Seaside Magazine July 2013 Issue

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July 2013


Victoria Lavender Farm A Touch of Provence

Quail Rock B&B A Special Haven

Church & State Wines

Summertime Fun!

Quality Meets Balance



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11 Victoria Lavender Farm: A Touch of Provence on the Saanich Peninsula Church & State Wines: Quality and Balance in Central Saanich RCMP Musical Ride: Saanich Fairgrounds Hosts Historic Equestrian Display

Quail Rock Vineyard Bed & Breakfast: A Special Haven

COLUMNS First Word 8 Weatherwit 13 Island Dish 30 Island Life 35 Last Word 63

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Letters Trade Student Profile Peninsula Restaurant Profile New & Noteworthy Grey Matters Common Cents Seaside Arts Scene Salish Sea News

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july.2013 YOUR WEST COAST CULTURE valerie green

My writing career has spanned many years and a variety of writing genres. My first love remains history but, in more recent years, I have also explored the world of true crime – as in my latest book Vanished – The Michael Dunahee Story. I continue to enjoy being part of the Seaside team of writers with my column "Conversations from the Past." It is great fun conducting imaginary interviews with colourful characters in Greater Victoria's past. In this month's issue, I "talk" with Matthew MacFie, one of Vancouver Island's first visitors. He stayed here for five years and then returned to England to write a book about his experiences which, in essence, became the first tourist guide to British Columbia. Please visit and add a blog comment about the column or anything else on your mind. I'd love to hear from you. barry mathias

Writing is a pleasurable activity, and so is the drinking of wine. Consequently, the article on Church & State Wines, following my June profile of Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, has been a "labour of love," and it was interesting to discover how successful B.C. wineries have become. I find that most subjects can have their humorous side, and my second article on Outside Activities is aimed in that direction; I hope readers will share this quirky way of looking at life. My latest novel, Celtic Dreams of Glory, will be launched at Poets Cove Resort & Spa on Sunday, June 30th. Perhaps I’ll see you there? peter dolezal

After earning a BA and MBA from Queen's University, my career spanned many executive positions in the automobile, oil sands, mining and government sectors. During this period I served a total of 14 years as Chief Executive Officer of two major corporations. I've been a lifelong student of, and extensive participant in, Canada's capital markets. Through my company, Dolezal Consultants Ltd., I continue to provide consulting services to companies and individuals and also write monthly articles for various publications. In the past four years I've used my expertise in writing three books – each designed to assist Canadians of all ages in optimizing their financial well-being. In this month's Common Cents I focuse on the significant tax-reducing benefits of available income-splitting options for retirees.

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Since the beginning of my writing career over 30 years ago, I've focused on challenging social issues. But there was one I'd never tackled. When I was about to leave for India to take up an invitation as Writer-in-Residence following my 70th birthday in February, I mentioned to my honorary daughter that if I died over there, she was to send money for firewood so I could be cremated on the ghats and my ashes floated down the Ganges. It sparked a conversation that decided me to gather my loved ones together and let them know my wishes following my death. It turned into a bigger conversation than I'd anticipated – and a lot more fun. I share it with you this month in Grey Matters.

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f irst word Ah, summertime! I want to take you back for a moment … What are your favourite summertime memories from when you were growing up? What were you doing? Where were you? Who were you with? When we were kids, those precious three months of escape from the routine of school days produced cherished memories like no other season. I've been told that I'm still too young to say "back in the day," but looking at this photo of my mother and I brings back memories of how I used to spend weeks in the summer on the waters of the Baie des Chaleur with my family. The smell of the saltwater, the bonfires and the feeling of the hot black sand burning my feet still takes me back to remembering our lazy, endless days at the beach. Our experience with summer is so sensory: when we conjure these memories, all of our senses tingle. The sounds of waves and seagulls, the smell of sunscreen and campfires, the slap of canoe paddles hitting the water, the tart taste of lemonade, and the feeling of getting out of a cool lake and drying on the dock in the sunshine. So, when brainstorming with my photographer, Jo-Ann Way, for this issue's cover, I really wanted to produce something that would portray a delicious snapshot of summer. What else but a Lemonade Stand? So, Ava, Emma and their dad Peter built this stand just for Seaside Magazine. The girls painted the signs and even got to hammer some nails on the front to help build it with their Dad! Another great memory. I reached out to my staff, writers and readers to share some of their best childhood memories. I hope you enjoy and don't forget to take a minute and think about your summers past.

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"Summers meant becoming a 'beach baby' at my grandparents' home on the Sunshine Coast. In and out of the water all day long, hair streaked from the sun; constantly wearing a damp bathing suit; running across the "minefield" of parched grass in their yard where dried-out pine needles would prick the feet of the unwary; endless games of badminton; having contests to see who could make it all the way to the red dock without falling off the logs; and, of course, lots and lots of cousin time." Allison Smith, Editor In Chief "Endless freedom to spend the day barefoot on the beach, building moated castles, paddling my log boat out to the point, swimming with curious seals, and then, as day slipped into night, watching a giant moon rise up over the bay, making the water all silvery, and looking in awe as the Milky Way spangled across the night sky while I held the sound of the sea in the curve of a moon shell forever." Linda Langwith, writer "Dad would turn down the fifth line outside of Orangeville and stop the car. I would climb onto his lap and take the wheel. We would travel the last three miles down the side road in our Galaxie convertible, and I would often glance into the rear-view mirror and you couldn't see anything because of the dust cloud behind us. I would pretend we were in a jet plane and all that was in front was sky." Jim Townley, avid reader "Summer in New York, driving down from Toronto, lying in the back of the station wagon with my brothers. Spinning on a red stool in my Uncle's diner in Sayville, Long Island. Grilled cheese with fries on the side and a milkshake. After lunch, a walk through town with my favourite Aunt who tells everyone about us, her fabulous relatives from Canada, feeling like a celebrity in her small town. Heading to Coney Island for a foot-long hot dog, walking barefoot on the beach. Family!" Linda Hunter, writer

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Victoria Lavender Farm "A Touch of Provence" on the Peninsula by Doreen Marion Gee

In July, a Lavender Festival will ignite Victoria Lavender Farm and promises to charm and entertain all ages

Walking into the Victoria Lavender

Farm is like entering a fairy tale world of purple delights that time left behind. Sunlit mauve fields undulate under a soft breeze as the sweet lavender smell wafts through country air. Roman statues stand guard over acres of beautiful North Saanich farmland with white peacocks strutting around like kings. This is a different kind of heaven: unique, unusual, enticing. In July, a Lavender Festival will ignite the farm and promises to charm and entertain all ages. This Peninsula Eden reminds us of Provence, that historical province of southeastern France. Alan Mayfield and his partner, Dixie, are genial and warm hosts as we sit under a glowing sun amidst the mauve ambience of his seven-acre spread. With his thick Kent accent, Alan tells me about many trips to Australia to work in and research the blooming lavender farming business. Alan knows his stuff: "Certain cultures have lavender close to their heart. Europeans have had lavender in their culture for 2,000 years. It once grew wild in Southern France but then it was cultivated for medicinal purposes." In the same group as rosemary, lavender can be used as a spice. Alan's lavender farm is self-sustaining, organic and pesticide free. After 30 years as a globe-trotting marketing consultant, Alan

went back to his roots: "Being English myself, I knew how important lavender was to the English culture." After harvesting lavender on Salt Spring Island, Alan moved to Sidney in 2005, started the Lavender Shop and eventually bought the John Road farm in 2008. His thriving "Victoria Lavender Farm and Store" is a multifaceted enterprise: Alan and his team make 65 lavender products, including soaps, body creams, syrups, cakes

