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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

ABC Wednesday - Q is for Quaint

Did any of you miss me? Did you notice that I've been away? Well, I missed all of you but I've been away for three days taking photographs on the Sunshine Coast. My friend Cathy and I took the 40-minute ferry to a remote area along the BC coast and explored to our hearts' content. Luckily, we had fabulous weather and I took over 100 photos. This coastline runs about 86 km and offers lots of outdoor recreational adventures like sea kayaking, sailing, mountain biking, hiking, scuba diving, saltwater fishing, beachcombing, and air and boat tours. There are also hundreds of artists, events and gallery exhibits throughout the area. If the artisan is in residence, a purple flag flies above their sign at the side of the road. We saw a few flags out, but this isn't really the season for tourists.
Stay tuned over the next few days for more photos and stories about our adventure. Today, though, for Denise Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday, I thought I'd share some of the quaint pictures I managed to get. It seemed like we'd drive only a few kilometers and I'd be yelling, "Cathy! Pull over! There's a shot!" Thankfully, Cathy is only too happy to oblige.



The first place we stopped was at Molly's Reach Restaurant, the site of the longest running Canadian TV program, The Beachcombers. The area around the restaurant, which is located at the pier in Gibsons, is called Molly's Lane and there's a myriad of artisan shops here. For lunch, I had a big bowl their famous clam chowder soup and had to be rolled out when done.







Here's a shot of part of the fence that runs the length of the lane. It's completely painted in a beach scene, complete with driftwood and sea birds. Here you can sit a spell and watch the tourists and locals alike while enjoying the fresh sea air.










Can you guess what this is?














It's a hydro box painted by a local artist to depict salmon spawning. I found this absolutely fascinating and saw a few other boxes in the area painted, too. Here are a couple more. Click here to read about how this was done.





















































The following two photos are a good example of my screaming at Cathy, "STOP! There's a shot!" This old bike was at the side of the road by the edge of someone's driveway. The house was quite a ways down a hill and out of sight so this certainly helps if anyone is looking for the address. How could you miss it?


I hope you enjoyed these quaint pictures of life on the Sunshine Coast and will come back for more scenic shots of the area. After all, I guess I should try to drum up tourist business for next summer.
Also, don't forget to check out my other blog called Photologue for more photos.

31 comments:

photowannabe said...

The hydro boxes are quaint but oh so artistic. How lovely to have something so mundane perked up like that.
Great Q shots.

uncleawang said...

I enjoy viewing your Quaint picture and Thank you for sharing.
Have a nice day.

ellen b said...

Well done Leslie coming up with quaint. I love quaint. These are great images you've shared...

Russell said...

Lots of fun. I like the bicycle the best!

So many people have such creative ideas!

Life with Kaishon said...

Very cool Q! Do you know that the Mr. Linky thing isn't working? The one that is up is the one from last week. I am so confused!

Rose said...

I quite enjoyed your quaint photos! The bike is a clever idea for showing one's house number.

Melissa said...

I love all of your quaint photos! Especially the bike at the end. Thanks for sharing!

naturglede said...

I love your quaint photoes. They were so fun to see. Nice boxes!Thank you for sharing:)

marina said...

Where did you say you went? It seems to me that it's arts' land there!!!

Aileni said...

I was abit concerned as you have talked of health issues recently, Leslie.
A colourful place - perhaps I should paint our oil tank to look like a log or a Swiss Roll... Mmmm

Bear Naked said...

Love-- love-- love the bicycle.
Someone is very clever and artistic.
But I guess when you live in that area with so many artists it would be easy to find your creative side.

Bear((( )))

antigoni said...

I loved your post. I can't wait to see more of your pictures.

Rinkly Rimes said...

I love the painted boxes. I hope you don't have the same grafitti problem that we have!

Miss_Yves said...

Yes, I enjoyed all your brilliant pictures of quaint and creative paintings!
You are the
Queen
of odd shots !

Dragonstar said...

Yes, I missed you!

You've found great "Quaint" shots - there's obviously a great deal of artistry in that neighbourhood. I adore that bike!

Jay said...

The hydro boxes are lovely, but ... what IS a hydro box?

Love the bicycle house number holder too. Definitely an attention grabber!

Mickle in NZ said...

Dear Leslie

Thank you for reminding me of "The Beachcombers", so pleased to learn it is still going

I used to watch it on NZ television back in, Ooo the late 1970s? Was definately during "children's" viewing time. And I had completely forgotten about this series that I'd enjoyed.

happy you have had a such happy time travelling and exploring close to home

love and care, Michelle in NZ, with the once again snoring rescue cat (Zebedee)

Reader Wil said...

Yes I enjoyed your wonderful pictures! Especially the hydro boxes are absolutely stunning, but what are they used for? I couldn't find it in my dictionary.

CherryPie said...

Those boxes are really interesting, I have never seen anything like them before. Sounds like you had lots of fun :-)

sally in norfolk said...

love the fish... :-)

nonizamboni said...

What a fun visit--loved your Quaint photos and your sense of humor. Thanks for sharing both!

Daryl said...

Quaint, indeed!

:-Daryl

babooshka said...

Quite quirky and of course quaint.

Maggie May said...

Oh I just love that art work. So cheerful and clean looking.

nina said...

Yes, I like quaint.
I'm glad your time away was a good one.
It's always nice to get out and about!

Powell River Books said...

I agree, Gibsons is very quaint. We have really good friends that live there. Every time we drive between Powell River and Bellingham we have to go through Gibsons. I never get tired of it (Gibsons that is). I invite you to come take a ride on my quad into the Powell River, BC, back country. - Margy

earthlingorgeous said...

Indeed very quaint. I wish everyone paint their hydro boxes like that! So nice to look at hahahaha! Great photos!

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Earth

David said...

Very quaint indeed

Neva said...

I did Quaint as well and isn't it great! Looks like you had a great time on your mini vacation! some great shots!

Shirley M said...

HI loved your blob. AS I am researching decoarted hydro boxes for our township in Tasmnaia Australia could you tell me where you saw the boxes in your blog please.

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