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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Apples and Hawthorn trees.

On the 22nd. of September, we decided to head to James bay on Prevost island, Darcee had mentioned that there were lots of apples on the trees in the old orchard.
So, away we went, again a beautiful, sunny day!! Its just a short piece to Prevost island, and we didnt have enough wind to put up any sails.
James bay is one of the best bays for secure anchoring, the bottom is black , very sticky mud, the bay is well protected from SE wind, but NW comes straight into it, you could easily stay in a big wind, as long as you have enough chain out and you are prepared to bounce up and down from the waves!!!
I love going there , the bay is surrounded by lovely walks ,one of them leads around the water and ends up at the light house.
There is a large eagle nest there and its a great spot to take photos of your boat down below!
on the right side of the bay is the Provincial park, with a primitive campsite, the site is situated on the old apple orchard.
The trees are mature, they have been there a long time, are in need of pruning, but boy do they still produce apples!!!!
They are just beautiful, green with a red blush, crisp and sweet!!!
Lots of folks had been picking already, but not all of them had a tall husband like i have!!! Bert is 6’4″,and could easily reach the big , beautiful apples up high!!
( he did use the boat hook, for the ones way up there)
We picked two bags, one for us, one for our friend Margo,and there still were enough for lots of other folks.

The outskirts of the orchard are surrounded by Hawthorn trees, this year they are loaded with berries, just tons of them, i believe there are so many because it has been so dry, i think these trees thrive on that.
The berries are a gorgeous deep red, and once the leaves are all gone, they make a wonderful decoration at Christmas time.
Part of the old forest is still standing,large Chestnut,Maple and Douglas fir, the island is privately owned but the owners are at least not cutting these trees.

Apple orchard on Prevost island.

Apple orchard on Prevost island.

Shake the tree, run like hell, come back and pick up the apples!!!

Shake the tree, run like hell, come back and pick up the apples!!!

No idea what kind of apples, but oh boy, are the ever good!!!

No idea what kind of apples, but oh boy, are the ever good!!!

The hawthorn trees are just loaded with berries this year!!

The hawthorn trees are just loaded with berries this year!!

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Just cannot get enough of taking photos of these beaches!!

We stayed one night longer in Montague, i love walking the beaches there, look at the old middens, and check to see how the big old Arbutus trees are doing.
usually , the odd one falls over, as they grow on the very edge of the embankment, and the soil is constantly eroding.
Here and there the pathway had disappeared ,maybe because of the many people walking there in summer, or because of the rising water table, the waves hit the shore hard when it blows a winter storm……

Low water , looking towards the North.

Low water , looking towards the North.

Lovely fall day!

Lovely fall day!

Slowly eroding shore line.

Slowly eroding shore line.

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Through Dod narrows to Montague harbor.

We left September 21st. a nice sunny day, not much wind, and headed for Dod narrows, and then onto Montague harbor.
Friends of ours, Darcee and Nick were going to be there too, on their sailboat Kyan II. We decided , once tied up to one of the parks buoys, to all head to the Hummingbird pub, catching the famous Hummingbird pub schoolbus, well, retired school bus, driven by an also now famous man!! He calls himself Tommy Transit, has written several books, and is a bus driver on a mission.!!!!!
This is his motto: Interational Inspirational Speaker inspiring people who work with the public to be AMBASSADORS FOR Change!!!!!!
Check him out on: http://www.TommyTransit.com
next time we are there, i will take photos and videos of his musical capabilities while driving the bus!!!
Its a tad scary actually, but the lad is famous here, or rather infamous, and i noticed all other traffic went well out of his way!!!!

Our friends, Nick and Darcee, on their sailboat, KYAN II.

Our friends, Nick and Darcee, on their sailboat, KYAN II.

KYAN II and CURTSY in Montague harbor.

KYAN II and CURTSY in Montague harbor.