"We want to focus on our community and the agriculture on the Peninsula as well as our lavender." and scone mixes. Lavender honey comes from the farm's own hives. These products are sold on the farm, by email and at their shop in Sidney. Visitors can pick their own lavender as they stroll through 10,000 lavender plants in long sunny rows or buy one of 30 varieties of lavender plants. On July 13th and 14th, Alan and Dixie are hosting their first lavender extravaganza, "The Victoria Lavender Festival," from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1899 John Road, beside the Pat Bay Info Centre. It is only $5 admission for

adults; free for kids under two; $3 over two. The couple are community-minded: "Our festival is multi-dimensional. We want to focus on our community and the agriculture on the Peninsula as well as our lavender." The Festival will have a "significant children's program" with a Petting Zoo, new lambs, chicks and ponies, face painting and clowns. Alan is passionate about children enjoying the real natural "farm experience" and seeing where their food comes from. Just a hint of the goodies for adults: Live music by Brad Prevedoros, lamb sausages with lavender; salmon burgers; arts & crafts tables; u-pick organic produce; garden tours with master gardeners and free samples of lavender ice cream and syrup! "We love this community and this place on the planet." Alan and Dixie wish to thank the community for all their support of their farm. As for their upcoming Festival: "Come and give us a chance! We will do everything that we can to give people a good time!" Go experience a "Touch of Provence on Beautiful Vancouver Island!" The farm:, open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,1899 John Road, Sidney, 250-857-2526. The store: Open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., #107 2506 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, 250-656-1149. Photo by Doreen Marion Gee.


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been years since I made a pie, so while my wife was away I thought I would try to make one just by Steve Sakiyama to see whether I still had the knack. Although it turned out OK and the house didn't burn down, it was a bit of an adventure so I made a list of do's and don'ts just to make life easier the next time I attempt this. • Don't make a pie while watching the final game of the U.S. College Basketball playoffs. • Don't start unless you have all the proper tools (I couldn't find our rolling pin, and there wasn't a suitable substitute in my tool box) • Don't use your fist and a spatula to flatten the dough in place of a rolling pin. • Don't (and I mean don't) wear a fuzzy sweater while making pastry. • Do make sure you have all your ingredients before starting ("Hi, do you have some flour I could borrow? Oh, silly me look how late it is – is this a bad time to ask?") • Do check your face and hair after doing anything with flour, especially if you are rushing out to buy more flour. • Do let the pie cool down before tasting it. Speaking of ingredients and mixing bowls, let's talk about the stuff in the air and how it's all mixed together. Air consists of nitrogen, oxygen (the two most abundant gases by volume) and smaller amounts of other gases. Although air seems weightless, the molecules of these gases are pulled by gravity toward the earth and the accumulated weight of all the air molecules above creates pressure (called "air pressure") on everything below. Due to temperature and density differences over the surface of the earth, air pressure can vary from one location to another. A map that shows the differences between high and low pressures at an altitude high above the earth will show a wavy pattern that stretches around the globe. The wave peaks are huge areas of high pressure (called ridges) and the wave dips are areas of low pressure (called troughs). Sometimes a wave will form into what looks like a huge Greek letter omega (Ω) – called an "omega block," which refers to the shape of this pressure pattern as well as its ability to block any Pacific storms heading our way and deflect them to the

north. This pattern is persistent, so if it sets up over coastal B.C. during the summer the result is many sunny and warm days, conditions that are the hallmark of our summer south coast weather. So what is cooking in the meteorological oven for July? Based on the long-range outlook, we just might see an Omega Block as there is a bias toward both warmer than normal temperatures and dryer than normal conditions. As we head into July, my pie-in-the-sky sentimental forecast for July 1st is a nice slice of warmth and sunshine – perfect for Canada Day celebrations. No need for umbrellas, coats or even fuzzy sweaters. Any weather or pie questions? Email or post it on my blog at

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walked through the door at Splinters Millworks I noticed this young worker with a big smile on his face. Any time you see a worker by Stu Rhodes completely engaged in what he is doing, and smiling about it, you know it's a good thing. I visited the shop to interview Tyler Tremblay, and if his enthusiasm for what he is doing wasn't immediately apparent when I first saw him, it certainly became crystal clear as soon as he started to describe what he gets to do in that shop. Strangely enough, one of the first things Tyler told me he likes about working at Splinters is that he gets to learn new stuff almost every day. This coming from a student who has not attended high school on a regular basis since grade 10 but is looking forward to graduation from Parkland Secondary at the end of June. How can this be? With the help of his career counselor, Roger Pires, Tyler was able to participate in a trades training partnership program where he attended regular school in the mornings of his grade 11 and 12 years to complete the essential courses for graduation and worked part time at Splinters as an apprentice cabinet maker/joiner in the afternoons. Tyler was so keen about this trade pathway that he even spent most of the summer between grade 11 and 12 attending "level one" technical training at Camosun College. While we regard it quite an accomplishment for students to graduate from high school and complete the first level of technical training in their chosen trade, Tyler took it the extra mile. At the beginning of May he returned home from the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he successfully completed "level two" of his technical training. This is an amazing accomplishment for a high school student to be halfway through a four-year apprenticeship by the time he/she graduates from

high school. Tyler's first successes in woodwork came in middle school where he enjoyed all the elective shop classes. "I just love taking a piece of rough lumber and turning it into something beautiful," Tyler says. His dad owns a construction company and Tyler credits him in part for encouraging him to pursue his passion, but he is particularly grateful for the mentoring and instruction provided by his Parkland shop teacher, Tyler Caddell, who, he says: "… always pushed me and made me challenge myself to take on more complex projects and raise the bar for perfection." Tyler is not the first secondary school apprentice to work for Dave Sheridan of Spinters Millworks. Dave is a community-minded employer who believes in the power of youth and his business is reaping the benefits of their passion and enthusiasm. Tyler admits that he is very fortunate to have had this opportunity, but also admits that he took full advantage of it. As a young worker who has found his niche working in a craft that is chockablock full of rewards and learning, he has this advice for other youth contemplating their future: "Find your passion, and make a career out of it!" For more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor in this, or any other career program in Saanich School District, contact Garry Arsenault, 250-658-6679; Roger Pires, 250-655-2715; Wendy Walker, 250-514-0259; Stu Rhodes, 250-415-9211; Kathy Stefani, 250-704-4956; or Patti Jordanne, 250-744-4782. Visit to view the promotional video Jump Start Your Career.

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celebrated 24 years of a flourishing restaurant enterprise. Sitting in his iconic restaurant with the five-star ocean view, Bill talks lovingly about the Rumrunner: "We are one of the oldest restaurants in Sidney with regular return customers. We serve fresh wholesome food." Staying on top of constant fluctuations in the "sea and weather conditions" of the restaurant business keeps them in the game. With new drinking and driving laws, hearty fare took priority: "Good food at a fair price became one of my trademarks." As patrons became more health conscious, Bill started

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people's favourites but love trying out new ideas with their kitchen staff – keeping things interesting and fresh. They may offer the same fish or meat but will change the ingredients, preparation or the style of cooking. Jane likes a variety: "We change the entrees every few days. Our menu is not static." Customers' overall impression is important to Jane: "The food, the ambience and the service all have to come together for a good dining experience," she says. The Singers introduced me to one of their "unsung" talents: the Head Chef, Terry Deelstra. Terry has earned two honours: He is a "Red-Seal Certified" chef plus a "Certified Chef de Cuisine" – an even higher step. According to Bill, there are only 500 chefs across Canada with that double certification. For five years, Terry has stayed up-to-date with what is going on in the market. "We use Marine Stewardship Council Certified

Seafood, to get the highest quality seafood we can find," he says. "We have a 'fresh sheet' every few days and we are pretty creative with what we do, putting different things together." An important revelation about the roots of

"Every businessman should be thankful to the people who want to walk through his doors and buy his products" their success can be summed up in one word: Gratitude. Bill Singer is a savvy businessman – always appreciative of the people who support his family business. He and Jane extend a warm "thank you" to his loyal customers.

