Hanging out with Family in Edmonton and a Girl’s weekend in Courtenay, BC

Hello everyone! Gosh, it’s been a busy 2 weeks. I’ve been hanging out with my family in Edmonton and my girlfriends (from the lovely Red Hat Society) in Courtenay, BC – over on Vancouver Island.

First I flew to Edmonton and had a few days of baby fun.

At the water park

At the swings – haha – he’s a little small still
Shopping. Oops, I don’t think we’re supposed to be doing that 🙂
Hanging around at home with Gus, the cat

With Dad
Lunchtime
And then spent a wonderful Canada Day at my Daughter & her boyfriend’s house.
Relaxing
played some hacky sack

Barbecuing
and being silly 
All too soon it was over and I was back in Vancouver and back to work. But not for long. The following Friday, 4 of us Red Hat Ladies got on a ferry bound for Nanaimo, BC and then an hour and a half drive to Courtenay.

Where we stayed with a former Red Hatter and spent a lovely first evening catching up with plenty of food and wine, of course.
The next day we went to downtown Courtenay for a little shopping
 where I couldn’t resist these
Shopping is hungry work, so we stopped in at a pub for some lunch
And then onto wine tasting and in search of a distillery. 

First stop, Blue Moon Winery where we sampled 6 different wines
And read the pamphlet and pretended we knew what we were talking about! I bought a lovely bottle of red wine there. 
Next, Beauford

We sampled more wine, of course and there was a lot of laughing going on by that time. I bought a nice bottle of white wine called Epic, that I thought Mr. Lifeology would like.
It seems that the wine had made us lose our sense of direction, and we consulted the map before moving onto the next Winery

Looking at these signs helped a bit.

Before long, we were at the next place tasting and buying more lovely wine

And then onto a gin, vodka and rum distillery called Wayward Distillery – I like it already!

Where it’s always drinking time

We sampled everything

I liked the Rum and their Coffee Liquor the best, but I had spent my budget on the wine, so had to pass on buying anything.

We got a tour of the small distillery

At the end of the day, we went home laden with alcohol. After a lovely supper, we drank our wine and watched a movie.

The next day we said goodbye to our wonderful hostess and headed for the market at Coombs, making a quick stop at Qualicum beach. This looks like the kind of place I’d like to spend a few days.
The market at Coombs is famous for it ‘s goats on the roof! This photo is not very good because the goats were too high up, but if you look to the left of the little house at the top there, you’ll see a white billy goat sitting and relaxing.
After wandering around the market, which is much like Granville Island market, we spotted an ice-cream sign
and we were suddenly very hungry!
I loved the Italian-style building
I chose chocolate gelato – mmmmm
After our tasty snack, we checked out the fruit and vegetables

Wandered through the garden centre

And out into a courtyard where there were giant statues everywhere!

By that time, it was time to make our way back to Departure Bay to catch our ferry back to the mainland.
All in all, it was a relaxing and fun weekend spent with good friends. Who can ask for anything better?
  I hope you all have a wonderful week,
Cheers!
Jane
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