Got even further out of town to Hedley.

October 14, 2014

Years ago, before a faster, more direct road was built to the interior of BC, my family and I used to travel this way.

This was years before Chloe was born, but I remembered the road beside the river and the charming little towns along the way. Sunday afternoon I asked Chloe if she’d like to come explore with me.

She said yes.

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So we jumped in the car, stopped by the river to pick some late wildflowers, and followed the highway beside the river for 25km.

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I found the little town I was after. This is Hedley.

It’s built under an old gold mine and has about fifty lovely little houses, two streets, three restaurants, four stores, one old saloon style hotel and a yard sale.

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We asked the ladies of the yard sale where to walk and what to see. They sent us down the street to visit Rod.

We found Rod’s funky junk and anything store and said hello. Rod was sifting thru a gold pan with loads if little gold flecks and he was putting the gold flecks into a tiny glass bottle.

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He said, “do you ladies want to see something special?” We said, “sure we do!” He opened a door and said, “step inside and close the door behind you.” He turned on some black lights and we were standing in his amazing imaginary universe. It was the most surreal moment. Gorgeous futuristic buildings and paintings straight out of Rod’s imagination made for the most amazing out of this world experience. There was no way to truly capture the moment with a photo but I tried.

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We walked around, looked at everything and mentally moved into several of the charming little houses and imagined what a summer cottage in this town would feel like.

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Oh, and, I bought a paint by number set from the ladies at the yard sale for $2.50. I’ve never done a paint by number because it’s a cultural thing and I didn’t grow up in North America, but boy is it a lot of fun. 😀

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Back to Princeton, (part two-ish)
Got out of town, Princeton, part one

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11 Comments

  • Reply Patty/NS October 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Lovely little town. Love paint by numbers pictures, did so many as a kid. Sweet memories of them : )

    • Reply Veronica October 14, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      Really Patty? Everyone I tell the paint by numbers story to say the same thing. I’m glad I won’t miss out on that childhood treasure then. 😀

  • Reply mano October 14, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    very charming town!
    thank you and your daughter that you like my wunderkammern and art boxes! I’m very happy about it!

  • Reply kmmig October 15, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Beautiful fall photos, and I love your style of visual storytelling, with the added context.

  • Reply Tammie October 15, 2014 at 5:44 am

    It looks like you had a wonderful outing. such beauty of autumn and fabulous finds. makes me want to get in the car and go for a wander!

  • Reply debrashewhoseeks October 15, 2014 at 8:35 am

    What a great little town! And yes, I too did some paint-by-numbers paintings when I was a kid. The kits are making a comeback now apparently. Low-tech fun. And a few years ago it was ironic and hip to collect the paintings.

  • Reply Ida P. Krause October 15, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Now that was a fun little tour of that town. The first shot with the fall colors is awesome. I think I might have been frightened to have someone ask if I wanted to see something special and then have me tell them to step inside and close the door. – However what you got to see was really cool.

  • Reply Marlene Stephenson October 15, 2014 at 10:01 am

    What a wonderful exploring day for you.It did seem to be picturesque and fun time. Spending time with our children is always making memories and that is fun. Have a great day.

  • Reply eganj1 October 15, 2014 at 10:06 am

    What a lovely little town, your trees are beautiful

  • Reply daryledelstein October 16, 2014 at 3:20 am

    i fully expect you to now design your own paint by numbers!!!!!

    • Reply Veronica October 16, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      OH NO! LOL, I was just thinking of that. 😀 I was just imagining the kind of photo program which would easily transfer a photograph into coloured and numbered patterns.
      ….
      Darn, you know me too well!

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