"My customers have helped me keep this place alive and helped me take care of my family," he confides. "It is the customers who pay our wages. I need them more than they need me." Bill has a winning attitude: "Every businessman should be thankful to the people who want to walk through his doors and buy his products. That mentality will take people through the tough times!" Customers know when they are appreciated. They know when they are treated well. And they will come back for more. That may be the biggest factor in the longevity of the Rumrunner Pub and Restaurant. There is a clear view of the sapphire-blue ocean and sun-sparkled water outside the window. The Singers seem to have the same clarity about what really matters. Contacts:,,

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his dramatic rendering of 10 Coast Salish warriors in a canoe escaping a looming storm. Appreciation goes out to a very supportive Sidney Mayor and Council and sincere gratitude to Telus for their desire to restore what they consider to be a key cultural piece and to their "Telus Day of Giving" team who so generously provided hands-on assistance during the preparatory stage. The mural was rededicated in late June. Rockfish Divers was established 10 years ago, and owners Tyler and Alisa Preston are proud to be continuing a tradition of exciting programs and community connections. Their commitment to education and the environment is supported in their work with the new Marine Science Program at Parkland Secondary, their ocean cleanup events through project AWARE, and their partnership with Sidney's Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Located at Brentwood Bay Marina, Rockfish is a full service five-star dive resort, offering charters, diving instruction, equipment sales, service, rentals and guided dives. News, changes, updates, launches? Email

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The Musical Ride members become not only riders, but ambassadors of goodwill. only remain with the Musical Ride for three years which ensures an annual rotation of approximately one third of the riders. Today, in keeping with tradition, the Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of 32 riders and horses, plus the member in charge. The Musical Ride consists of an execution of a variety of intricate figures and cavalry drill choreographed to music. One of the more familiar Musical Ride formations is the "Dome," once featured on the back of the Canadian $50 bill. The highlight of the Musical Ride is, without a doubt, the CHARGE when lances are

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Ballet Victoria's "Best of the Season" Ballet Victoria stages memorable performances from their past season. The entrée is classical ballet with excerpts from Le Corsaire, including the famous pas de deux. Then a glissade to Dances with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart portraying the composer's genius which suffers at the hands of normality and mediocrity. The second half of the program takes a grande jeté to Ballet Off Broadway. This one-act ballet premieres innovative choreography by Paul Destrooper, BV's Artistic Director, and centres on the competition between a rising star and an older star near retirement. Ballet Victoria, now completing its 10th year, is a welcome part of cultural life here on the south Island and deserves local support. Mary Winspear Centre – Charlie White Theatre July 6th @ 7:30 p.m. and July 7th @ 2 p.m. Tickets: or 250-656-0275.

Victoria Vignettes Last chance to see award-winning local artist Sheena Lott, as well as four other prominent Greater Victoria artists, in a group show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Each artist interprets a different aspect of recognizable buildings, street scenes and country views in the area. The artists: Sheena Lott is best known for her painterly style and threecolour palette which often depicts figures in the landscape. In addition to gallery exhibitions, she has illustrated 10 children's books in her distinctive watercolour style. Robert Amos was invited to be the Artist in Residence at Victoria's Fairmont Empress Hotel in 2012-13. He has dedicated himself to painting the urban landscape, focusing on Victoria and environs. Donna Ion is known for impressionistic paintings of the West Coast. Adam Noonan is a Canadian Plein Air Painter who paints original art on location. His medium is oil paint on panel. Linny D. Vine's distinctive contemporary paintings are known for their joyful energy. July 1st to 7th (show opened in June) at the Massey Gallery – AGGV, 1040 Moss Street, Victoria. 250-384-4171 for hours.

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concerts. Local musicians to enjoy: July 3: Colleen Eccleston – rock singer, traditional folk singer and driving rhythm guitarist all in one. July 7: BC Fiddle Orchestra – toe tapping music by this talented youth orchestra. July 15: Lapp, Dolan & Dobres – a musical journey with Daniel Lapp and buddies on fiddle, guitar and keyboard. July 23 & 28: Victoria Symphony's "Salut d'Amour" and "Music at the Movies." Evening entertainment starts at 8 p.m. F ree with general admission. Psst … Bruce Cockburn is coming August 14th. Tickets are additional to admission. 250-652-4422.

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Savvy Summer Scallop by Jennifer Bowles

Summer always brings out the "simplicity" in everyone: a laissezfaire attitude toward anything overly complicated or time consuming. A relaxing day and a few après sun cocktails always get me in the mood to whip up savvy little summer dishes that are low on fuss, but bold on flavour. This month I want to show you a dish that you can serve as a main course or keep simple as a fantastic starter. This dish has a few simple components that you can mix and match to your taste – it's wonderfully versatile. This is succulent pan seared scallops, topped with a touch of creamy creole aioli, zesty pineapple salsa kissed with heat from jalapeños and a hint of brown sugar for balance. The seared scallops are rested atop a nest of delicate angel hair pasta tossed with olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon for a little acidity. Here's the mix and match part: if you don't like pasta or you are gluten free, swap in some citrus rice or you can even do silky whipped potatoes. If you want to scale it down to starter size and think the starch might be too much, just serve the scallops on their own with the salsa and aioli. This dish is truly a thing of wonder, and the tropical salsa has a beautiful kick. Here is the recipe breakdown: The Scallops

You will need two to three scallops per person. If you like, the Baja scallops are the jumbo ones that are so incredibly sweet and lovely but I prefer the medium sized sea scallops myself, as there are more to go around. Rinse scallops and dry with paper towel. Season with salt and pepper. Sear the scallops

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in a medium-hot pan with butter until golden on both sides (watch out not to overcook as they are rubbery if left too long on the heat). Finish with a squeeze of lemon. Creole Aioli ½ cup mayonnaise 2 tbsp Cajun spice (you can get this pre-mixed in any spice aisle) splash of water to loosen it up a bit Pineapple Salsa 1-2 jalapeños (adjust to your heat tolerance) ½ 14oz can of pineapple tidbits (fresh pineapple also an option!) 2 tbsp brown sugar small handful of coarsely chopped cilantro salt and pepper to taste Chop pineapple coarsely and combine with all other ingredients. Let it sit covered in your fridge for at least 20 minutes. If you want, make it first thing when you brew your first cup of java for the day and by dinner it will be sensational.

