Friday, August 18, 2017

Purple tomatoes

We arrived on Saltspring Island at 8:30pm last night after a short ferry ride from Crofton on Vancouver Island. Our friends greeted us with open arms and a tasty bottle of red wine. Today we toured the island in an effort to orientate ourselves for the next 10 days of housesitting. The island is home to about 10,000 year round inhabitants but swells close to 20,000 during the summer months. It has become a haven for artists, musicians and creative pursuits.

On our tour today we visited the community garden
where gardeners (including our friends) 
have the opportunity to rent a plot for a nominal annual fee 
and harvest their personal crops of organically grown produce.

This was the first time that I had seen purple tomatoes!

One of our housesitting chores will be to visit the garden
every second day to water the tomatoes, onions, kale, potatoes, etc.

Chemainus murals

Travelling down the island from Comox we stopped in Chemainus to see the murals.
Busloads of tourists arrive in this small town every day during the summer. 
When we arrived around 5:30pm...the streets were empty.

With a population of around 3000, this small town is dependent on the tourist industry
that brings thousands to view amazing murals depicting the area's history.

August plants the birds

Before we left Comox yesterday August planted two garden decorations 
that my sister (Grauntie Dee) had sent for him... bird in his favourite colour of green...

... and one bird in her favourite colour of purple!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A move to Comox

Yesterday morning we boarded the ferry to Vancouver Island. We were accompanying our daughter and her family with their move to Comox, a small town on the island.

It was very exciting to arrive at their new home!

The backyard has a lovely water feature and pathways.

There is also a "meditation" bench.

We spent some time touring the house and inspecting the garden shed. The previous owner left behind a couple of valuable ladders and miscellaneous useful items. It will be a challenge for them to find each other in this vast new expanse of indoor and outdoor space! Their bedroom is at least double the size of their apartment bedroom...more like a dancehall!

Their belongings would not arrive until the next day 
so we all spent the night in "The Garden Cottage".

It is rustic, quaint and very comfortable.

After a simple deli dinner the "boys" has a cribbage challenge
on the coffee table/crib board. Who was the champion?...again!

This morning we joined Augie for a couple of hours 
while the movers delivered belongings to the new home.
We visited Marine Park and The Filberg Park.

The Filberg Park is home to the annual Filberg Festival.
The Filberg Lodge, an example of Arts and Crafts architecture, was not open today.

Augie entertained us with some inventive piano compositions!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Luxury cars

Touring the Luxury car outlets with our grandson.

Quiz: Can you identify the makes?
Clue: We visited Jaguar, Ferrari, Bentley, Mazarati, Lotus and Range Rover display rooms.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Smokey walk

We had a smokey, muggy walk along the Westminster Quay this morning with our grandson.
My eyes were weeping from the smoke.

August skootered along ahead of us for most of the river walk,
stopping occasionally to examine the love locks.

There are hundreds of love locks along the river fence.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wednesday and Saturday

Hungry babies!

My sister and I made a trip into downtown Vancouver today.
Because we were early for my hair appointment, we "enjoyed" a smokey walkabout!

A smokey view across to North Vancouver from Coal Harbour

An attempt by the city to rejuvenate Vancouver's downtown lane ways.

Pride weekend at the Odyssey!

Will these lovelies be on a parade float tomorrow??