Seaside Magazine April 2021 Issue

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Macaron Dreams


HIKE Stunning Views





Spring Cleaning













A COFFEE TABLE THREE WAYS: Style that Fits Your Aesthetic


SPRING CLEANING Where to Begin? Tackling Your Home from Top to Bottom


GOING GREEN Shake the Stigma of Secondhand




FROM THE KITCHEN Macaron Dreams – Within Your Reach!


SEASIDE HOMES From House Purchase to Serendipitous Business Venture




THIS MONTH'S CONTRIBUTORS Jo Barnes, Chloe Cross, Lara Gladych, Wendy Graves, Heidi Hackman, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Amber Isles, Tracey Jones, Tina Kelly, Paula Kully, Colleen McNamee, Sheila Molloy, Paul Murray, Cassidy Nunn, Andria E. Paulo, Deborah Rogers, Joan Saunders, Marita Schauch, Chris Sigurdson, Stacey Toews, Tania Tomaszewska, Sue Williams, Jane Wynne P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 To find Seaside Magazine near you, visit Get Seaside direct to your door; email for subscription details Seaside Magazine is printed 12 times a year by Mitchell Press. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.


APRIL 2021

EVERY MONTH 8 13 16 19 20 25 26 33

Last Word Going Green From The Kitchen The Natural Path Behind The Scenes Meet Your Neighbours Arts Scene Trade Student Spotlight

34 New & Noteworthy 37 Inside Out 41 Seaside Book Club 42 In Fashion 46 Stable & Field 49 Common Cents


Living Off The Land

64 Off The Vine 67 Out For A … Spring Break 72 Seaside Homes 81 West Coast Gardener 84 Take Note 86 Last Word 87 Sudoku

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I was excited to write for this edition because being a part of a marginalized community means it's always a great opportunity when one of our voices can be heard. As an autistic adult it is important to share about our lived realities and struggles. Nothing about us, without us.

I can't think of much else that feels as good as eating a delectable treat. In fact, I'm not sure I have ever met anyone that isn't comforted by something freshly baked. I really enjoyed creating this recipe, so give it a try, share the results and take time to enjoy your masterpiece!

If nothing else this past year we have learned the importance of HOME. We are living, working and learning here. Find a style you love and then create spaces that make you feel happy and comfortable. Simple things like changing your coffee table décor (or a few pillows!) can instantly change the mood.




It's energizing to watch the spring transformation across the Peninsula. Our parks go through stages of new growth, with many woodland blossoms on their own schedule. It inspires more frequent visits to capture the changes when they occur. ȽÁU,WELṈE and its dense vegetation never disappoints.

In a world where environmental concern is rapidly rising, we were pleased to showcase and encourage the playfulness that can come with upcycled clothing, while still cultivating a fashion forward attitude. Owning a business does not make you less of an environmentalist – it gives you a platform to lead.

There was a collective chuckle from my wife and kids when I noted to them that "In Fashion" would be alongside my name and face. I've always been known more as an "on a mission" kinda guy. However, I'm also that front row "pick me" sort, so here goes nothing!

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Sue Hodgson There's nothing like spring on the Saanich Peninsula. As greens and colourful flowers are starting to pop up everywhere, it really does feel like new beginnings are just around the corner. You might also notice that we have a new look to our First and Last Word columns. It was an idea that originated from one of our readers. It's wonderful to see how engaged our community is, when readers are taking the time to not only comment on what they love about the magazine, but are also suggesting ideas like getting styled by our local fashion favourites. In this issue, we are so thankful that Devon Bird at MODEN Boutique agreed to style us for a new look. And as we move through the seasons this year, watch to see who else might share their style with us! Although we're still fighting our way through the current situation, we have plenty to read, view and events to join in with. Our usual suspects are contributing to this issue, with cover inspiration from Joan Saunders' column, From the Kitchen (pg 16); Lara Gladych explores a deep spring cleaning (pg 30); Tracey Jones demonstrates home decor in a new "3 ways" feature (pg 10); and Janis Jean photographs Stacey Toews, co-founder of Level Ground Trading for our In Fashion column (pg 43). These are just a few of many spring'y features this month. Being part of this community is always a joy. It's such a pleasure to bring you snippets of our area in every issue and we hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy finding out about everyone and everything! And keep sending us your letters and ideas, we love reading them!

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A Coffee Table Three Ways by Tracey Jones Remarkable Interiors

COFFEE TABLE STYLING ESSENTIALS After choosing a look or style that fits your aesthetic (think – what is the look I'm drawn to?), it's time to layer on your pretty things! Here are some coffee table essentials. Books. This is the reason there are "Coffee Table Books!" I love books and thrift for gorgeous ones! Whatever your interest is, there is a book out there. I also search for cover colour within my theme.

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Candles. Candles are universal ambience setters. Whether scented or just a pretty glow, they are always mood enhancers (and there are many good battery options too now!). Perfect on top of books or on a tray. Floral or Greenery. An essential layer to any table! Flowers or greenery, fresh or faux, potted or cut in a beautiful vessel. Abundant blooms or minimal stems; all are beautiful in a styling vignette. Trays. Trays are awesome "containers" for a coffee table. They are a great foundation for the other layers, and make a great place for small things such as remotes. This is a great idea for those tables that tend to get piled upon! And finally …

The Book Lover

Special collectible or art d'objet. A treasure from travels, a special heirloom piece, or just something that makes you smile … you will see it every day on that table!

COFFEE TABLE STYLING TIPS Depending on the aesthetic, keep the area contained; think of reserving half or a third of the surface for décor. The rest of the space should be available for daily use … drinks, food, tablets, feet! Within that contained décor area think about the high low design principle (peaks and valleys), stack books, add the treasure to the top of the stack, nestle a candle in between your floral and the book stack. Your eye goes from high to low in a pleasing, pulled together way. Try to coordinate your colour or design ideal, but really it's your space so if you want all one colour great, or all different colours and textures that's fine too!

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Financial Planning Peter Dolezal is a semi-retired Sidney resident. He offers INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL CONSULTING SERVICES to individuals, couples and companies. To date, he has assisted more than 255 clients across Canada, principally in Greater Victoria and the Lower Mainland. No Financial Products to Sell Leads to Truly Independent Advice.

Critical to a financially comfortable and stress-free retirement is the formulation of a comprehensive Financial Plan detailing how to best achieve that objective. The earlier in life that a sound plan is in place, the more beneficial the end result is likely to be.

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Many of us go through life never having a Financial Plan. We still reach retirement and somehow manage – unaware of how much better off we might have been had we had a financial roadmap earlier in life.

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A minority of Canadians do have, or believe they have, a Financial Plan, developed at some point during their working life. Most often, it was provided by the financial institution which holds their investments. Is theirs really a FINANCIAL Plan, or more accurately, primarily an INVESTMENT Plan? A solid Investment Plan is critical. However, it is only one component of many that comprise a well-structured plan. Aside from its Investment structure, a comprehensive Financial Plan should address: . Your financial objectives, both before and during retirement . Projected Cash Flows - current, on retirement, at age 65, and at age 72 . Debt repayment, if debt exists . RRSP and TFSA contributions – for both catch-up and future additions

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. Strategy for timing of CPP payments – at ages 60, 65, or as late as age 70 . Timing of OAS payments - at age 65 or as late as 70 . Strategy for elimination or minimization of OAS claw-back risk in retirement . Estate Planning for minimization of Estate Taxes In many currently-held Financial Plans, the most frequently ignored element is the massive impact of various income tax-related issues. Also often lacking is sufficient focus on minimization of controllable investment risk, namely: low holding cost; solid and predictable yield, sector and geographic diversification, as well as an appropriate Equity/Fixed Income balance. Any plan is better than none. However, the ideal Financial Plan should include more than a basic investment structure. If you have a Financial Plan, examine it critically, upgrading it as necessary.

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If, on the other hand, no plan exists, seek out independent, unbiased assistance to formulate a plan which meets your specific circumstances.

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GOING GREEN by Tina Kelly

Shake the Stigma of Secondhand An eyeroll – a reaction I'd stifle when my mom returned home boasting about her purchases. When it came to thrift store shopping, she enjoyed the thrill of the hunt as much as the low prices. Back then, she'd nab clothes for 50¢ or $1. My teenage self had no interest. If only I knew then the positive impact choosing secondhand has on the environment. My eventual embracing of hand-me-downs coincided with starting university; the cost of living reality can have that effect. Used dishes? Yes, please. Secondhand pots and pans; thank you very much. And therein lies a long-held belief by some – buying used is for those who can't afford brand new, those of lower class or financial status. But times are changing: in the last 10 to 15 years, that stigma has shifted. Thrifting has gained incredible popularity, and is even considered hip and trendy. Where once secondhand shoppers kept their purchases close to their chest, they now proudly announce scoring deals and finding treasures (much like my mom!). This is good news for the environment. Purchasing previously-owned goods prevents or delays them from ending up in the landfill. It also reduces the demand for new products, the resources used to make them and the pollution produced during their manufacture. Australians and New Zealanders have a different term for a thrift shop: op shop, short for opportunity. The original premise, back in the 1920s, was the opportunity to sell used products and raise money for charity and the people the charity serves. This is not unlike our local thrift shops, many run by volunteers and raising money for various causes, or programs for seniors, youth, veterans, women in need, housing or employment. When donating to charity shops follow these do's and don'ts. Do check in with each organization for specifics on the types of items they accept (i.e. some do not take furniture). Do follow their Covid guidelines; some organizations require an appointment to drop off donations. Do ensure donated items are clean. Don't donate broken, torn, ripped, or unusable items; having to sort and discard unsellable items wastes the charity's time and resources. I glance around my home, now many years past graduation, and spot more recently acquired used furniture and appliances. Some specifically chosen – a wood bench for my entryway – and some of them unintentional. A casual conversation expressing a need for a new vacuum happened to take place at a time a relative had one to spare. A friend cleaning out a family member's home offered me an iron she knew I needed. Sometimes putting your needs out into the universe brings what you are looking for. And if friends

or family enjoy thrift shopping and know what you need, they are an extra set of eyes on the lookout. When it's my turn to offload belongings, I ask around before I donate. I like the ring of "op shop" but more importantly, I appreciate the multiple meanings reflected in the word "opportunity:" opportunity to support a charitable organization and the community, opportunity to save a few pennies, an opportunity to give something a second chance, either through purchasing or donating, and the opportunity to help the environment. I wish my teenage self knew then what I know now.

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Macaron Dreams Macarons For years, I dreamed of trying to bake macarons but didn't even make the attempt. I foolishly believed that you had to speak French, work in a pristine patisserie and have special training to create these lovely treats. I was wrong! While it does take a bit of organization and preparation, making macarons is not difficult. The first time I tried the recipe I remember saying: "Look at the foot; they have the macaron foot!" I was astonished and so pleased that, in the end, they turned out beautifully. Naturellement.

