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Day Trippin’

In the last post I closed by saying how I was looking forward to meeting up with two fellow Flickr-ites who were taking the ferry across and we were going to do a photography field trip. It was great meeting these ladies for the first time and we fit in from the moment we met — you’d have thought we’ve known one another for years.

After picking them up from the ferry, we headed back up island a tad to Coombs. There we grabbed our cameras and set off to take photos in the Coombs Market, Goats-on-the-Roof, and all the interesting gardens, statuary, shops and displays. It’s ideal for a photo field trip because of the eclectic nature and the wide range of subject matter. Photos in this post were taken on the field trip. Of course, I took oodles and doodles of photos so this is simply a sampling.

From there we drove back into my home of Qualicum Beach to enjoy some [locally caught] fish & chips at a local establishment that is situated right on the beach. Afterwards I showed them part of our downtown area which has a bit of an old English vibe. Of course we had to take a few photos there also.


I’ve been baking again but felt I’d spare you more photos of what I’ve been making. I’ve been making pies lately and am on a bit of a pie kick — my pastry is working perfectly so it has me making more than I should. Last week I made a chicken pot pie — can you tell I’m also on a bit of a comfort food kick? So over the weekend I took advantage of the peaches that have arrived from the Okanagan and made a flaky, deep dish peach pie. I also made enough scalloped potatoes to last two full meals and oh my gosh was that insanely delicious. I don’t know why I don’t make scalloped potatoes more often — wow that was incredibly tasty. Then yesterday, inspired by the lovely owner of Bread n’ Honey, I made a batch of Oatmeal Peanut Butter cookies. No wonder I’m gaining back all the weight I lost!

Anyway, I actually spent some time one evening writing up a couple extra posts. So, you will likely notice that I’m posting much more frequently than usual since all I have to do is decide on a day and click to have the post ‘go live’. Hint, one of the posts is about dogs (no kidding) and another is a list of tips. And in between I hope to fill you in on more of the happenings around my campfire. By the way, did I mention that I am taking my 9 year old Australian Shepherd to obedience classes? Uh huh. We started a week ago and go until the end of October. I could honestly write an entire post on that one, including why we decided to teach a somewhat ‘old’ dog new ‘tricks’. See you soon!

Tell me … what is the best thing you experienced, saw, or did this past week. I’m waiting …


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lisa - August 29, 2013 - 5:43 pm

I am so glad you got to meet up with new friends, Diane! what fun that must have been, and I look forward to seeing more of your photographs.

I’m on a pie kick too. Blueberry. We had an unusually good year for blueberries, so it’s been pies and muffins for a couple of weeks now. Now you’ve got me wanting peach pie too!

Hmmmm, obedience classes for a 9-year old “puppy?” I definitely want to hear more about this! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

Candace - August 29, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Sounds like a fun get-together. I don’t think I’ve ever met up with anyone I didn’t previously know to go shooting but I’ve thought it would be fun. I’ve met a couple local bloggers whose blogs I read but that’s about it.

We went on a little day trip last Friday, too, where I was able to get enough shots for at least 4 posts, which made me happy, as I sometimes just don’t have enough photos especially in the summertime when it’s too hot to get out there.

andrea - August 30, 2013 - 1:07 pm

It was so much fun meeting you, too, Diane. We’ll meet again soon because I’m catching the next ferry for dinner at your house plus pastry recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sherry at Still and All - August 30, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Ooh, I’m so envious of you meeting up and going on a fabulous photo shoot. I would LOVE to do that one day if I ever get out your way — and I definitely plan to — I have so many friends out there. I adore your buddha shots and I hope they might turn into postcards. Love the cat too. Heavens I love everything you post. Anyway, I’ve been baking too, but not pies. I should really work on my pastry though. But as you know it was granddaughter week so we’ve been doing everything she wants to do…and loving it. I’ll be interested to hear more about your experience with obedience class for an older dog. We have a 10-year-old who could use some.;-)

Susan - September 2, 2013 - 5:36 pm

By your gorgeous images it sure looks like a perfect day! And your cooking descriptions have me drooling! Nothing like comfort food!

Susan - September 5, 2013 - 8:55 am

How lovely to start new friendships over a shared passion. Qualicum Beach is such a pretty town. I enjoy browsing the antique shops with friends.

dinahmow - September 7, 2013 - 7:33 pm

Oh, late to the party-again!
Thank you for such a great day out, Diane.I’m still sorting and sifting photos from that day.And I’m finally writing a post and will link to you.
Now, about that pie…;-)

shooter - October 20, 2013 - 11:08 am

Love this collection of shots you have a good eye for a pic