Growing up, it used to annoy me when my friends would grumble about Red Deer. A lot of them couldn’t wait to leave, because anywhere must be cooler or more fun than the place where you grew up. That place was so not cool. I liked Red Deer. What was wrong with it? Eventually I ended up moving away, but it wasn’t because I was desperate to leave. Then I was in Edmonton, life happened, I met my husband and we were making plans to move again, this time across the country. We planned for a long while to move out to the east coast and put down roots in Nova Scotia. We were tired of Edmonton. Tired of the traffic and the pace. We loved the slower pace of the east coast, loved the proximity to the ocean and that it was very different from Edmonton. We fell into the same trap that kids I went to high school had fallen into. “Anywhere is cooler than here.”
Our move to the east coast didn’t pan out for a lot of reasons. We chatted about it and decided we still wanted to leave Edmonton for something a little smaller, a little slower in pace and less expensive. The BD had already been working in Vermilion for a few years, so we decided to see what our options were for renting or buying in Vermilion. It fit all our criteria; a smaller community, close enough to visit friends and family in Edmonton, quieter and cheaper. We found a house we liked and could afford and so we put an offer on it and voila! We were moving east, though not as far east as we originally thought.
In May we’ll have lived here for two years already. Time flies!
I spend a lot of time walking around town with the dogs. We have our favorite routes and I’ve made a few paintings of some of my favorite houses and other spots around town. But I got thinking that the really cool places in the world have postcards made of them, so you can send them to your friends and show them where you were or are, and how great it is. That thought inspired my Vermilion Postcard Project.
This is the first installment of 5 drawings in this series. It’s not about the history of Vermilion, although I would like to touch on that later. The drawings I have made are of places around town that I pass by almost daily, that have caught my eye and stuck in my brain. These are some of the physical places I really like in this small town. The original illustrations are available in my shop for purchase. I am getting them printed onto postcards and will be selling them in a pack of 5 in my Etsty shop once they arrive. If you live in or pass through Vermilion, you’ll also be able to purchase the postcards at The Red Brick which is a fabulous cafe and health food store on the main street.
All the ‘cool’ places have postcards. I think Vermilion is cool, and soon there will be postcards to prove it!