From: Bobbette & Belle: Classic Recipes from the Celebrated Pastry Shop. Find their lovely cookbook at a local bookstore or online: Makes approx. 24 macarons. Ingredients: 1 cup plus 2 tbsp icing sugar 1⅓ cups almond flour ½ cup granulated sugar ⅛ tsp salt ½ cup egg whites (4 large eggs), room temperature Step 1: The first step? Get ready. Preheat oven to 300°. Use silicone macaron mats or parchment: trace 48 two-inch circles an inch apart on parchment. Make sure parchment lies flat on cookie sheet; cut to size if needed. Turn over parchment onto cookie sheet so pencil doesn't seep into macarons (you'll still be able to see the outline through the paper). Step 2: Into a bowl sift icing sugar; add almond flour and whisk together. Mix together sugar and salt in another bowl. Step 3: In bowl of stand mixer, using whisk attachment, whisk whites on medium until frothy. Now slowly add sugar mixture, a spoonful at a time, still whisking. Once sugar is incorporated, add food colouring in your choice of colour. Increasing speed to medium-high, whip until meringue looks shiny and holds medium peaks. Step 4: Take bowl off mixer stand. Add a third of the almond mix; using spatula, fold in carefully. In two more additions, fold in remaining almond mix. Continue to fold in until fully combined, but still soft. It should appear like ooze – soft but still thick. Do not overmix or you'll lose the lacy foot you're going for.


Step 5: Using a large piping bag, you need a large round, plain tip (#5 or bigger). Don't fill the piping bag too full so it's easier to handle (about half full works well). Hold the bag upright in the middle of a circle. Squeeze out the batter. Stop just before it reaches the edge. Fill all the circles. When you refill the bag, work smoothly and quickly so you don't handle the batter too much. Once all the batter is used up, tap the bottom of the baking sheets on the counter to knock out air bubbles and smooth tops. Step 6: Keep the shells uncovered and just let them sit for about 30 minutes. You're waiting for a thin skin to form. You can test this: shells should feel dry to a careful touch on top. Length of time to get to this point might vary. Step 7: Bake four minutes. Rotate sheet; bake four more minutes. Rotate sheet again; bake six more minutes or until shells have lacy foot and smooth, crisp, slightly shiny top. If you gently touch the top, it shouldn't move, slide or lose shape. If top seems to shift slightly, bake two more minutes and test again. Cool the shells on the sheets.

Vanilla Buttercream Ingredients: 2 large egg whites (¼ cup) ½ cup granulated sugar ½ pound / 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes, room temperature 1 tsp pure vanilla Step 1: With an inch or so of water in medium saucepan, bring water to simmer. Step 2: Put your egg whites and sugar into a heatproof bowl that will fit with pot. Place bowl over simmering water; gently whisk until very hot to touch or candy thermometer reads 140° F. Pour egg white mix into bowl of stand mixer with whisk. Step 3: Whisk on medium-high until whites have cooled to room temperature, have medium peaks and doubled in volume, 8-10 minutes. Step 4: Decrease mixer speed to medium-low; add butter a few cubes at a time. Increase speed to medium-high after each time more butter is added; beat until butter is fully integrated before adding more. Once all butter has been added, add food colouring and keep beating on medium-high until buttercream is fluffy and airy, one to two minutes. Stop mixer, scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Add vanilla; beat on medium speed for two more minutes. To finish macarons: Pair up macarons in size, tops and bottoms. Fill piping bag with buttercream; use same tip as before. Pipe about a teaspoon-sized dollop onto bottoms, but don't fill all the way to the edge. Create sandwich gently. Carefully apply pressure to spread filling to edge. I find that holding and twisting a bit also helps. If you press macarons while on a surface they will crack. Store in an airtight container in fridge up to three days.

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The Foundation of Sleep How did you sleep last night? If you're like around half of all Canadians, the answer is probably "OK" or "not that great." Getting good sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our health. What's the big deal about sleep? If you're saying to yourself "I'm doing OK with my five hours a night," I'd like to ask you: are you sure? Long-term studies show that poor sleep habits may cause depression, increased risk of type 2 diabetes, higher risk of stroke and heart disease, a weakened immune system, increased inflammation, hormone imbalances, impaired brain function and weight gain. Quality Matters. It doesn't just matter how long you're snoozing for; it also matters that you're getting good quality "zzzs." Do you wake up frequently during the night? Do you wake up feeling not rested? Poor sleep can lead to the same effects as sleep deprivation. Practice Good Sleep Hygiene. The best way to ensure good sleep is to practise good sleep habits, or sleep hygiene. Much in the way you benefit from such practises as good oral hygiene or body hygiene, your sleep deserves the same attention. 1. Go to Sleep at the Same Time Every Night. I know, I know, you thought bedtimes were a thing of the past, but having a set bedtime helps maintain your internal clock or circadian rhythm. Develop a consistent routine so that you are rising and waking with your body's internal cues. 2. Have Bedroom Boundaries. No working or TV in the bedroom. Period. This helps create a space that is exclusively for resting and allows your mind to better prepare for the transition into sleep. 3. Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol. Caffeine and other stimulants shouldn't be consumed less than six hours before bed to avoid trouble sleeping. While many people find alcohol useful in helping them fall asleep, it actually inhibits sleep quality as your body works to break it down during the night. 4. Avoid Large Meals Close to Bedtime. While it's also not a good idea to go to bed hungry, eating a large meal before bed reduces sleep quality as your body works on digestion. 5. Exercise at the Right Time. Vigorous exercise in the morning or afternoon can help your body rest better at night. Close to bedtime, walking, or yoga can also help prepare for sleep, but anything vigorous will cause your body to be more stimulated and awake.

6. Set Aside Time to De-Stress. Incorporating some unwind time before bed goes a long way in preparing your body and mind for rest. Yoga, meditation, journaling or a book are great ways to unwind, but screens should be avoided. 7. Turn Off Your Screens Before Bed. Bright blue light from your devices and TV interrupt your sleep patterns. Even though most devices now come with an automatic dimming and yellow filtering system, I still recommend shutting any screens off at least one hour before bed.


BEHIND THE SCENES by Deborah Rogers | Photos by Janis Jean Photography

Spring's Golden Treasure

If you want to see the story behind the thousands of cheerful yellow blooms we find in our stores from February to April, you have to get up early. My visit to Longview Farms in Central Saanich started at 7 a.m. and there were already plenty of people going about their working day. Each season between three and five million blooms are sent out from this warehouse, all grown in the soil of the Saanich Peninsula. That's something to feel very Peninsula-proud of! They are shipped down to the states and distributed through the Pacific Northwest and of course they are sold all over the Island too. The 2021 season will see less blooms shipped, probably around two to three million. That's due to a shortage of pickers who usually come from Mexico, and from other parts of Canada; our late February snow didn't help either! The daffodil day doesn't actually start in the field; it starts in the warehouse where the previous day's pickings are sorted, quality controlled and set in buckets of water in the cold rooms. The stems 20 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | APRIL 2021

are picked with the flower closed, and they can actually sit in cold (0°C) water for up to a month. This allows a large number of flowers to be shipped at a time. The cold store I looked into was absolutely packed with bucket after bucket of daffodils which were shortly to be shipped to one of Longview's largest customers. A wholesaler in the states takes a truck with one million flowers at a time and distributes them. Emily, Head Grower, and my guide for the morning, explains how it's always a bit fraught in the days leading up to the big shipment with some long hours required, and there's usually a pizza party or similar for the workers to celebrate the achievement when the shipment has gone. The warehouse staff are separate from the pickers this year due to the need for Covid safety. There is a permanent crew who work year round for Longview with their jobs shifting with the growing season. Even in March there are a few vegetables being processed, and of course much seeding happening in the greenhouses ready for a long season of veggie growing.

To be a daffodil picker is both unskilled labour and yet a job that requires very specific abilities. It's physically taxing to stand and bend all day long, yet it's not heavy work. It requires an efficiency of movement, and the ability to settle into a rhythm. Seasonal pickers register on a day-by-day basis. Currently that process starts with Covid screening, then some paperwork. Returnees are quickly sent up to the field to start their work day, while first timers have an introduction and orientation. Out in the field there's a crew manager keeping an eye on proceedings and ensuring any problems are dealt with quickly. But really, daffodil picking is a quiet solitary activity. The plants stretch out before them in straight rows and the job requires a steady move up the rows, selecting and slicing off each bloom that is the correct height and just fully budded enough, but not actually open. The pickers have a stash of elastics and bunch together 10 flowers at time. These are popped down on the soil between rows, and then gathered up on the return trip, 100 bunches per box. Pay is calculated on a per box basis. Like any piece work, there are rewards for working smoothly, efficiently and for the full work day. The pickers are such an important part of the Longview Farms daffodil operation; some of the fastest can pick 10 to 12 boxes in a day! All the daffodils grown at Longview are of the yellow trumpet type, but there are multiple varieties which ensures the season lasts from February to April. Carenza is the easiest to harvest as they space well. The beautiful blooms that I see on my visit have come from bulbs that have been in the ground for two to three seasons. That's the side of the operation I hadn't really considered. The daffodils in my garden at home just come back every year and I never pay them too much attention, but for commercial growers there's a need to pull the bulbs up every few years. That happens in early summer, using a machine similar to a potato harvester. The bulbs are graded and sized and only the healthiest are kept. Before they are replanted they are heated and then dipped in hot water and a fungicide, dried, and then planted out again in September. It's a huge job, but if it doesn't happen every few years the bulbs start to fade and the yield becomes patchy. At Longview there are currently five daffodil fields, with around six million bulbs per field! Wordsworth wrote that when on his couch "in pensive mood" the reminiscence of a "host of golden daffodils" would lift him and fill his heart with pleasure. It's an enduring feeling. For me it isn't spring until my kitchen sees its first cheery bunch of yellow daffs in my favourite earthenware jug. They never fail to lift my heart, and now I know all the work that goes into getting them to me, I'll appreciate them even more.

