Saturday, September 28, 2013

Ten Thousand Villages Granville and the Ferry to Victoria


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..


10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the mini tour Lovella - I almost feel I'd been there with you! - Well I was and then I wasn't .....(smile)

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  2. Such a pretty post with all the golden light and autumn decor. The stories are so cool...it really is a small, small world.

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  3. Love that store front!
    Praying for a safe trip home!!

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  4. Hi, Wonderful photos Lovella. I really enjoyed dropping by and chatting with all of you yesterday! I see you caught me taking a bite lol, sampling some of your delicious recipes! Most people who know me would call this my natural pose! It was a pleasure to meet you all :) Have a good day tomorrow in Victoria and safe trip home. Margaret from B.C.

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  5. Hi, Wonderful photos Lovella. I really enjoyed dropping by and chatting with all of you yesterday! I see you caught me taking a bite lol, sampling some of your delicious recipes! Most people who know me would call this my natural pose! It was a pleasure to meet you all :) Have a good day tomorrow in Victoria and safe trip home. Margaret from B.C.

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  6. Another lovely adventure! How I wish I could have welcomed you to Victoria, but I heard that you had a great welcome!

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  7. A really nice re look at the weekend. The hostesses and one host at both Ten Thousand Villages show wonderful hospitality not only to us but I really noticed just how welcoming and engaging the staff is with each customer who walks into their doors.

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  8. Lovely times...just perfect! Glad you had reason to visit Victoria this time of year. Wondering how the Australians came across the MGCC website . Must have been an interesting story .

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  9. I wish I lived nearby so that I could have visited your signing. What a treat for you to meet friends who love you, from Australia. They do lay out the red carpet for you all. I am sure you created many fun memories during your stay.

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  10. Fun to see it through your lens too! (love you tiny little camera - do I dare ask for another one?)

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Thank you!