Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Things I Love About Nelson # 6: Cottonwood Market

Every Saturday from the end of April to the end of October an area just on the edge of town called Cottonwood Market magically comes to life. I try to go as often as I can.

It's more than just a spot to buy local produce. It is the largest market in the West Kootenays with a unique setting beside some waterfalls and a small park. It's the stomping grounds of young and old alike and is a mecca for the diversity that colours this region.

It's a time to mingle, zen out and take it all in. It is a spot where one can find organic farm products, ethnic baking, preserves, crafts, import clothing, jewelry, and various collectibles or used items.

It's also a spot to mellow out and listen to some local musical talent, be it a band with a Latino flare or Russian gypsy music. The locals aren't shy about rhythmically moving to the beat of the drum, stomping their feet or simply nodding their head to the flow of the music.

One can attend every single market and honestly say that no two are ever alike. Creativity and a unique culture unquestionably flourish here. There have been many visitors who I have taken to Cottonwood and the response is almost universally big eyes, gaping mouth, nodding head and then finally, "ah...this is Nelson." If you are ever in the region, make sure you stop by the Cottonwood market where tourists and locals alike converge for an unrivaled Kootenay experience.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Beary Beautiful

Seems like I've not had time to post in a bit now. I've been on the run for the past two weeks...just a few steps ahead of the law. But I'm coming up for air shortly. In the meantime, aren't they beauties? They seem so cuddly and played so well together that it was tempting to go for the bear hug, that was until I got a closer look at the claws on those paws.

Meet Buster (named him myself).

And this is Gretta the grizzly. She's only slightly smaller than Buster.

Check out the claws on that baby! He seems pretty docile, but all it would take is one friendly swat.

"There's a crazy woman over there busy taking photos. What should we do?"

"Just ignore her. Perhaps she'll go away."
"Quit staring at her, or she'll know we're talking about her."

If you go out in the woods today...you better not go alone...

Thursday, October 11, 2007


There are some roads that we perhaps would never have ventured down if we knew where they were going to lead. At times there are unavoidable completely unpredictable twists. However, I still believe that the best way to get to where we are going is to know our final destination. After that we can decide how we are going to get there. Oh yes, it is perfectly normal at times when we are half-way there to decide that we'd rather be going somewhere else. We might do an about face or venture down some off the beaten path. Sometimes we are in a hurry and will hop onto the autobahn, and at times, we'd rather take the scenic route and enjoy the journey. But however we choose to get there, we must first know where "there" is.

moon rising over Kootenay Lake

~ Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.

Peter Drucker

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Random Bits of Happiness

Yesterday was Canadian Thanksgiving. I thought I'd list some of my favorite things, those things for which I am thankful, those things that in their little way or sometime big add to my happiness. So, in no particular order...

Cuddles, thunderstorms, blowing bubbles, listening to the waves lap upon the beach, a smile, a hearty laugh, Scrabble, sunshine on a crisp autumn day, coffee with friends, dark chocolate, finding seashells, picnics at the beach, travel, stimulating conversation, learning, my bed, feather pillows, family, hugs, Christmas, steaming cocoa, chattering squirrels, the wind through my hair, mountains, light fluffy snow, art, music, snuggles, candle light, high speed internet, a thoughtful word, a secret shared, a swim under the moonlight, a clear starry night, dinner with friends, Sunday brunch, Earl Grey tea and cookies, people watching, bare feet on green grass, soft kisses on the forehead, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, random acts of kindness, comfortable silence, family, childhood memories, creativity, whipping cream, crunchy leaves beneath my feet, autumn colours, roller coasters, ice cream, blog reads, fresh air, a fire on a cold snowy night, foreign films, unspoken understanding, a good book, eureka moments, hot stone massage, comfort food, a glass of wine, antiques, architecture, dressing up, dressing down, a day of skiing, a secluded cabin, unexpected visits, a thoughtful gesture, a sense of humour...

So what makes you happy?

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Things I Love About Nelson #5: Locally Grown Talent

Nelson is unique. Anyone who has every been here knows it. We're an interesting lot but we would have it no other way. Here are a couple videos of local talent. The first two feature clips of Charles "one man" Ross performing parts of the Star Wars Trilogy at his "day job." Obviously he is no longer in Nelson, but if he were, no one would think his performance in a diner to be out of place. That's just the way we are.

In this video, the guy you see on the right is another local Nelson boy. My understanding is that he and his friend threw together this catchy little rap just for fun. When word spread about the popularity of their ditty, McDonald's approached them and asked if they could purchase it for a commercial. The irony is that Nelson doesn't even have a McDonald's and has never really wanted one.

Monday, October 01, 2007


Okay, I'm feeling the need to quantify. I guess I'm feeling a little morose lately. I think it's in part the weather, perhaps the darkness descending upon us, the rhythmic slowing down as we edge our way towards winter. But also, it's changes in my own journey through life, changes that I embrace, but also the struggle to break free and move forward, the excitement of the new, but the drain of energy to put the old to rest.

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another!

~Anatole France