Saturday, October 19, 2013

Post No. 103: Making The Most...

The thick October fog has rolled in on our coast. The foghorns echo through the valley, and the mountains have all but disappeared. That's the thing with living by the water - the weather can change in the blink of an eye...so if you see sunshine, you better get out there and enjoy it.

That's exactly what we did this past weekend. Monday morning we woke up to beautiful sun. It was a rare full day that Geoff would be able to spend time with us, and I didn't want to waste a single second. My first thought was to go into town and visit the zoo, or Stanley Park, maybe take a walk in Lighthouse Park...but after commuting all week, the thought of having to go into town on his only day off, did not appeal to him at all. Feeling defleated (and bored), I racked my brain to come up with something semi-exciting to do on this island. The best I could come up with...the beach. Snoar...not the beach again...how many tide pools can I make exciting, how many rocks can I turn over to find the biggest catch of crabs...I'll let Geoff take the lead this time (you know, show him how tough my isolated little world can be sometimes).

Well, that backfired. It just so happens that it was one of the BEST BEACH DAYS EVER! We found fish, crabs, starfish, hermit crabs and snails. We explored caves, made a beach fort out of logs and driftwood, and disected a crab (Logan was fascinated - in a scientific way...not creepy future serial killer).

After we went home to grab some lunch. We were getting ready to walk one of our beautiful lakes, when Geoff had the brilliant idea to canoe around the lake instead. The kids, and I, loved it! Was so wonderful to see the lake from a different perspective.

So happy we took the time to enjoy this beautiful weather, as right now, I can't see the trees infront of our house...feeling a little claustrophobic!!

 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Post No. 101: Harvest

Well, our little veggie patch is finished for the season. We harvested everything that was still left (other than the kale...it's still going strong!), and let the chickens have free range in the beds. The poor girlies look straight out onto the garden - must have been driving them crazy all summer (didn't even think of that).

Logan LOVED helping Geoff dig up all the potatoes. It was like a treasure hunt, finding all those little spuds burried deep in the soil. So rewarding.

Chloe found some teeny tiny carrots, which she was pretty happy with.

Our accidental pumpkin patch gave us some nice jack-o-lantern candidates.

Lots of beets were still left, and a few straggling zucchinnis, as well as, beans. Speaking of beans...what the heck should I do with them all. Dry them? Freeze them?

All in all, a pretty good harvest from our little patch.

 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Post No. 100: Rainy Day Adventures

University of British Columbia - so many amazing places to explore both in nature and man made attractions. We decided to explore the latter this past Sunday while the winds and rain poured down on our coast.

First Stop: The Museum of Anthropology

The kids LOVED this museum! All the drawers with hidden surprises, the beautiful light filled rotunda, the massive totems, masks and armour from around the world...so much fun!

Second Stop: The Beaty Biodiversity Museum

What an AMAZING space!! Over two million specimens are within these walls. Jars filled with unusual creatures, testubes filled with feathers, pressed plants, bones, taxidermy, beautiful displays, interactive...too much to take in on one visit. We bought a membership.

Oh, and did I mention, the enormous blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling!!!!

Looking forward to many more rainy day explorations this winter.