It’s been pretty busy these last few weeks. We had two weekends back to back on the lower mainland on various bike rides and spending time with our friends. Both weekends were fun and it’s at times like these when I miss the limitations of where we live
There are more people catching the ferry now that it’s summer and so it’s quite challenging getting to and from Vancouver as the ferry fills up pretty fast. The last trip, the ferry we wanted to catch was full, so we ended up spending a couple of hours in Horseshoe Bay waiting for the next one. It’s very picturesque in the village itself with lots of restaurants, bars and coffee shops to choose from. We loved this coffee shop right on the water
with this guy to greet us as we walked through the door
and this beautiful view as we sipped our coffee on the patio
Our vegetable garden is thriving, which is surprising considering we’re not quite sure what we’re doing 😀
I moved some of the herbs from the front patio and planted them in between the veges. They love the good soil and longer hours of sunshine. To read more about our vegetable garden, click here.
The sweet peas are starting to flower and the scent is absolutely wonderful.
Yesterday, I picked a few and added them to some red current leaves from our tree near the front door
Our compost heap has had a couple of set backs due to a raccoon getting into it and making a complete mess of it all. After securing it on the top and sides a week ago, the next morning we found he’d dug underneath and got his meal that way. We found eggshells and vegetable peelings all over the place. Tori then put cement blocks underneath to stop him from digging underneath. A couple of days ago, we found him trying to get into it again with no luck.
My cat was sitting near by, watching – her eyes as big as saucers – she’s never seen a raccoon before. So we put both the cats inside and watched while Mr. Raccoon gave up, climbed the cherry tree near our patio and helped himself to a delicious fruit salad. I tried to get a photo of him on one of the branches, but every time I thought I had a clear shot, he moved and ended up being obscured by the branch.
We’ve been spending most evenings on our patio having a drink before supper and there’s been a couple of occasions when a humming bird has shown up and hovered near us as if to say “where’s the nectar at?” He became so persistent that we went out and bought a feeder yesterday, so hopefully he’ll be back.
Last weekend was a long weekend here in British Columbia, and I took an extra day off to re-organize our linen and sort out some things we still had in storage when we moved here in September. I found all my lovely specialty glasses – martini glasses, shot glasses and sherry glasses, and some ornaments that we love. So we spent a day making room for it all and rearranging a few things so that they are easily accessible (it’s a never-ending thing, really). Tori hung up a clock I gave him for his birthday
and a little wooden ship I had found in an out-of-the-way store in Mission a few years ago
We’ve been walking every morning for the past 3 weeks or in an effort to get fit and perhaps lose a bit of weight. The other day, my cat, Raven, decided to join us
and so we let her tag along. The next day, I shut her in the house before our walk as I was afraid she might get run over. Just as well I did, because halfway down the road we came across a Coyote. Coyotes find cats particularly delicious and I’m sure we would have had a problem.
This weekend we were given some salmon by our landlord that he caught a few weeks ago, and we had it for supper last night. The difference between freshly caught salmon and store-bought salmon is like night and day. The store-bought salmon has way less flavour, so this was a real treat for us.
I added the sweet peas and candles to our dinner table
We ended off the weekend with a visit to the Halfmoon Bay Summer Fair which started with a lovely pancake breakfast
and quick look at all the home made wares on sale – beautiful jewelry, pottery, leather goods, soaps and tea
and then lunch and locally made beer in the beer garden while listening to good music from a live band
this guy posed especially for me! 😀
Until next time