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

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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

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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...]

The Impossible Only Takes a Little Longer

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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

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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

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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...]

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

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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

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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...]

InishOge Farm – Storing Warmth and Real Wealth

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Staying warm is one of those essentials for human life — like food, water, clean air. In the northern latitudes, staying warm requires good shelter. To rely only minimally or not at all on outside utilities (e.g., for electric heat) requires smartly-designed good … [Read more...]

Totem poles in Victoria, B.C.

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Thunderbird Park near the Victoria, B.C. wharf includes a good many totem poles created by the indigenous people (mostly Gitxsan, Haida, andKwakwaka'wakw, says wikipedia). In Robin's photo you see two previous eras: totems of the original First Nations people, and the … [Read more...]

The Light Returns: Solstice beside the Salish Sea

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It is Christmas day. We are house-sitting with Carson the Cat in a Victorian house in Victoria, British Columbia. Yesterday we were moved by a delightful reading of Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by narrator Nelville Jones, a Victorian Welshman. Interwoven … [Read more...]