After a ferry trip, car ride and finally a motorboat crossing, we arrived safely on Thormanby Island, just off the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver. Their cabin is on a beautifully sheltered sandy bay at the end of a sweet row of eclectic summer cottages. It was very near summer's end, so the bay was rather quiet...many families had returned home to the city already.
Bruce & Andrea entertain the kids with a bocci game while my nose is buried in a book
Daytime involved paddle boarding, reading, general lounging, bocci, fort-building, tree climbing, hiking/walking/swimming, cliff-jumping (the kids), swatting at wasps, nice conversation, some cooking.
T & D built an amazing teepee-style fort from driftwood
D takes a break to soak up some late-afternoon rays
In the evenings, we enjoyed cards, Jenga, Scattergories, marshmellow-roasting, wine (the adults) and more reading by oil lamplight.
T makes his move
We saw lots of cool wildlife including enormous red jellies that washed up after a storm, lots and lots of icky banana slugs, a sweet salamander AND......a juvenile grey whale just 20m from Bruce's boat!!!! Yup, we were extremely lucky to see him on our way back from a lunch run to Pender Harbour one day. Sadly, I wasn't prepared for photos. In fact, I was very nervous (I'm not a confident boat passenger). All I could think after the whale dove down was "I don't want to be in one of those YouTube videos where the whale comes up under the boat and everyone goes flying out!"
Pender Harbour pub lunch
Just when D and I thought we were lost, a trail buoy showed us the way on our hike!
I almost stepped on this little camouflaged salamander!
The west-facing beach...looking towards Texada and Vancouver Island
Someone is busy growing a new leg!
D's hand is just for scale - she's not touching this enormous jelly!
Ever since she was little-little, D has loved limpets and often wears them as earrings, too
Thank you so much Bruce and Andrea for having us again. We love you! And Bucc Bay, too!
What a great end to summer. We've had the best family time this holiday - almost a whole month off work for B and great visits with my family back east and friends here on the coast. Although they are moaning a bit, I know the kids are excited for this week. Both are going to new schools, T to junior high and D will try late French Immersion on for size.
...................and I'm heading back to my sewing room!!!! I decided to play with my friends at Fat Quarterly magazine and participate in my first ever sew along. En route to the marina, Andrea and I stopped at a favourite quilt shop and I picked up a Hunky Dory jelly roll for the easypeasy sew along. I've never used a jelly roll in a project before. If you want to play, too, check it out here!
I hope you all had a wonderful summer, too. There's still a few more hours to enter my giveaway for the lastest edition of Quilter's Connection magazine here.