Gribley, the gull.

I told you about this feisty bird, who basically rules the dock here now, jaytoo did come over yesterday, but there was no sign of Gribley, Jaytoo came on the boat, and took the cheese right from my hand, i looked right into his eyes and noticed that he has red around them which i believe is a sign that a gull is getting on so to speak, he has great respect for Gribley , seems to know that he cannot win that fight.
But, their memory is just so amazing, he knew me, knew the porthole,where the galley is ,and food, and had just been waiting and waiting for the other bird to leave. ‘
Here is a video , which shows what Gribley does to get my attention!!!

But, this is Brentwood bay……

But ,the weather here is different in Brentwood bay, even with the odd bit of cold, the odd bit of ice,it is a lot milder then Sidney ,i leave here without a coat to go to Sidney and then wish i had my down jacket when i get there!!! Things keep on blooming here, there are still flowers out there, hummingbirds still buzz by my head, it is worth it to be in this special little spot.
We have good friends here and right across the road is a charming little Chinese restaurant, on the other side of the ferry dock is the restaurant called “the mermaids”, and then there is the Lodge, we can use the hot tub, and the exercise room ,and the food is splendid in the pub. So for now we are here, who knows what the future might bring…..

Brave little roses!!

Brave little roses!!

brentwood in winter 008 (Medium)
No idea what this little bush is called but isn't it lovely??

No idea what this little bush is called but isn’t it lovely??

winter Cyclamen

winter Cyclamen

Very brave little periwinkle

Very brave little periwinkle

Just a rockin’ and rolling today!!!

Today is November 24th, sun is out again, its warm in the cockpit but the wind out there is NW, and very cold!!
Some of the waves from Saanich Inlet come in here, most keep going to the head of the bay, but i am moving like crazy, i dont even notice it though , until i try to step off the boat!!
Two gents came today to fix my dock, the railing was totally rotten away and with the last storm, with gusts of 38 knots, we watched the whole thing move up and down, bolts and nails and all, not a good feeling…They did a great job and we can move Curtsy back again to her spot tonight.
Yesterday it was raining and warm, at least, 10 degrees outside, 22 inside, the week before i looked at http://www.passageweather.com , and noticed a huge size storm coming this way, the barometer dropped to 990.8, the day before it showed 1030.7!!!
We stayed home that day and watched over the other boats, strange things came floating into the little inlet here, a basket ball,( nice one too!!) half a dock, several buoys and two coolers!!
We have had frost on the pumpkins so to speak, one morning, all the docks were white, as was Curtsy ,i love the quiet in the air that comes with cold temps, we hauled out our gloves, hats, and down jackets, i for sure grabbed my crampons, for under my shoes, wont leave the boat without them!!
So, that’s it for weather talk, we keep busy, Bert is helping his brother with a job, i am sewing my lamp, not sure if its going to be acceptable, (photo might follow…), i am busy , trying out new recipes ,following the Whole30 plan.
We love eating this way, we both feel so much better, i have a board on Pinterest, called the Whole30,my pinterest is in the name of Marianne Reijm ,check it out if you like.

Icy docks.

Icy docks.

Frost on the pansies.

Frost on the pansies.

Entertaining on Curtsy.

We have many boater friends, and during the winter months we get together for dinners and playing card or board games, i love making the boat cozy and inviting and i think a good time is held by all. I just wanted to show how Curtsy looks inside, all cleaned up nicely and wonderful aromas coming out of the galley, wish i could post the smell…..

Fine dining on SV Curtsy

Fine dining on SV Curtsy

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We like it here at the main dock, some folks warned us of heavy traffic going by of well meaning looky lews, but its been ok, its quiet at night, and during the day i watch the goings on with the little ferry, never a dull moment.
Slowly but surely i am getting to know the bird population, Gribley rules the dock for sure, but then there is the crow couple, and as smart as they are, they learned very fast that when Gribley gets treats, they just need to be a little bit faster, and a little bit smarter!!
The female crow, (she is the larger bird), sits on the rail of a little power boat near us, and begins to tap it very loud, while the male bird calls out , sounding like a cat!!!!
There is no way ignoring them, they will not stop!
Gribley in the meantime, is becoming very nervous, this might not go the way he wants it to, he now comes on the deck, stands there very nervously, but today he made it to 8 seconds, its getting better!!
My goal is that he eats out of my hand.
We also have the ever present King fishers, they are so very territorial, and constantly call out to everyone who might be a threat!!!
Hummingbirds are still buzzing and calling in the trees, folks here feed them all winter long, so they stay, plus this area has a very mild climate.
Every ferry dock seems to have pigeons ,and this dock is no exception, there are about 50 of them, they fly out in the morning, come back around 4,have a bit of a meeting on top of the building and then go to roost under the dock.
There are 10 otters here, two families of 5, and so far there are no problems, we love watching them play,somewhere on the shores here, they have their burrows, but most of the time they play and feed.
With the three marinas here in the bay, there is plenty of chance to find some docks to roll around on and poo on the odd mooring lines…….
So far we have been lucky….

Our pigeon flock.

Our pigeon flock.

Crow couple, photo taken through the plastic.

Crow couple, photo taken through the plastic.

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Another sunny day, sitting in the cockpit,no sweater needed!!!

This is November 9,and the sun is out, it is 20 degrees in the cockpit and life is good!!!
We have had one storm, quite a bit of rain, but then there are these days in between, where the sun is still warm and my pansies are blooming away!
I did boast about the red leaves on my bonsai and then showed a photo with greener then green leaves, sorry about that, but here is a new one.

leaves turning red on the Japanese hornbeam bonsai.

leaves turning red on the Japanese hornbeam bonsai.