Oh my, vacations! Indeed, it is so very necessary to step outside of the everyday reality and just be present with each other. Sometimes, it is difficult to take the time to nurture the family unit when Life is so very full with the demands of work and schooling and activities and farm. We are so very fortunate to have used the opportunity of our daughter's bi-annual visits to Children's Hospital on the coast to unwind and fill up with each other.
Please come along for a little photo journey of our trip...
We began on Salt Spring Island, where I once lived as a carefree, festival hopping, hemp clothing maker. We stayed at a little rustic cottage on a working farm owned by a young couple who run a CSA.
Josh's favourite part of the trip was experiencing the different eco-system...the coastal forests, the marine life, the whole atmosphere of oceanside living. From hunting for crabs, sea anemones and starfish, to the twisted gnarly limbs of arbutus trees, we were rich in experiencing the diversity of the coast.
Josh and I each took a few hours to ourselves on Salt Spring...he woke early to go fly-fishing on a secret lake that a local told him about...he brought home breakfast. And I went off to meet a fibre artist well-known in the Living Crafts world. I had heard that Fiona Duthie lived on Salt Spring so I found her studio, which was closed because she had just finished an intensive felting workshop for 100 people the weekend before. And true to her gracious, sweet nature, she invited me over for a visit and chat ~ oh my, I could have talked with her for hours!!! She is also a homeschooling mama to three teenage boys...such a kindred soul and a wealth of information. This was such a highlight for me...and her gifts of back-issues of Living Crafts magazine.
One of the charming parts of Salt Spring is the eclectic and artistic farm stands that pop up at the end of almost every driveway on several roads. Fresh produce (particularly chanterelles and other mushrooms at this time of year), cheese, eggs, and even frozen beef and chicken and lamb are left with an honour system. You simply take what you wish and leave the money in a box, with a note if you like. Josh's favourite stop had a sign on the road that said "vegetables, cheese, sausage, beef, pork, beer". We had such fun gathering our dinners over the course of the day and going back to the cottage to cook up delicious meals.
Our time on Salt Spring was wonderful, and fun for me to take my family to all my favourite spots. We then had our Children's Hospital visit, followed by visits with my dear friend and her family. It amazes me that so much time can pass with certain people, and you pick up right where you left off! Jilly, the Aquarium and dinner with you all was a highlight of our trip!
We visited the Aquarium, the Science World, the Kid's Market on Granville Island, and we even took a special ride on the Sky Train...to which my three year old asked, When do we arrive in the clouds? Browsing all the lovely things in stores on Granville was a feast for the imagination and got some creative juices flowing.
After the slow pace of Salt Spring, it was a whirlwind in Vancouver! In fact, the whole trip was a blur and over all too soon. The ten hour drive home was epic, but these three little travelers did an amazing job and can hardly wait til the next adventure. I'm with them on that one...hopefully sooner than another five years!