A special part of this time of year

I believe  i already wrote about this beautiful little church , out in Metchosin, but it needs repeating, this time of year, a very special thing happens ,around this little church. The church is ST.MARY THE VIRGIN,  the little church is surrounded by a two acre field of  white fawn lilies ,where ever you look, there are these gorgeous little flowers.   These flowers are also called Easter lilies, they can be white or pink i believe, depending on the soil they are growing in.   Here and there, grape hyacinths peek out from under the lilies, and the bright yellow of some daffodils finish the beautiful picture.   If you can, try to go there, Metchosin is lovely anyways, walk through the church yard and then go for tea at the nearby restaurant.Metchosin flowers 028

Meanwhile, on board of “CURTSY”

RED POINTED TULIPS ,JUST BARELY OPENING UP, A LOAF OF BREAD,A GIFT FROM A FRIEND,STILL WARM FROM THE OVEN THIS BREAD,TO BE ENJOYED WITH DABS OF GARLIC BUTTER!!! THE STOVE IS PURRING SOFTLY,THE WIND IS STILL SO COLD ,RAIN IN THE AIR, BUT, MAYBE SUN NEXT WEEK!! THE BOAT IS SLOWLY GETTING READY FOR THE BIG JOURNEY NORTH ,THE JOY TO BE OUT THERE,TO SEEK AND TO FIND ALL THESE WONDERFUL WILD PLACES WITH BEARS,WHALES,SEA LIONS,TO GAZE INTO THEIR FACES WHILE SITTING IN MY KAYAK ,AT WATER’S LEVEL,OH SO CLOSE,BETWEEN SEAWEED ,SHELLS ,SMALL FISH AND CRABS,WHICH ARE HOLDING ONTO THE KELP ,FILTERED SUNLIGHT STREAMING THROUGH.IMG_0336IMG_0347

The marina, and the slip Baraka goes into is an unbelievable tight spot, it so amazes me , how they have been going in and out of this spot for 7 years now!!!     Vaughan has to slowly come by the end of the slip , then the first mate ( or captain) has to step off, onto the dock, holding a line, as Vaughan slowly keeps on bringing the boat forwards, then the idea is to pull the stern slowly into the slip, remember , this is a very heavy boat!!!    The bow thruster should make this easier, much easier, it will still take a lot of practice, but we could already see that it will be a great help.Baraka Bashad 034You can see here ,the bow thruster working, pushing the boat over. Continue reading

Baraka Bashad left Canoe Cove and headed out , to practice with the bow thruster.   Everyone was exited for Vaughan, as it is quite obvious , how hard it is to manoeuver this boat.   Kenny also owns a large steel sailboat, i think he has a bow thruster also, not sure though……Baraka Bashad 031Baraka Bashad 024

A job well done for Baraka Bashad.

Vaughan decided to keep the boat out of the water for as long as possible, a job always takes longer then expected, some problems had to be ironed out , but slowly but surely the bow thruster was installed, fared and painted , first with a base coat, then several bottom paint coats.   Both Vaughan and Bert were very exited on March 31st, when Baraka Bashad went back into the water.    Last photo , a definitely happy Vaughan!!!!Baraka Bashad 004Baraka Bashad 002Baraka Bashad 013