I hope you are enjoying the kids going back to school and the ‘back to normal’ feel that brings with it.
Of course, I just love summer, but I also love the Fall, especially September and October here in British Columbia because even though the temperature is cooler, we still have loads of sunshine and all the leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, gold and yellow – spectacular!
I wish I could say that was my house – but it’s not!
I had a birthday recently, and Mr. LoveThat planned an amazing day for me. I’m not one for huge parties and lots of gifts – I really love simple things. One of my favourite places to go in Vancouver is Granville Island and that’s where Mr. LoveThat took me.
It’s an island in the middle of the city buzzing with a colourful artistic community, an urban oasis filled with waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios, unique shops, cafes and the most fantastic fresh food market you’ve ever seen. It’s where we go when we want speciality food items, or really good fish and meat (that doesn’t happen very often in my household as the prices for that stuff are a bit more than in the local supermarket, but certainly worth every cent).
Parking is usually a problem, but it was a cloudy day, and the end of the ‘season’, so we didn’t have too much trouble. The trees were just turning red and gold
Then down to the waterfront for an amazing seafood lunch. On the way there, we stopped to watch the model of the cement works
And then this poster caught my eye
That’s where I’m from – Zimbabwe! I was sad to see the shop was closing, but soon saw why when we went to take a look at the sculptures. They were beautiful, but VERY expensive. Nothing under $10,000.00. Just a little out of my price range. If you are ever in that part of Africa, the sculptures are a lot cheaper.
Seated on the patio of the Bridges restaurant overlooking the bay
and I ordered a huge plate of mussels. I didn’t take a photo and I was too busy getting it down my throat! But they were REALLY fresh and steamed in a lovely parsley/butter/garlic sauce. Absolutely delicious!
Then, on to the Public Market
where we wandered around for a while drooling over the chocolates and desserts and cheeses (most of which I’ve never heard of!) and fish and meat, until we finally bought some beautiful Italian salads to go with our supper.
I found a wonderful little shop where I can buy a better quality of fabric paint and I will be buying some there this weekend (yay! another excuse to visit Granville Island). They also had beautiful silk and raw linen fabric there, but certainly out of my price range right now. The linen would make wonderful napkins, but that is still a bit down the road yet. Maybe I will get to paint a silk duvet cover one of these days?
We couldn’t leave without having a beer at the Granville Island Brewing Company
Back in the real world, I got an email from Etsy, as I do from time to time, reminding me that Christmas is just around the corner and they are starting the count down. Horrors!
So this week, I got on with some Christmas Place mats and napkins and Wine Bottle gift bags.
Pretty silver bells and Christmas wording
and just for fun, Santa and his reindeer (well some of them, anyway) charging through the wintry night sky
And various wine bottle gift bags along the same lines
I cut out the fabric for Christmas Stockings and will sew them together and paint them on Friday.
I have a few more ideas – tea towels and such, and little gift bags to hold tea and coffee or chocolate and other favours. I have all sorts of small scraps of material all over the place and these will make great little bags.
In the meantime – still no progress on my house which seems to have come to a grinding halt, but I am getting tired of looking at the half-finished kitchen wall, so maybe next week …?
But now it’s time for a cup of tea, so until next week – cheers and have a great week.