|Celosia plant on my patio|
Time for an August check-in as this summer seems to be slipping away. I've been busy. In addition to our business, driving Mom around and volunteering this has been a summer filled with old friends and travel. I've seen and done some new things and so far, it has been a lot of fun.
The animal rescue I volunteer at has one event where they supply volunteers as timers for a Logging Contest (Campbell River Loggersports) and the organizers donate $2500 to our rescue. I volunteered for one of the days to act as a timer and it was so much fun. Something that never in a million years I think I would have wanted to attend but was extremely fun to watch. There was burling (trying to get the opponent off the log while both are balancing and walking on it), ax throwing and lots of chainsaw events. I definitely will volunteer next year as well for it as they do this annually.
|Loggersports Campbell River 2019|
|View from the cabin - they own the property on half of this beach.|
|Orca Petroglyph in Sooke|
It sounds weird but I've never wanted a home office, much prefer to work wherever I wish to in the house. This is sometimes on the bed with the dog wrapped around my leg. He likes to know where I am 100% of the time, this way he can doze off and know when I leave the room.
We basically drove from one end of Vancouver Island (Sooke) to the other this summer as we just got back from 4 nights spent on a lovely small island called Malcolm Island, population 600 for my 50th Birthday. We had to drive 3 hours from Comox on an extremely quiet highway where there is no cell service or radio. Yes, we had left civilization as we knew it. We ended up in Port McNeil and boarded the small passenger and vehicle ferry for Malcolm Island where we had rented a pet-friendly house on the ocean. Other than gas, ferry, and accommodation costs we spent zero money on the island. There was very little to spend money on - a small grocery store (we brought all our own groceries), a pub and two small food takeout places. We ate in like kings instead. Lots of hiking, beachcombing and relaxing on the large balcony with a glass of wine. You had no choice but to relax there.
Bere Point Regional Park. Orcas can often be seen rubbing along the rocks on the beach below. Not on the day we were there though as the wind was crazy and logs were being smashed onto the beach. Across the water are the Queen Charlotte Islands.
We've had loads of tomatoes from our 3 plants, supplying both us and Mom plus now I am having to freeze some. I am still getting a few strawberries every week from the everbearing plants. I've ripped out the peas as they finished, really surprised at how many peas we ended up with. My cucumbers are weird, growing into weird curly creatures but they still taste good and fortunately, I've gotten 3 so far with a few more growing on the vine. Next year we are expanding the garden, currently making plans for that.
Mom has had both her eye surgeries and is almost done healing. She still needed prescription reading glasses so rather than her spend several hundred dollars on those I ordered some for her through clearly.ca where I order my glasses. She paid $44 and they should be here this week, I hope they work for her as they are so much cheaper than anywhere else.
Have a great rest of your summer everyone!