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M E E T YO U R N E I G H B O U R S by Anne Miller | photo by Janis Jean Photography

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A former colleague of mine often asked: "So, what did you learn today?" prompting me to search for an answer. That question came to mind recently when I visited the British Columbia Aviation Museum. On the surface, the museum looks like another collection of historical objects but, as I peeled back the layers, I discover it's much, much more than that. Norman Dressler, a tour guide I met, was a co-founder of this museum and spent many years volunteering in various executive roles. He shared with me several interesting details about the various planes and memorabilia displayed throughout and he told how this museum came to be. In 1985, four similar groups discussed the potential of a combined Victoria Flying Club and aviation museum. They signed an agreement to work together and, around 1987, with a grant, built a bare-bones steel hangar. Later, with grants and fundraising, the doors, floor, display and restoration hangars were built. From the beginning, volunteers came forward and aviation artifacts started arriving. Today, the museum operates smoothly, with a diversified revenue from several sources including fundraising, membership, grants, space rental and estate gifts. Norman explains how this operation is sustained by the efforts of volunteers with a variety of skills. He is proud of the museum's liaison with Camosun College, particularly with the restoration of the Lancaster bomber. Camosun's metalwork students offer expertise in reconstructing brackets by modelling and printing in 3D, prior to manufacturing. The students get hands-on education and the museum gains skilled labour and access to this technology. A win/win. Norman's path to this place is predictable. Following a degree in physics in 1959, he worked with Transport Canada as a meteorological

officer for the RCAF in postings within Canada and Europe, providing aviation briefings to fighter pilots. After retirement, Norman was a commercial pilot and flight instructor for over 40 years. Along the way, he even managed a stint as Victoria's weatherman for 15 years. The museum has both personal and community benefits and is a big asset to people of all ages. It offers career insights to college students and cadets and, in the children's play area, kids are fascinated with the tactile experience of playing in the helicopter. Adults gain historical knowledge and enjoyment from seeing, touching and talking about aviation and an important piece of Canada's history. It's the volunteer experience, however, that is often particularly meaningful to retirees. Norman is keen to point out that there are many retirees who, regrettably, no longer have that workshop or office to apply their considerable knowledge and skills. Working with the museum gives them a meaningful opportunity to exercise their skills and develop connections with likeminded people. The future of this museum looks optimistic. With all buildings paid for, attention is focused on fundraising for another hangar to house the Lancaster once the restored sections are reassembled. At the same time, there is a need to expand membership and engage more enthusiastic volunteers to participate in numerous jobs to be done. So, what did I learn that day? This museum, thanks to the volunteers who sustain it, is a jewel in our community that showcases Canadian ingenuity, pride of workmanship and appreciation of our volunteers. It's an asset well worth supporting. Find out more about Anne Miller, personal historian, at or get in touch with her via email: APRIL 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 25

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Playing the Key of Community: Brentwood School of Music When Covid arrived, many businesses were singing the blues.

of learners for over 40 years, but its ability to adapt in the face of a However, one local music school has been playing a different tune. pandemic has enabled it to continue that success. Brentwood School of Music has been teaching music to generations "When Covid arrived, we had to make some shifts, but we're doing quite well. We've seen an increase in the student base. People are b b q s a l m o n b u r g e r s f u n l i v e m u s i c sticking with it and putting the time in," shares Sarah Kerrigan. j e w e l r y w h i m s i c a l i t e m s h a n d m a d e -Situated off West Saanich Road, Brentwood School of Music, owned by Mike Preston and Sarah Kerrigan, is a place where a shared love of music and the desire to instill this passion in others is foundational. The school has been an integral part of Brentwood Bay for many years. "Carrie Dujela was the founder of this school for 40 years," says Sarah. "This school has always been a staple of the community." In 2016, Mike and Sarah took over ownership. Mike had been outside at teaching at the school since 2005. "Carrie got a lot of offers from big music companies, but wanted to pass the school to a teacher," states Sarah. "We were a good fit, committed to the school, and had a young family." The couple have worked hard to continue the quality instruction and the close community feel for which the school is widely known. g l a s s w a r e b a k e d g o o d s p o t t e r y Programs have included private and group lessons in a variety of l o c a l p r o d u c e j e w e l l e r y c l o t h i n g instruments and styles including guitar, bass, mandolin, piano, violin,

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ukulele and voice. The ability to continue these programs in the midst of a pandemic has meant implementing all kinds of changes. "At the beginning we had to switch to online lessons through Zoom," says Sarah. Mike adds: "We had to learn to be cinematographers and build new lessons. It's a challenge to keep the attention of students." As well as mandatory wearing of masks, regular cleaning of instruments, sanitizing surfaces and increased ventilation, the physical space has been addressed as well. "We had to rearrange the studios, move pianos and set up things with distancing more than six feet apart," says Sarah. "We have floorto-ceiling plexiglass in the room for voice students to sing." Additionally, while class group size is limited due to Covid, the school has been offering small group piano instruction as well as a beginner guitar class for adults. All these efforts and creative adaptations have paid dividends. Not only have students continued with their lessons, but newcomers have been welcomed into the fold. "We are overwhelmed with the support and appreciation from families," shares Sarah. Yes, right now Brentwood School of Music is showing its versatility. It all comes from a shared desire to instill a love of music in others. Teachers are not only qualified and talented musicians in their own right, but they are passionate about helping others have a positive relationship with music. "Many of our teachers have been here for many years and love what they do," says Sarah. Sarah leads the Early Childhood Music program for kids ages oneand-a-half to five years. It blends child development methodology from Kodaly and Orff and helps lay the groundwork for children to play instruments and sing. Mike holds a B.A. (Honours) in Music specializing in jazz guitar performance. As a child, he began playing guitar and then learned other stringed instruments, drums and keyboard. "My sister took music lessons so I did too," shares Mike. "I played guitar since age nine and during my teens was always playing music with my friends. Growing up there was no discrimination in music. There was classical, jazz, pop, rock, all of it. It instilled in me a love of all music." Mike teaches guitar, drums and jazz piano and a variety of music styles at the school. He also enthusiastically leads "Rock Band" for kids, a week-long program in which young musicians have the chance to improvise, write music, promote and perform their own show. Mike's "Meet the Instruments" course is an opportunity for children age seven to 12 to learn about a variety of instruments such as piano/ keyboard, guitar, drums, bass, ukulele and voice. Both will be offered this summer, as well as a "Drums and Percussion Camp." "Music is meant to be played together," shares Mike. "Playing; it's a flexible word. It refers to playing an instrument, but it's also means fun. Music is healing." These days, with all the uncertainties and stress that the pandemic brings with it, one avenue to find joy, satisfaction, and connection is music. The team at Brentwood School of Music know this and are keen to help others learn, play, and put a new melody in their lives.

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Long before the Mary Winspear Centre opened its doors in 2001, the land in which it was built had many uses. Originally owned by a Sidney resident Edwin Blackburn, the large tract of land west of Sixth Street became known as Blackburn’s Field. The land was often used by the military for deployment exercises during the summer months. In May 1919, the field was the location of the first Aeroplane landing in the District. In September 1919, Blackburn offered a strip of his land between Beacon Avenue and Oakland to be used as a Memorial Park site in honour of the men who gave their lives during the First World War. This offer was not immediately accepted by the Memorial Park Committee, but was eventually accepted in 1921 and was dedicated for that purpose. In 1921, a 12-acre North Saanich War Memorial Park was established by the Memorial Park Society in dedication to the local men lost in the First World War. The park also included an athletic field and a children's playground. In 1958, the non-profit Sidney and North Saanich Community Hall Association (SANSCHA) built the Sanscha Community Hall on this land. Members of SANSCHA undertook, as volunteers, the initial financing and construction as well as the subsequent management and fiscal responsibility of the hall. Despite the efforts of the SANSCHA volunteers, in early 1960 there were insufficient funds to operate the Hall, so plans were made to convert it to a storage warehouse for Heaney’s Cartage Company. However, “Sidney Days” came to the rescue, money raised made it possible for the Hall to continue to serve the community. With the realization of losing the Sanscha Hall many women of the town were motivated to take action. They formed the spirited and dynamic Sanscha Susies and the Sanscha Catering Committee. Through incredibly intense work, funds were raised to pay the interest on the bonds taken to build the hall, with enough left over to purchase much needed amenities for the Centre. This included a PA system, a floor for the stage, theatre lights, material for making theatre curtains, paving the parking lot, wall panelling, landscaping, an outdoor stage, dressing rooms, a fully equipped catering kitchen, a drinking fountain, tables and 200 chairs with dollies, toilets and taps, a new furnace and all exterior paint. The dedicated, enthusiastic and caring Sanscha Susies not only saved the hall they created a vibrant and well equipped community centre.

Also in the 1960s, the Sanscha Hall, athletic field and surrounding lands were named "The North Saanich Memorial Park" (NSMP). The property was placed under the management of a Public Trust with the residents of Sidney and North Saanich as the beneficiaries - a testament to the founding and servicing of the lands and hall by the community. There is a rich history behind the Saanich Peninsula Memorial Park Society and the land in which the Mary Winspear Centre resides. In the 100 years since the lands were acquired, they have stayed true to their purpose to commemorate those who gave their lives in service to Canada in time of war and peacekeeping by managing lands and facilities and delivering services, programs and productions for the community, cultural, athletic and recreational benefit of the residents of the Saanich Peninsula.

20 year reunion of Sanscha Susies, 1980.

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Spring Cleaning:

Where to Begin? by Lara Gladych

It was around this time last year that we were beginning to realize that Covid lockdown was going to keep us home and very bored for longer than any of us hoped. For a good portion of us, this proved to be the perfect time to dig in to that deep cleaning we'd been meaning to get around to. A year later, we're probably due to tackle it all over again.

Something that's a little bit different this spring is that, given the circumstances, it's probably been ages since we've had guests in our homes, and what that can translate into for some is the lack of necessity to hunker down for the detailed cleaning jobs that we would otherwise insist upon. For me personally, it's a little bit harder to maintain the discipline around a sparkly clean house when no one will see it but me and my family. So, where to begin? The folks at Good Housekeeping remind us to be realistic, and not expect to get everything done in one day. I would suggest breaking the jobs down by room (maybe all bathrooms one day), or by task itself (like perhaps all windows). They also recommend (as do I) that you tidy and remove clutter in the space at hand before getting down to business. The first thing I like to do when the warm sun and less frigid breezes arrive is open up the windows and create a cross draft where possible. The fresh air is so good for us, and inevitably leaves our stale spaces smelling cleaner and crisper. Take the time to do an inventory of your cleaning products and supplies. Maybe this is the year you want to replenish your stock


with more natural, less toxic cleaning solutions, possibly reducing the number of products in your arsenal generally speaking, as there are fantastic natural cleaners that multi-task beautifully. Think "homemade" with the likes of vinegar, baking soda, lemon, essential oils, etc. When deciding what to tackle first, the experts at recommend "starting with the space that feels the most manageable," and working your way outwards from there. Think small, like a hallway closet or kitchen pantry. In my experience, these small spaces can also feel the most rewarding to wipe down, vacuum and organize, since they can often be our messy little secrets with those closed doors that allow the chaos inside to be out of sight and out of mind. Refrigerators are another small but mightily in-need space that should get a thorough cleaning, according to Martha's people. In our house, we often refer to the fridge door shelves as the place

that food goes go to die. Sound familiar? Get in there to not only wipe out spills and food debris, but to clear out the items that have expired or are likely to never be touched again. In my kitchen, I also like to degrease the stove hood and surrounding area as part of my deep clean. Remember that likedissolves-like, so grab either an orange oil cleaner or the closest bottle of cooking oil, and use this along with a dry cloth to rub out accumulated oil and fat splatter. Wipe down with something like dish soap and water afterwards, to remove all residue. Marilee Nelson, co-founder of Branch Basics, recommends refreshing your spring and summer wardrobe in anticipation of the warmer weather. Combat any musty smells with a homemade cleaning spray: "Simply put vodka (any inexpensive brand will do) into an empty spray bottle, then spritz onto clothes to dampen. Let it sit, then wash the garment as usual" ( She reminds us that vodka is great for jewelry polishing, too! Vinegar is one of my go-tos for any cleaning adventure. If it's been a while since you've done any of the following, investigate dilution instructions for running vinegar through a wash cycle in your washing machine, your dishwasher, coffee maker or kettle, to freshen them and dislodge buildup and gunk. You can also detach and soak shower heads in vinegar to clear out mineral buildup. Something I was taught years ago when I worked as a yacht detailer was to start at the top and work your way down. Begin with the highest point of focus (ceiling fans, tall dresser tops, light fixtures) from which debris is likely to fall, and work downward, rather than against the pull of gravity which will undo your progress. Another rule on the job was that shiny stuff is polished last, which means that mirrors and fixtures are the last things to be made to sparkle when finishing up a room. Lastly, wherever you're cleaning, don't forget your old toothbrush! This will be your best friend when digging in to any minuscule crevices that are untouchable otherwise.

