Friday, May 25, 2018


Yes, we thought our summer would flow along like our last few but when Aileen went to get her eyes checked prior to new glasses, she was told she has a fast growing cataract in one eye.  She was able to get an appointment where our daughter in law works with a specialist who informed her that yes, that was true but she also had one in the other eye which is slower growing.   It looks like she will be having the first one operated on in July and the other two weeks later.  That is going to mean we will be spending a lot more time in the lower part of Vancouver Island this summer.  We usually try to avoid that by heading to the top end where there are far less people.
We had to take Mitzy for her regular vet appointment today in Courtenay so we combined that with taking Cousin Bill to Dick's Fish and Chips in Campbell River for lunch.  I got out twice this week geocaching, haven't been doing much lately.  On Monday I made my first ride with the ATV club I belong to when here.

An all too common occurrence these days, the old cabin is being replaced by the square monstrosity seen in the background.  

Dew drops on a rose leaf one morning, enlarge the image to see all the little pictures in the drops.

Mitzy and I walk by this house some mornings

Wild rose along the road

Out riding with the Alberni Valley ATV club on Monday we were stopped by this snow from going to our planned destination

So, what can we do but play a little?

I sat here on the banks of the Cameron River to have my lunch

Looking over the Alberni Valley from up on the flanks of Mt Arrowsmith

Those are my tracks after getting winched backwards.  I was doing great until getting high centered on the hard snow and having all four tires spinning helplessly.

A little further on from the view to the west and the Alberni Valley, I was able to look to the east side of Vancouver Island in the vicinity of Qualicum/Coombs

Lots of residual snow in spots up on Mt Arrowsmith

St Mary's Lake on a shoulder of Mt Arrowsmith 

Up high, the Trilliums were in their prime

A little mountain pond

Wild Huckleberry blossoms

While Aileen was at her specialist appointment in Victoria, Mitzy and I sat in a sheltered spot at Cattle Point and watched this Great Blue Heron.

These two guys were having fun in the wind off Cattle Point

Camas and Oak trees at Cattle Point

Later, after Aileen's appointment, we met Richard and Georgia at Finnerty Gardens at the University of Victoria.  The Rhododendrons and Azaleas were still pretty impressive.  

An Iris

Korean Mountain Magnolia at Finnerty Gardens

Northern Flicker spotted on our morning walk

Friday, May 18, 2018


We moved up to my brother Charlie's on Monday.  We've been busy as usual.  We went to the Escapees lunch meeting in Nanaimo Wednesday.  Today I finally broke down and paid the money to get a new key for the CRV.  My key had broken loose from the remote a couple of years ago and I've been reluctant to spend $225 to get a new one.  I have spent some time getting the RZR out of winter storage and getting it ready to take out for a drive in the mountains.  I bought an overhead storage bag down south and got that installed.  That will give my camera a dry spot to ride when it is raining.  Last June on our three day ride, the camera got so wet it stopped working until it dried out hours later.
Tomorrow we are attending a drop in BBQ to celebrate my next in line brother Sam's 70th birthday.  Richard and Georgia are driving up today to spend a couple nights with us and attend the party.   That should liven things up for us.  

All today's photos taken with my Canon SX60

Crab for supper

These Canada Geese had twelve goslings

Teaching the goslings how to forage 

Squabbling over the food

Some interesting skies near Richard's and Robin's in North Saanich

From Mt Prevost looking over Cowichan Bay toward Victoria and the US

Yellow Violet on Mt Prevost

Wild Dogwood on Mt Prevost

Shooting from behind the Dogwood flowers, I loved the translucency

On a hike with two of my cousins and their families

Genoa Bay where we hiked to

Adrian and my cousin Cheryl, Carol and my cousin Neil and me

I was riding my bike the other evening when I spotted this Ceanothus silkmoth on a building wall

Quite the setup these guys have

Sea Lion at French Creek boat basin hoping for fish scraps below the fish cleaning station

There are a large number of Sea Lions hanging out at French Creek.  The locals are not happy with all the noise they make. 

More Sea Lions

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Yes, we are parked in the bottom driveway at our son Richard's.  We have been enjoying visiting with him, Robin and Georgia.  We spent some time with Richard and Georgia both Saturday and Sunday and we share meals most evenings.  They of course, have their busy schedule of school and work.  We picked Georgia up from school a couple of times and took Mitzy into the school to meet her.  Mitzy was a hit with lots of other kids too.
We are getting together with our friend Bev D for lunch today and hope to meet up with former Salmon Arm friends Ian and Wendy tomorrow.  Our current plan is to leave here Friday morning and move up Island a little further.  After a few days, we will move up a little more. 

Don't forget to click on the pictures to enlarge them

A similar ferry to the one I'm on.  We meet in a narrow passage called Active Pass and the ferries have to time it to meet in the middle where there is the maximum amount of room.

The other boat turns left through that narrow entrance then heads across to Vancouver

As we get closer to landing on Vancouver Island

Oyster Catcher

The Oyster Catcher and this Otter were just down across the highway below where we are parked

He is only fifteen or so feet from me

Great Blue Heron with a nugget of food in his bill

We spent some time at Butchart Gardens last Saturday 

A peek a boo shot out to Tod Inlet from the Gardens


Another peek at the inlet

All of the above photos were taken with my Canon SX60
The rest below were shot with my Canon 6D with the 24-105 lens