Homeward bound…

So now we are back in Brentwood bay, on the way here, we filled with fuel for the winter, 374 liters of diesel filled her to the top, enough for the whole winter heat and then some!! The main tanks hold just over 500 liters.
Just before Mill Bay, where we took on fuel, a large spout , and then a very large tail came alongside, a humpback!!!! Out here!!! in Saanich inlet, how awesome, apparently folks have seen a few of them, they might be chasing after the herring, one of their foods.
It was so great to see one, plus right after this, five sea lions surfaced!!! Definitely lots of food out there.

We took a spot right at the main dock, we always talked about that, but never got a chance because of the large catamarans docking there last winter, now it is a lot quieter , not that many boats this year.
But the bay is chock full with mooring buoys.
The dinghy is back to its winter spot at the stern,Curtsy has been cleaned up, and i have a new friend, a young seagull, who seems to run the show here now, Jaytoo doesnt even come near the boat, so i called this bird GRIBLEY, maybe it should be Feisty, he already stands on the toerail, and he loves cheese, well, what else is new!!!
I am training him (or her, just dont know, cannot look under the feathers…), to take food from my hand!!

Curtsy at the main dock,ferry dock to the left.

Curtsy at the main dock,ferry dock to the left.

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View at the marina , Curtsy at the main dock.

View at the marina , Curtsy at the main dock.

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As soon as i could, i bought pansies, my mom used to love these flowers, i grow them every year.

As soon as i could, i bought pansies, my mom used to love these flowers, i grow them every year.

and then the swans……

That same evening, a family of Mute Swans came gliding into the bay, heading straight for our boat!! They must have had the message that we carry good bread!!!
Both adults swung their heads back and forth, making a clicking sound, while the young one paid no attention to them whatsoever!!
They hung around our boat for most of the evening and night, tapping against the hull, trying to get our attention. The photos are taken when it was already quite dark, and i didnt want to use a flash, i dont think they would appreciate that very much!!

Adult Mute Swan.

Adult Mute Swan.

Young Mute Swan.

Young Mute Swan.

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Super moon…..Blood moon!

On September 28th we had a very rare eclipse of the moon, plus it was a super moon, which means the moon was at its closest point to the earth,also called the harvest moon,closest full moon to the September Equinox.
The lunar eclipse can be easily seen with the naked eye plus you dont need eye protections as you do with the solar eclipse.
The next one will not be until January 31 2018.
The bible even talks about a blood moon, in Revelation 6:6. It is called the blood moon because of the red color during the eclipse.
There are lots of doomsday prophecies in the past about this event, i can just imagine what folks would have thought when they saw this in ancient times, they would have no idea why it was doing this, not understanding it and therefore looking at it with great fear.
My photos are not great , but it will give an idea what it looked like.

Harvest moon, blood moon.

Harvest moon, blood moon.

The next morning, all the boats left , after the sail past. This is MV SECRETARY ISLE

The next morning, all the boats left , after the sail past. This is MV SECRETARY ISLE

Pacific Yellowfin was not the only one though……

In total there were about 30 boats there, some converted fishing boats, others work boats for all trades, the work done on these boats needs to be admired, beautiful woodwork, converted galleys ,so the owners could easily live on board. Some of the older vessels are very narrow, and you can sure feel it when some waves hit the sides, but their charm is heart warming, i would not mind someday, to live in one of these boats.
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Proud owner, inviting us on board.

Proud owner, inviting us on board.

Inside Standard II

Inside Standard II

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Just amazing , the amount of boats, all somehow tucked into the marina, must have been something else when they all left for the sail past.

Just amazing , the amount of boats, all somehow tucked into the marina, must have been something else when they all left for the sail past.

Beautiful border collie pup, guarding the boat, kind of....

Beautiful border collie pup, guarding the boat, kind of….

The Converted work boat show.

The web page of the Pacific Yellowfin states that she is not a regular cruise liner but a floating wilderness lodge.
A journey on her is all inclusive, and you are treated to the best of the best, plus get to come up close with the B.C. wilderness coast , its animals and it s people.