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Jumpstarting His Career Long-time Seaside readers may remember the three-part series on Saanich School Districts' reimagined carpentry program (March, May and July 2019). The STAC (Skills Training Apprenticeship Carpentry) program is still going strong with a new focus and project. Building a tiny home is very popular with a shift towards affordability, efficiency and eco-friendliness among new home buyers. The STAC students attend a five-month program, where they spend three days a week building the tiny home and work two days a week as a youth apprentice at a local job site. The integration of theory, hands-on practise and industry training in this program is a proven winning way to help students jumpstart their career. Case in point is Colton Leslie. As part of the first tiny home program, Colton finished the STAC program and went directly to Camosun College in the summer of 2019 and successfully completed his Level 1 Carpentry. He was indentured as a Youth Apprentice with GT Mann Contracting and continued to work into the fall. He returned to Stelly's in February of 2020 to complete his courses for graduation and soon after, learning went online. This worked in Colton's favour as he was able to take his Level 2 Carpentry program at Camosun in June before he turned 18! Colton is registered to take his Level 3 and is on target to be a Red Seal Carpenter by the time he is 20! This spring we will be delighted to present Colton with his $1,000 Youth Work in Trade Award as he is most deserving and exemplifies what it means to be a Youth Apprentice. STAC teacher Brandon Heyer isn't surprised by Colton's success: "Colton was a model student. He is a hard worker, always willing to put in the time to take on any task given to him. He also has a real thirst for knowledge, and carried around a small notebook in his tool

belt to constantly take notes on what we were doing." Colton still keeps a notebook in his tool belt and it has been serving him well as he is always at the top of his class! Tiny homes are a trend that is here to stay. With travel restrictions continuing into the spring and people spending more time with their immediate families, there has been a sustained interest in these mini mobile domiciles. Whether they are a primary residence, a she shed, home office or play house, people are looking for easy, economical ways to increase their living space. This year we are thrilled that the students will be building another tiny home which will be for sale this spring. To watch the progress of the build you can see pictures on our website – www. or follow us on Twitter or Instagram – @ sd63careers. If you are interested in purchasing the tiny home (at left) please contact Brandon Heyer at bheyer@ saanichschools. ca. You are only limited by your imagination. APRIL 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 33

N E W & N OT E WO R T H Y by Paula Kully

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Lego Festival, which has become the cornerstone of Family Day.

Our Town

The Donut King

A Fish Called Wanda For many people, the octopus display at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is a fan favourite. Each octopus guest only stays six months before they are re-released back into the wild but while they are here, they are given a name. The newest addition has been named Wanda.

Almost Famous Sidney has been named the third most economically resilient city in the province by BC Business Magazine. This is a jump from 14th (2020) to third place in 2021 topped only by Parksville as number two and Langford in first place.

Great Expectations

One of the busiest spots in town quietly turned 50 years old this year. Sidney Bakery first applied for a business licence in 1971 meaning this bakery, renowned for the best donuts on the Island, has been in operation for half a century!

Cocktail(s) Anyone? The newly-opened, locally owned Canora Liquor Store has begun running their summer hours – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. If you haven't dropped by yet, check it out. They carry a great selection along with many locally produced brands, weekly specials and sales, and unique products you won't find anywhere else.

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Peter Garnham, the long-time Executive Director of the Sidney Museum and Archives, has retired after 25 years. His last official day was March 12, 2021. Throughout his career, Peter has spearheaded many important initiatives such as the move into the current building and the

Award-winning speaker and author of inspirational adult nonfiction books, Stephanie Staples is excited to announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for her first children's book titled Noah & The Try-ceratops – a story, song and video designed to help children find

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You Only Live Twice Graeme Teague recently published Totem Hosaqami: the Pole with Two Lives, which tells the story of two totem poles carved in Victoria by famous First Nation carvers. The first pole, carved in 1959, by the legendary Mungo Martin was a gift from the Canadian Navy to the Royal Navy and erected in Portsmouth, U.K. The replacement was carved in 2012 by Chief Tony Hunt and raised at Government House to celebrate the queen's Diamond Jubilee and to honour Aboriginal Veterans. The book is available at Tanner's Books in Sidney.

Trading Places Family Affair Sidney Pharmacy was founded in 1959 by Jim and Frances Brigham. Their daughters Judy Costanzo and Becky Brigham-Lowe have continued to operate the pharmacy but decided to retire this year. They have passed on the pharmacy to the new owners, the Rayani family, who also has a history of family pharmacy. Naz Rayani founded the chain of Heart Pharmacy stores in the early 1990s. Zahra Rayani-Kanji, Naz's daughter and his son Rasool, who serves as president of Heart Pharmacy, will continue to serve the community.

The Island Wonderful news for the SÁNEĆ Leadership Council who recently signed an agreement with The Land Conservancy of BC for the transfer of title of SISCENEM, or Halibut Island. The

Island, which is located east of Sidney Island, holds ecological and cultural significance to the Tsartlip, Tseycum and Tsawout First Nations.

Sweet Dreams As of April 1, Sheana Lokken became the proud new owner of Lily Pad Lingerie at Mattick's Farm. Sheana will continue to feature high-quality lingerie, sleepwear, loungewear and activewear in store. She plans to reach more of the community through social media, so watch Lily Pad's Instagram and Facebook pages for spring features and promotions!

Mr. and Ms. Smith (no relation) New Girl Peninsula Physiotherapy & Massage is happy to introduce their new Registered Massage Therapist, Molly Smith. Molly graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and has two years of experience. She's available for booking online or by phone and is also taking new clients. Billing is through your extended benefits plan.

Taking Care of Business The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce welcomed Al Smith as their new Executive Director beginning March 9. Al is a local entrepreneur who grew up in Brentwood Bay, graduated from Stelly's and is one of the first graduates of the Acetech CEO training program. He has helped numerous companies overcome challenges and has supported many not-for-profits.

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INSIDE OUT by Wendy Graves

World Autism Awareness Day With "World Autism Awareness Day" happening on April 2, I thought I would share my thoughts on a few things everyone could try and be aware of. I'm autistic; I was diagnosed at age 27 after a lifetime of questions and struggles. What I want you to realize is that it's time to accept and appreciate autistic people! It is 2021 and enough time has passed since the beginnings of deinstitutionalization that autistic adults, such as myself, are able to find a voice. Whether we can speak or not, the written word and new technology can let our needs and feelings be heard. The world is now aware that autism is a neurological difference, present from birth. Accepting that and appreciating our differences, gifts and the barriers we face, is everything I need from World Autism Awareness Day. The fact that the world is made up of people with all sorts of different brains is called "neurodiversity." Conditions like autism are a type of "neurodivergence." These big words simply mean we are all different. Supporting us is the same as supporting any other type of difference or disability. We may need assistive technology, or a support worker, but we can excel and accomplish amazing things just like people who are not autistic. Did you know that in his senior years famous actor Anthony Hopkins has been recognized as being autistic? He was diagnosed late in life and had spent his whole career until recently not knowing he was on the spectrum. After I was recognized as being autistic, life became a lot easier to navigate. There are still struggles, but mostly because the world is not

made to be accessible for people on the spectrum. I had already been to university, but learning I was on the spectrum has helped me be more successful in employment. It has also enabled me to run a nonprofit serving other autistic people, and helped me reach a lifelong personal goal of having a family. I was able to recover from a lot of psychological distress I experienced growing up not knowing I was on the spectrum. Fighting against who I was for almost 30 years has definitely left a mark on my spirit, but I would not change who I am for the world. The only things I would change about being autistic is the environment I am in. Like many other marginalized groups, there are barriers to accessing society for autistic people. Medical care, school, employment and socializing, can be harder to access for us because those systems were not created with us in mind. Luckily I am alive during the best time to be autistic. People are finally listening to our voices and the growing neurodiversity movement has helped me feel like there is a place in this world for people like me! This April, on "World Autism Awareness Day," most of all please be kind. We can never know why a person may be struggling. I was called spoiled, lazy, a brat, and worse by teachers and other adults. I am very lucky to have had an amazing mother who always believed me and believed in me. I do not know if I would have been so resilient against discrimination had it not been for her support. Patience, tolerance, understanding and compassion are what autistic and otherwise neurodivergent people need. Please be aware that autistic people need acceptance and appreciation too.

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Reader Bakeoff Challenge: RockCoast Carrot Cake by Amber Isles, RockCoast Confections photos by Amanda Cribdon Photography

When I was asked to provide a recipe for Easter, my first thought was more about what represented Easter and not so much what was traditional. Bunnies, carrots, delicious desserts … but mostly I came up with this recipe because I really wanted to make carrot cake and – come to think of it – I don't think that I had ever made one before! Developing a recipe for it couldn't be that hard, right? There were several things I knew I wanted in my cake. Great taste with lots of depth. A good amount of carrots and spices for flavour, some citrus for zing and a cake that stays moist after cooking. Most important? We all know a carrot cake isn't complete without its thick creamy icing! I also thought it would be fun to try and candy some carrots and put a little white chocolate decoration on top. I have tried it out and am happy to report it was so delicious I ate more than I'm proud to admit. With that said I invite you to make your own Easter carrot cake and share your photos. Have fun!

Candied Carrots for Garnish Preheat oven to 225°F 2 carrots, use peeler to make long thin strips 1 cup water

1 cup sugar extra sugar to sprinkle

Dissolve water and sugar in a small saucepan on medium. Add carrot strips and cook for 15 minutes. Use a fork to drain each piece and lay in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 225° for 30 minutes. Take out and immediately wrap into curls and sprinkle with sugar. Leave out to cool and dry.

Cake Preheat oven to 350°F 4 eggs 1¼ cups oil, vegetable or coconut (melted) 1½ cup brown sugar ½ cup white sugar (slightly less if using pralines as they are sweetened) 1½ tsp vanilla zest of 1 lemon 3 cups grated carrots

2 cups gluten free or regular flour 2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ginger ½ tsp nutmeg 1½ teaspoon cinnamon ¾ cups pralines or 1 cup chopped nuts of choice

Whisk eggs and oil until frothy. Whisk in sugar and vanilla, then lemon zest and grated carrots. Blend all dry ingredients together and incorporate into wet ingredients, careful not to overmix. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment and grease with butter (can also use a 9" x 13" baking pan). Bake at 350° for 50 minutes, test with cake tester. (Lower baking time approx. 10 min if using a 9" x 13" pan) Let cool and then remove from pan.

Icing 1 brick (8oz) cream cheese, softened to room temperature ½ cup butter, softened ½ tsp orange extract

⅓ cup white chocolate, melted & slightly cooled 2½ cups powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla

Cream the cream cheese and butter well. Mix in melted white chocolate, orange extract and vanilla. Mix in powdered sugar, a bit at a time. Mix until smooth and place in a piping bag (no tip required). Set aside in fridge for 15 minutes.

