Saturday, August 27, 2016


Guess what?  We had another busy week.  Monday was grocery shopping, stacking wood and a visit with my sister Susan (and John).  On Tuesday we drove down to Victoria.  That was a thirteen hour day.  We visited Aileen's 92 year old cousin Pat (and Irene) for lunch, that we took with us.  We had supper with Richard, Robin and Georgia and had visited Robin's sister and brother in law in the afternoon.
On Wednesday morning, Aileen made pickled beets.  We took friend Bev D to Eat Free Guilt Free, a gluten free restaurant in Nanaimo, for her birthday lunch.  In the evening, Aileen diced onions while I helped grate zucchini that then sat overnight in preparation for a relish making morning that Aileen and Sheila had Thursday.  They canned 27 jars of relish.  While the ladies were canning, I went and finished stacking the wood that I had split over the last while.  I think there is about two year's worth of wood stacked out along the fence in addition to the one year's supply already in the woodshed.  Thursday afternoon we had a visit from another full timing couple that contacted us through RVillage, a site that connects RVers on the road.  I had joined this group some time ago but this was only the second time I had mentioned where we were.  On Thursday evening, we picked up Bev D and went to French Creek Marina where the sunset shots were taken.
Friday was a little quieter.  I helped Sheila with some heavy lifting over at the shop   Aileen made a gluten free, dairy free dessert for a party we are attending tomorrow.  In the evening, we picked up Bev D  and dropped by the Friday night market then went to Qualicum Beach to watch the sun go down.  The colours weren't as interesting as the night before.
Aileen is off this morning taking Bev D to get heavier groceries since she doesn't have a car and we will be mostly absent for the next two or more weeks.  We are heading down to Duncan Monday with the motor home and from there will go up Island again to either Campbell River or straight to Seal Bay where we will be attending the Escapees fall rally September 6-10.  We hope to spend a few days with Aileen's sister Anne (and John) after that.  Fairly soon after that it will be time for us to head for the Shuswap, beginning our preparations for heading south for the winter.  Where has the summer gone???

It was a busy day on the water Tuesday at Cattle Point near Victoria

The mostly non motorized craft were also out in force

Sunset at the mouth of French Creek near Parksville
As evening fell, the muted colours began arriving

Late arrival

These shots are all hand held

1/40 sec f8 using 10,000 ISO 50mm Canon 6D.  This is a great camera for low light focus

Hand held 1/15 sec 12,800 ISO 40 mm