Guys, I totally forgot about this amazing photo shoot! This is Part 2 of our recent getaway to Harrison during our Easter weekend. You are in for SUCH a treat!
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The Back Porch is a family owned multi business that offers pottery, basket weaving, roasted coffee, junk, and so much more! It’s situated in one of the most mountain surrounded beautiful areas in BC, Harrison Hot Springs, a nearby lake resort.
I call it my second home because I’ve never felt so at home in a place other than my own as I do right here. I tell ya… this is the perfect setup for creative types that love wide open spaces.
Wait.. grab a coffee or something first, because this is one of those tours where you need to take your time!
The property hosts quite a few cool buildings, one being the pottery studio. LOVE this building and it’s always my first stop.
The studio is used for basket weaving / pottery / roasting coffee beans. The coffee’s always fresh, hot and ready to jump into your hand right before you start browsing.
I’m crazy in love with this unique building. And I’ll admit, the owners Dan and Lynda feel like my family at this point!
We had a super cool treat waiting for us inside this round though. Hand made basket weaving was in full throttle. I’d never seen it done before and you can bet my camera had to start clickin’.
First, this round spiderweb looking base is created…
… then longer twigs are added, pinched, then bent upwards, to create the sides of the baskets.
Oh my gosh… seriously… every bit is hand done. Did you know baskets can’t be woven by machines? So when you see a basket, someone did that by hand. I hadn’t realized that.
Now, the law of the land here is you can’t leave the property without a couple bags of their dark chocolate covered coffee beans. Talk about a jolt of awesome!
I’ve taken photos of the inside of the studio before which you can see HERE. But I just had to capture that branch basket hanger, attached to the ceiling. I want one! The basket too! Ok, the pottery as well!
Touring the outside of the building is every bit as fun as the indoors. Junk details beg for a good long photoshoot.
Oh please… this physically hurts! Isn’t that bucket planter magnificent?! I want to paint one like that!
These pots and galvanized something or others (feed buckets?) are also waiting for strawberries again, perhaps? (how they looked last year HERE)
I have to laugh. When Dan saw me with my camera, he knew what was goin’ on again. And always replies, “You always make our place look better than it really is!”
I beg to differ, my friend.
Growing season had just begun, so for now, this tuba had faux flowers inside. Isn’t that the coolest idea for a garden feature though?
We’re now approaching Junk Alley… I made that up, but you’ll see why soon. This is across the lane from the studio.
“Honey, I’m home!” Oh I wish… this is the antiques building that was built for types just like me.
This building has anything and everything in it. Loving the antique oil cans. Why did I leave them behind?! Don’t you hate when you take pictures but don’t really see what you’re shooting because you’re too busy taking pictures?! Must go back!
My guess would be blue handled rolling pins must be rare because this is the first one I’ve seen.
Ahh… nothing like a lettered up antique wooden clothes hanger.
That’s one sweet crackle finish on that cabinet! Isn’t it a beauty?
I so wanted to lug this day bed home for the garden! How fun would that be to plant in?
Antique metal headboards make wonderful fences and gates. I already have 5 so I left these behind. But it wasn’t easy!
Meet John. He may be a little blue but he’s a delight all the same. Yup, it’s a real working outhouse with a rusty chandelier inside too!
Pretty sweet view.
Eye spy… do you see what I see?
Who wouldn’t want a greenhouse completely made from gorgeous old windows like this?! And you know I had to snoop inside for closer inspection.
See that one big side window that makes up an entire wall?
Prime snooping for certain! There’s one on the other side too! Coolest. Building. EVER.
Dan, thank-you for building all my little buildings for me for when I move in one day. Just wonderful!
Hey goats! How’s things? You sure have a nice yard and creek there! Do you know how lucky you are?!
(cranking the shutter up right NOW)….
“Heeee hee hee yeah, we know! Heeey, you should moooove here!”
Yeah, I know.
These guys crack me up. As soon as they see you, they bolt towards you. 99% of the pictures I took had them hopping in mid air or just catching crazy horn or ear shots. Spin and Cycle. I like it.
I’ve just decided you guys can stay when we move in too!
Oh please, please move into my home, rusty water trough! I want to fill you right up with either a pond or soil for one crazy cool raised garden.
Here we go, let’s just throw you in the wagon and pull you home with the tractor. Shall we book your move in now or later?
Ah… Dan and Lynda, just leave it where it is. Then we don’t have to move it again for when I move in and all…
This place is totally Funky Junk Approved! I need to make a stamp… and then go across North America (world is fine too) finding all the best places to check out. Yeah.. that would be quite a tour… don’t go daring me now or I might have to! (chuckle…)