To temper the chocolate you have two options: Option 1: Bain-Marie (glass or stainless bowl over a pot of water). Place a small amount of water in a saucepan and place a bowl over top. Make sure the bottom of the bowl is not resting in the water. Heat on low to medium, being sure no steam is escaping out the sides of the bowl. Chocolate does not like water! Stir often and remove bowl from heat when 2/3 of the chocolate is melted. Wipe the bottom of the bowl dry and transfer the chocolate into a room temperature bowl. Keep mixing with a spatula until all chocolate has melted and use immediately. Option 2: Microwave. Place chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and heat in 15-second increments, stirring each time before you repeat, heating until 2/3 of the chocolate has melted. Transfer into a room temperature bowl and keep stirring with a spatula to melt out all the chocolate pieces. Use your fork to drizzle chocolate designs onto the parchment. Pour the remaining into your Easter candy molds or into the cookie cutter flat on the parchment paper. Once the chocolate no longer looks wet place in the fridge for 10 minutes before removing from your molds or cookie cutter.


2 cups white chocolate (in chips or finely chopped)

Place cake on platter and remove icing from fridge. Make sure the icing isn't too cold so it pipes easily. Cut the tip off the piping bag so that there is about a ⅜" opening. Start at the top and make a backand-forth motion as you pipe. Sprinkle with praline or finely chopped nuts and decorate with candied carrot and white chocolate. ENJOY!

Prepare a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and have at hand a fork, an Easter candy mold or cookie cutter and a small room temperature bowl.

Send a picture of your RockCoast Carrot Cake to OR tag us @seasidemagazine on Facebook or Instagram. At the end of April, we'll draw a name from the entrants for a foodie prize!

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I came away from our March online meeting feeling a little giddy! It was a huge turnout to discuss Matt Haig's The Midnight Library, and gave us the opportunity to experiment with meeting "breakout rooms" where small groups could chat more easily. It was a high-energy experience and as I jumped in and out of the various discussions I got a wide range of impressions about the novel. There was some debate about how to categorize the book to start – it's fantasy, perhaps science fiction or maybe it could sit on the "self help" shelf. The story concerns Nora Seed, a young woman whose life has ended up small and disappointing. A series of events lead her to the conclusion that there's no reason for her to exist anymore. What happens next is the leap of fantasy: Nora ends up in a library, an incredible place somewhere between life and death, and in it are books filled with the stories of the infinite lives she could have lived had her choices been different. Nora is able to try any of these lives, and we experience with her as she undoes her life's regrets and figures out what really matters, and how to live a life with intention. Published mid-pandemic, The Midnight Library has been a bestseller around the globe, and has clearly resonated with readers with its reassuring messages about acceptance, self-worth and gratitude. Our readers were in turns charmed, amused, frustrated and infuriated. I sensed perhaps a difference in reaction based on where in the reader's life journey they were. I suspect this book appeals more to an audience that is younger than our group's average age. There's a youthful uncertainty about Nora's interaction with the world, and it didn't seem to connect with our group of readers who wished she was more proactive, more decisive and just a bit more dynamic. Everyone did agree though on the appeal of the other recurring character, Mrs. Elm, the librarian of this Midnight Library. We talked about the power that a mentor can have in people's lives, and for all of us readers, how books and the person who encouraged us to read them, are always significant. Even though our group's reaction to it wasn't unanimously enthusiastic, this book seems to have come along at just the right time for readers around the world. Next month we're going to be discussing Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese. Join us on April 13 at 6:30 p.m. – you need to sign up to our mailing list to get the meeting invite:

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Devon Bird first opened MODEN Boutique in December 2018 – with a background in fashion, she decided it was time to make a change. Growing up on the Island, she had spent time shopping with her mom at local boutiques. Even though their style was similar, she noticed there weren't many places where they could both shop together. "I saw a need and a space, and had the unique set of skills to build it," she says. The first year was a big success. "I was encouraged – I felt very privileged and grateful to provide something people needed." Devon says the community support has been integral, especially during Covid. Having an online store helped, too, and she was able to reopen in May 2020. "The community really made an effort to find ways to support us," she adds. The pandemic certainly didn't deter her from opening a second store: Moden Essentials carries lingerie, loungewear, and other basics. "Lingerie was different," she says. "It was people coming to me and asking about it." That's when she decided to expand the business. "I even did a pop-up shop over the summer, as a way to test the business model." The response was very encouraging, and she was excited to reach customers in a new way. "We're really connected to the product," Devon explains. "Each piece is picked to enhance a woman's life, and provide an outfit they feel really great about." She says they're focused on both the needs and wants, with MODEN Boutique and now Moden Essentials. "I just felt like women in this demographic were taken for granted – everything is millennial, youth-focused, all online, and the service level has really degraded." She says that women often have different needs in various stages of their life: as their bodies change, or perhaps they stop working. "These women deserve a beautiful store to shop in, a tailored experience where we'll remember their names." Devon looks forward to growing the relationship with customers, even more so with the introduction of lingerie and sleepwear. "We are very inclusive, and we do carry larger sizes, up to an H and I cup," she says. "We are also open to order; just come in and ask – we want to meet everyone's needs!" Find the shops at 2416 and 2418 Beacon Avenue in Sidney, or visit the website at – you can also follow along on Instagram @boutiquemoden and @modenessentials.

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The Story of Spitfire Steve "Oh no, what have I gotten myself into?" Kirsten Danger thought as she stared at the newest addition to her family. He stood as tall as a large dog, had a forelock so thick it hid his eyes, and his brownand-white coat was scruffy and unkempt. It took four people to coax the miniature horse off the trailer. Before she drove off, the transport driver told Kirsten her new little horse was a real "spitfire." The name


stuck and Spitfire Steve, the ragamuffin mini, soon found himself settling into his new home in Victoria after being destined for an auction in Alberta. Kirsten and her husband Dick had been looking to add a miniature horse to their family after their two daughters, Bella and Imogen, took up horseback riding and were spending increasing amounts of time at the barn. They felt it would be a great idea for the girls to "experience the horse world from the ground up, in a pint-sized package," she says, and the mini was to be the girls' pet project. Through a friend they were sent photos of Spitfire Steve from a rescue organization and the family decided to bid on the scraggly horse. Imogen and Bella pooled their savings and bought him together. "He was totally feral," Kirsten recalls of that fateful day in December 2019, and while it may have taken some convincing for him to leave the horse trailer, "he was never mean," says Kirsten. "He just was terrified of us." His lack of handling and training was a blessing in a way, as it allowed them to start from scratch with his schooling. Spitfire Steve arrived as a stallion – he was later gelded – and they guessed he was around two years old judging by his teeth (you can tell the approximate age of a horse by their teeth, hence the

old saying "never look a gift horse in the mouth!") When Steve first moved into the barn, Bella and Imogen would often bundle up with blankets and read in his paddock to get him used to people. Once he became accustomed to the girls, his training came quickly. Groundwork lessons with a professional helped them along and soon he learned to wear a halter, be led around the barn and to stand in the cross ties for grooming sessions. At this point he was able to have a visit from the vet and have his feet trimmed by the farrier. The daily grooming sessions soon had his coat shining and his scruffy appearance was tamed. Spitfire Steve began to accompany the "big" horses on trail rides (he'd be walked in-hand) and the girls taught him to jump small obstacles in the arena. He loves spending time with his girls and "will follow them anywhere they go," says Kirsten. One day while the girls were riding their "big" horses, Steve figured out that if he put his front hooves up on the mounting block in the arena, Kirsten could scratch his tummy. This led to an idea – if he could figure out how to use a step, he could load into the Dangers' minivan, giving the term "mini" van a whole new meaning! Dick fashioned a step and with all the seats in the van down, Spitfire Steve rides in style around town. Since then, the miniature horse has gone on several minivan adventures: he's visited Island View Beach, Centennial Park, the horse supply store Greenhawk, the Brentwood Bay Barber Shop, and the Sidney Firehall for a fundraiser. Steve is now around three years old and next on the agenda for his training is learning to pull a cart. So far he's taken to wearing the harness and ground driving with the same calm, easy-going manner he's now come to be known for. "He just needed some time and some love," says Kirsten. He gets ample amount of from both the Danger family, as well as everyone at the barn and in the wider community who all enjoy Spitfire Steve and his escapades.

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LIFE INCOME RETIREMENT ACCOUNT: A GREAT PENSION OPTION In today's increasingly complex financial marketplace, knowing what pension options are available to you is an absolute must. If you're retiring from or leaving a federally registered business or company and you've been a member of the firm's registered pension plan (RPP), you have the option of accepting a pension from the RPP, transferring your accrued pension amount to another RPP with another company or transferring your pension amount to your own individual registered savings plan called a locked-in retirement account (LIRA). Depending on your personal, financial circumstances the LIRA could be your best choice. Here's why. Transferring your RPP cash to a LIRA allows you to own the assets rather than leaving them with your previous or new employer. The obvious advantage of doing so is selection and control of the investments you choose for your cash. Unlike an RPP which restricts the securities you can choose, a LIRA offers you the opportunity to select from a wide variety of different investments. By doing so, you can tailor your investments to your investment profile, whether your investment goals are wealth accumulation, wealth preservation or income generation. The big financial advantage of a LIRA, however, rests with the life income fund (LIF). When the time has come to access your cash (in B.C. age 50 and beyond), you convert your LIRA to a LIF. This conversion generates a stream of periodic pension income that is similar to a regular registered annuity or pension. The LIF differs in that you can choose between a minimum and maximum payout at the beginning of each year. In both cases, regardless of whether you elect to take the minimum or maximum LIF payment, all of the assets of your LIRA will be paid out by the time you reach age 90, but not before. The reason for this stipulation is to make sure that income recipients continue to receive registered benefits throughout their retirement, and have no liquidity advantage over regular members of an RPPdriven pension. As attractive as the LIRA is over a regular RPP, regulations and rules for this locked-in plan differ across provinces and territories in Canada. To ensure you get the correct details, contact a financial planner. For more information, email This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as investment advice and/or tax advice. Financial Planners, Investment & Retirement Planning are representatives of BMO Investments Inc., a financial services firm and a separate legal entity from Bank of Montreal. ® Registered trade-marks of Bank of Montreal, used under licence.

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Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services

Bright Greens Canada Fresh from the farm, local salad greens, leafy greens and microgreens YEAR ROUND. We are specialists in sustainable, pesticide-free hydroponic farming. #lettucefeedyou. Farmgate every Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 6346 West Saanich Road.

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Seaside Cabinetry & Design is a boutique-style cabinet showroom located in downtown Sidney. Custom Design, Merit Cabinetry, Lifetime Warranty. We have hundreds of styles and colours to choose from. Come and visit us by appointment at our showroom by the sea!

