We were ‘socked in’ as we say on the wet west coast with steady drizzle, which turned immediately to rain as soon as we opened a door. None the less, we had a wonderful road trip to Coombs, a funky little town in the middle of Vancouver Island where you can buy just about anything and eat too. They are famous for having goats on the roof of the big store.
Unfortunately, we didn’t see the goats this time. They were hiding from the elements, but this is a picture of one of them we took on another visit. There’s something endearing about goats. Don’t you think?
Our goal was to find a burning barrel. One of the good things about living on a Gulf Island is that you can still burn things. We stopped at a recycling business, which fascinates me. They have everything from kitchen sicks to…nuts and bolts. In front of where we parked sat a four-foot tall fire hydrant circa 1912 that I immediately fell in love with, but I refrained from buying it because I have no place to put it and my dog is dead, so really no reason to own it. Whenever we visit this place my imagination goes wild thinking of the funky little houses I could build with the stained glass windows, ornate iron work, claw footed bath tubs, and ornate doors created in another century. Images of the shacks built in the late seventies on Hippy Hill on the Haida Gwaii come to mind. Functional and unique.
Next, we went for coffee in the Trattoria and sat beside the picture window you can see above. The taste of their pizza brought back fond memories of Italy. Delicious.
Then we went to the used bookstore. Coombs has the best used bookstore I’ve ever been in, Cozy Corner Books. It doesn’t smell. It has everything. And the staff is knowledgeable. I wanted to browse for one pocketbook, then I looked beyond that…then… I hit gold. I’ve been wanting to invest in reference books on world mythology and mysticism and I found the exact books I wanted. OMG. Happy Dance time. They were greatly reduced in price from the originals and I got them at half price because I had store credit from bringing in books. (Yes, I’m still downsizing). Total $36.00!
“In all cities of the ancient world were temples for public worship and offering. In every community also were philosophers and mystics deeply versed in Nature’s lore. ” p. 1
I’ve just finished skimming all 600 pages. Don’t ask me for details, but I’ve got a good idea of what’s in it– a treasure-trove of detail about mystic traditions from around the world. Love it.
Finally, we went into the general store, which is just too hard to describe, because they really have everything there. We bought our favorite cocoa from Holland, boxes of Granola for two dollars and a hat for PJ to wear when he mows the lawn.
I love unplanned road trips with PJ. I never know what’s around the corner. It was truly a great day. I hope your weekend was as much fun.