Christmas Markets Already ?!?

Tuesday Nov 15, 4 – 8 pm: Bread fresh from the wood-fired oven
Wednesday Nov 16, 9 am: Bread delivered to Green Tree Health & Wellness, Reid Street, Quesnel
Saturday Nov 19, 10 am until we sell out: Bread and goodies for sale at the Medieval Market in Williams Lake

If you live in the area and haven’t been to the Medieval Market at the high school (Lake City Secondary School) in Williams Lake, it’s time to make plans to get there! There are many, many vendors who sell very high quality craft items. Everyone is dressed up and the atmosphere is festive. We are very excited to have revamped Medieval Baker costumes, and a fantastic new back-drop for our booth, painted by our friend Lindsay Read. Photos next week!

As Tim and I get ready for the next four weeks of busy Christmas markets, we are trying not to forget the great holidays we just had. We both needed to recharge our batteries quite a bit, and I think we were successful. Now we are chomping at the bit for winter to start so we can get skiing. Really, why else would anyone endure winter if they couldn’t ski?

In Nova Scotia, my mission was to walk the legs off my 78-year-old dad. Alas, I was unsuccessful. He did manage to tweak his knee on one particularly steep slippery rocky decent, but other than that, he was unscathed. I’ll try harder next time. If you think this is harsh, remember this is the man who took this photo of his lost-in-the-bush daughter BEFORE comforting her:

I still have this bear.
I still have this bear.

I took photo after photo of the amazing fall colours until I dropped my iPhone in the toilet. Then I didn’t take too many photos. None, actually. My phone had to sit in a bag of rice for 2 days while it dried out. My mom was annoyed that I used the last of her special Italian rice for this purpose. She insisted on throwing it out when my phone finally came out of the bag! So wasteful. (After a few YouTube videos and some skilled work by my dad, my phone is thankfully working again).

 

Cool public art on the Halifax waterfront.
Cool public art on the Halifax waterfront.

 

Just a few hundred of the MILLIONS of pumpkins they grow every year in the Annapolis Valley. After they make Pumpkin People out of them and use a few for Jack o’ Lanterns, they feed them to the cattle!

 

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Tim and I and my dad at Cape Split. It’s a beautiful hour and a half hike to get there. The water behind us is the Bay of Fundy.

 

Fall leaves!
Fall leaves!

 

More public art - the more whimsical variety!
More public art – the extra whimsical variety!

 

Whatever you do, Pa, don't look back…..
Whatever you do, Pa, don’t look back…..

 

I must say it was hard to return to dreary ol' Wells after two weeks of this….
I must say it was hard to return to dreary ol’ Wells after two weeks of this….

I did some bread baking with my mom and her friend Debra. I discovered that I’m not actually very good at baking bread outside of my Bread Peddler routine, let alone teaching others how to do it. How, for instance, does one actually make 2 loaves of bread? It seems to be much more difficult than making 181 loaves. Anyway, I am getting reports that they are still trying, feeding their sourdoughs, and following my questionable guidelines. Best of luck to them! (There goes my plan of opening a bread school).

Tim made his way to the UK to visit his family, a few friends, and, of course, Sally. He and Sally went to Lincoln, stayed in a very sweet little cottage for the week, and explored the city on foot and by bike.

They find the cool city bikes to rent…..
They find the cool city bikes to rent…..

 

… and then they ride them!
… and then they ride them!

 

Tim and Sally with the Lincoln Cathedral behind them.
Tim and Sally with the Lincoln Cathedral behind them.

Tim was greeted when he got home by his very own Pumpkin Person:

The Timigy. I must say, it made me jump every time I came around the corner into the room!
The Timmigy. I must say, it made me jump every time I came around the corner into the room!

 

Halloween in Wells.
Halloween in Wells.

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