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Sidney by the Sea Dental Hygiene Clinic Inc. We focus on preventative dental hygiene in a relaxed environment. Complimentary complete dental hygiene exam and diagnosis ($100 value). We are accepting new patients! Paulette Reid, RDH, BBA, MSc 250.655.4884 #102 - 2423 Beacon Ave, Sidney

keekeeklean Professional House Cleaning Owner Katherine Margetts established keekeeklean with you in mind. Her fully trained staff strive to create the "wow factor" by taking care of every cleaning detail, big or small, to give you peace of mind and a healthy environment for your work or family life! Now, more than ever before, attention to detail is key: we wear gloves and masks and sanitize as we go, making your space "klean" and safe! Residential $40/hr* Move In/Out $50/hr* Post-Construction $50/hr* Emergency Cleaning $50/hr* One-Time Deep Cleaning $45/hr* Holiday Rental $40/hr* Office $40/hr* *plus GST Registered | Licensed | WCB Protected Book your clean today at | 250.896.6540




Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services WINE KITZ WINE KITZ is a local, family-run business with a passion for serving quality wine. They offer wines with minimal preservatives at their on-premises wine-making facility and to the home vintner. Award-winning wine for pure enjoyment at a fraction of the cost of commercial equivalents; visit WINE KITZ today. Everyone deserves comfy feet! Sheepskin slippers for the whole family. Shop muffet & louisa, m&l part two, and online. muffet&louisa 102-2360 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

What a year! But luckily, spring is just around the corner! I have just ordered baby chicks that are due to arrive shortly. Look no further than to the trees that are starting to burst into bud or flower; bring some of those branches into the house and they will open. Fir harvest time is just around the corner at the farm – by mid-April things should be ready to pick! Once the sun starts to shine, the days get longer and everyone's attitude begins to shift to lighter things. Some of us have been so lucky during COVID to be able to get out into our gardens or go for a walk. What a difference a morning walk or a short spin on my new bike makes to a great start to the day. This spring I will launch backyard bouquets from the collection of trees, shrubs, herbs and flowers on the farm. Nothing will be cut until it is ordered, ensuring the freshest bouquet and the smallest amount of waste. The bouquets can last up to three weeks if watered properly! If you haven't been in the shop lately please stop by and see my new look! At 1890 Mills Road, North Saanich or online a

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Brown's The Florist Brown's the Florist is your local choice for flowers and floral gifts to help you and your loved ones stay connected from a distance. We are locally owned and passionate about supporting our local growers, economy and the environment. We are open seven days a week and deliver from Sidney to Sooke and some of the Gulf Islands. Sidney • Downtown • Westshore

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Hansell & Halkett vintage home décor Unique and timeless vintage pieces, layered with carefully curated local goods. Open Tues-Sat 10-5pm, Sun 11-4pm. Located in the Garden Court, just off Beacon Ave. and Fifth St. 778.351.2773 105 - 2360 Beacon Ave, Sidney

You are investing in your community by supporting its unique businesses. Appreciate what makes our neighbourhoods different. Our one-of-akind businesses are an inherent part of the distinctive character of our Saanich Peninsula neighbourhoods; that is what brought us here and will keep us here. Stay local and stay connected to the merchants in your community. By supporting independent businesses today, you are investing in a unique and sustainable future for the Saanich Peninsula community.

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Sidney's Eco-clothing store is full of new arrivals including Fig, Bryn Walker, Blue Sky, Gilmour, Message Factory, Echo Verde and much more. Lots of island-made personal care products and soap exchange refill centre.

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Hansell & Halkett vintage home décor Hansell & Halkett was born out of the love for good quality timeless pieces and a hope to reduce our footprint, while at the same time creating aesthetically pleasing spaces that we enjoy spending time in. In 2020 Ashley and Patricia partnered with Muffet from Muffet & Louisa to create a unique collaboration shop in the heart of Sidney. It's the perfect match to Muffet's high quality French linens, top-of-the-line kitchen tools and the B.C. made, natural home cleaning line, Moncillo. Ashley and Patricia's carefully curated collection is an exquisite mix of rustic farmhouse and classic French Country furniture and home décor. Together they offer a collection of unique home décor and garden pieces, textiles and floral arrangements, as well as absolutely fabulous one-of-a kind pieces of furniture. Hansell & Halkett also carries a wide selection of paint and finishes from the locally made chalk style paint line, Country Chic Paint. In working with over 20 local artists, you will find everything from original watercolours to perfectly scented candles and unique jewellery. It's always worth a stroll through Hansell & Halkett and Muffet & Lousia Part Two. At #105 - 2360 Beacon Avenue, Sidney or online at

LIVING OFF THE LAND by Jo Barnes | photo by Amanda Cribdon Photography

Star Hill Farm:

A Composition in Cultivation Music. True proficiency requires hard work, perfecting your techniques, and developing a deep understanding of what you are doing. Surprisingly, all of this can be applied to farming. And, when you have both in your background, it's a harmonious blend of skills and results. Overlooking the waters of Elk Lake, picturesque Star Hill Farm was established by Teresa and her late husband Bernard Turgeon. But they brought more to farming than their love of land, because both were well known in the Canadian opera scene. "My husband Bernard had a 50+ year career as a prominent Canadian opera singer," shares Teresa. "I am a pianist and master vocal coach." The name of the farm takes its origins from life and home. As Teresa succinctly puts it: "My husband was a star, and we live on a hill." The "star" refers to Bernard and his prodigious international talent. "He performed in many places. In 1967 he originated the title role in Louis Riel with the Canadian Opera Company to celebrate the centennial of Canada," says Teresa. The "hill" refers to the farm's hill location above Elk Lake. The property features old growth fir and maple trees and two large fields which yield the main crop of this farm: asparagus. From the moment you come through the main gate, you are embraced by 58 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | APRIL 2021

tranquility. Save a few birdsongs or the occasional clip-clop of horse's hooves passing by the main roadway, it is quiet. "We bought the land in 1978. We were immediately taken in by its beauty," shares Teresa. At this time, the couple were heavily involved in music, Bernard developing the opera and voice programs at UVic and Teresa busy teaching music. During the 1980s and 90s, Bernard

performed in many Pacific Opera productions, and in 1989 served as Director of Opera McGill University. Teresa worked as a coach and accompanist there and in the community. The couple resettled to the West Coast by 2000 and began thinking about farming options on their land. "We started with asparagus and walnut trees," says Teresa. After discovering that the young walnut tree's roots were rotting due to the lower field proximity to the lake perimeter, Bernard and Teresa opted to grow asparagus exclusively. This type of farming also allowed them to continue their musical pursuits. "It fit with our teaching lifestyle and worked well for two people," shares Teresa. Like learning anything new, asparagus cultivation had its challenges. "We learned by doing a lot of research!" says Teresa with a big smile. After Bernard passed away in 2016, Teresa has continued to run the farm. While she doesn't come from a farming background, Teresa is an avid gardener, an activity which has come to take up more of her time and interest over the years. "I am passionate about gardening since moving here," she comments. "It's a gorgeous area. It is idyllic." Here asparagus flourish, often reaching eight to nine feet high. Teresa is a dedicated vegetable grower and takes an organic approach. Manure is used to enhance soil quality and barley straw is used to help keep down weeds and serve as mulch. Using fertilizers like kelp meal, seaweed spray and alfalfa pellets and an annual regimen of care are done to bring out the best in crops. "I fertilize the tops in the spring, then in the fall, for the roots and integrity of the stalk," says Teresa. The asparagus harvest season, once in full swing, demands Teresa's full attention every day. Typically it begins in late April and runs through the month of June. It requires cutting off the spears from the stems, which is labour intensive. "All day you spend cutting," shares Teresa. "It's the same thing you do steady for two months." Farming this type of vegetable is ideal for this female farmer who says: "It suits me perfectly. I have one main season and then the rest of the time I can tend my garden." As with her work as a voice coach or pianist, attention to detail and hard work reaps rewards. Teresa sells her asparagus at Dan's Farm and The Local General Store. Customers attest to its quality. "Clients really like the asparagus. It is well received," comments Teresa. "They are very happy to have fresh picked homegrown asparagus." For Teresa, it is satisfying to know the fruits of her labour are appreciated. The opportunity to farm and give happiness to others enriches her life. "To be on Vancouver Island and working a farm, I feel very blessed," says Teresa. Like many on the Saanich Peninsula who tend the land with care and enrich the community around them, this female farmer is no exception. But in this case, a contribution to the musical community and the yield of excellent asparagus makes the harvest a double one.

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The Home Gym:

Strong & Fit for Every Budget 2020 forced many people out of their favorite fitness classes and gym routines. Even though gyms continue to reopen, some people have decided not to renew their gym memberships and have found alternatives to where and how they will be spending their time exercising, including setting up at home. Exercising at home definitely has its advantages. It's time efficient with no commute, no pre-booking or waiting for equipment. Building a home gym can be a costly endeavor, but it doesn't have to be. Anyone can set up a home gym without spending thousands of dollars to get strong and fit. The first thing I recommend is choosing the right space. Pick a spot that will both motivate and inspire you. As more people now work from home, a free quiet space may be at a premium, but if you can, find a spot that is free of clutter both for mental clarity and the safety to move around in without any tripping hazards. Have some fun with it; decorate and put your personal stamp on it. When purchasing equipment keep in mind you don't have to buy everything all at once. Start with a few key pieces and see what you like and what you will actually use. So many people tell me about the

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treadmill that was purchased with great intentions and turned out to be an expensive place to hang laundry. Sometimes simple is best: I've had many great workouts with just a resistance band and a skipping rope, both purchased for under $10. Resistance bands provide excellent muscle toning without any cost or storage concerns. Skipping ropes are such a basic tool but boast multiple health benefits such as improved heart health, increased concentration and improved coordination. An added bonus? Skipping is a great calorie burner; you can burn 10 calories a minute while strengthening multiple muscles. Little did we know that 2020 was about to show us a whole new kind of fitness frenzy. Gear such as dumbbells became high in demand and low in supply. The dumbbell mania does appear to be lessening with more availability both in stores and online. Depending on your needs, dumbbells are available in a few different varieties. You can purchase a range of different weights and opt for a fixed weight or an adjustable dumbbell. They vary in price depending on weight and whether you buy new or used. Another great piece of equipment is the extremely portable and versatile TRX Suspension Trainer. It provides endless options to strengthen, tone and build muscle and cardiovascular conditioning. You can hook the TRX into any door frame and when the workout is over it is easily stored away in a compact cinch bag. Ask any of my personal training clients what my two favourite pieces of equipment are and they will tell you the Bosu Ball and the Slam Ball. Bosu is an acronym for "Both Sides Up." It is a balance trainer that can be used on either the dome or the platform side.It's an incredibly adaptable piece of equipment that can be used for strength, balance, cardio and core. On the last snow day my client and I used our bosu balls as a toboggan. By no means am I trying to create a new fitness trend with this, but if you ever find yourself in a situation where you have snow, a bosu ball and a hill, definitely give it a go; I promise it's a lot of fun! The slam ball, also known as a medicine ball, is an excellent tool to have in your arsenal that allows resistance and added weight all while getting the heart pumping. It's also great therapy. When a client comes to me stressed or upset I hand them the slam ball and tell them to take whatever is bothering them out on the ball. It works every time! The bottom line is that there really is a huge price range when it comes to purchasing gear for your home gym. In the end, you will find success as long as you are enjoying your workout. Set the time aside for you and celebrate the simple fact that you are moving your body and getting stronger. There is no such thing as a wasted workout.

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Florals to Brighten Your Day! Spring patterns have arrived from Ekelund of Sweden! New patterns to welcome the much needed return of flowers and sunshine. Brighten your tables to greet the season!


