28 October, 2012
We had things to do on the Mainland yesterday, which necessitated a drive out to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal .. where we boarded one of the most uncomfortable ships I’ve ever travelled in. One of the “new” Coastal ships … the very expensive looking passenger seats were created for body types that weren’t like ours, so that was a very uncomfortable experience. Then, the constant very heavy pounding of the ships engines brought on neck pain that I hadn’t experienced for years. I spent the majority of the trip trying to get comfortable on these seats and alternately massaging my neck to try to alleviate the pain.
I have to say that this was the worst trip that I’ve ever experienced and it made me wish that I’d stayed home. But .. we persevered and (not soon enough) we were driving off the ferry and heading towards Ikea!
The trip entailed taking the Ladner Trunk tunnel (aka Deas Tunnel) .. here are some links for more information:
It started off being called the George Massey Tunnel:
We soon arrived at Ikea .. it’s been years since we’ve been there, and (as D had told me) .. the building had been torn down and a new one built nearby. I didn’t even let myself dwell on the fact that I missed some amazing store closing sales! So I won’t go there!
We were at the store nice and early and so lucky to get underground parking close to the entrance!’
First of all, we headed to the cafeteria style restaurant, which is quite large and orderly. Soon we had our breakfasts on trays, searched for and found (with me asking fellow shoppers where to find some things!!) all that we needed. I noticed that some shoppers were wheeling little shelved trolleys, with trays full of food .. to their tables. How clever, an easy way to bring breakfast to the table for the family.
I happened to chat with one of the employees .. who was placing spent coffee filter & grounds on a cart and, just for the heck of it, asked if Ikea composted anything! I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they did this! And when I asked if I should remove the spent teabags from my tray, I was assured that all foods are sorted back in the dish washing area! How cool is this!
For the next few hours, DH & I took our time, wandering through the store .. the displays had been well set up, showing complete rooms, including closets, with clothes hanging in there, making the displays appear to be liveable, and you know, it worked! It felt as if we were wandering through a friend’s place .. everyone treated the displays with respect. This was a good way to visualize the furniture and see how the many items could be best utilized.
My favourite places were the kitchen displays. Each one had a dishwasher, oh, joy, I would love one of these. And my favourite item in all the kitchens was a counter-island, with storage all around each side. A sink, and dishwasher! High stools so friends (and myself!!) could sit, chat and sip on glasses of wine. How comfy would that be.
I made purchases here and there. Thought of taking photos, but, there are enough photos of Ikea online and they are nice and clear. Besides, I kind of forgot to take my camera out of the case, because I was so enthralled at looking at all the beautiful and useful items that were there.
Oh, I love Ikea and sure wish that the store would return to the island, but it was a failed experiment in years past and so I don’t think it will ever happen. sigh.
What did I buy? Well, how could I resist some economical new duvet sets? So I chose 2. Lovely. Then there were heavy re-useable Ikea branded ziplock bags, they came in 2 colours, pink or blue. And then, each box had 2 sizes! Oh, these Swedish people are clever and practical! So I bought only one box of each .. instead of 3 or 4, as I would have done in the past. How very mature.
A cute little work lamp for only $11.95! Little things like that. Oh, so much fun to wander around and get ideas.
We caught the mid-afternoon ferry for our return trip. Oh, lovely .. this time we travelled on the Spirit of British Columbia, that model that should have been used to build the last “new” ships. What a lovely trip this was! Comfy passenger seats, just the normal comfortable rumblings of the engines down below. And the atmosphere, I swear, was so much friendlier!
On this trip, people talked with each other, there was a wonderful ambience all around .. this is the way that ferry travel should be! Guess next time I’ll check ahead to see which ships will be sailing before I plan my travels. I do not want to travel on those Coastal ships again, shudder, shudder, shudder!
I noticed that someone was throwing treats down on the deck for the seagulls. Although this practise is not encouraged, it is harmless and raining and the seagulls were performing delightful aerial stunts, which brought out more people and their cameras.
