It is Christmas Eve….

Tess and i went into town, downtown Victoria ,to look at the lights, and it looks so festive, very much so like an European town, the Empress again this year, has a display of Christmas trees, and everywhere outside,broken-docks-and-christmas-005

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Well decorated government buildings.

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View of the harbour.

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Looking towards downtown.

the trees are decorated.    We will be spending Christmas here, in Victoria, having dinner together with friends.

WE would like to wish everyone, all our family, friends and fellow boaters a wonderful Christmas, with joy and peace, we wish you all a great New Year, in good health, may you all have fair winds!!!!

perils at the docks…

We had a storm last week, a doozer, i saw on the Passageweather.com that the wind would be coming this way for sure, up to 35 knots, mostly South….      Tess was still with us ,sleeping in the front , and its safe to say she didnt sleep much that night.   The wind started early in the morning, and by 5 am, it was gusting well over 45 knots.     We usually do not get South wind here, so because of the direction, the docks were put under tremendous strain.     At some point, early in the morning, a whole slip at D dock gave away , boats and all, one large sailboat, one large powerboat .          When i looked out that morning, things did not look right, Bert received a phonecall to come and help ,to try to pull the dock back into place, together with Mark , Blythe and another gentleman, they managed to pull the dock WITH the boats ,back to the piling, tied it down and congratulated each other on a job well done!!!         The wind didnt die down till the afternoon, Matt, our harbour master, was right on the ball, arriving with contractors, who put all new wood and hardware on the dock, where it attaches to the piling.   Job well done!!!!broken-docks-and-christmas-039broken-docks-and-christmas-041broken-docks-and-christmas-048

HO HO HO!!!

It is December 14, and its cold!!    yes, i know, for you who live way up North, that is just a joke, minus 2, but the humidity is so high , 100 % yesterday, 86% today, the bay froze overnight, there is a lot of run off here from the rainwater ,so the fresh water on top of the salt, freezes!     Curtsy made some interesting noises this morning, creaking and groaning, i could hear ice breaking, the temp in the cockpit was 2 degrees.

During breakfast, i started hearing loud banging and ice breaking, and here come 5 kayakers ,breaking a path through the ice with their paddles

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One brave, happy lady!!!

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There they go, i haven’t seen them come back yet…

, these guys looked awesome, dressed up as Santas ,kayaks decorated.    I just had to share that with you, they were out for a paddle, for a couple hours, i asked the one gent if he was not cold, and he said he had many, many layers on…..   even so……they are floating on very cold water!!!

December 13…. its been and is cold!!

We had snow!!!    We woke up to that marvelous quiet, that stillness , only snow can give, it was still very early , but i just had to go out and marvel at the perfect whiteness, the folks on the ferry were just getting going, thawing the boat out, the snow was about 3″ deep, i know, nothing to brag about, but for here, in Brentwood, its really something.!!!    It didnt last long, by the end of the day , a lot had melted off, Bert made a path , the birds came and stood there , with their feet bright red from the cold, they seemed confused  by all this white stuff.     It is really the best way to get into the Christmas spirit , some white stuff.    Today, December 13, its all gone again, we had tons of rain in the meantime, but it is staying cold for here, so maybe …….. at Christmas……..

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A bit of snow on our Christmas lights.

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Pancake ice forming in the bay.

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Snowy morning.

MOSI

There is quite a bit of parking, but if you arrive at lunch time, or any time after 11.30, it is hard to find a spot.    The breakfasts and lunches are incredible, not only is the food amazing but the presentations are eye catching.   In Summer, they offer pizza nights on Saturday and Sundays.     I took some photos of the menu also, to give you an idea of what is available.

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Cozy corner inside Mosi.

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Most important, a nice glass of wine with lunch.

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They offer a nice variety of breads.

MOSI !!!! the best coffee shop and bakery there is!!!

And, not just that!!  they make some incredible lunches!!   (almost) every Saturday morning, around 9, you will find us at Mosi, a bakery/coffee shop/lunch spot , on West Saanich rd.    We  need to be there at 9, or maybe 9.15, no later, as the place then fills up very fast and is packed with folks.

This bakery was founded well over 20 years ago, and the owners, Stefano and Melissa Mosi ,are the original founders of La Collina Bakery ,an award winning bakery ,which opened in 1997 on Cedar Hill Road in Victoria, B.C.     Stefano’s father ,Virgilio Mosi,co-founded the Italian Bakery and his grandfather had a Pasticceria in Torino ,Italy.   Stefano and Melissa lived in Hawaii for 7 years , there they adopted a baby girl ,and after the 7 years, decided the move back to Canada.      The main reason being , needing to be closer to family and share their baby girl with them!!    They  are very hard workers, and have created a most wonderful place to come and sit , enjoy a very good cup of coffee, and most of all, and these are our weakness, eat at least two croissants each, Bert likes the almond cream ones, and i love the marscapone ,cream cheese and berry croissant.      I buy our bread here, usually 100 % whole wheat, or multigrain.   Everything is made in the back of the building where the bakery is. Usually Stefano comes rushing out with a huge tray , full of loaves or other baked goodies.  Th e service is great, everyone is friendly, Janice, one of the ladies , is always there to great us, and runs around to make sure evryone has what they need.       We give this bakery 10 stars, as 5 is just not enough.

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Mosi Bakery on the corner of West Saanich rd.and Prospect Lake rd.

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You order at the counter, but not after having searched for a free table, and quickly grab it!!!

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Every day, all the baked goods are fresh, made early that morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 5,Sinterklaas dag ,December 6.

It is slowly getting colder, the wind comes from the NW mostly, which means clear skies , cold, and maybe snow….    The docks are frozen this morning, and the Malahat is painted a soft pink ,definitely something is coming!!    It is now noon and the sky is a heavy slate grey, snow on the way.     I love this kind of weather, the clear ,bright air, ice sparkling in the sunlight.    Looking at Passageweather.com ,another storm is on its way, this one coming from the South, never a dull moment!!!

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Snowy,early morning Malahat.