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Summer has arrived! Wondering what to do? Here are 10 suggestions for ocean-related activities to while away the sunny days. 1. Explore a sandy by Tina Kelly beach at low tide. Do you look at a sandy beach and think it is devoid of life? Think again – most of the life is simply below the surface. Carefully dig beneath the sand for worms, bivalves and more. Be sure not to leave them exposed to predators or the sun. Bird watching is great at sandy beaches; birds are looking for those hidden creatures too! 2. Take a dock walk. Boaters aren't the only life forms inhabiting marinas. Docks and pilings showcase a huge amount of biodiversity. Lay down on your belly and peer over the side for a glimpse at chitons, limpets, anemones, tube worms and nudibranchs. You may also see drifting jellies and schooling fish. 3. Investigate a rocky beach at low tide. Many species prefer rocks over sand. Check on and under rocks for shore crabs, limpets, chitons, seastars, anemones and snails. Remember to place rocks back as you found them to protect the animals you uncovered. Seastars can be injured if pried from rocks – touch but don't pull. 4. Go cruising … "Eco-Cruising." Experience the ocean by getting on it! A scenic charter or tour with Captain Brian Smiley is a real treat. You'll learn all about the area's geography, rich marine life and cultural history. ( 5. Visit Sidney Spit. A 20-minute ferry ride from Sidney transports you to an island with the same name. Spend the day exploring the spit, walking forested trails and discovering the island's unique history. Picnic tables, outhouses and campsites available. 6. Discover the Southern Gulf islands. The Southern Gulf Islands are contained within a National Park Reserve. Explore everything the Reserve's Parks have to offer: beaches, picnicking, camping, kayaking,

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geocaching and wildlife viewing. ( 7. Build a sandcastle. Be creative and bring supplies – buckets and shovels – from home. Use natural items to decorate your creation but remember to take all of your belongings away with you (and remove a few items others may have left behind!). 8. Document your marine experiences. Whether in writing, or with photos – or a combination of both – journaling your summer marine adventure is fun and educational. Be artistic or focus on science by recording all of your nature observations. 9. Participate in Rockfish Readers. Who doesn't love a good summer read, or two, or seven? New this year – the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre's ocean-themed book club for kids 12 and under. Suggested titles provided by the Vancouver Island Public Library. Download passport at 10. Enrol your seven- to 11-year-old in Salish Sea School summer camp. Campers will experience numbers two through eight! Info at Camps also available for four- to six-year-olds. Tina Kelly is an Ocean Advocate at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Visit for more information.

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Among many things that make the Peninsula a great place to call home are the incredible parks that surround and connect our neighborhoods. Perhaps the most beautiful parks in the Capital Region, these natural play spaces provide excellent venues for family fun, especially in the summer months! Well, our local recreation centre believes this to be true … . After learning about a similar program in the Okanagan that was received with great success, there was a unanimous decision from staff and Commission members at Panorama Recreation to design and implement a program that would utilize and showcase a sampling of our local parks. After a year in the making, "Play in the Park" will finally kick off July 2nd, and will take place every weekday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Panorama staff will facilitate interactive play, face painting, group games and inflatable fun on a giant 50-foot obstacle course. As Adrianne Gadd, Community Recreation Coordinator at Panorama Recreation, explains: "the program will give families a fantastic opportunity to meet other people in their communities and their neighborhoods." The importance of such interactions is highlighted in numerous studies that link health problems to social disconnectedness. Experts suggest that those who are connected to and engaged with their community are less likely to suffer from mental illnesses. The program will help to achieve this objective by providing a vehicle for families and intergenerations to meet each other and play together. Another factor leading to health problems in today's society is the lack of physical activity. Obesity rates in Canada have reached historic highs in recent years and diet and physical inactivity are the most powerful determinants. In fact, a recent report concluded that 88% of children and youth age five to 19 did not meet Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines. The Play in the Park program aims to assist in addressing this issue by facilitating active play and encouraging people to walk or bike to their neighbourhood park. "Play in the Park will be so neat because many of the parks are literally right in people's backyards or just a short walk away," says Gadd. The parks included are Pioneer Park, Iroquois Park, North Saanich Middle School, Rodolph Park, Centennial Park, Wain Road Park and Rathdown Park. "There will really be something for everyone; we're really excited about it." And did we mention the program is free? That's right; there will be no cost to participants. Well, we can't think of a better way for you to spend your summer evenings, so grab the whole family and join Panorama for some fun! Remember, a community that plays together, stays together! For more information, visit or call 250-656-7271.

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Just one of many fall events: “Articulated Materials: Bridging Waters” September 4th - 14th, Weds - Sunday 11 am to 3 pm A textile exhibition by two groups – Articulation (Canadian) & Material Girls (British), who have explored their respective iconic waterways, the Bay of Fundy and the River Thames. After a successful 2012 tour in England the exhibition will travel across Canada: Winnipeg M.B., Sidney B.C., Saint John, N.B.

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parts of the year when we are not drowning, Islanders like to venture out into by Barry Mathias the great unknown and indulge in activities that are supposed to be good for us and, in most places, should entitle us to greater longevity. My earlier article dealt with the wonders and dangers of boating, sailing, tennis and golf. But on the Islands there are always alternatives. Walking is a much-beloved activity. As A.L. Rouse wrote: "Walking is the favourite sport of the good and the wise." Although it is a sociable activity, and perhaps the cheapest way to exercise, it can present problems: unfortunately, it is only suitable for those with reflexes quick enough to avoid head-on collisions with vehicles driven by former walkers. Also, while walking, one must appear happy to listen to one's partner's stories for the umpteenth time. The problem of our roads is that they originate from the age of early man, when roads were merely spaces down which primeval loggers moved their ancient victims towards the sea. In modern times, with many cars and few horses, the speed of travel has increased exponentially, while the widths of these roads have not. This has resulted in a traffic rule that extols the virtue of stopping if there is an oncoming vehicle, and an obstacle on your side. Most drivers will observe this rule if the obstacle is a vehicle, but if you are a walker, you are expected to jump into the ditch, enjoy the mud, and give

thanks for a few more minutes of longevity. On Pender, there is always the wonder of disc golf. This is an unusual activity where players try to dismember trees and abuse rocks using hi-tech plastic frisbees. Disc Golf can be played by any age and in any attire; the only prerequisites are a loud voice and a dog that finds lost discs. The shouting of the word "Four!" has more to do with the number of beers in a person's bag, than a warning of imminent danger. Then, there is gardening. This multi-tasking experience is for all ages, especially those who have unbridled optimism. In simple terms, it is the nurturing of soil and the planting of flowers and beneficent vegetables. In reality, it is the damaging of the vertebrae of one's back, the practice of uttering unrepeatable curses, and the occasional harvesting of unexpected largesse. Of course, there is always fishing. This is an erstwhile sport. It is a sea bound activity during which people are reputed to have once caught fish. Modern fishing is different: it involves the paying of big bucks for a licence, practicing ocean meditation, and eventually catching a cold or an American submarine. The diabolical cost and upkeep of the necessary boat should not be discussed in a family magazine. However, in spite of these minor intrusions on our Island idyll, we Seaside just paint revised.pdf 6/12/13 11:44:43 PM who live close by ad the2013 sea June are eternally grateful.

