A Robin’s-Eye View of Fairy Fen on Bowen Island

Fairy_Fen2_560

Fairy Fen is a wetlands preserve in the deep dark woods on Bowen Island, BC. Robin was especially attracted to this place, a reminder of the Olympic Rainforest her family visited every year in her childhood. Western red cedar, fir, and hemlock are interspersed with whispers … [Read more...]

Three Artistic Views of Quarry Pond, Bowen Island

Quarry_pond_2photos_1000

Quarry Park is short walk from where we're staying on Bowen Island, British Columbia. It's a landscape of water falling over sharp black rock cliffs and alders framing ponds and pools and rivulets. The monochrome photo was taken on a gray day after the pond had frozen … [Read more...]

Celebrating My Art – Prints to Share

BurningPlatform_600

I've long wished to share my paintings more widely, and have just found a way to do it! You can order prints of these images in Janaia's Gallery at SeattleOnCanvas. You choose the size and medium (canvas or paper or notecards). We've found that "Burning Platform" (above) … [Read more...]

The Impossible Only Takes a Little Longer

SnowJigTow_560

Most travel days don't have this many challenges! * We left Bellingham a day late because of heavier snows than predicted. * Our motorhome was searched at the Canadian border. * Trying to activate new cell service in Vancouver, we stood in line for half an hour, … [Read more...]

Our British Columbia Winter Adventures

EzioHouse_200

Turns out we're wintering over in British Columbia. After housesitting during the holidays in Victoria, we visited nearby Sooke, Salt Spring Island, and  Shawnigan Lake. We'll be in Bowen Island in March, then Shawnigan Lake until mid-April when we must leave Canada after … [Read more...]

Visiting EcoReality Co-op on Salt Spring Island, BC

EcoReality_collage_560

We were welcomed at EcoReality Co-op by Jan Steinman and Cleome Rowe (top right) and the goats. EcoReality Co-op is an ecovillage at the southern tip of Salt Spring Island working to be a model of cooperative, sustainable land habitation and land use. Jan's "Veggie Van … [Read more...]

The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

TDWFB

Today we signed a pledge against mass surveillance, as part of an international movement that asserts that surveillance is a violation of international human rights law. Join us at The Day We Fight Back. The freedom to publish Peak Moment TV is affected by mass surveillance … [Read more...]

BC Island Journeys – Sooke, Salt Spring Island, Shawnigan Lake

Jig_MtMaxwell_560

Robin has an interesting image about traveling in our rolling home. We pack up our little house to go somewhere new, and the earth rolls beneath her wheels. We find ourselves in a new surrounding, and yet nothing has changed—we're still at home. In the last two weeks, … [Read more...]

Serving Local, Seasonal Food for Decades – Sooke Harbour House

SHH4_560

Sooke Harbour House is a gracious award-winning resort hotel and restaurant on the shores of Sooke Bay in southwestern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Innovative owner/innkeepers Frederique and Sinclair Philip have featured local, seasonal, regional foods for decades, … [Read more...]

Gardening in a Small Space? Go Vertical!

StephenH3_560

In the Pacific Northwest where the growing season is shorter, any extension can be a help. Stephen Hindrichs of Sooke on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is experimenting with using his home garden space as fully as possible — especially vertically. We videoed this … [Read more...]