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I look for beauty and truth in everything. It's not always there of course but I try to find it or make it happen. I love people who make me laugh.

Monday, September 6, 2010

My Bella Coola Barn


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!  

7 comments:

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

What fun accommodations. Perfect for some privacy at the end of the day and with a fantastic view to boot.
Love it!

Evlyn said...

My favourite photograph is the view of the spiral staircase from underneath, when you are on your bed. It evokes a childhood feeling -- how one sees the ordinary phenomena of one's environment as a child. The staircase becomes very magical when seen underneath, like some sort of exotic flower.

frannie said...

Barbara, I needed that quiet space after spending unaccustomed time with my energetic grandkids.

Evlyn, I never thought about the exotic flower angle. You always have such an original take on things!

Christine's Arts said...

beautiful photos. you have a good eye and I love the barn!

Jen said...

Beautiful life ~ I enjoyed roaming through your blog. :)

Toemailer said...

That's really cool, who would think?

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