Parksville is surprisingly charming if you get off the Island Highway. Having driven through it several times from Nanaimo to Hornby I tended to dismiss it as just more malls.. like Nanaimo. However a weekend hosted by my blogger friend Donna gave me time to look around and talk to people in the community. Our first introduction was to a Beatles Tribute band at the HUGE community park on the waterfront. Lot of free parking!!!!! I had had a quick look at the sandcastle competition.
The next day I scouted out the second hand stores and netted some frames for my art work and a tennis racket. I had a look at some condos for sale. You can buy a nice, new, clean 2 BR condo for about $ 350,000-$ 400,000.
After a day of blogging talk with my fellow bloggers we had a lovely BBQ hosted by Donna and reflected on Life Back in the USA vs Canada. Their health care premiums are a major part of their living expenses, more like what we pay for a mortgage. We are all retired or semi retired and all have very interesting lives.
The next day I stumbled on the BC wine store at Save on Foods. There was a very well informed sales person who sold me on 6 bottles of BC Wine. And I don’t even drink, but now I will have something to take the next time I am invited to dinner or Women’s Wednesdays on Hornby. The sales person (Lorna, as we are on a first name basis now) was very enthusiastic about the Roses ( where is the accent on my keyboard?). She was so enthusiastic I am tempted to taste them all.
Hush 2018 Dirty Laundry Vineyard. Kelowna
Vintage Ink Whiskey Barrel Aged Red 2017 Oliver
Hester Creek Pinot Gris Viogner 2018 Oliver
Cedar Creek 2018 Pinot Noir Rose Kelowna
Gehriner Brothers Summer Night 2018 Oliver
Red Rooster 2016 Gewurztraminer Penticton.
So here is the selfie from our meet up. It is odd that we posed with wine, and then I went out and bought some.. must have had wine on the brain.
Visit their blog to see their reflections on our meeting. Of course we had to airdrop the picture to each other just to show how techie we are.
Retirement Reflections – https://retirementreflections.com/
The Unretired Life – https://theunretired.life/
Behind the Scenery – https://behindthesceneryphoto.com
Dr. Sock Writes Here – http://gideonsockpuppet.blogspot.com/
RetirementallyChallenged – https://retirementallychallenged.com
SmartLiving 365 – https://www.smartliving365.com