Her fore deck.

Her fore deck.

Anchoring equipment.

Anchoring equipment.

Beautiful cabin  on board of Pacific Yellowfin.

Beautiful cabin on board of Pacific Yellowfin.

A peek into the galley, i would LOVE to cook in there!!!!

A peek into the galley, i would LOVE to cook in there!!!!

leisure and entertainment center.

leisure and entertainment center.

The wheel house, totally modernized but the original controls are still there.

The wheel house, totally modernized but the original controls are still there.

The barber chair, up in the wheel house, not sure if they use it , maybe for  the crew.......

The barber chair, up in the wheel house, not sure if they use it , maybe for the crew…….

The aft deck, great place to get to know your fellow passengers.

The aft deck, great place to get to know your fellow passengers.

One of the hatch covers.

One of the hatch covers.

Blood moon ,swans and beautiful boats.

On September 26th and 27th , Ganges Harbor hosted the Converted work boat show.
Slowly and surely , the boats started coming in, first the impressive MV PACIFIC YELLOWFIN, she is a true beauty, built during WWII, she now is a luxury yacht, taking charters all along the B.C. coast.
Her large funnel boasts the fabled medieval Griffin, inside, the wood just gleams , copper and brass are polished to a gorgeous shine, white linens are used on the dining tables, it would be a true joy to sit in her salon and sip a good glass of wine!!
She was fully refitted in 2003 and many modern amenities were installed on board, but not taking away from her ambiance.
We could not go inside but i managed some photos to show you her style and beauty.
Check her out on http://www.pacificyellowfin.com
I tried to figure out which cabin i had photographed from the photos online, but could not figure it out, there was no one to ask about her, so the best is to check her out online.

MV PACIFIC YELLOWFIN,part of the sailpast.

MV PACIFIC YELLOWFIN,part of the sailpast.

MV PACIFIC YELLOWFIN

MV PACIFIC YELLOWFIN

She weighs 415 tons, and has a beam of 30 feet.  Apparently no one has ever been seasick on board of her, she is a steady  and strong girl!!

She weighs 415 tons, and has a beam of 30 feet. Apparently no one has ever been seasick on board of her, she is a steady and strong girl!!

The yacht  offers motor bike rides on logging roads, there are 4 bikes on board!!! i was wondering about them.......

The yacht offers motor bike rides on logging roads, there are 4 bikes on board!!! i was wondering about them…….

Ganges!!! market time!!!!!!

There is no other way of saying it: the Ganges open air market is totally wonderful!!!!
I LOVE going there, Ganges is a town on Saltspring island, a very large variety of artists live here, and every year, starting at Easter weekend usually around April, it runs every Saturday, opens at 8.30 and closes at 4.
It doesnt stop till the end of October,still going on tomorrow, i am so tempted……..(Oct.16 today)
Walking through the market , the wonderful scent of fresh baked bread hits your nose, then the sweet smell of tarte au poire, or almond butter cake, further down you are bombarded with color, every flower possible, put together in wonderful bouquets, then the vegetables…… There are many farmers here, growing everything from garlic to tomatoes, it all is fresh, it all looks so good.
As you keep strolling on, trying to ignore the fresh baked bread smell, the beautiful colors of semi precious stones hit your eyes, handmade jewelry , blown glass beads, brass bracelets, leather works, it is all here, designer clothing, hand made cards, now try to be good and keep your money in your pockets!!!
Music starts after a while, a rhumba band, at least, i think that is what they are called, the bands name is RUWADZANO, and they are great!!
People around me started dancing, an aging gent could not help himself and danced around the field, a sweet little girl shyly bounced through her little knees, bobbing up and down.
It was such a lovely day, good food, good atmosphere , beautiful colors, what more do you need?????

Flowers anyone??

Flowers anyone??

Veggies!!!!! yahoo!!!

Veggies!!!!! yahoo!!!

French pastries, the smell at this stand was hard to take!!!

French pastries, the smell at this stand was hard to take!!!

Great music from  RUWADZANO

Great music from RUWADZANO

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