Sunday, June 30, 2019


The house sitting has been going well.  They installed a 30 amp plug so we could run our RV A/C but it has been much cooler this year so we haven’t needed it.  We have made a couple trips to Victoria.  Took friend Bev D to Sidney for lunch one day then had supper with Richard and family.  Another day we went down for Georgia’s year end school party.   On yet another day, we went over to Saltspring Island.  After touring around and finding a few geocaches, we looked up my nephew, Owen, and his family.  We had a great visit with them.  They were happy to have company as they apparently have had very little other than immediate family.  One day Richard and Georgia drove up and we met for a walk in Cobble Hill Mtn Park. 
We have been walking every evening after supper, mostly to a different spot each time.  Some of the trails had geocaches for me to search out.  We went to the Duncan Farmer’s Market both Saturdays and yesterday’s had some great music so we sat and listened for a long time.  We went back to town at 4 pm yesterday and took in another music event that was really good.  Duncan has what they call the 39 days of summer, which is music from noon until 9 every day with 8-10 groups performing each day.  Lots of variety and some excellent performers.  Today we took our lunch and saw the same couple from Alberta that we listened to yesterday and they were again very good.  The next act, not so much, so we came home for Aileen to nap and me to post this blog.
Neil and Carol are expected home tomorrow which will change the dynamics here.  We have quite enjoyed our time here.  No firm plans for when we leave here yet. 

An urban deer in Victoria

Rough Skin Newt, Chemainus Lake Park

Watershield, Chemainus Lake

Dragonfly on Watershield leaf, Chemainus Lake

Very recently born calf.   I pulled this image from a video taken by my Canon SX60.

A young rabbit I photographed out the window from beside my computer

At Crofton while waiting for the ferry to Saltspring Island, I spotted this Lion's Mane Jellyfish.  It appeared to be over a foot across.

North Beach, Saltspring Island

Lunch at North Beach, Saltspring Island

One of the new ferries leaving Long Harbour, Saltspring Island

Northern Flicker

Fungus on a dead log, Cobble Hill Mtn Park

California Quail and chicks where we are house sitting

California Quail

Kinsol Trestle, 187 m (561 feet) across and 44 m (145 feet) high, one of the tallest wooden railway trestles in the world

And the view from the other side, originally opened in 1920 and rebuilt recently

Woodland Penstemon

A quiet spot along the Koksilah River

Nodding Onion

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


We had another successful rally although we only had eight rigs attend.  Lots of good food and fun and games.  Four of us played cards every night until very late and all four of us won on a different night.  On the fifth night, Keith was the winner, the only double winner. 
We moved down to my cousin Neil and Carol's near Duncan on Saturday from the rally.  We'll be looking after their place while they are away on vacation.  This is back very close to where I grew up so lots of memories around this area.   We have the use of the laundry and shower but otherwise remain in the motor home, the best of both worlds.
We have several things to keep us busy while we're here including trips to Victoria to visit family and friends.  Tonight we're off to play cards with friends from the RV club who live nearby.
My main laptop had to go in the shop again yesterday.  Last Friday evening when I went to use it, I got the dreaded "No Log" screen.  It seemed to be the same issue I had a few months ago when I had to get a mobile repair guy from Mesa to come out and fix it.  When I took it to my guy in Nanaimo yesterday, I said I can diagnose it for you but you have to fix it.  Since they were the ones who sold it to me, there was no charge and an apology for the inconvenience.  When they installed my SSD, they didn't use a screw with a large enough head so the hard drive came unplugged.  It was the same thing this time but he said it won't happen again.

White Crowned Sparrow

Great Blue Heron with appy

One of many wild rabbits at Rathtrevor Park

I believe this is a Spotted Owl, taken at Rathtrevor Park in the late evening

Taken with the Canon SX60 hand held at 1/10 second at 1600 ISO.  He was close enough that if I had my large camera with the 100-400 I could have taken a much sharper photo since it can shoot much better in low light.

Oxeye Daisies

Female Hooded Merganser

Mom and ducklings

Nymph Falls where I took the rally attendees one morning


Down on the beach at Seal Bay Nature Park

This Bald Headed Eagle was waiting for us down at the beach

Squirrel in Heron Woods, Duncan, BC

Cooley's Hedge Nettle

Himalayan Blackberries

Can you see the frog's eye?  

Mom and ducklings at Diver Lake, Nanaimo, BC

Stoney Hill Regional Park east of Duncan, BC looking south east to Victoria and the Olympic Peninsula

Overlooking Sansum Narrows

I think this is a type of Wild Onion

Sansum Narrows and Maple Bay

Arbutus trees

Doe and fawn along Genoa Bay Rd

Sun dog over Mt Prevost on our drive home last night