|Bee on vibrant Sennetti|
Rainy days have been few - so there has been no excuse to put off painting, gardening, building woodsheds, modifying the watering systems as well as the day to day house chores. The camera is always close at hand to capture the special moments when a butterfly or bee lands on a blossom and stays long enough to focus! We also appreciate visits from the Anna's Hummingbirds who announce their presence with the buzz and zooms of mini helicopters (not fast enough yet for a photo though).
|Tiger Swallowtail on Bowles Mauve|
While we don't have the necessary sunny exposure for a full size garden, we do enjoy planting and harvesting on a smaller scale - in pots. We have a rewarding crop of cherry tomatoes from two trailing baskets as well as salad greens, baby kale and of course - catnip!
|Small-scale gardening - trailing cherry tomatoes|
|Rosie - enjoying her lounge chair|
|Sebastian in the garden - what Summer is all about!|
|The Captain taking a well deserved break - Sebastian ignores the comfy cushions|
|The Chef at the bbq - Cheers!|
Our home was the staging area on the Friday evening once they arrived - rechecking packs and equipment after we'd enjoyed a family reunion around the dinner table. It was a very early morning wakeup call- 4:30 am - as the Captain delivered the hiking quartet to the West Coast Trail Express in downtown Victoria, which delivered them to Pachena Bay near Bamfield about 6 bumpy, logging road hours later.
The hikers started their trek with one of those few days of rain, unfortunately - and no glorious west coast sunsets as by evening the fog tended to roll in. The initial section was in the trees - sometimes on boardwalk, sometimes on logs, in various stages of repair or decay.
|Trail in the trees from Pachena Bay southward|
Of course - the ladders! And every now and then a rung was missing!
Sea Lions have their own opinions about what is going on!
|Sea Lions watching the hikers|
|Map of West Coast Trail - 75 kms of challenge and amazement!|
|Extravagant blooms at Glendale Gardens|
|Heron in Japanese Gardens - HCP|
|Mallard couple at Rithet's Bog|
|Red winged Blackbird|
|Quiet marina near Sooke - Olympic Mountains in the distance|
|Not quite the size the Captain hoped to catch|
August is coming to a close....time to plan the next cruising adventure!