Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A great day in Sidney

Today I spend a few hours visiting a small town I used to live in - Sidney, British Colombia.  It's about 20-25 minutes north of Victoria, and on the edge of the Saanich Peninsula.  It's next to the airport and near the BC Ferry Terminal.  When I was a BC Ferry employee (for ten years), I found it handy to live five minutes away.  Sidney is quaint, and geared for tourists.  It's also quite pedestrian-friendly.   When I was living there, it took mere minutes to walk to the downtown/"Main" street area, with the grocery store, pharmacy/post office, cafes, restaurants, health food store, and best of all, the beach!  I do admit, I miss living there, though since most of our family's world is located in Victoria and Saanich, residing in Sidney now would be more of an inconvenience.

So what was the reason for running up to Sidney today?  Why to see a spinning teacher!  Yes, a woman who teaches others how to spin fleece into yarn on wheels and/or spindles.  She came recommended to me by two local spinners/customers that I know.  Since I am still very much an amateur at spinning on my wheel, I thought it would be helpful to have her guide me to better techniques.

It went very well!  Her house is right next to the ocean.  It is inviting, with it's warm wood, softly colourful fabrics and bundles of fibre, poised on shelves, just waiting to be spun.  She showed me how to work on my drafting in a "short draw", which I will have to practice for a while till my fingers and "peddle foot" have developed the muscle memory needed.  I must say, I came away inspired to spin more, and feeling slightly envious of her beautiful work & living space.

After the spinning, I hopped over to Fish On Fifth, which is a long-time hip little restaurant just off the main street.  I used to haunt that place when I was pregnant with my oldest son, because their cheeseburgers are amazing!  I highly recommend this place for it's very tasty food.  They even have deep-fried chocolate bars!

Then, with a full belly, I wandered down to Tanners Books.  It has a huge magazine section, and is great for kids and adults.   I picked up The Knitter, a UK-based magazine, Spin Off, a spinning magazine, and one called Wild Fibers.

Since bringing home my new desk, which I blogged about in this post, I have been pondering on a new lamp for the desk.   I was day-dreaming of a green-hooded "Banker's Lamp", thinking it would likely work with the look of the new desk.  I hadn't had any luck finding one locally, as of yet.  But today, with just 20 minutes or so before I had to head back into Victoria, I thought to stop at a local hardware/housewares store called "Capital Iron".  Lo and behold, they had just what I was looking for!

See?  Doesn't she suit the desk?

Yes, definitely a great day - it was even mild and sunny too.

Off to watch Glee now, but don't tell anyone!  I'm a little embarrassed to admit I like it.  Sigh.

3 comments:

  1. I love living in an area where I can walk to the grocery store, several restuants, and a yarn store. I feel like everything is right by my door.

    Don't feel bad, I don't like to admit that I love to watch Dancing with the Stars.

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  2. Sounds like a lovely area!! Don't feel bad about Glee. Everyone has their guilty pleasure. I have a bunch of them myself, including Glee :D

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  3. I am fairly certain I saw those lamps at Staples. And Glee is great! Since you love musicals so much, it makes sense that you would like the show.

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