Thursday, September 16, 2010

Just Down the Road


I took a different direction on my walk today. Down Lowry Road past where the asphalt ends, then across the railway tracks used just twice a day, a little further on the gravel road and there it was...Little Qualicum Cheeseworks





The Cheeseworks and Winery are both part of Morningstar Farm


This log cabin was built in the 1880s by Jim Lowry, an early pioneer and blacksmith. The cabin is closed to the public, but the owners envision a museum of cheesemaking there some day.


Across the field the cows are slowly coming home for the night. In the distance fog settles on the land. 


There are ducks, rabbits, pigs and sheep. Picnic areas are available for al fresco meals. Visitors can wander through the barns, observe the milking and the cheesemaking.

I took my walk late in the afternoon so most of the activity had ended for the day. But you can be sure I'll return to taste a little cheese and wine, watch the process of turning milk into cheese, and I will, in all likelihood, tuck a piece or two of cheese from the shop into my bag to enjoy at home.

Thank you to those who commented on yesterday's post. I'm encouraged. You are wonderful friends, even though I haven't met many of you in "real life." 

13 comments:

Carole said...

This seems really nice, it would be interesting to visit this log cabin !!
I read your post about "Graciousness" and I feel so sorry for you !! You are very brave for wanting to go back and I hope that these ladies will realise that it is rude not to welcome a newcomer !
Good luck, hugs
Carole

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Lorrie, I found your blog through Julie's, A Vintage Chic.

If I had a cheeseworks and winery walking distance from me, I would be walking more than once a day. HA! I live in a country where no alcohol is allowed (that's not to say it can't be found or made).

I can relate to your previous post. Graciousness certainly seems to be lost on most people these days. I am still astounded that adults get stuck in cliques just like school kids. I experienced some of the same when I came to Kuwait, and got involved with American Women's League. Sometimes it is hard to break through when everyone else seems to have a history together already. There will be one person who will connect with you at some point, and if not, then you will realize that's not the place for you. I would certainly rather be happy with myself, than try to find a fake friend any day.

Have a wonderful weekend. Best wishes, Tammy

Vee said...

Some gals are just blessed...I considered myself so when I could walk to the bakery, but to a cheese and wine shop? Oh what bliss! You must take your hubby next time.

Floss said...

I adore this post and I just want to come and visit NOW! What a lovely farm business, and with its own log cabin too (big fan of Little House on the Prarie here).

But I'm so sorry to hear about your grotty experiences at that group. I think THAT'S a sign to try another group, don't you? And I gather the Irish are wonderfully welcoming too - not just from clichés, but from my husband's experiences there. I've met wonderful people from the Southern US too - they have a very genteel and polite society. Gracious indeed.

Floss said...
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Floss said...

I adore this post and I just want to come and visit NOW! What a lovely farm business, and with its own log cabin too (big fan of Little House on the Prarie here).

But I'm so sorry to hear about your grotty experiences at that group. I think THAT'S a sign to try another group, don't you? And I gather the Irish are wonderfully welcoming too - not just from clichés, but from my husband's experiences there. I've met wonderful people from the Southern US too - they have a very genteel and polite society. Gracious indeed.

Maggie B said...

This looks like a great place to head for when out for a walk, it would be great if they turned it into a museum too.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

It looks like you have a wonderful place to walk...and I look forward to your return visit (since I'm sure you will take us along!).

sparks said...

You have inspired me to find and photograph a beautiful place within walking distance of my home -- just as soon as the rain stops and my laundry is done.

Bettyann said...

Lorrie I so love the farmstead..DH and I went to the island for a vacation last year in november..we had some delicious cheese and wine for a lovely dinner by our cabin's fireplace...take care..

cindy said...

Hi Lorrie,
I found your blog a long way back and I have since been able to revisit. I love log cabins especially with a fireplace and a little rain. Oh your walking distance to a fantastic little spot.
I love your little space and your duck photo.

WendyBee said...

Hi Lorrie, I've been away from blogland for a few months, and just getting caught up on my favorite blogs. I just had to write when I read your previous post about "Graciousness". You are so so right. I think graciousness does not come naturally to most people, because it requires you to step outside of yourself and consider someone else first. Most of us are so busy and not being intentional to be welcoming. I have been in situations where I marveled at the ease with which my hostess thought of my every comfort, and I have been in situations like the one you experienced. As a parent, I have tried to teach my children inclusiveness. But the reason I have been aware of this concept is that we live in a world where graciousness is not the norm. And I have lived a life a little bit adventurous, pursuing an education and getting used to different schools and groups of people (who were very different from me). I too have had similar experiences to yours and have struggled through them. I wish I could be your tea and stitching companion, as I have few kindred spirits among my neighbors and co-workers. I'm sending you a cyber-hug, for what it's worth, and I'll whisper a prayer for you tonight.
WendyBee

Pondside said...

I love that Muscovy! I had a pair a while back - Sophie and Maurice - they were very efficient at slug abatement!
You live in such a pretty part of our island, Lorrie. Thanks for sharing your walk.