Posted by: Kate | September 1, 2014

Family Created

This post could have been about taking a young child to the fair and the fun of watching him as we saw cows and horses and ducks and rabbits. It was a fun day with good friends. But this photo says so much more to me when I look at it.

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We come from small families, Mr. Kate and I. We each have a sibling who is unattached and with no children. My parents were both immigrants, so I had no family near by growing up. He has a lot of cousins, but is much younger than them and once his grandmother and her generation passed away the family gatherings stopped.

Then we had Bushboy, and realized he too would have a very small family. In fact, even smaller than ours, with no siblings, no immediate cousins and only one aunt and one uncle. (We were fortunate to move to a small city where Mr. Kate’s older cousin lived, and so have managed to make Bushboy a part of that family.)

Of course, we made attempts to create that family outside of the normal family bonds. For whatever reason, we do not have a large circle of people with children around us, either. But we do have some very good friends, and we were fortunate that one of those has been a friend for a very long time, and has therefore known and loved Bushboy since he was a baby.

So now that friend, his Auntie, has a child. And finally we see that Bushboy has created his own family circle, and has experienced that bond of two young hearts connected by a sense of family.

It takes my breath away to see him love this young boy, to know that forever he will have that in his life. And to see him with that young child makes me see the young man he has become.

Family Created, indeed.

 

Posted by: Kate | August 25, 2014

More Jam!

Blackberry season started early this year, thanks to the warm dry weather. I am so happy to see an abundance of berries, instead of the moulding on the vine we saw last year. I have not yet done any baking, but do have berries in the freezer and have made two batches of jam – one straight blackberry and one blackberry-peach. The jars in the pantry make me so happy!

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Posted by: Kate | August 21, 2014

Summer Knitting

Some years summer knitting becomes like my summer reading – light and fluffy. I admit to reading more than my fair share of fluff chick lit/cheesy romance novels this summer, and to go along with it I have been knitting the staple of summer fluff knitting – dishcloths. I think the heat of this delicious summer has gotten to me, my brain simply doesn’t want to process anything more meaty, and I’m ok with that. For everything there is a season, right?

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And like the ubiquitous potato chip – just one is never quite enough!

I can tell the season is waning, even though there are still lovely weeks of sun ahead. My thoughts are turning to lace, and my list of novels in my reading book is starting to call my name once again.

What’s your guilty summer pleasure?

Posted by: Kate | August 13, 2014

Busy Summer….

Oh my goodness! So many stories are whirring by… but right now it’s working time and Hubert is determined to help me edit. Not sure about his spelling abilities, but he sure likes to tell me what to do.

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Hope to be back soon with stories of blueberries, and knitting, and lovely gifts that I’ve been so remiss in telling you all about. But there are 80th birthdays and 70th birthdays and family dinners and family visits looming on the horizon, with work deadlines, a sadly neglected garden and beckoning blackberries as well….

How is your summer going?!

Posted by: Kate | August 7, 2014

Fishing North Vancouver Island

We had the opportunity to spend the past week-end on the west coast of Vancouver Island, almost at the northern tip of the island. The weather was spectacular, and we caught a lot of fish!

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Posted by: Kate | August 2, 2014

Ralph River Critters

We always see a great assortment of critters while camping, and this year was no exception.

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The mini frogs are favourites of ours. They crawl all over the trails out there and the road through the campground. You have to watch your step! These are the first critters Bushboy looks for every year.rr critters2

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It seems every year there are more deer. We saw them every evening especially, out in the grass between the lake and the campsites.rr critters7

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If you time it right, there are multitudes of butterflies out there. This year was wonderful, lots of variety. Love these ones that land on the grass and dirt, but also love the white butterflies that fly up in the evergreen trees in the heat of the afternoon.rr critters5

This was the first year the campground seems to have picked up a resident falcon. It sat in the trees above the campsites most days, calling its eerie cries. Like a small animal in distress, or an emergency whistle being blown over and over again.

 

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The squirrels are Chika’s favourite critters! I love how they scold anyone who gets too close to ‘their’ trees. They run through the campsite pretty frequently.

 

 

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Fish count as critters, too, even if these are ones that we may eat :) Bushboy caught this one fly fishing. Mr. Kate caught his fair share, but was holding out for a certain size and let his go.rr critters9

 

We discovered this critter about four years ago, and eagerly search for it every year now. It only comes out at night. Red Western Frog, a nocturnal and friendly critter. This is a medium sized one, they can get much larger.

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Posted by: Kate | July 31, 2014

Ralph River Views

This year the weather was once again gorgeous out at Ralph River. A bit cloudy the first two nights, and then sunshine and clear skies. The lake was really low as well as the river. Never get tired of just looking at the views…

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View from the campsite we chose this year. Decided to go lake front (hotter sites but pretty views).

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Looking north up Buttle Lake from the mouth of Ralph River the first day (cloudier than the rest of the week).

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This glacier was also a view from our campsite, to the south. Loved watching it. At night it was the last place the sun touched.

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Standing in the field by the lake in front of our campsite, looking south into a little bay. We usually swim here, but Bushboy went in and discovered that Swimmers Itch had arrived. Poor guy looks like he has the measles. Luckily once the rash started the itch went away!

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The glacier from the river. I love it so.

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Sunset was about 7pm, because of the high, steep mountains on the west side of the lake. This again is from our campsite. It was actually a relief when the sun went down, although still so warm we often didn’t start the fire until 8:30 or 9:00. And no morning fires at all. We were lucky to get a fire, as the cooler weather the week before meant they lifted the fire ban for the coast temporarily. It is going back on Friday!

 

 

 

 

 

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This was what most nights were like. Can you see the two fly fishermen? Bushboy brought a trout back for dinner the next night.

 

 

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Saying good-bye to the campsite this morning. The sky was like this for four days straight and the night skies were even more amazing. We saw more shooting stars than we have on any trip. Never saw the moon (either because of its cycle or because it was too south in the sky, not sure which), which made the star watching even better!

Posted by: Kate | July 30, 2014

So Many Stories….

We’ve been on our annual trip to Strathcona Park, and I have so many stories to share! But first there is laundry to be done.

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That smile says it all – I’ll be back with more soon!

Posted by: Kate | July 23, 2014

Feature Photo: Traffic at Night

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Cruise ships pass through Discovery Passage regularly, especially on summer nights. This photo was taken Canada Day, while we were waiting for the fireworks to start.

Posted by: Kate | July 20, 2014

Carvings 2014

The Transformations on the Shore carving competition heralds summer around here. It is always held the week-end closest to Canada Day, and the sound of chainsaws and the smell of fresh sawdust will forever make me think of the beginning of summer. This year’s creations did not disappoint – these are some of my favourites.

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Amazing work, and a great west coast art celebration!

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