Mom Comes To Town – Part One

Howdy there! It appears I’ve been a little MIA these past few days, but I have a good excuse – my mom came to visit 😀 She came into town Thursday afternoon, and we’ve been on the go ever since! This was her final visit to Victoria before I move back to the mainland, so we had to get alot in. She also brought me a car load of packing materials, and took a carload of my stuff back with her. My house looks so empty! All the art is gone off my walls, I have many empty shelves, and even an entire empty cupboard in the kitchen. Crazy!

What’s even more important – she brought me her camera to use until I get mine back 😀 So I have a crapload of pictures from this weekend. I figure it’s best if I break them up into a couple of posts, otherwise you’ll go into picture overload. Let’s start with our trip up island this Saturday 🙂

We headed out on the road on a hot Saturday morning (30+ degrees C) with a few stops in mind. First up – Organic Fair Farm & Garden in Cobble Hill, BC.

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Walking down the path, you are greeted with fields of lavender.

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Other herbs and plants decorate the path up to the main building.

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Organic Fair not only grows & sells organic herbs, spices, and produce, but they make some of the best organic chocolate bars you will ever taste. We took the opportunity to try out almost every flavour of chocolate they had. Mom purchased 3 different bars, and I went with two – the Canadiana (maple syrup, sundried apples, and alder smoked salt) and the Cederberg (fig, rooibos, and clementine).

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With our chocolate in hand, we were off to our next destination – Cherry Point Vineyards.

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What’s a road trip up island without stopping at a winery or two for some tastings? 😀

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We tried a few wines each, but I didn’t purchase any. Not because I didn’t like them, don’t get me wrong! But I’ll just end up having to move them home, so mom purchased wines that I’ll just drink when I’m there 😉

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Unsure why my shutter wasn’t opening properly for part of the day? Perhaps it was the heat? Who knows.

Then we made an unplanned stop – I had seen a sign on the side of the road for Saskatoon berries, so I knew we had to stop. Check out the cute farm 🙂

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It was a U-Pick farm, so we picked up a pail, and filled it about half full. A full pail would have been alot of berries!

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Note – this is obviously before we got it filled half full 😉 At it was only $6! You better believe we washed & froze most of those berries when we got home.

Not only were there berries, but this farm makes a sparkling Saskatoon berry wine that we obviously had to test out 🙂

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Then we made the trip up to our final destination – Coombs! They have this horribly touristy area, with some of the cheesiest statues, castles, and photo spots, but they also have one wicked market – The Old Country Market.

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Not only do they have a vast array of gourmet and imported food products, but they sell dishes, toys, knick knacks, etc. There was an awesome bowl I wanted to buy, but you know, that whole moving thing stopped me from it. I’m sure my bank account appreciated it.

Another unique thing about the market? The roof is covered in grass, and there are goats that live up there!

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We explored the grounds some more, checking out the gardening centre.

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Remember how I said it was one hot day out? Well, that turned out to be a good things, since you can’t go to Coombs without getting some amazing ice cream.

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So many flavours to choose from! I ordered what they call a single cone, with some Chocolate Peanut Butter and Kahlua & Cream. Seriously, does this look like a single cone to you?

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Mom also went with a single – I believe she chose Rocky Mountain Raspberry and Mango Delight.

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You gotta eat those bad boys fast when it’s that hot out! I managed to not wear any 🙂

Then it was time to make the long drive back to Victoria. But not before getting a little reusable souvenir 🙂

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They were too cute to pass up!

You’d think after all that fun, sun, and ice cream, we would have been completely spent. But no…there was more! You’ll have to stay tuned for Mom Comes To Town – Part Two 😉

PS – It’s time to start the one month countdown to my 30th birthday! I wanted to give you all adequate shopping time 😉

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13 Comments on “Mom Comes To Town – Part One”

  1. July 12, 2009 at 10:24 pm #

    So many fun times!!!!!!!! Way to squeeze it all in before you move! 😛 lol

    And those goats always kill me. But the market inside is rather cute! 🙂

  2. July 13, 2009 at 3:59 am #

    Oh my goodness!!! How wonderful a place!!! I will have to ask my Daddy about it! (we lived West for a while-Im from the Maritimes).

  3. Nicole
    July 13, 2009 at 5:09 am #

    Fun!! I love all your photos!

  4. July 13, 2009 at 5:11 am #

    What a fun place!! And I can’t believe all of those ice cream flavors, wow! I wouldn’t know how to choose.

    Have a great week 🙂

  5. July 13, 2009 at 5:23 am #

    I’m smitten with those chocolate bars, the ice cream…. and the goats 😉

    WHOO HOO for your birthday coming up!!

  6. July 13, 2009 at 6:23 am #

    What a fun weekend! I need to go to a winery. We have some near us but I have never ventured out to one. Can’t wait to see Part 2~

  7. July 13, 2009 at 6:44 am #

    What a day!! I love the looks/sound of those chocolate bars. Very creative ingredients for sure!

    Lavender is one of my favourites to plant in the garden. It probably helps that purple is my favourite colour.

    Holy ice cream! I think I like the sounds of your flavours better than your Mom’s although they both look great.

    Can’t wait to see the rest of the picture’s. Can you top the goats on the roof? Too cool! 🙂

  8. July 13, 2009 at 7:24 am #

    Those chocolates sound so unique!! Kahlua and cream ice cream sounds heavenly!

    Looks like you and your mom had a great weekend together!

  9. July 13, 2009 at 7:27 am #

    Wow, what a great time! Um, pretty sure I would have stuck by the cheese at the Old Country Market!!

    And wine tastings are never a bad thing!

  10. July 13, 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    I have to go to Victoria (I’m in Comox) and will try couple places. Sounds like you had such a beautiful day.

  11. July 13, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    This place looks amazing. Looks like a great time with your mom!

  12. broccolihut
    July 13, 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    What an awesome day! Mother-daughter time AND Kahlua I.C.


  1. Mom Comes To Town – Part 2 « from french fries to flax seeds - July 15, 2009

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