Saturday, October 20, 2012
So I’m back to the slideshow method now .. this works much better for me, as I love to share photos of where I’ve been. Maybe sometimes I’ll just insert a few photos. But not today, though!
I’m sharing photos taken last Thursday. A day that started out in a sunny fashion. And my pal D and I were set to embark on another seaweed gathering day. But first, I noticed the roses still blooming at the side of the house, so I gathered some and put the petals in a flat tray on a little table in the backyard, Envisioning that they would be mostly dry in the lovely sun.
As it turned out, though, the rains poured down while we were up-island .. so as soon as I returned back home, I quickly gathered them up and put them on paper towelling so they would dry .. and they did, quite nicely!
Anyway, we began our day, driving to some lovely thrift shops. We each picked up some treasures! Including some black computer chairs, which we tried out in the thrift store, sitting on the chair and swirling around in circles. Why even bother trying to be a sophisticated shopper anyway! This was way more fun.
Everytime I buy a little knickknacks, I’m justified in the purchase. Even though I’ve been busy decluttering at home! DH asks me, when I show him my treasures .. well, actually, he just shakes his head and doesn’t say much … he’s very patient! I try to explain why exactly I “need”these new things .. how they add beauty to the house! Especially those decadent tureens (one with a lid) and the platter.
So, we visited 3 thrift shops and then it was time to go to Little Vienna Bakery Café The rains had started in earnest, so we decided to have lunch inside!
I had a magnificent butternut squash soup, so rich! And D had the sumptuous dumplings with a wicked mushroom sauce! And desert! Well, that was wrapped up and taken to our respective homes … for a later treat.
Well, finally, we reached Whiffen Spit. The waves were crashing to shore and I asked someone nearby if my car would be safe where it was .. and I was assured that it would be!
Normally when we visit this place, the tides are out a bit .. and even the high tides weren’t as high as they were on Thursday. So it was a change to see the waves come rolling in and then crash to shore. Bringing with it enormous amounts of bull kelp and seaweed.
So we walked along a bit. Then ventured to a sheltered area, to gather some seaweed. Which was broken up into pieces by the powerful wave action as they were plummeted to shore.
We were in seaweed heaven! Soon we had a few bags gathered and I put them in the back of my car .. being careful not to dislodge our recent treasure of purchases!
I also gathered some sea water, to use in the garden .. and thus add precious minerals to the lawn and garden. Still working on getting the pear tree back to health and avoid the pear trellis rust.
I’ll be composting the leaves from the pear tree in a separate compost pile. Adding lots of EM, seaweed and seawater. The resulting mulch I’ll be using on the side garden.
As I noted before, last year, before my shift of paradigms (garden wise) I had just raked up all those lovely leaves with orange spots and composted them. Hadn’t had any problems. However, this year, with my new knowledge, I’ll be treating them differently. And curious to see if this rust doesn’t return next year!.
Well, pouring rain thundering down, we decide that it’s time to return to the metropolis (ha) of Victoria, so we make our way back. I keep to the posted highway speed in this type of weather … respecting the highway, the downpour and other vehicles.
Soon we are at D’s place and together we take her treasures inside, laughing as we remember what we bought at which store! Another fun day.
Then, time for me to take my little car home and start the process of emptying the contents. Sea water and sea weed taken to the back yard, about 4 trips. Then I carefully gathered my rose petals to dry inside.
Next, my treasures are unloaded and brought home .. all freshly washed and dried!.
So much fun and such a low-cost. My car gets great mileage .. up to 60 mpg on the highway, so that was negligible. Then, the total cost of my treasures were under $40, so I had great value there. Plus all the happiness they bring.
When it’s time in the future to pass these treasures along to someone else (so I can make room for more, as D says!) then I’ll enjoy the process. It’s all fun anyway.
I must admit, I’ve quite enjoyed picking up little treasures for low costs … challenging my creative spirits and laughing along the way!
Well .. on with this day ….