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Arlene and Mike McGinnis are passionate about many things—growing flowers and vegetables, cultivating a vineyard, cooking and, above all, running a first-class Bed & Breakfast that offers guests peace and privacy, two commodities so prized and rare in today's hyper-busy world. According to Arlene, the idea for a B & B "… just happened." When their architect-designed home was being built by Roger Garside in 2011 they decided to include a suite with its own private entrance, shut off from the main house. Roger, with 47 years of experience as a

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builder, understood perfectly the couple's desire for a country look and feel for their home, nestled as it is within bucolic farmland on the Saanich Peninsula. Collaborating with Arlene and Mike was delightful in every respect: "They had a pretty clear idea of what they wanted – that made our job easier. It was fantastic – they are wonderful!" "What shall we call this place?" asked Arlene as their dream took shape. One of the glacier-shaped boulders that dot the property is the regular perch of a devoted sentinel quail guarding the covey meandering about the gardens, so Quail Rock Vineyard Bed & Breakfast was born. It just seemed to fit. Landscaping of a large portion of the almost 10-acre property began in March 2011, with a vision of maintaining harmony between the cultivated and the natural worlds, what Mike refers to as "flowers and fields." Arlene and Mike's choice of Colin Eaton's Garden City Tree & Landscape firm proved fortuitous. A productive and creative relationship evolved over the two-year phased project, just recently completed with an enchanting series of plantings flanking the curving driveway leading up to the home. Low maintenance, deer-resistant beds, offering a richly tactile and coloured tapestry, are enhanced by Arlene's choices of lavender evoking the warmth of Provence, shadeloving donations from dear friends and roses by the patio, whose rich scents fill the fresh country air. Night lighting, a remote-controlled 25zone watering system and even an unobtrusive access road to deliver garden and landscaping materials as needed reflect Colin's thoughtful approach to the project. Summing up, Mike says "Colin really made it more to look at than just a hayfield." Two kitchen gardens featuring 20 different herbs, strawberries,

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raspberries, currants, rhubarb, potatoes, English peas, lettuce and other vegetables attest to this couple's pleasure in the satisfying joy of growing one's food. For Mike it is a process of experimenting, seeing what will thrive in their particular microclimate. This year he is trying his hand at corn, while next year it will be squash. Arlene's vineyard, containing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Epicure, provides her with many hours of bliss, pruning and directing the vines that are sporting dense clusters of promise that may eventually see a Quail Rock vintage on the table in a fruitful partnership with Peninsula-based Symphony Vineyard. "My main pleasure is the outside," enthuses Arlene. With plenty of experience staying at B & B's throughout their travels, this engaging couple who love meeting people wanted to offer the guests of their new enterprise the opportunity to truly enjoy this special sanctuary of gardens, meadow, hayfields, forest and vineyard. Having worked with individuals experiencing a variety of physical challenges, Arlene's vision to provide a fully accessible holiday getaway has become a positive reality. Portable ramps can be set up at a moment's notice if required, ensuring ease of entry from the paved parking area outside as well as access to the secluded patio via French doors off both the bedroom and the cozy lounge. Enchanting views of the vineyard, gardens and the fields beyond provide the perfect excuse to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. The bathroom boasts a river Continued next page


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The Reverend Matthew MacFie, a scholarly historian, was one of the first visitors to Vancouver Island. He stayed here for five years and then in 1865 wrote a book which, in essence, became the first "tourist guide" to British Columbia. However, his opinions, pompous attitude and obvious bigotry caused him to be seen as a despicable

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snob, reviled by many. Nonetheless, he was yet another colourful character from Victoria's past. Thank you for allowing me to interview you before you leave our shores, Reverend MacFie. My pleasure. I have been here for five years and now intend to return to England to write a book about my travels and in particular what I have found interesting about Vancouver Island. But I’ve heard you are not very partial to our beautiful Island? That is somewhat true, but I simply like to tell the truth as I see it. Have you decided on a title for your book? Yes, it will be "Vancouver Island and British Columbia – Their History, Resources and Prospects." I am hoping it will serve as a guide to those who wish to travel here. I've also heard that you are not in favour of the mixture of races in Victoria. Yes, I fear that this influx of different nationalities, which includes Russian, French, German, Chinese and Mexican, will contaminate the purity of English blood. My hope is that the British will triumph over this contamination! Isn't that a somewhat bigoted and racial attitude? Not necessarily. People who come here should know that they will be living with others of a different race. (I decided to get away from this controversial topic.) I’ve heard that you also intend to talk about some of the people who reside here, such as Sir James Douglas, and you will also be writing about the availability of work, the landscape, our customs, trades and professions, food and wildlife, as well as emigration cautions and advice. Yes indeed. And I will particularly talk about the Saanich Peninsula in my book. Why is that? Simply because the Saanich Peninsula, which is about 20 miles long, and varying in breadth from three to eight miles, lies in a northnorthwest and south-southeast direction and has some of the most fertile land on the Island. I feel sure that a townsite will one day be established on the east side of the Peninsula and be considered one of the choicest spots for future merchants in Victoria. How interesting. How many settlers are currently living in that area? There are approximately 200 settlers and several occupy farms ranging from 50 to 1,500 acres. Oats, barley, wheat, green crops and every kind of garden fruit all grow to perfection. You have remarkable vision for the future, Reverend MacFie. MacFie's book was published in England in 1865, and, although it appears both racial and slightly skewed from today's perspective, it is entertaining and amusing, and remains a great resource for today's historians and researchers as to what life was actually like on Vancouver Island – bigotry and all. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be contacted at

The Winspear Cup: 40th Annual Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament by Gillian Crowley

Mark Twain once famously remarked: "Golf is a good walk ruined." Too bad the cigar-chomping humourist will miss all the fun at the Winspear Cup Pro-Am Charity Tournament to be held at the beautiful Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club on August 13th. For 40 years the Winspear family has been the driving force behind the tournament, since Francis Winspear started it in 1973 at Glen Meadows. Francis was a prominent Edmonton businessman who spent many summers with his family at their North Saanich vacation home. He conceived the tournament as an opportunity for top amateur golfers to play with the pros on a championship course. In 2011, the family and Glen Meadows' new Head Professional, Robin Hutchinson (pictured), decided the time was right to make the tournament a charitable event open to all. Malcolm Winspear, grandson of Francis, credits his wife Jill with the idea of raising funds for "the heart of the community," the Mary Winspear Centre (named after his great-aunt). Community members and businesses can enjoy the Tournament and contribute to the Mary Winspear Centre by choosing one of five levels of participation, from individual sponsorship through to Diamond level. Depending on the sponsorship level, participants will qualify for one to four entries for 18 holes with a pro golfer

followed by dinner at the Clubhouse. Registration forms are available on the Mary Winspear Centre's website ( In the 2013 Tournament, players will be divided into teams of four – three amateurs and one professional golfer per team. The shotgun start takes place at 1:30 p.m "You don’t have to be an advanced golfer to take part," says Lynn Fanelli, fund raiser for the Mary Winspear Centre. "We intend to make this a really fun event, with prizes galore." The top prize, the Winspear Cup, has a second, little-known cousin – a small cup which used to sit on the mantle of the Winspear family’s summer home on the Peninsula. Malcolm recalls that his grandfather and father (Bill), who were both very competitive gentlemen, would move this cup from left (Francis) to right (Bill) on the mantelpiece, depending on who had won the last round. One day, Malcolm beat them both for the first time and surreptitiously moved the family cup to the middle of the mantelpiece. "Soon thereafter the cup disappeared, never to be seen again," Malcolm says with a wry laugh. The Winspear Cup Tournament will be a winner all round – a perfect opportunity to learn from watching the pros, have fun and support arts and cultural programs at the Mary Winspear Centre. Mark Twain just might have decided this golf game was a walk worth taking.

