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.