Waiting on the ferry and hubby took this picture of heron patiently waiting for a meal to swim by!
Heading to Vancouver and area and that's the island slipping away in the wake.... The ferry trip from Nanaimo to Tsawassen terminal is two hours. (We had reservations for both trips and it was a good thing as they were sold out) The drive from Campbell River to Nanaimo is two hours also.... plus an hour once we reach the other side (if the traffic is good) So five hours all told, one way.
This was our view from our hotel window. Beneath all that cloud and smoke are the Golden Ear Mountains. It didn't smell smokey from all the provincial interior forest fires (plus south in Washington, Montana and Oregon) but the visibility was very poor. You are aware that's fine particles in the air you are breathing.
On Friday we found the chalk faeries had been at work and we found this greeting out front! Grandad took a picture in the dark and good thing he did too, because the next day it was all gone with the rain.
Madison is two and a half.... and all girl!
Ethan is five and a half and just started kindergarten, plus is in ju-jitsu three times a week.
Grandad got busy with the camera and got some great pictures of them separately and together.
That's her little vacuum but he knows she can't make a fuss while the pictures are being taken. She carried it around to keep it away from him and I think I saw it going upstairs to bed later as well.
Then she had to show us her "Miss Ooh La La" outfit.
We also like to have our hair do played with and have 'piggies' added. Just sweep up a bunch of hair and secure it with a small rubber band. Did I mention she's two and a half?
Well she sure melted Grandad's heart! She showed us all her dollies and coloured pictures with him: "Grandad, make a picture of a bird pooping on my brudder's head".... so he did!
I really enjoyed some one on one time with Ethan while she was napping and we talked cars, kindergarten and watched videos of him as a baby. He sat still with me for almost an hour! He's a high energy boy.
Then it was all over and time to come home. Ferry ride home yesterday and then driving up island singing mostly on key and loudly to Freddie Mercury and Queen songs.
Today? well that would be laundry, and after four days in a kennel, steering Calli into a bath to freshen up.
I was, and will be continuing, to wind some warps, carry on with the small project on the Spring loom and mentally bracing myself for the crown prep work to come later this week at the dentist.
Fall is coming on fast here and we are starting to think of the end of season clean up in the yard and garden. Oh, did I tell you that we plan to have the inside of the house painted? Yeah, that's later this month and they will do the studio first. Doesn't that sound like fun? 😳