Once upon a time, two boats floated about……

Pender Harbour holds many wonderful sights and things to see and do.
For a long time, in Gerrans Bay, two little wooden boats floated near the shore.
Someone had collected them, and anchored them in this bay. A lot of the folks living here, on the shores, were not too pleased with this, they weren’t the best boats to look at, but a photo of them did manage to end up on pamphlets about the area.
So every one knew about them.
I took lots of photos of them, one was MV KWATNA, the other MV LULU ISLAND . The lad that owned them would bring all his other collectibles ,and stow them on the little boats.
Apparently his home holds more stuff then the largest second hand store.
Long story short…..LULU ISLAND has sunk, we saw her radar down deep, at low tide, KWATNA sits on the rocks, broken up on her port side, slowly she will disappear, all this debris ends up in the harbour, on the shores, under water, and become a danger to navigation.
Someone did put a buoy above where LULU ISLAND rests.

Once upon a time, LULU ISLAND and KWATNA

Once upon a time, LULU ISLAND and KWATNA

the bow of LULU ISLAND>

the bow of LULU ISLAND>

MV KWATNA

MV KWATNA

Roasted nuts!!!

Another snack we love are roasted nuts, but everyone knows how expensive they are to buy, so we go to Costco, and buy large bags of almonds and hazelnuts and brazil nuts.
I roast them in the oven, just by themselves, no salt, no oil.
fill your baking sheet, preheat oven to 330 F, and let them roast, i usually keep them in for about 30 minutes, they should darken a bit. Let them cool fully on the baking sheet, they will make lots of noise from the skins shrinking, sample once cold, so good!!! Pack in air tight container.

Before roasting....

Before roasting….

After roasting!!!

After roasting!!!

July 9th , from Comox harbour back to Pender harbour.

We left after 1 pm , as the tide was then in our favor, we crossed the Comox bar, and then raised all three sails.
Not much wind, as yet, but we did manage to bring the speed up to a whopping 3 knots!!!
So nice though, to just quietly sail along, not in a hurry, it took us about four hours to get to the North point of Texada island, wind changed, and engine was started.
By then, the tide was NOT in our favor, stands to reason, anyways, we motored the rest of the way, a long way, Texada is a very long island!!
I made dinner, we watched the sun set, it was blowing about 8 knots, right on the nose, i did the dishes, and then just sat and relaxed, we knew we would be coming into Pender Harbour in the dark.
I reminded Bert to put both GPS on night vision, and we turned the radar on too.
But it all worked out well, Bert is a very capable skipper, we slowly motored into the harbour, after working our way through the many islands, and at 11.30 we anchored in front of Madeira park.
All was well, we did good.
Next day we did realize that you need to reset your GPS to regular vision in the dark, not in daylight!!!!

Kale chips.

I make my own kale chips, its a great snack and very good for you, to buy them, you have to spend a small fortune, $7.99 per bag, small bag that is!!!!
I buy the kale with the big, curly leaves, then strip off the green, in small pieces, away from the veins of the leaf, wash them well, then dry.
I dry them in my salad spinner…..
put them in a large bowl, mix in two tablespoons of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. I use ” Herbamare “, instead of salt. mix well, then lay them out on a cookie sheet, not touching each other, put in 320 F or 160 C, for about 15 minutes, they will shrink and turn color a bit, check them after 15 minutes, they should be flat and crispy. Cool them and put in a container of your liking.

The kale i buy...

The kale i buy…

products i use, i dont use the coconut oil for the kale chips, but do use it for cooking and baking.

products i use, i dont use the coconut oil for the kale chips, but do use it for cooking and baking.

Organic, cold pressed olive oil.

Organic, cold pressed olive oil.

Kale, washed and dried, ready to go into the oven.

Kale, washed and dried, ready to go into the oven.

All done, ready to enjoy.

All done, ready to enjoy.

if you need to get your hair done, and nothing is more scary then a brand new hairdresser to try, i so highly recommend “INDIGO LOUNGE” , situated on Comox Ave.
Ask for Heather, she is one of the owners and does a great job. The atmosphere in the salon is very peaceful, i will definitely go back. Will need to, hair growing like crazy!!!

We were lucky enough to borrow our daughters car, and drove to Siefferts farm, where the variety of veggies is amazing, and all so fresh and good. I filled both the baskets to the top and its one week later ,and they are still fresh and crispy. We bought peppers, zuccini , kale, (i made kale chips), lettuce, tomatoes ,potatoes and cauliflower, they also carry lots of fruit, blueberries, cherries , goose berries ,raspberries and apples. comox watersports Pender harbour  SV gaia 005

Beautiful cut flowers from Sieffert farm,and whatever is left of the cherries.....sooooo good!!!!!

Beautiful cut flowers from Sieffert farm,and whatever is left of the cherries…..sooooo good!!!!!

some more info about the Comox Valley….

HMS Quadra is running full tilt now, i used to work there for five years,at the cadet camp at Goose Spit, i loved it and made some very good friends there.
Every morning now, we hear the band playing for the raising of the flag, and all the cadets march around the whole compound.
Brings back a lot of memories……
The cadets learn to sail too, among other things, and after 9 o’clock all the little sailboats come out into the bay. Together with all the little boats from the sailing club, its one very busy place!!!
The dragon boats practice every Wednesday and Saturday, there are several boats but our favorite is the white one, with the short gentleman at the helm, he would steer the boat close by Curtsy ,so we could shout encouragement to the hard working paddlers. Their strength and rhythm is superb, a joy to watch.

Sailing practice in Comox bay.

Sailing practice in Comox bay.

Rest spot at the Spit.

Rest spot at the Spit.

Senior sailors.

Senior sailors.

Eagle story

Comox harbour is the home to a bald eagle couple, as long as i can remember they have been here.
Usually they both sit on the big lights, above the harbour marine building, when one leaves for a while, the other one patiently sits there and waits, the female is quite a bit bigger then the male,he often perches on top of one of the sailboats tied to a buoy, untill one day, he decided to perch on top of our mast!!!
We just came home from shopping, and i exitedly said, oh Bert, we have an eagle!!!!!
Bert had a total hissy fit, as he figured he would end up with a broken antenna, or wind vane, or worse…
The eagle looked down at us, kind of with a look that said, oh, hum, you are home…..
He then flew off,back to his lamp post, where he started a joyful conversation with his mate!!!
I dont have a photo just yet, i am hoping he will come back, Bert doesnt….
But then, remember that Bert is painting the deck with a brandnew, white coat of paint, but i reassured him that eagles shoot far when they poo, unlike the crows…..and the seagulls, and yes, the kingfishers!!!!!