This is the barn I lived in during my recent visit to Bella Coola. I'd wanted my own pied-a-terre rather than bunking in with Andrew and his family; even though it was offered I prefer my own space during a longish stay. So Andrew kindly reserved this residence for me. It's at the end of Grant Road, a nice fifteen minute walk from where Andrew lives. It was perfect!
When I reached the second floor this is what was waiting for me; Kim and Andrew had arranged for this gorgeous bouquet from Moore's Market, also on Grant Road, and a bottle of red wine. I was set.
The kitchen had everything I needed including a good supply of herbal tea and fruit.
My bed was situated behind this unique spiral staircase. These stairs lead to the third floor and two more bedrooms but I never ventured up because of their lack of a handrail and attacks of vertigo whenever I made an attempt. Instead I used the steps as a handy place to hang my clothes.
When lying on my bed this is how I viewed the staircase. I also enjoyed the funky colours on the walls...hot pink and orange.
The views from my windows offered these natural sculptures...
...including the requisite abandoned VW bus.
I did not take pictures of the good sized bathroom and laundry facilities but I must remark on the efficiency of the composting toilet, a new experience for me. It worked just fine.
I think this little thumbnail gives a good overview of the resourcefulness of the people who live in the Bella Coola Valley. Everyone I met was ecologically responsible and respectful of the natural habitat. And the drinking water there is wonderful!