Australian Quilting Magazines are wonderful~ full of gorgeous quilts and stitchery patterns…LOVE them! But do you know how hard it is to find a shop that sells them where I live? Very difficult… I usually go to Bollen Books in Victoria and they only get a few in so you have to go often before they are all gone!! Well… look what I scored at a Thrift Shop in Victoria!! For the price of two magazines I was able to score…
I did a happy dance right out of the store…
This weeks Day Trip took us to Youbou…a little town on the Cowichan Lake. I grew up on this lake…or rather IN this lake! I would get up early… sometimes before 7 am. to attend Swimming Lessons here at Arbutus Park. I would walk the railroad tracks from my house to here..and it usually took about 10 minutes…the railroad tracks are GONE but the park is EXACTLY the same!!
The ONLY change that I could see was the ramp leading to the swimming pool…there use to be two logs chained together leading to the main wharf. You had to be steady walking on these logs or you would fall in before getting to your lesson.
This is one of the reasons why I love swimming so much. I LIVED in the water! Cowichan Lake is huge~ over 30 km. long and is crystal clear…one of the largest fresh water lakes on Vancouver Island.
Arbutus trees are growing all around the park, hence the name Arbutus Park. Look at the initials carved in this tree..wonder how many years they’ve been there? I wonder if R.M. will return to check on his/her initials?
Don’t you just love returning to your childhood haunts – seeing how some things have changed…and other things have remained exactly the same…or are completely GONE! I can guarantee that these kids will have some wonderful memories of the their times spent at this park!
The Arbutus tree is the only native broadleaf evergreen tree in Canada…with a unique bark that splits and peels leaving a smooth orangey trunk…and broad, rich looking, waxy leaves. Being evergreen these trees are always green but they do loose their leaves…they are like a shedding dog…if you know what I mean! They have white flowers that eventually forms berries that the birds love to eat.
Arbutus trees are gorgeous to look at but can be messy in your yard ..what with the bark peeling, the leaves shedding and then the berries dropping…you would be always raking BUT I think it would be worth it! They are magnificent trees! On our way to Youbou I stitched…here’s a little snippet of the penny rug I’m making for the swap with Quilt Sue…
Wish I could show you more…but I want to keep the ‘good parts’ a surprise!!
Have a frisky Friday and Happy Quilting/Stitching!~P