Tuesday, 12 September 2017 – Visit to Coombs – Day 17

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 – Coombs (Day 17)

This morning we were lazy and after lunch we set off for Little Qualicum Falls in the Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park – central Vancouver Island.  It was originally established as a park in 1940 to protect the old growth Douglas-fir forest.  It was quite a steep descent but Bob made sure I wouldn’t fall down.  Was worth the walk.

We then drove to the old the market village of Coombs about 10kms from Parksville. The original market was created by Kristian Graaten. Kris and his wife, Solveig, emigrated with their children to Vancouver Island from Norway in the 1950s. Kris, who grew up in the small community of Lillehammer, was inspired to include a sod roof in his design of the market.  With the help of sons, Svein and Andy, and son-in-law, Larry, Kris unwittingly began to build what would become perhaps the most famous sod-roof building in the world.  

Legend has it that, after a few glasses of wine, Larry suggested that they ‘borrow’ some goats to ‘mow’ the grass and perhaps provide some entertainment for passing cars. Needless to say, the goats became permanent tenants of the Coombs market that weekend and have been there for more than 30 years. Each spring, a trip of goats makes their home on the roof, entertaining both locals and visitors from all over the world. There were lots of people looking up at the goats.

Had a leisurely wander through the various stalls and then saw the Goats on the roof.  I saw plenty of these sod roofs when I was in Norway. Fascinating.

Sign is for the tree not me ha ha


Goats on top of the building

One of the “lawnmowers”  –

After we  left Coombs we made a quick detour into Pheasant Glen Golf Course to see whether there were any deer around for me to see.  Alas, none.We continued on “home” as a friend of Cheryl and Bob, Janice was coming to see whether she could help me with my rebooking of my airline tickets.  After dinner, spent quite a lot of time on the internet and did my rebookings – was very convenient that Bob had a super telephone plan as I was on to the airline for quite some time. Thanks for that Bob.  Each night we say we are going to bed early but somehow it is quite late. I have been listening about the approaching hurricanes to Florida – José and Maria until the wee hours.






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