continue to feel is ok (other than wishing she had never been sick and was still here). It does make me realize how lucky I was to have had her for a sister. She gave me the best niece, nephews and brother in law anyone could ask for. She is not physically here but she lives on among us and I know she is happy we are close.
- I can see the ocean every day, and I do
- I love that the clerk in Shopper’s Drug Mart says to me ‘whatcha up to today?’
- I now shop at Stedmans and Fields – hadn’t said those words for 40 years, til I moved here!
- I now own a kettle – tea is good on a rainy day
- We are golfing tomorrow. Are you kidding me? Jan. 9th in Canada??
- I do my jigsaw puzzle at night, sometimes til midnight, drinking Chamomile tea
- We have booked a Mediterranean cruise for June
- We appear to have great neighbours. Look forward to getting to know them better
- Everyone has a dog here. No matter where I walk or go, I see a dog. We’ll have another one day too.
- Everyone you meet on walks, in stores, at the water says Hi or at least acknowledges you with a smile or nod.
To be continued……… 🙂