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There comes a time in most people's lives when knowing how to swim and be safe in the water will save them, or someone else, from a watery death. Panorama Recreation Centre is acutely aware of this fact and they offer programs that celebrate the life-saving benefits of water education and training. Dan Ovington, Panorama's Aquatic Coordinator, reveals the sobering facts: "Drowning is the third leading cause of death in Canada and the second leading cause of death for children under the age of ten." According to Dan, 80% of drowning deaths involve men; 50-60% are over 30 and "should know better." A huge factor is not wearing a personal floatation device (PFD) – a life jacket. Swimming & Water Safety Key Messages: Ipsos-Reid Survey and WaterRelated Fatalities Research Summary by the Canadian Red Cross gives us a reality check: "Only 47% of Canadians always wear a life jacket while boating; 88% of recreational boaters who drowned were not wearing a life jacket. BC & Yukon Lifesaving Society warns: "When an accident happens, it is too late to put it on!"

Many avoidable tragedies occur in the family's own backyard pool. The Red Cross document is shocking: "73% of swimming pool drownings occur in pools in detached homes; 50% of these involve children between the ages of 1 and 4. In nearly all such drownings, there were inadequate safety gates around the pool." The Red Cross survey concluded that parents need to install locked physical barriers to pool entry. Constant adult supervision is a lifesaver: 90% of toddlers who drowned had no adult present and lack of supervision was a factor in the majority of drownings in the five to 14 age group. Dan knows that "to reduce the risk of drowning everyone should have a basic swimming ability and know how to stay calm after an unexpected fall in the water." The Red Cross research shows that when children are strong swimmers, it greatly reduces their chance of drowning. Panorama Rec wants you to be safe in the water this summer: "Panorama offers red cross water safety swimming lessons at a variety of days and times and for all ages. In addition we offer advanced aquatic and lifesaving courses to certify people as a lifesaver or a lifeguard. People can start their lifesaving courses as young as 12 or at any age as an adult." Dan Ovington has an important message for all of us: "With nearly 500 people dying each year in water-related incidents, are you and your children prepared to stay safe this summer? Panorama is offering a variety of water safety lessons for you and your family to learn the life skills that could save your life."

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Two grown men dwarf the tiny model train on which they are perched. But the engine, barely two feet tall, chugs on, pulling the load with ease. It looks comical, but like a lot of fun. I want to clamber aboard. After years of driving past Heritage Acres on the Pat Bay Highway just north of Michell Farms, I have finally stopped. Now I am with the Vancouver Island Model Engineers club, one of the two organizations sharing the park. Today, Sunday, the members have taken about a dozen model trains out of the shed, using a roundhouse track to bring them onto the main lines, which run for about two kilometres through the park. When I ask several why they have selected this hobby, they respond almost in unison: "Because we're all little boys inside, no matter how old." They also enjoy delighting youngsters. Under a red-and-white canopy a crowd of excited children and their parents wait to board a train and take a journey. The train passes train-crossing signals, the Whistle Stop station (a food concession with picnic tables), bridges and tunnels. Owen Hanam, the club president, explains that this is the only public model-train club on Vancouver Island and members come from as far away as Comox and Port Alberni. "It's fun and satisfying," he says. "There aren't too many places where the whole family can have a great time and don't need to see the bank

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Celebrate The Good Old Daze! A glimpse of the past you've never seen before. This July over 50 creatively-crafted, life-sized "People from the Past" will offer an intriguing look at "The Good Old Daze" that shaped today's lifestyle. Meet Al Capone, rumored to have smuggled rum to the area during prohibition in the 1920s. Discover where chocolate bars, ice cream cones, blue jeans – and many other things we take for granted – actually originated. Bring the whole family to Mill Bay July 13th through 25th and pick up a locator map provided by participating Mill Bay businesses to see the locations of all 50 amazing figures displayed at Mill Bay Centre. Vote for your favourite figures at any of the four voting stations located at the Royal Bank, the Library, Mill Bay Paint and Hardware and Rusticana Coffee

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and you will be entered in the prize draw. Complete the scavenger hunt questionnaire and drop it at the voting stations for an immediate prize. There will be entertainment and awards on Thursday, July 25th at 6:00 p.m. This fun family event is presented by the Mill Bay/ Malahat Historical Society, Mill Bay merchants and the South Cowichan Chamber of Commerce. Good Old Daze takes place at the Mill Bay Centre from Saturday, July 13th to Thursday, July 25th and Sundays only from July 28th to August 18th at the Bamberton site. For more information visit and

Life After the 49th Diet by Pene Beavan Horton

Life after the 49th diet is no better and usually no worse than after the first diet, except for a sense of déjà vu. If you decide to try going raw again, your body will remember the last time and wilt when you get out the grater. Oh, no … not raw again! Every cell in your body is probably beating the oh, no! drum while you grimly decide it's time to have another go. You can't fool your body, even if you can fool your mind … your body knows you only too well. You've read books on every aspect of dieting from Hippocrates to Dr. McDougall … and tried them all. So now what do you do? Singing the sad "I'm too fat" refrain makes you fatter … so try the Emotional Freedom Technique … which uses finger-tip acupuncture and self-love affirmations while you tap away. You say, "Even though I'm overweight, I completely and totally love and respect myself." Even if the technique doesn't make you lose weight, (and I'm sure it works for all kinds of ailments as well as overweight), it will boost your self-esteem. Who has told you recently that you are completely and totally lovable? Start the lineup on the right … what, nobody's there? But you are! You're there and you should stick up for yourself, especially if no one else is telling you how lovable you are. Eating is never having to say you're sorry (just like the catchphrase from the movie Love Story). I thought about this when the movie came out, and I still disagree. Love IS having to say you're sorry, once or twice in a lifetime if not every day, depending on what you're doing or not doing. But eating? Who are you really apologizing to, if you say you're sorry you ate something? Apologizing for it as you stuff a few more nachos into

your mouth doesn't make the nachos less lethal. Apologizing to God or the spouse who is urging you to diet doesn't help much either. So eating is never having to say you're sorry How many hours do you spend shopping for diet food, preparing, storing, cooking, then eating it? If you put the same effort into mastering Hebrew, you'd be fluent in less than two months! So how come the appalling effort that you put into dieting fizzles out quietly after a 10-pound loss? Why can't you sustain it? Some people do, and good for them. If you're anything like "How come the the rest of us though, appalling effort that the whole subject you put into dieting of dieting gets more fizzles out quietly boring with each after a 10-pound loss?" passing day. This is not intended to put you off dieting. Believe me, you are already off dieting, all by yourself. This is just to say let's be realistic here … the probability that you'll change your whole way of life for a diet is minute … probably one in a million. So there has to be another way to lose weight, get healthy and enjoy life. I'm just trying to come up with it … .

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Plantscape Design Show Comes to Sidney Stunning European planters, pillars, vases and bowls crafted from banana leaves, mother of pearl, lava and wood will be on display and for sale in the Sallas Room in the Sidney Pier Hotel at the foot of Beacon Avenue. The show will be open to the public for two days: Thursday, July 4th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, July 5th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dutch Green Design has been building a steady clientele across Canada and the U.S. and as far away as Panama since they began importing unique and exquisite planters from the Netherlands three years ago. "The greatest advantage our planters offer is that they're not ceramic and we don’t use saucers underneath," says Erik Twisk. "All of our designs, whether they are made of coconut, egg shell or teak, are lined, or we can provide a separate liner to prevent leakage." The Dutch Green Plantscape Design Show provides an opportunity to shop on site, without having to go through the catalogues. "We welcome everyone – from design professionals to hotel, restaurant and property managers, and especially home owners who are looking to bring chic style into their homes," notes co-­owner Peter Zvaag. "Our products are unique, and there are pieces priced for every budget. In fact, there will be no tax charged during the sale."

