We spent the month of September on a little family adventure – we moved to the rural town of Grand Forks, British Columbia for the month, where Rich was working at the hospital as part of his 4th year rural elective. Grand Forks is a six hour drive from Vancouver, BC – you go through mountainous ranges, fruit orchards, vegetable farms, a desert-hot lake town and many other tiny communities before you end up at Grand Forks.
We stopped at Mariposa Farm in Keremeos, BC! Squash and gourds abound!
I love hand painted signs! Especially ones that alert the world to HOT DOGS. What a delightfully puffy, chuckles and giggles font! I would have put at least seven packets worth of ketchup on this dog, though. Sadly the real dogs were a little more on the shrivelled-wiener, slow-twirling for possibly a fortnight vibe.
Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling / possible Hunchback of Notre Dame pose in front of clear, beautiful Christina Lake. We kind of had an extra month of summer because I think it only rained twice while we were there.
The Bargain! Shop in Grand Forks.
I found the sweetest teen babysitter while we were there! She played with Teddy while I managed to get a few cake photoshoots done, like this coffee cake recipe.
Lots of pretty hiking opportunities! So peaceful and quiet.
I was missing my all-white cake photo set-up after a while, but I also got into the whole rustic photo styling thing too. Tart plum and blueberry crisp with vanilla ice cream. Photo taken on the outside deck.
They even have Hawaiian style shave ice there! DREAM!!!
Digging through the cookware in the rental house for some props. This scraped and beaten up old baking sheet was fun! LEVITATING CONE!
Tastie Treat – going ice cream strong for over 50 years! Seriously delicious and creamy soft serve ice cream cone. The whole business is for sale, too! Of course I thought about it and daydreamed about buying it. But it’s not the right one for me.
I’ll have the one on the far right, please. FILL ‘ER UP!
Sheila Burgers! Who is this mysterious Sheila? Could she be making my cone right now??
I scored at a thrift store in Grand Forks – this adorable 1972 world globe lamp. Works like a charm, $15!
The two things I’m obsessed with when it comes to small towns: the Chinese restaurants, and the ice cream shops. Okay, and the movie theatres. This joint was in Rossland, BC – a wide variety of Asian delights to be enjoyed here, and a new busboy waiting outside!
Hiking in the trees! Serenity zone.
My wonderful parents made the trip to Grand Forks, too! Hanging out with T-bird. Their visit mixed with Teddy and I bumped the Asian population in Grand Forks about 100%! Three of our good friends traveled to visit us, too – it was so nice to have visitors!
Sitting on a horse tire swing.
My parents and Teddy at Jerseyland Farms!
Keeping the rustic vibe alive with this nectarine and blueberry pie with sweet and salty oat crust recipe I made for Poppytalk!
Snuggling my little nerdball.
Our entire last week, I kept saying “I don’t want to go home!” I had gotten used to the quiet evenings, rural landscape and friendly community. I was dreading being back in the city. The first few days back I could feel the knots and tightness reforming in my neck and shoulders, as each car honk, road rager or loud siren chipped away at the peacefulness I had built up. I like the idea of the small town – choices are limited, so you make do with what you have. We brought two carloads worth of belongings, and still only used half of what we brought – I wore the same two outfits every day! We were happy and content to be with each other, exploring, enjoying our time away and taking things much, much slower. Grand Forks, BC – their motto is “settle down.” It’s not a bad notion at all. xo Lyndsay