There is a rain event scheduled for our part of the world.
It started with an appetizer yesterday when we left Abbotsford.
By the time we arrived in Vancouver it had slowed to a drizzle.
We walked around Granville Island until we found a suitable place for us to have lunch together before our first signing.
Edible Canada does they very best to serve only food grown in Canada.
I ordered the eggs!
The food was served and we chatted around the table until all the tables around us filled up and then we headed towards our first signing.
The clematis that blooms in early fall....
was on cue!
We arrived at Ten Thousand Villages Granville a few minutes early and saw that they had worked hard to put their aprons on the line and had a perfect spot ready for the folks that would come visit.
Ten Thousand Villages staff has always been so gracious in baking up treats from our books to serve their guests.
Granville Island is a tourist destination for many people.
Some locals came to see us,
having read the notices posted.
Others stumbled upon us.
Some had never heard about us before and were very interested to know what brand of Mennonites we were.
We had conversations from people all over the world.
The surprise for this couple visiting from Australia was to walk into the store and see us.
They were so excited to be able to meet us and purchase both our books to take back to Australia.
They follow our blog!
Can you imagine?
Once on the ferry...
we stood in the buffet lineup and purchased some snacks to get us across the pond to Victoria.
The ferry ride is beautiful and one I have not travelled for some time.
Once we settled in our hotel..
we walked to find some dinner.
Walking to the harbour we found the British Columbia Parliament building lit up.
We ate at Milestones and enjoyed the view.
Walking back to our hotel,
we enjoyed the city at it's best.
Window displays in every store called our name.
We stopped of course.
Thought of my son!
And then we came upon the Ten Thousand Villages Downtown Victoria store...
ready for today!
Inside..was someone just closing up and she came out to say Hi.
"I'm going home to make your cabbage soup for tomorrow" she said.
Do we feel welcome already?
We surely do.
all for now..