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Butchart Gardens Youth and Child 12-Month Pass The Butchart Gardens is kicking off the 2013 Summer Season on July 1st with the launch of youth and child 12-month passes. "As the weather warms up and school breaks for the summer, there's no need to look any further for something to do than in your own backyard," said general manager Dave Cowen. "For fewer than 34 pennies per day, a family of four with two children under 12 can enjoy all The Gardens has to offer. A leisurely walk through the gardens is a great way for families to have fun and enjoy the beauty of nature, and the family dog is welcome to join in." In addition to the regular 12-month pass, adults, youth and children can purchase a 12-month Firework Pass allowing them to view one of 10 spectacular Firework shows at a discounted rate. Rates for a regular 12-month pass range from $55.65 for adults, $27.83 for youth ages 13-17 and $6 for children ages 5-12; children under 5 are free. Firework passes are $81.85, $40.93 and $8.60 respectively. The Gardens marked the beginning of the summer season on June 15th with the opening of Night Illuminations – a subtle play of light and shadow showcasing the gardens in a totally different way. Night Illuminations runs nightly until September 15th.

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Kulshan: A Story to Share With the Little Ones by Ingrid Ostrander Today we could not see her. Once again I was wondering where she might be? We could not even see any of her ladies-in-waiting. Well, they will all be back some other day. You ask: "Who are they?" She is the tall queen of the West Coast, with her smaller companions settled around her; her name is Kulshan but most people call her "Mount Baker." This story begins an incredibly long time ago. It was a time when there were only magic people on earth. These days, there are still some people around who are magic; there are also some people around who can be magic sometimes. But in those days, well, as I said, there were absolutely only magic people. Some days they did small magic, other days they did big magic. Once in a while though, they outdid themselves and made SUPER MAGIC. Are you wondering what kind of magic they would do? Let’s see: Small magic was when they made all the flowers bloom on the same day or when they made all the little birds sing all at once – what noise! What fun! Big magic was when they asked the sea to go far, far back so they could cause great sandcastles to rise on the long, empty beach. And then they asked the sea to come back and the waves returned with a big whoosh! The sandcastles went down again, swirling and dancing through the water; what a spectacle! Oh, they also could make the rain come down or let the sun shine warm and bright. They asked the moon at night to dance with the stars and sometimes – this is what I call SUPER MAGIC – a whole group of people flew up into the sky to dance with the stars. Some of those magic people even decided to stay up there with all the bright stars: Orion the hunter stayed up there; Cassiopeia and her husband Cepheus, Perseus and Andromeda, even a centaur or maybe several decided to live in the sky. All the magic people of old loved to dance in the sky, but most of them also enjoyed living on earth.

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Some nymphs and naiads, even Poseidon and his mermen, rather preferred swimming in the sea. They also built beautiful castles under the ocean. It is possible that there are still some mermaids and frogmen around today, but they do not like to be noticed by modern people. They stay hidden in secret places, like the elves, and no one knows quite how to find them. One of the princesses who liked to dance with the stars, swim through the waves and sing with the birds was Kulshan. Her parents had arranged for her to be married to a very nice king and the wedding was celebrated with all kinds of big and little magic. After all the guests had gone home, the new queen and king went on their honeymoon. The young king had always liked snow and ice; to fly across the ice fields like an arrow was a great pleasure for him. So the honeymoon was spent tobogganing, snowboarding and skating. At first, Kulshan thought that was great fun, but after a few days of winter sport she asked the king if she could, please, go back to a warmer place? Of course the king agreed and Kulshan, and all her companions flew back to the ocean where she would be happy. But now – guess what? Now she missed her husband. Quickly she asked the sun to shine brightly and – whirr – back they all flew to the winter land of ice and snow. There, Kulshan spread out her large, white fuzzy cape and settled on a comfortable couch. All the ladiesin-waiting also spread out their wide skirts and settled in some snow banks. From there, they could now enjoy watching the winter scenes and could see far across the world, over the forests and to the ocean. When the sun went down, Kulshan and her court disappeared – who knows where they went! So it is to this day: the magic people are almost all gone, but Kulshan (or Mount Baker) still come to visit when the sun shines brightly, but during bad weather, you won’t see her.

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Merna Forster:

Remembering 200 Canadian Heroines by Virginia Watson-Rouslin

Merna Forster remembers the day she was hiking along a beach in Alma, New Brunswick and came upon a tiny plaque honouring "the first female sea captain from North America," a woman nicknamed "Captain Kool." Intrigued, Ms. Forster took herself to the visitors' centre and discovered that the Captain was a woman named Molly Kool, who'd once been so well known that when she died in 2009, the New York Times published her obituary. Who was this feisty sea captain, Forster wondered. She discovered that Molly was renowned for navigating the treacherous waters around the Bay of Fundy and elsewhere around the Atlantic coast, at the helm of a variety of ships including her father's named the Jean K, and doing so without the aid of radar, just her compass. As Forster writes in 100 More Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces when a Norwegian crashed his steel-hulled freighter into Molly's scow," she threatened him with some salty language, a belaying pin and legal action." Here was yet another woman – truly a heroine – that Merna and most Canadians had never heard of. Already at work on her second volume about Canadian heroines, this Victoria resident determined to tell Molly's story, along with another 99 women, many of whom were relatively unknown during their lifetime or even if they had been, had now fallen into obscurity. In Forster's travels, she'd come across other amazing Canadian women such as Georgina Sterling, a world-renowned opera singer from Newfoundland whom Forster discovered while on a whalewatching trip off Newfoundland's coast. Or Martha Black, the second woman to be elected to the House of Commons and who climbed the Chilkoot Pass in 1898 clad in ladylike bloomers and fashionable

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Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue Tours

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Explore Canada's oldest synagogue (1863) in continuous use, Congregation Emanu-El, the last standing brick building designed by the prolific Scottish architect, John Wright, in Romanesque Revival style. Most tours will be led by Canada’s first ordained Maggidah (female Jewish storyteller), Shoshana Litman, who skillfully weaves local history and Jewish customs with tales both ancient and modern, highlighting the arrival of Victoria's first Jews and the development of a dynamic congregation over 150 years to the present. Cost is $10 per person and children under 12 are free. Reservations are not required. Until august 29

Sidney Street Market Beacon Avenue, Sidney Every Thursday from 5:30 - 8:30 pm

The true start of summer for the Saanich Peninsula, with something for everyone! until October 12

North Saanich Farm Market St. John's United Church Garden 10990 West Saanich Rd, North Saanich 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Seasonal produce, fabulous baking, locally raised meat, fish, eggs, crafts, live music. sundays till August 26 Sidney Summer Sounds

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Full line-up available on the Peninsula Celebrations Society website (above). Admission by donation; if you like the gig, feed the pig! July 7, 14, 21

Vancouver Island Model Engineers Model Train Rides Heritage Acres, 7321 Lochside Dr, Central Saanich July 7th 12 - 3:30 pm July 14th & 21st 10 am - 3:30 pm

To promote the hobby, the VIME offers rides to the general public on a donation basis from April to October. July 10

Marine Day (Drop-In Event) All ages Witty's Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin) 10 am - 2 pm 250.478.3344

