As Mr. Rogers always said, "It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood."
On Saturday, although an overcast day, I couldn't resist taking some photos showing my neighbourhood as I drove to the Farmer's Market.
Our Farmer's Market is open year round and although most of the vendors at this time of year are indoors, there are about a half dozen set up outside. By the beginning of May everyone will be outdoors again for the summer-fall season.
Although it was still very early, at least an hour and a half before stores open, people had taken the prime (and always free) parking in our "downtown" area.
When I first drove into Qualicum Beach, I was completely smitten with the downtown area and blown away by the waterfront which includes four kilometres of 100 percent total access directly to the beach. The residential areas range, as they do in most larger towns, from the older well established neighbourhoods to some seriously high end areas with all manner of in-between areas. Qualicum is an anglicized version of the Salish word "sqal-li" meaning "where the dog salmon run" in the Pentlach language.
I love that most people are home-proud and keep their yards beautifully. It's very friendly, which I love. That first day I drove into town, I couldn't resist pulling over to get out and walk around. People smiled and said, "hello" everywhere I went. That set the stage for making this our home in retirement. It's a beautiful day in our neighbourhood.
This is a guest article by photographer, Diane Schuller. Check out Diane's website at www.dianeschuller.com
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