Thursday, December 20, 2012
D and I chose yesterday as the “day in the week” for our weekly adventuring. The weather was predicted to be dry and perhaps a little sunny. So we weren’t totally surprised to see the pouring rains.
Due to the proximity of the mountains in this part of the world, the weather predictions just aren’t always reliable ..but we are used to that. This time of the year, it’s normal to carry an umbrella and sunglasses, to cover all bases.
We pondered over whether we should travel today or not .. and decided to continue …. the rains would probably stop at some point.
As we drove to our first destination .. amidst the steady, downpour of rain, windshield wipers efficiently working away to keep the glass nice and clear for good visibility… we chatted about this and that .. commenting on the weather .. and why the heck there was a steady line of traffic heading towards Victoria and away from Sooke. Normally, early mid-morning, traffic is very light. Hmmm .. perhaps dwellers of Sooke were travelling to the big city for Christmas shopping and we were going there ….
So .. our agenda consisted of shopping .. to the delightful Lighthouse Bakery in Langford … I bought the most delicious assortment of cake squares .. a lovely mix of Nanaimo Bars, Langford Bars and some lemon square. Delicious and such reasonable prices, I couldn’t make them for the price they charge.
Finally .. champing at the bit .. we head to our first thrift store. We always enter the store, firmly deciding that we would make no purchases and soon we are carrying little shopping baskets … filling them up as we go. Not just any purchases, but genuine treasures. Delicate little ornaments to add to the tree (I’ll show pictures tomorrow!!!)
There seems to be a trend of items from the 60’s available now .. and so we have lots to choose from. Including delightful Christmas wrapping paper from that era. I did pick up a package .. but will I use it or save it? I think that first I will take a photo, to preserve the look .. and then .. I will use the paper. It’s been saved long enough .. time to get out there and let everyone admire the beauty.
Then on to Glenwood Meats … local product .. support the Island businesses, we say.
A few more shops .. more treasures found. Lovely glasses. A Dr. Oekter’s flan tart pan (only $3.50 and half price at that ) brand new!! I plan to make some shortbread, using some delicious vanilla brandy that D prepared, generously giving me some (glad she told me it was for baking, I’d been looking forward to having a sip of this mixture!)
What else did we find ? Oh, the most absolutely wonderful capacious travel bag .. brand new … with “mots en francais, partout” .. .I’ll take a picture of that and will share tomorrow. As I’ve said before, D has a special talent for unearthing the most amazing treasures when we go shopping. This bag had been sort of hidden away and she unearthed it! Could it be any more perfect for transporting my soaps .. in a grand and stylish way!
Oh, we gathered such wonderful treats. And I found an unusual SPCA zipped bag .. just had to get that and I’ll share that tomorrow also.
Time for a wee break … once all of our shopping was done .. and away to our favourite bakery for a little bit of soup and a beverage .. the Little Vienna Bakery!!!
See the lovely festive Christmas decorations decorating the mantle of the sideboard at Little Vienna Bakery .. yesterday …
And dainty little blue globes adorned the branches lovingly arranged in the container nearby
I wonder …. if I were, perhaps, a little taller .. would I have been tempted to see if I could tastefully remove this delicious cookie for a taste test?
A close up of one of the sparkly decorations in the window …
Finally … time to visit the beach to gather up some of the lovely chopped seaweed .. for the garden. Sun would be setting fairly soon .. so we had a timeline. And together we gathered up quite a bit in a very short time. Yea … my garden is going to be so happy and healthy.
And .. guess what!!! The rains had stopped pouring down by this time .. we were so lucky!! Our timing was right on! Yea!!!
The tide was coming in so we had to work fast.
The sounds of the waves got louder and louder and we swiftly glanced at the incoming waves as we scooped up the seaweed potpourri ..
Some ducks flew by overhead and I quickly snapped a picture .. can you see them .. among the branches?
The tide was swiftly coming in .. as each wave cascaded onto the beach ..swiftly encroaching on the bounty of seaweed .. reclaiming it again to the depths of the ocean …
Oh, the massive amounts of seaweed lying there on the beach .. quite an impressive sight .. so close, and yet so far .. with the waves washing in … no way was I going to brave the power of the ocean .. tempting as it was ..
And then .. along comes someone who savours the power of the waves … as a sort of open highway for his board ..
D and I watched as he carefully placed his board on the water, getting ready for his ride upon the waves …
And soon he was paddling away .. nice way to end the work day, what!
And we on shore looked down at the quickly disappearing beach .. adieu … until another day ..
Driving home, tired and happy .. we discussed our purchases and couldn’t recall exactly all of the things that we chose .. so that just adds to the surprise later. Like a practice Christmas morning!
The car smelled deliciously of the ocean …. as we had quite a few netted bags of chopped seaweed in the back of the car. Spread over top of these were our new purchases .. here and there!
So .. D back home to prepare supper for her family .. and I made my way home … DH is working so I can quickly unload the seaweed to the back yard and transport my treasures to the kitchen for a quick scrub and dry .. before putting them all away.
I’ll show him what I’ve brought home … later …. he is quite appreciative of my frugal purchases. And, if I don’t show him all of the things .. well .. ummm … some are supplies for my soap making .. so I’m quite sure he wouldn’t be interested in those things, right now, anyway.
I know that I need to be decluttering like crazy .. but for now .. in this time before Christmas … I will just accumulate just a few more things. I can always pass them along, can’t I?
And the fun that D and I have on our shopping trips is just priceless. We both appreciate the quality of items from times gone by. Not for the monetary value but always for the beauty, the care taken of the objects by their former owners. And we both respect the value of that energy. And pass it along.
The items that we purchase are things that were actually made by people who cared .. therein lies the beauty.