Join CRD Regional Parks' naturalists for this celebration of our precious marine environment. Scuba divers will bring up creatures from the deep, see live displays, view resident harbour seals, make sand creature creations and more! Drop by anytime between 10am and 2pm. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Park in the main lot off Metchosin Road and follow the 20-minute forest trail to the beach. July 11

The Beach Rocks! (Guided Walk) 5 yrs + Island View Regional Park (Central Saanich) 12:30 - 2 pm 250.478.3344

We love 'em, we hate 'em. They're fascinating, finicky and fabulous! Drop by anytime between 11 am and 2 pm at the Beaver Lake Nature Centre area, for a closeup look at some of our buggy friends and foe. Meet at the Beaver Lake Nature Centre off the main parking lot. July 20

Moon Walk (Guided Walk) 5 yrs + Coles Bay Regional Park (North Saanich) 10 - 11:30 am 250.478.3344

When the moon is full and the tide is low, down to Coles Bay we'll go! Join a CRD Regional Parks' naturalist to look for marine creatures like crabs, sea stars and the elusive moon snail. This program includes wading in water so be prepared to get your feet and clothes wet (wear shorts and sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the kiosk off Inverness Road, off Ardmore Drive. july 20

Saanich Pioneer Society Heritage Festival Saanichton Green Park 7900 East Saanich Rd, Saanichton 10 - 2

Join the Saanich Pioneer Society to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Log Cabin Museum. The Heritage Festival will have music, family activities, vintage cars, heritage carriages, historic costumes, craft displays and demonstrations. Refreshments will be available on site. july 24 - 25

The tide is out! Join a CRD Regional Parks' naturalist and get a glimpse of the creatures that live beneath the rocks. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the grassy area by the picnic shelter off Island View Road.

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A self-guided tour of 10 Greater Victoria water gardens. Tickets are $20 and will be sold at most garden centres, or via phone number and website above. July 18

Going Buggy (Drop-In Event) All Ages Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich) 11 am - 2 pm 250.478.3344

Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 1:30 - 6:30 pm 250.656.0275

Blood. It's in you to give. B.C. Aviation Museum Open House

The B.C. Aviation Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary so join in the celebration! This year's theme is "Bygone Biplanes." Lots of exhibits, food and refreshments, activities for the children, gift shop, local sightseeing flights … and much more! A fun day for the whole family. Admission by donation.

What is Your Taste Palette? Is your taste palette colourful and spicy? Textured and layered? Vertical or horizontal? Large or small? Realistic or impressionistic? The show "Bold Living Paintings," featuring artists Odette Laroche and Linda Anderson, on July 3rd to 14th at Coast Collective Gallery, offers something for everyone. Whether painted with brush, palette knife or vertical strokes only, in seascapes, landscapes and still lifes, the contrast between the two dynamic artists, each with their own style of painting, is very interesting. Viewers are attracted to a painting that provokes an emotional response, and this has to do with one's life experience. The artist paints from feeling, expressed though the colours, mark making and subject matter. Colour, shape, texture, composition, style of painting and even the size of the canvas is a reflection of the artist's signature and reveals the hand behind the painting tool. Odette Laroche paints in oil with a palette knife on both small and large canvases. Her living paintings move and shimmer in a textured tapestry of colour and extreme lighting for maximum dramatic effect. The compositional depth in the paintings engages the viewer and compels one to travel through the painting only to discover magnified shades of nature. The result is captivating. Odette is mostly self-taught since her teen years, has raised a family and is now a full-time artist. At her Sidney gallery/studio, where she is able to pair her love of art with a love of people, Odette paints every day and also teaches painting. "Happiness is art and people and sharing art with others is the best; artists are such nice people," she says. Linda Anderson of Sooke paints with acrylics and has developed an innovative new technique using only vertical stokes and transparent acrylics. The technique is fascinating and showcases a variety of subject

matters in a unique style. Linda also teaches art in this distinctive style; she wants others to discover and inspire other artists to learn new techniques. Odette and Linda are offering and sharing their journey in art with everyone so that others can see the world through their eyes. Meeting the artist behind the paintings provides insight about the art and the creative process behind the brush. What is your taste palette? Bold Living Paintings by Odette Laroche and Linda Anderson takes place July 3rd to 14th at Coast Collective Gallery, 3221 Heatherbell Road, Colwood. There will be a reception July 6th from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information phone 250-391-5522 or visit Painting shown: Rainforest Kind of Morning, by Odette Laroche.


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Take on a leadership or teaching role as you become more at ease with the public. Changes affect your status or reputation. Make sure to follow protocol for desired results. Alter plans if it becomes necessary for success. LEO (july 23 - august 22)

involvement with community or relatives increases your sense of duty. Limit your financial responsibility as others need to put in their share. Closed door meetings bring forth unexpected information that affects procedure. GEMINI (may 21 - june 20)

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Play your cards close to the vest until you see which way the winds are blowing. Others have influence over the ultimate direction of plans or projects. Take the time to investigate, research or have tests done. It will matter later.

"big" – near or far. Take the next step toward your goals or expand your field of operations. Doors are opening for you. Attend meetings, one-on-one or groups. Keep details confidential and control emotions.

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with prominent or well-connected individuals will be helpful to your hopes and wishes. Make the effort to be in touch. Changes of position have an effect on income as

on anything jointly held with others or estate matters. Arrive at settlements or take care of legals and documents. Private agreements work out for all involved as it saves time and

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relationships gain importance for your future plans. The right fit makes things easier for all involved. Settle differences before going ahead with agreements to avoid ego clashes. Be open to love. AQUARIUS (january 20 february 18) Let go of the

past on whatever level is holding you back. Decide where your efforts and talents will have the best results. Your compassionate nature makes you a "giver." Draw the line at being used. Negotiate payment. PISCES (february 19 march 20) You can mix

business with pleasure now and that includes coworkers. Just keep it out of the office or it could affect your income or reputation. You have the best of both worlds. Play it right. Be helpful to authority figures.

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last word We started out on our next big life endeavour, house hunting, with hope and excitement. I'd always loved going to Open Houses and now I got to do it more often! That was over three months ago, and I'm tired of it. Scouring the real estate listings every day, even multiple times a day, for fear "THE ONE" will slip by me, constant calls and emails back and forth with our realtor to set up viewings, calculating budgets and mortgage payments and insurance, weighing the pros and cons of having a suite … yup, I'm done. Where is our house already? Two weeks ago we thought we found it. This was the second home we'd put an offer in on, and it was 8 3 9 7 2 6 5 1 4

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Part of why we're so keen to buy a home on the Saanich Peninsula can be summed up by this issue of Seaside Magazine. With all these fun local summer activities, who would want to go anywhere else? My "Summer Bucket List" has grown even longer as I've put together the issue: I've added the Victoria Lavender Festival, Heritage Acres, Eco-Crusing, and much more … hope you enjoy!

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perfect: it checked every – and I mean every – box on our list. Even better? The owners were delusion-free about their home's value and priced it accordingly. Priced it well within our grasp. Problem is, there was already an accepted offer on it, so we were just the backup … and the first offer went through. Needless to say, I was crushed. I know this is the way buying a home is, and the old adage "if it was meant to be, it would have worked out" holds true. That the "right house" is still waiting out there for us. So my question is: after seeing 30 or more houses (I've lost count), when you find the one that is perfect in every way, including the price, if it doesn't work out, is there really an even better one still out there? It's hard to have faith that this is the case, but we have no choice but to find out. We've broadened our geographical area and I'm back to scouring the listings every day. Tonight we're going to see five places, and my fingers are crossed …


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