Later on, the Captain announced that there was a young Humpback whale to be seen, so crowds of us rushed outside … how lovely was this sight! We saw the whale spouting and then the flip of its fin and it went below the water. As the ferry travelled on, we could see the whale continuing with these actions .. how beautiful was that. I caught a little bit of action, not much but enough for me to appreciate the wild beauty of sea-life.
And again, I thought of the fight against a proposed Enbridge pipeline that the government wants to be installed, and how it would jeopardize our fragile sea creatures. Here is a link showing what’s going on, just for greedy money with only lip service to the environment:
And then I read a story in today’s Time Colonist, page D8, showing a photo of a 78-year-old woman standing on her property. Trying to ward off the construction of a Keystone XLoil pipeline that will bring oil from Canada. Here is a link to the Los Angeles Times newspaper article:
Turns out that the TransCanada company created an easement on her property under Texas’ “eminent” domain law, which will pay her half the money she was originally offered. How horrific is this .. to have no control over your own property. This scares the hell out of me. And this has also happened in Canada.
Sorry to rant, but these things, these greedy actions abhor me. However, we humans have to learn what is going on with our earth, do our best to protect it. We must learn what companies are trying to do with our natural resources. Just tsk tsk’ing and turning the pages or changing the channel does not serve us well. We need to educate ourselves and learn to speak up against these things. Get off the fence.
I will endeavour to lighten the mood now.
So I took lots of pics of the seagulls playing around in the air, balancing on the ship’s rails, pecking away at the potato chips .. and in so doing, chatted with fellow passengers, had a good laugh and thoroughly enjoyed standing outside in the rain.
Back home .. took out my new purchases and played with them all .. ah, it’s great to have enthusiasm.
Later on, I attended Asmira’s Silver Anniversary Show, here’s a link to some photos:
And here is where I stepped back into the past! Another friend I hadn’t seen in a long time, was dressed up as a very sexy devil, artfully dressed all in red .. showed me what she was using for the tail of her costume! It was a red velvet hairband tie that I had made for sale about 20 years ago!
I’d completely forgotten about these things .. back in the day when I was busy sewing, crafting and selling my creations. Now the curtains of my memory parted and once again I was back in the past, making trips to fabric stores, visualizing the finished product,choosing materials, making purchases. Going home to my sewing room, measuring, cutting, sewing. Taking my items to a friend’s shop for sale. And all these years later, all that I’d forgotten flashed into my mind. All that excited creative energy from the past beckoned me, begging me to let them live again!
And another reminder, another friend who I hadn’t seen in a very long time reminded me of a memory she had of me, back when, as a group, we all flew to Seattle and visited theNorthwest Folklife Festival! She remembered that I’d bought a small tin of lip balm, made of honey and spices. And that I’d like it so much that I kept applying it to my lips, till at the end of the day, the tin was empty! Wow .. ok, flashes of this started to pop up! Nice.
And this reminder of how time travels much too quickly sometimes! I was chatting with another friend, not seen for… hmmm … how many years? Well, let me tell you!
I was reminiscing with her about that same Folklife weekend, she was pregnant and we were wandering around the food building and she was eating a variety of foods. She warned me to not try to follow her lead, as I couldn’t keep up with the ravenous food cravings of a woman who was pregnant.
So I asked her how her “little” boy was doing .. and learned!!!!
That he was 30 years old, married, with a daughter. There was a silent hush as our mental calculators clicked away. Ouch.
I would love to go back to Seattle in the spring and revisit the Folklife Festival again … so maybe next year we could get a group together and just go back to watch the marvellous folk arts, the dancing (the Clogging!!!) To watch the most amazing dance performers and perhaps this time we could try to get into the Gospel celebration .. it was packed full and we could only hear the singing very faintly.
Here’s a link: http://www.nwfolklifefestival.org/
And I do not like crowds, but I remember being there, thousands of people milling around and feeling so happy to be there with all those who share a love of dance, crafting, creating things, and what a wonderful place to be.
Oh, I do chatter on .. and it’s time to get going. The rains have stopped and I have plants to re-pot.
Just thought that I’d like to post those photos of that long ago visit to Folklife .. the pictures of the cat riding along on his owner’s shoulders. The vast cooking areas. The broom makers.
I’ll have to dig out those photos and scan them …ha ha… the days before digital cameras!!