Sunday, June 23, 2013

Day Tripping

My husband had a business meeting in Nanaimo on Thursday afternoon and he invited me to tag along for the ride. I planned to do the self-guided historic walk of the downtown area that I'd read about. 

 Regrettably, the day was very rainy so I mostly dashed from shop to shop, poking into vintage stores, unique fashion boutiques, and a wonderful store called The Flying Fish, which has every imaginable kitchen gadget. 

I wandered through a couple of used book stores and picked up the books in the above photo. The Nature Diary is published by the same company that published The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. This volume is filled with lovely sketches and the writings of a more modern country lady. Still Glides the Stream is written by the same author as Lark Rise to Candleford, which I have not read nor seen the television drama, but I've heard about. I'm looking forward to diving into both of these books. 

Underneath them is a Vogue Fitting Book - sewing technique for my fashion designer daughter. 

Nanaimo is a small city with a lot of character. I had a wonderful afternoon in spite of the rain. Have you done any recent day trips?


  1. That sounds like a nice day, rain or shine.

  2. What a fun day - and now I've ordered those two books from ebay - got them both for under 10.00 total.

    You can watch the entire series of Larkrise to Candleford - just have to check to make sure you are watching them in the proper order. I loved the entire series and was sad when it was all finally finished.

    I highly recommend it- wonderful stories and great costumes and period settings.

  3. What a lovely day, apart from the rain!
    One of our favourite paintings was done by an artist from Nanaimo, who was the 'resident' painter on a trip on the Inside passage up to Prince Rupert (or was it Prince George??)

  4. You're the second blogger talking about Nanaimo mind is whirring.

    I've not read any books by Flora Thompson, but Larkrise to Candleford got me through a very long miserable winter once. I loved that series with very few exceptions.

  5. Looks like you made the most of your rainy day! (That is a charming store front window!)

    We, too, loved the Larkrise to Candleford series, although I've never read of Thompson's books.

  6. I love road trips! Glad you found ways to dodge the rain!

  7. Looks like a wonderful day well spent! The books look great, too. I haven't had a good day trip in quite awhile! Need to persue that.

  8. Beautiful photos, even in the rain. Amazing how just a few hours in another place can be refreshing! A mini-mini vacation.

  9. That vintage store sure looks interesting to me Lorrie. The books sound interesting too, especially the flower one with the sketches. The "Land" building has a beautiful entrance. We went to Nanaimo in 1978. That's a long time ago now!! It's nice to see something new even on a rainy day.

  10. Thanks for stopping by, Lorrie. The last time I was in Nanaimo I was still a child. Would love to go again. Your books look absolutely delightful.

  11. The stores sound like a places I'd love to visit, and the books were a great find!


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