Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekly West Coast 2016 - Willow Point Walk

A couple of weekends ago Hubby and I drove up to Willow Point for a walk.The seaside trail led past the results of this year's Transformations by the Shore Chain Saw Carving Contest.  We've lived on the island for so long that I should know when the contest takes place.  That I don't means that every so often we are surprised by new carvings when we walk this path.  Here are some of my favourites. I'm amazed at the amount of detail the artists can achieve in the five days they are permitted for completing their creations. 






Have a great week all! Sending you warm thoughts wherever you are!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekly West Coast 2016 - Out and About


The harvest abundance continues.  I have such generous friends. This week I received: green grapes, apples, garlic and red onions.  This made for another busy weekend in the kitchen. Apple sauce is cooling and waiting to be transferred to jars for freezing. Apple-pie ice cream is almost ready to scoop. Grape sorbet base is ready to go. Thankfully the onions and the garlic will keep, so I have time to share a few photos.

These pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago.  Even though I was busy in the kitchen then too, Hubby and I did get out for a walk at the marina.  I just hadn't had a chance to post the pictures until today.

The day was overcast and threatening rain. We noticed what we thought were raindrops hitting the water, though we weren't getting wet.  Then we realized what we were seeing wasn't caused by water from above.  It was caused by jellyfish surfacing from below.  There were thousands of them.
Look closely between the pillars and you'll see a plane from CFB Comox.  
The clouds threatened, but the rain held off while we walked and snapped photos.
Do you see the seals?
They saw us, though they didn't seem bothered by our presence.  

Have a great week all! Sending you warm thoughts wherever you are!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Weekly West Coast 2016 - Busy Like Bee





Hi all!  

Just a quick note to let you know that I'm still here.  I haven't forgotten about Weekly West Coast. I've been taking pictures of our beautiful island home, but I haven't had the time to get those photos posted. It's harvest time, and I'm fortunate that my generous friends share the abundance with me.  There have been plums, summer squash, peppers, tomatoes, beans, greens, apples, pears...and more.  I've been busy saucing, souping, pickling... you get the picture. Or rather you don't, but you will! I'll be back with more photos soon. 

Until then!

Have a great week all! Sending you warm thoughts wherever you are!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Weekly West Coast 2016 - At the Beach

Sometimes it feels good to putter around the house.  There's satisfaction to be had in crossing items off my to-do list.

And sometimes it's best just to walk away from it all and head to the beach.

Have a great week all! Sending you warm thoughts wherever you are!





Sunday, August 14, 2016

Weekly West Coast - Southwestern Ontario Edition - Part 2

Some more photos from our trip to Ontario.  These ones were all taken within walking distance of my in-laws' home. We did lots of walking considering how warm it was, but we made sure we stayed hydrated! 

Have a great week all! Sending you warm thoughts wherever you are!









Sunday, August 7, 2016

Weekly West Coast 2016 - Southwestern Ontario Edition!

Hubby and I are just home from visiting family in Ontario. Most of the pictures below were taken while walking around my parents' neighbourhood. I'd say more about the trip, but it's back to work tomorrow. I'd better get back to my unpacking!

Have a great week all! Sending you warm thoughts wherever you are!







We had to travel a bit further for this and the following photo, but it was worth it! Such yummy mixed drinks.

Mmmmm...whiskey!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Weekly West Coast 2016 - Attention Seekers

There are so many ways that flowers attract our attention, but for some the usual strategies of colour, scent and beauty aren't enough.  As I've been wandering around taking photos a I've found a few flowers that have found new ways to stand out from the floral crowd.


This daisy caught my attention by leaping out from the more reserved daisies at the side of the path.

The muscari above left the sidewalk-side flower bed altogether in order to stand out from the crowd.

I'm not even sure what this plant is, but it certainly commanded my attention.  I was scanning the water for sea-life, but was distracted by the buzzing coming from this plant.  Though you can't see them in the photo, it was covered with very busy bees. There were so many that I heard them from several feet away.
Have a great week all! Sending you warm thoughts wherever you are!