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Take Time Out For Yourself! Safety protocols are in place with approval by Island Health to help you safely relax and feel your best. Visit our Boutique storefront for your skin, bodycare, and makeup needs with licensed estheticians. Book and purchase gift certificates online. Ask about our free product delivery.

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The traditional tea service with its beautiful hummingbirds may be a touch retro, but it is high style!

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Open Mon to Sat 10-530; 11-5 Sundays | 5325 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria Adrienne’s Restaurant & Tea Garden • Cordova Bay Optometry • Ladybug Boutique • Lily Pad Lingerie Pure Day Spa • Seaberry Garden & Flower • Sunday’s Snowflakes • The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm

The Perfect Spot, at Any Time of Day! Enjoy our famous Eggs Benedict, Omelette and Belgian Waffle as ALL DAY BREAKFAST! We offer Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea, High Tea, Kid’s menu, great Desserts and Drinks. We bake with butter. We buy local/BC products and sustainably harvested/ocean wise seafood first. Open 7 days a week. Adrienne’s Restaurant & Tea Garden 250.658.1535

Bella encaustic by Brenda Walker, 8 x 8 The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm, featuring artwork, jewelry, metalwork, pottery and glasswork by local artists and artisans. 250.658.8333

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Spring is here at Seaberry Garden & Flower! 250.590.3777

See You Soon! Local optometrists, Drs. Lisa Meister and Meaghan Goddard, are excited to announce the opening of their new clinic at Mattick’s Farm this summer. Cordova Bay Optometry will be a full service clinic, offering high quality eyecare and eyewear to patients of all ages. Book online via our website, evening and weekend appointments available. Cordova Bay Optometry |

OFF THE VINE by Tania Tomaszewska

An Emerging Jewel of Geology:

Our Wine Islands

I really started to understand the multiple layers of terroirs (and merroirs) of the expansive Salish Sea when I was the Wine Journey Guide on the 2019 inaugural "Wines & Islands" small vessel expedition run by Victoria's own Maple Leaf Adventures. Not only did we explore local drops through "land visits," vineyard walks and chef-prepared meals with winemakers and proprietors, but just as importantly, we traversed ocean pockets which form part of our local islands' "sense of place." We got to see the land from a distance. Tendering alongside the coastline of Pender or Saturna Islands, for example, one can see the lines of rock, sandstone and soils supporting

Saturna Island, Photo courtesy Wines of British Columbia


the Mediterranean-style brush and arbutus trees synonymous with the area. Stopping to stroll on a small island cay formed by a diversity of sands, you consider the geological history underlying our Wine Islands region. It's thought that Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are remnants of volcanic formations and marine deposits which floated up from the Polynesian tropics about 300 million years ago during the "heyday" of the mini-continent Wrangellia. Then came the tectonic "collision" about 100 million years ago when Vancouver Island collided with mainland North America, followed by an "erosion" period 90 million years ago when Vancouver Island soils derived through coastal erosion. And then a "glaciation" era left layers of sedimentary deposits such as the five-kilometre-thick Nanaimo Sediments which is the foundation of an agri-belt running from Saanich to Port Alberni. There's a completely different geological and soil history here than in the Okanagan Valley. They say it all happens in the vineyard, but other factors exist here aside from the soils which allow us to grow grapes for wine production. There's the rain shadow provided by the Coastal Mountains and Mount Prevost near Duncan, the moderating effects of the Salish Sea and Quamichan Lake, and pockets of hot, dry Mediterranean-like conditions. Our growing season is getting longer and rainy periods are shortening. We have a very unique place to make wine. It's like no other spot.

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Rather than trying to emulate or replicate other regional styles of wines which really can't work here, we're focusing on being us and using grapes which are viable and suitable to express our Salish Sea location. History and geography matter. An increasing number of our coastal vintners are farming sustainably and embracing stewardship of the land to make terroir-driven maritime wines. Organic and biodynamic practices are often employed and many makers use as little intervention as possible. This manifests in vibrant and fresh wines with lower alcohol which pair with food we can source locally. Aromatic whites like pinot gris, bacchus, ortega, siegerrebe and sauvignette (epicure) can thrive and pinot noir is the red to look out for. Shifting weather patterns and increased investment in the industry have shown how this delicate Burgundian grape can shine on Vancouver Island and some Gulf Islands. The naturally high acidity of our coastal grapes is a perfect building block for sparkling wine – so expect to see more local bubbles. (Latitudinally we're not that far off Champagne remember.) Back to the inaugural Wines & Islands voyage. Not only was it the first for Maple Leaf Adventures, but as far as we know, a first of its kind on the West Coast. An emerging "Island Wine" region on the world wine map, our region is receiving global recognition from experienced players like Barbara Banke and daughter Julia Jackson (of the Jackson Family from California) who've recently purchased Unsworth Vineyards. Watch this space for more on that!

Wine & Dine from the comfort of home Our online market offers a variety of delicious ready to cook dishes and a carefully crafted wine list to make your at home dining experience exceptional.


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Pemberton Holmes Wishes Everyone a Wonderful Happy Easter! If you are thinking about Selling your Home Hop into Our Sidney Office to Discuss with One of Our Experienced Agents

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OUT FOR A … SPRING BREAK by Sheila Molloy

ȽÁU, WELṈE / John Dean Provincial Park This park offers lush forest of old-growth Douglas fir and Garry oak, inspiring sequences of wildflowers all spring, and overlooks the Saanich Peninsula, Gulf Islands and the Cascade Mountains for great views all year. Route Details The park can be accessed from East Saanich Road, by heading west on Dean Park Road and proceeding past the park gate until you reach the main parking lot. We selected the Pickles' Bluff Loop (ȽÁU, WELṈE Trail) for its forest diversity, easy hike rating, amazing eastward views and overlooks. Our hike starts to the left of the maintenance access gate at the Thunderbird Trail / ȽÁU, WELṈE Summit trail sign. This short trail heads up the hill over a well-worn path with sections of rock steps, flanked by moss-covered trees and leads out to the access road after a few minutes. Slight left and look towards the graffitied water reservoir in the distance but head up the road past the grand walls of rock until you meet another small road that leads to the communications tower. (A quick side journey on the path to the wooden viewing platform is worthwhile.) Head straight to the sign that says Lookout Trail to Pickles' Bluff. The first section sends you down a number of stone stairs of varying height, so watch your step. A narrow trail brings you to your next

path choice between the Lookout Trail or ȽÁU,WELṈE Trail. Following the Lookout Trail will take you down and then back up the loop. The wooden, well-maintained stairs and platform makes the choice to take the path this direction a little simpler. Stop to take in the panorama from Pickles' Bluff and then, as you follow the well-marked path, keep looking to your left for more great views. There is one big step up about halfway on this loop side where a little scrambling may be required. Once you get to the junction of ȽÁU,WELṈE and Fern Dell Trail, you will turn right and follow the trail back up the hill, over rock steps, and toward the summit. Then follow the forest path to complete the loop and retrace your steps back to the parking lot. Things to Note This trail length is less than 1km but the options to add more hike time are excellent. The parking lot has about seven actual spaces but there is some parking along the road. A pit toilet is located off the parking lot. The park is blocked off by a gate, which is locked from dusk until 8 a.m.

May Day in Brentwood Bay Holmes Realty is proud to present our newest Realtor,

by Paul Murray

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“I am so excited to join Holmes Realty! I grew up in Southern Alberta, but moved to Victoria in 2008 to pursue a degree in political sciences. After graduating, I decided to become a Realtor to help people reach their real estate goals. Part of what has attracted me to Holmes Realty is the special care taken to provide an exceptional experience. There is a culture of excellence and a high bar that everyone strives to exceed. I take pride in always placing my clients’ needs first, which includes being proactive, highly communicative, and flexible. Whether you are buying or selling your home, it is important to have confidence and trust in your Realtor. If you have questions about a property or would like a market evaluation on your home, give me a call. I would be happy to help.”






It's 1 a.m. on a cold, windy January night. Your phone beeps; you jump up to hear "May Day, May Day, May Day, all crew report to RCMSAR31." As a volunteer with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue you have been tasked out by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre to a May Day call for a vessel aground near Sluggett Point. The vessel has dragged its anchor, collided with another boat and is being pushed onshore by high winds. You take your "grab 'n go bag" and jump in the car; five minutes later you are at the dock, gearing up and prepping the MV "Robert Holmes" with the crew. In under 10 minutes eight others have arrived and five crew are assigned; within 20 minutes the vessel is underway. Remaining volunteers are tasked to stay ashore and assist at the dock. A short while later the sailboat "Charlotte" is located heeled over and aground. With winds gusting to 35 knots, a towline is attached and she is towed safely to deeper water. Mill Bay RCMSAR34 arrives and is tied alongside the "Charlotte" to provide a side-tow into the safety of the Brentwood Bay Resort dock. By 3 a.m. the vessel is secure; the RCMSAR31 crew return to base, tired but happy with the outcome. The MV "Robert Holmes" SAR vessel has been a fixture in Brentwood Bay for over 20 years, serving Saanich Inlet with its 100 kilometres of shoreline and 75 square kilometres of water area. Volunteers may also be called for secondary response anywhere from Maple Bay to Sidney and beyond. Operations are supported with charitable donations through Canada Helps and Community Gaming grants. RCMSAR31 has over 20 active volunteers who, while hailing from diverse backgrounds, share a love of the ocean and commitment to serving their community. They are on call 24/7 and can respond to the dock within five to 10 minutes. Station leader and coxswain Geoff Krause is the original Station

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31 member. He is a consulting marine biologist and works with B.C. urchin and sea cucumber dive fisheries. He has volunteered for 12 years, as he believed "it would be a good way to get constructively involved in making our community better and have fun and learn new stuff doing it." Saanich Lifeboat Society President and coxswain Dr. John Harper is a coastal geomorphologist. He admits that: "I am a boat nut. I had my first rowboat at age five and my first outboard around nine or ten. When I retired, I looked for something nautical and structured; I really wanted to give back to the community." Coxswain and Deputy station leader Candace Winter also loves all things nautical and owns Active Response Training. She has been involved for over 11 years and has trained many RCMSAR members. "Ever since that first class with Brentwood Bay Power Squadron, I was hooked and needed to learn more. I found RCMSAR and it was obvious to me that I needed to make that my next step." The volunteers practise year-round, rain or shine, day and night, so crew and vessel are response ready. They also maintain the rescue boat, floating shack, and emergency equipment at Anglers Anchorage Marina. During the summer, Butchart Gardens attracts thousands of visitors and hundreds of boats anchor in Tod Inlet to watch the fireworks. RCMSAR31 volunteers patrol Saturday nights, hand out boater education information and maintain a safety presence. Since 2017, Kids Don't Float kiosks have also been installed by crews in their spare time to provide free loaner life jackets for children at seven marinas across the Saanich Inlet. Whatever the weather, day or night, trained volunteers with RCMSAR are ready to head out on the water. And with people enjoying the ocean all year long here on the Peninsula, it is reassuring to know that, if needed, the MV "Robert Holmes" and its crew will be there.

