Food-2, Yarn-0

Well after a quick meeting with the plumber, my mom and I set out for Sidney.

We stopped by mistake in Duncan, but it turned out well. My mom thought I had another yarn store in Duncan, but The Garage is an awesome cafe and bakery that offers lots of gluten free and dairy free options. We had a bunwich that was so yummy! I may be biased however because it had guacamole on it.🤣

We got on our way again and it was very cool as we took a ferry from Mill Bay to Brentwood Bay. This is only a 25 minute ferry ride, but saves having to drive around the Saanich inlet. It’s much more peaceful and relaxing and I would recommend it to anyone. It does have pretty BC scenery for those who aren’t familiar with it.

I was wanting to go to Sidney because there is a yarn store there and the Sidney bookstores have been on my bucket list for years.

We started with the knitting store, In Sheep’s Clothing. I was super excited when I saw they had two sale bins on the sidewalk, but less excited when I saw how little they were discounted. A $1.50 discount isn’t what I get excited about. The shop had a lot of samples and lots of yarn, but as I looked around (with my fingers) I discovered that most of the yarn wasn’t very soft:(. It also seemed as though they had a lot of only a few types of yarn. The shop was bright and I liked how the clerk wasn’t hounding me or trying to be super “helpful”, but I have to admit, I don’t think I’d make the drive for this store alone.

My mom says she thinks they bought the wool for the colour combinations but there was no touch test to determine if it was soft or scratchy as it didn’t seem very comfy. The yarn seemed to be bought without any sampling.

Of course we both realize that not everyone shops with their fingers like we do.

After the yarn store, we proceeded to wander along Beacon Street which seemed to be the main tourist street in Sidney. We started with Beacon Books which was slightly overwhelming with towering piles of books that weren’t overly organized😖

We hit Tanner Books next which was a lovely, open, airy bookstore. They had an amazing selection of magazines, but the other topics were quite limited. It was neat that they had both new and used and a good selection of journals and puzzles too.

After that we hit the Haunted Bookstore which I felt would have fit into the Harry Potter world perfectly! It had very old books and the proprietor didn’t even look up from the book he was reading.

The final bookstore we hit was Galleon books which had an amazing selection of naval and military and local history books. I was surprised that it also had lots of tea cups and little tchotchkes for sale too. I thought this would be their perfect place to buy a present for my uncle!

We managed to hit all of the bookstores that I knew about and if I had to pick my favourite it was Tanner Books. My mom says that was her favourite as well.

After this we were desperate for a bathroom and some food. We stopped to look at the menu of the Pier Bistro right on the water and while I said I was willing to just eat salad so we could enjoy the view, my mom said we should go somewhere else. We ended up at Fish on Fifth. It was amazing!

I had a gluten free blonde beer- Glutenberg Blonde along with onion rings to share. Then we shared the two piece cod fish and chips with yam fries and coleslaw. All of it was gluten free and dairy free. My mom said she wouldn’t have been able to tell if she hadn’t been told. I ate way too much and enjoyed every bite!

We stopped at The Loom at Whippletree Junction in Duncan on the way home. I had been Here the last time I visited and had found tons of things, but this time I came home empty handed.

Thank goodness I ate well today because I sure didn’t shop well!

Now I’m going to relax with my book!

Have fun!


Saturday in Ladysmith

A day spent hanging out with my mom in her new town.


We went to check out the very cute Main Street. It is about three blocks long and is the historic part of town.

I stopped in at the Otter’s Den which is a new and consignment kids store. I like how they have lots of good brands though their large kids clothes often contain adult extra small. I had bought a Bench hoodie here for $3.50 last year so knew I wanted to stop in again. lol and behold I found a new running top:)

We also hit Main Street Yarns. This store is bright and airy and I love the woodwork. It had lots of yarn, most of it Patons, Kroy, etc big names. For local, it only had yarn that is actually produced closer to me. Amazingly I ended up buying nothing.

We hit Forget Me Knot which is a clothing and shoe store. The clothing is all adult, but they did have kids shoes too. We were there so my mom could look at the Birkenstock’s as she has had sore feet. I’ve been trying to talk her into some, but this time I forced her in. Of course, once she found her right size, she wouldn’t take them off🤣. I was tempted by a pair of Arizona in navy, but I just bought them in mocha a couple of weeks ago. How many Birkenstock’s are too many Birkenstock’s?

Our last stop in Ladysmith was the Wild Poppy Bistro. It was crazy busy! I was excited as it is all gluten free, but unfortunately not much is also dairy free. I had my choice of a meringue, chocolate cookie, chocolate donut, morning glory muffin, gingersnap or jam thumbprint cookie. (I know it sounds like a lot, but if you had seen the other amazing goodies for sale- you’d understand my disappointment). Not being a chocolate lover, I settled on the thumbprint cookie and the ginger snap.

The thumbprint cookie was dry, and had too much cookie for the amount of jam. The jam was yummy though.

The ginger snap had crisp edges and soft in the middle. It tasted good! It definitely made up for the first cookie:)

We headed off to Duncan to visit their knitting shop. Thankfully it was in an area we had always wanted to visit called Whippletree Junction. The Loom is a small store, but very well stocked with a variety of yarns, lots of samples knitted up so you can see what yarn will look like, or in my case the more important, what it will feel like. The lady manning the store was awesome! She’s a weaver and had great knowledge and gave good suggestions. There were great sales and I was able to get yarn I’ve only dreamed of before:). This store is definitely worth a visit!

The rest of the day has been spent eating, reading and looking at patterns on Ravelry.

Have to go to bed early tonight as I have an early flight home tomorrow. Always nice to go home, but I’ll miss my mom’s company.

Have fun!