Books…..

Another great book is ISLANDS IN THE SALISH SEA It is a community atlas, edited by Sheila Harrington and Judi Stevenson.
It is a gorgeous book, put together as an atlas, by 30 artists, each map is a work of art, showing each island with its history and interesting places to visit and explore.
The maps show trails to walk, historic places ,separate drawings show animal life and trees and fauna.
The Salish Sea is known as the Strait of Georgia, it runs the stretch of the Inside Passage , and is dotted with many islands.

Communities on 17 of the largest islands ,created these incredible maps, and tell stories of places and its people .
Robert Bateman wrote the preface, and the foreword is by Briony Penn.
I highly recommend this book, you will pick it up off the shelf, time and time again.

Front cover of the book: "Islands of the Salish Sea"

Front cover of the book:
“Islands of the Salish Sea”

This page shows the beautiful map of Saltspring Island.

This page shows the beautiful map of Saltspring Island.

Curtsy inside, bookshelf behind the seating.

Curtsy inside, bookshelf behind the seating.

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One page out of the book:Tiny Homes on the Move, by Lloyd Kahn.  He talks about  Sailing Vessel "Native Girl", she was built by Allen Farrell, who is very well known here , in Pender harbour.

One page out of the book:Tiny Homes on the Move, by Lloyd Kahn. He talks about Sailing Vessel “Native Girl”, she was built by Allen Farrell, who is very well known here , in Pender harbour.

Books in the boat…..

We have a nice , small library in the boat, mostly sailing books, yes, and books for navigation and places to travel to, but there some books i would like to tell you about.
They are the books by Lloyd Kahn. We own four of them : TINY HOMES ON THE MOVE,HOMEWORK HAND BUILT SHELTER, BUILDERS OF THE PACIFIC WEST, AND TINY HOMES SIMPLE SHELTER.

The one we like the most is TINY HOMES ON THE MOVE. They are all put out by SHELTER PUBLICATIONS http://www.shelterpub.com
They have published 31 books in total.

A Reflection…..

First, start of summer, and already there has been no rain for many weeks,
but the towels can hang on the life lines, every day, they are dry in 30 minutes,
everything is bright, light, and at that time we would like this to go on forever….
and it did, or so it seemed, the woods dried up, so did the creeks, water levels became dangerously low,
water restrictions everywhere, birds are looking for the odd small puddle,
sometimes they find a small bowl filled with water, put there by a kind stranger.
The forest fires are the big wake up call, there is huge danger out there,
people become nervous ,watchful, the skies fill with smoke.
maybe this is not such a good thing, all this heat, this sun,
predictions were that the hot weather would go on right into September…
It is August 29, and its pouring rain out there, big sheets of water.
The earth first does not know what to do with it, the ground is unyielding,
but then slowly it starts absorbing,
Salmon are waiting at the mouths of the creeks, pretty soon ,
they will be able to do what they came back for, lay their eggs in the pebbles, at the bottom of the creeks.
Mosquito will hatch again and feed the birds and dragon flies.
The Purple Martins are getting ready to leave  for their long trip South, to South America.
The oil stove in the boat has already been on ,warming the air on cold mornings,
some nights are crisp, we can smell the fall in the air.
September will still bring sun,we might travel some more, but then, we might head South.
We will bring her to Brentwood bay, put the tarp over the cockpit,
give the Westfalia a wash and wax, and go looking for new adventures.
Stay tuned……