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From House Purchase to Serendipitous Business Venture Misty Coldwell owns and operates Miss Bliss Boutique in Sidney, and along with business partner Lindsay Trudeau, she owns and operates Nest & Nook Housewares. Misty is a mother of three and a former family lawyer. You might say that she has now found her dream career. Shortly after their third child's birth, Misty and her husband Chris were looking for a larger home and conveniently found it three doors down! It is a beautiful three-level 4,500-square-foot home built by Lauma Properties. Owner/builder Bryan Milkowski and his wife Lindsay Trudeau, a designer for Lauma, were living in it. Through this home purchase, Misty and Lindsay discovered their mutual love for home décor and design and eight months later, they opened Nest & Nook Housewares. Their dream was to provide beautiful housewares to others who share their love for crisp, bright spaces filled with texture, natural elements and neutral colours. Without the house purchase, their business most likely would never have happened.

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As I entered Misty's home, I immediately loved the feeling of spaciousness created by the nine-foot ceilings and large open space that stretches from a seating area by the front door to the living room, a dining area, and then the kitchen. Large windows, pot lights, white painted walls (Benjamin Moore Paper White) and white trim (Benjamin Moore Simply White) add detail and keeps everything bright with reflected light. Built-in cabinets and shelves provide ample storage and display space. The marble-faced gas fireplace has white trim that adds to the clean contemporary lines of the house. Above it, the shiplap adds character to the wall and ceiling, and a Samsung Frame TV displays a lovely picture of ethereal plants. It is billed as a "TV when it's on, art when it's not." From the living room, there is a view of Mount Baker and Sidney Spit; it's a perfect space to sit and enjoy a morning coffee. The slipcovered furniture looks smart and is eminently practical in a household with kids, as the covers can be easily removed and washed. Warm oak floors, jute and wool rugs, a sheepskin rug in front of the fireplace, distressed mango wood coffee tables, leather poufs (cushioned footstools), striped chairs, decorative pillows and gorgeous storage 74 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | APRIL 2021

baskets add texture and a natural fibre look. They all help create the warmth and style which makes this room both beautiful and restful. The dining area highlights include a large, beaded mirror and a lantern-style brass chandelier over the plank-style dining room table, which Misty's husband built. In the kitchen, brass pendant lights and the white oak floor add the unifying warmth that goes so well with the floor-to-ceiling white cabinets and ceiling-high subway tiles surrounding the end windows. The nine-foot island is topped with quartz and has a sink and built-in microwave. Other notable features include a high-end Dacor gas range with two ovens, a pot filler, a double farmhouse sink, glass-fronted cabinet doors and floating shelves. A desk with a retro blue phone adds a touch of whimsey. The kitchen expands through a doorway into the pantry's first part, which has a second dishwasher and wine fridge. A swinging door opens into the inner pantry storage area which has lots of shelves and baskets to keep everything tidy. On the lower level, a large rumpus room provides the perfect space for a family with three children. It includes a kids' play area with a play kitchen, a climbing apparatus, shelving and baskets for children's toys. Gold dotted wallpaper adds a fun, light-hearted feel, and a


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W E ST COAST G A R D E N E R by Chris Sigurdson, Peninsula Landscape Supplies

Sow … What Now? It's spring again and many of us have already started planting our vegetable gardens. It was amazing to see how many people took an interest creating vegetable gardens last year, and I certainly hope you all keep them up. We started planting ours in the last week of February. Perhaps a little premature, but crop cover should protect everything from the elements. Vegetable starts are plants that have been grown in a controlled indoor environment for transplanting outside at a later date. Using vegetable starts in conjunction with traditional direct sowing of seeds can offer many benefits in terms of the quantity of produce you can harvest throughout the course of the growing season. Typically, I tend to direct sow anything that I am planting; the reason being I do not have enough appropriate indoor space with sufficient light to grow starts successfully. Furthermore, there are many vegetables that simply are not suitable for transplanting and should be directly sown, such as root crops. Growing vegetables by direct sowing can be hindered by environmental conditions such as soil temperature and the moisture content, which are key factors in the successful germination of seed. Also, there is the fear of frost which can kill certain plants if they were sown outdoors too early. If you plan solely to direct sow, make sure that you have a planting plan in mind. Take into account the weather, and plant your seeds accordingly. Starts offer you the luxury of an accelerated harvest. When the

conditions are favorable, you can plant those pre-germinated veggies out and be weeks ahead of the game. By combining the use of starts with direct sowing, you can succession plant and greatly increase the amount of produce you can harvest throughout the growing season. We know that using starts will result in an earlier reward for your hard work, and an early start will free up valuable space in the garden sooner. You can take advantage of that space and sow another crop immediately. In addition to climate considerations, there are post-germination chores that you must attend to when direct sowing. Have you ever tried to plant a row of lettuce, or carrots? Those seeds are SMALL! Good luck planting all your carrot seeds exactly 0.5 inches apart unless you have a row seeder. We backyard farmers will space seeds as well as possible manually, but inevitably they will be overcrowded. It is necessary to thin your rows after germination to ensure proper development. Overcrowding leads to excessive competition for moisture, light and nutrients, resulting in a poor harvest. This is another example of when vegetable starts come in handy. Once the temperatures are conducive, you can take your starts outside and space them perfectly! So mix it up, experiment and have fun. You will develop a system that works for you. And remember, if you do not have anywhere to grow starts indoors, there are always plenty available in the spring at your local roadside farm stand. APRIL 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 81

Hot Properties SIDNEY TOWNHOUSE - Steps To The Ocean $1,299,000

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Newly renovated two level townhouse has hardwood flooring throughout, new paint, new ceiling lighting, and completely finished the downstairs. The popular Rowan Oaks complex offers a peaceful setting off the Avenue but convenient to all the amenities. Main flr has 1489 sq.ft. + 1100 sq.ft. down with workshop. Easy to view. MLS 866477

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Quality, Location & Lifestyle . Overlooking world-class Cordova Bay Golf Course and steps to Matticks Farm this home has it all! An abundance of natural light and positioned perfectly on the SE corner with sunny exposures, privacy and some views from both walk-out patios it feels more like a townhouse. Act now! MLS 869884.

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Art on the Deck


ArtSea Gallery Tulista Park, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney While ArtSea Gallery is temporarily closed, due to COVID-19, you can still take a peek at the stunning treasures in this collection through the window at the ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park. Glassblowing, soapmaking, pottery, painting, weaving and many more! Free.

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Greenglade Community Centre Sports Field 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney A unique retelling of a classic through the art of dance! This is an opportunity for kids to enjoy a variety of noncompetitive field games like Capture the Flag, Ultimate Frisbee or relay games. The focus is on fun! Sign up with a friend or come meet some new ones!

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Tulista Park, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney A wonderful initiative launched by ArtSea Community Arts Council, the festival celebrates community spirit. Participants are encouraged to create their own heart design or print off one of the examples on the ArtSea website and then attach a kind note to deliver to someone or decorate the heart and display it in the community.

1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich This course is designed to build skills and confidence of beginners and returning cyclists. The course is in two parts; the Friday session online and the Saturday session is outdoors. Course will cover topics like road rules, bike handling, cyclists' rights and responsibilities and will end with a 7km group road ride. Instructor: Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society.

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Sidney Lawn Bowling Club 9580 Fifth Street, Sidney The Sidney Lawn Bowling Club is inviting new members for instruction to the game. 250-516-2229.

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Michael Kaeshammer Presents "Spring Boogie"

APRIL 8–11 7:30PM

Bodine Hall, Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Juno Award nominee, this talented singer and pianist has performed internationally and collaborated with many acclaimed artists such as Randy Bachman and Colin James. His style mixes an amazing breadth of genres including stride, pop, classical, jazz, blues and boogie-woogie. Assigned guest seats, check in on arrival, contactless merchandise and concession. 84 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | APRIL 2021

Mystic Mandala Stone Painting

APRIL 17 12:30–3PM

McTavish Academy of Art 1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich Led by instructor Jess Glover, you'll learn how to create a stunning painted stone featuring a mandala, a symbol recognized for meditation, protection and healing. A stone and all the materials needed to paint it are included in the class fee. You will have the use of your own 6- by 3-foot table following all public health guidelines.

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Panorama Recreation Greenglade Community Centre, Room 6 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney Designed by the Canada Safety Council, this course covers rights and responsibilities, child development, behavior management, nutrition, safety, handling emergencies or sick children, games and basic first aid. Successful participants will receive wall certificate and wallet card. Programs follow COVID-19 Health and Safety guidelines.

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APRIL 30 7:30PM

Bodine Hall, Mary Winspear 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney As well as host of CBC Music Top 20, this man of many talents is an award-winning author, singer and live event host. Assigned guest seats, check in on arrival, contactless merchandise and concession.

"Spring Celebration", A Virtual Concert by Peninsula Singers


The popular musical ensemble has been working hard on another online presentation which celebrates our country and the people in our communities. Songs featured are This Land, Supercalifragilistic, Hallelujah, Seasons of Love, Disney Movie Medley, and Hero which also features images of our community heroes who have served at the front lines recently. The virtual concert is available through the choir website and Facebook page.


Caregivers Connect: BC's Virtual Support Group 2nd & 4th Thursdays | 2:00-3:30pm

This virtual support group brings people from across the province together twice a month around a mutual experience of caregiving for a family member or friend. This is a time for reassurance, where caregivers can realize they are not alone. Pre-register each week to attend. Visit or Call toll free 1-877-520-3267 extension 1.

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Sidney Sister Cities Association Virtual Meeting 3rd Thursday

The group remains active during the pandemic! They are also being joined by members from Anacortes Sister Cities Association and hope to be attending their meetings over the coming months. For information on how to join our virtual meetings, please contact the Secretary at

Saanich Peninsula Business for Business Network Virtual Meeting Thursdays | 8-9:30am

The Saanich Peninsula Chapter of BforB is a peersupport (mastermind) group for local business owners and leaders of professional practices. Guests are welcome, at no charge. For current members and other details at For info:

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L AST WO R D Last Word from the Editorial Director Deborah Rogers

Do you keep a diary? If so, how often do you go back and read through your entries? I've only ever been a sporadic diarist, but writing for Seaside gives me a unique opportunity to reflect on my life. I can look through past issues and see what was on my mind, and also remember the way I felt when I wrote about this topic or that. Why am I thinking about diaries? Well, it's been hard to avoid all the "one year" Covid anniversary pieces recently, with their prompts to reflect on how life has changed. I also had the chance to contribute an entry to an online project. "A Diary of the Zion Community during Covid-19" has a different author every day, starting on March 1 last year and running through to March 31, 2021. It will remain a record of how people acted, felt, and what they thought about during the period. Zion is a Community Centre in my hometown of Bristol. Somewhat like our McTavish Academy of Arts, it's a disused church that's been returned to community use as an arts space and social hub. My entry recounted a hike I'd taken that day at Mount Finlayson, in the company of my son's Venturer Scouts group. The entry was about the hike: the beautiful park, weather conditions, the challenge of the route; but the entry was also an opportunity to reflect on why it all mattered. I thought about the difference between my environment here and Bristol. I reflected on the way the kids I was with have embraced what's been thrown at them this year and carried on with the things they can. Writing about it made an ordinary day special. That's part of the magic of a diary I suppose.

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