Thursday, July 30, 2009

Landscape Pair

I've been working on some new painting ideas, inspired by our recent road trip holiday to Quesnel. One thing I discovered is the colors in this mountainous region are so very different than the coastal part we live in. It's more muted and subtle and would like these soothing colors to be part of our living room. I came up with a landscape pair that combines all the different aspects of the wonderful sceneries I saw on our trip. Each one is 16" x 20".
Here's the 2 of them together.

Monday, July 27, 2009


The weather was hot hot hot, they promised us no rain for the next week. Saturday evening the sky turned into this crazy orange color like we're on Mars.Sunset colors has never been this spectacular.
Then the sky lit up with lightning and thunder. It started to pour. David stayed on the balcony to snap a few shots. It's rare for Vancouver to get lightning storms. How is the weather on your end?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I would like to end my posts about our holiday at Clinton. Why? As this town holds a special place in our hearts, as do all other places we have visited for the very first time on this road trip. We met many nice people and saw so many beautiful sceneries along the way. It was generous and inspiring, also surprising as I did not know such treasures existed so close to home. I feel lucky to live in British Columbia, I'm proud to say we've lived here 13 years.

Clinton is a small town, population 750 with many interesting historical sites. One of them we visited is the museum which also doubles as the town's tourist info centre. Like the museums we visited on this trip, they are of modest size with many of the artifacts donated by local folks. Each one has a tag label naming donator, preserving town's history and showcasing hometown pride.
We took a special interest in this Edison Amberola 30 wax cylinder player from 1915. Displayed at the front are the wax cylinders that holds a 4 minute song. The attendant kindly asked if we wanted to hear one. Yes please!! we say and there it was, music from long ago brought to life once again.
The wooden case the housed the song collection is particularly interesting, sliding vertical drawer, never seen anything like it.
At the back of the museum is a yard full of old machinery.
I like the blacksmith hut. See the different animal shoes on the left? The symbols at the top are livestock brands.
An artillery loader turned tow truck.
An old fire engine.
Some pictures of weathered wood and lichen growth.
Have you had a nice getaway? Where did you go, what did you do or see?

Cottonwood House

I'm happy to share with you today one of British Columbia's historic treasures. The Cottonwood House was a roadhouse built in the 1860's, owned and run by the Boyd family, it provided food and shelter to those travelling to Barkerville or Quesnel.
The Cariboo Wagon Road that runs through the 26 acre site.
A stage coach would be able to drive up to the house and luggage would be unloaded through the door on the second floor!The general store by the entrance.
The guests' room, this one is for gentlemen only. Notice the white chamber pot under the bed. Our guide Katrina said you would not want to be the last person that uses it as the house rule dictates he's the one that has to empty it!
The big cream colored 'bowl' is a bathtub, made of metal. It'd cost 50 cents for a bath with fresh water from the river that's heated up. Those looking to save could bathe in used bath water for 10 cents! Your preference?
Another guests room, this one is for close friends only. Don't you love the colors?
A dresser in the Boyd's bedroom, the furniture in the house is original.
The kitchen where they cooked up to 10 meals a day.
The preparation table pictured below. The green pail on the floor is an ice cream maker. The kitchen also doubles as a laundry room, the wooden instrument is a 'washing machine.'
The dining area, meals would be served as soon as enough guests were seated at the table.
One of several wooden stoves to heat the house.
Two musical instruments at Cottonwood House, this one's an organ.
Upstairs are the children's bedrooms, this one is for the boys.
The girls' bedroom.
The schoolroom where the children were taught by a resident governess.
The view from one of the windows.
Outside the roadhouse, love the old construction.
The double barn at the site that used to keep the horses and cattle but now housed the lambs.
The chicken were kept indoors at night. How do we know that?
Because we're so lucky to spend the night at one of the rustic cabins on site! For $35 a night it has 3 sets of bunk beds and sleeps 6 (2 adults and 4 kids). It has electric heating and foam mattress, bring your own sleeping bag. There is a shared kitchen cabin nearby complete with stove/oven, microwave and fridge/freezer. There are also hot showers and washroom.
Evening at the Cottonwood site.
We saw cariboos strolling by the highway at dusk.

Ten Mile Lake

I'm coming to an end on our road trip posts... we finally arrived in Quesnel! We stayed at Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park. After setting up the tent, we explored the Lakeside loop trail nearby.
This little furry fellow stayed by us while we took pictures. He was oh so persistent looking for food and found a piece of bread under the table. He even sniffed around our camera bag, then the lens cap and finally left when he didn't get any food!
Some sunset shots... Have a nice rest of your day! :)