more friends!!!

Vaughan and Rita joined us for one night, they took the spot across from us, and all six of us enjoyed a campfire, lots of goodies, marsmallows!!!!!! i had not eaten those for at least 25 years!!
Yummy!!!!
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Vaughan and Rita's beautiful motor home, i love the size!!!

Vaughan and Rita’s beautiful motor home, i love the size!!!

I think Rita is telling us here what awesome food awaits us!!!

I think Rita is telling us here what awesome food awaits us!!!

birds of a feather…..

My friends thought the woodpecker parents were pileated woodpeckers, but they are not, the one parent, the male obviously has a very red head, and after some research, i believe them to be sapsuckers, but that still might not be right, tell me what you think!!

look at that bright red head of the male...

look at that bright red head of the male…

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the male bird is blurry here but you can still see clearly the red head and chest

the male bird is blurry here but you can still see clearly the red head and chest

My story about french beach……

ocean swell rolling in,down below the bank
blowing a NW er, hard,a cold wind
but we have the fire going ,the four of us
moods are mellow,life is good.
wildflowers are abundant,giant Cow Parsnip
its huge white flowers unfolding as if coming out of a package
the big flowers made up of a multitude
of little white ones
underneath on the forest floor
hundreds of tiny daisies,opening to the sun
then closing again at night
i wake up in the morning,at first dawn to the songs of the robins
then the chicadees and wrens follow
soon the eagles cry out to each other
hunting for their young ones,crows call last,
mischief coming for sure
but oh so very smart and cunning,
they find their way,having fun while doing it..
across the campsite
a dead maple, just its trunk standing,
bird holes all the way up and down
second hole from the top houses a family of
woodpeckers, mom and dad flying in and out,

giant cow parsnip

giant cow parsnip

the giant flower is tucked away as in a little package

the giant flower is tucked away as in a little package

out pops the flower

out pops the flower


this goes on all day
little green hummingbird finds my feeder
but sees me hovering nearby with my camera
she comes back, over and over again,
until she forgets about me,
and i can take some shots….

Last week we went camping…..

To take a break from all the work to be done, we went camping with our family/friends Roel and Ineke, to French beach.
Its beautiful out there, to get there you drive past Sooke, then you pass Shirley Delicious, a wonderful little coffee shop , with incredible, gluten free goodies, and the government campsite is just a bit further down the road, right at the ocean.
We took two spot next to each other, the weather was clear, but oh boy, was it ever cold!!! A NW wind blew right off the water, and we didnt bring big sweaters, but Roel made some very nice camp fires, and the four of us huddled around it, till evening and then played our favourite card game,”skip boo”

Roel and Ineke, enjoying the camp fire

Roel and Ineke, enjoying the camp fire

Bert and Roel collected round ,small rocks off the beach, to play the game of Bocce ball, after a few tries, as rocks were flying around the camp site and i was hiding behind the Westy,they became quite good at it, and it was safe to sit in the chair to watch them!!!
bocce ball with beach rocks

bocce ball with beach rocks