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BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL! Living off the Land




at Sol Farms

Going GREEN Getting Waterwise







Congratulations to the 2020 Graduates!

(l to r) Abby Seibel, Irish Dancing,

Competitive Swimming

Cindy Wang, Competitive Cheerleading, Senior Girl's Rugby 7s, Grad Executive Committee

Lexi Louie, Musical Theatre, Rowing, Dance Faith Brown, Basketball, Badminton, Running * All are graduating from Pacific Christian School * Best memories of high school?

AS: Going rafting at the beginning of the year with my grad class, spending time bonding with friends in our grad hallway, going on Tim Hortons runs during lunch breaks and enjoying time with friends and teachers in class! CW: Ultimately all my best memories in high school are with my best friends and classmates. Our grad rafting trip was a great way to start off our grad year and make memories with our class. I think the experience of being on the water and the adrenaline will be something I won't forget! LL: By far one of my favourite memories was travelling. I’ve had the amazing opportunities to travel with my friends to different places, such as Japan, Paris, New York, and China throughout my years of high school. FB: The grandest memories of highschool were travelling to China, rafting at kumsheen, spirit week, winter formal and soon to be graduating and now after many moments of laughter and tears, we can finally say "We made it."

Plans for September? AS: I'm planning on going to Trinity Western University to take a year of general courses. Then I want to apply for entrance into the nursing program and hopefully start my journey to become a Registered Nurse! CW: I will be attending UBC to purse a Bachelor of Commerce degree. My classes are all fully online for first term for the safety of the student body and staff due to COVID-19. LL: My plans in September are to continue my education at Camosun College. I am planning to do the CDA program and continue working throughout the year. FB: I will be going to a one year discipleship and leadership program at Northgate.

Where do you see yourself in five years? AS: I'm not quite sure what life will look like in five years but I hope to be finished university and starting my future job as a registered nurse! What comes after that I'm not sure but I'm exited to see what life has in store! CW: In five years hopefully I will be graduating university! I plan on doing co-op in university therefore will probably need at least five years to graduate. LL: In five years I hope I am able to pursue my love for travelling. I want to have learned and increase my responsibility and skills within my work. My main goal is to be the best that I can possibly be. FB: My high expectations are hopefully rich and happy haha. I will be in medical school on my way to becoming a nurse.

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Congratulations to the 2020 Graduates!

Matthew Ounsted (left), Mt. Douglas High School - Team Captain for the Mt Doug Rams Senior Varsity Football team. - Selected to Team Canada (playing Dallas, Texas)

Tyson Johnston (right), Spectrum High School - Spectrum Hockey Skills Academy - South Island Royals - Nanaimo Junior Hockey * Best Friends Since the Second Grade * Best memory of high school?

MO: Winning the 2018 Provincial Football High School Championship and being named a Provincial and Conference All Star. My favourite school event was Spirit Week with my high school buddies. TJ: Some of my best memories from high school are being able to play hockey as a class and getting credits for it, having BBQ's in the parking lot with the boys, and winning the dodgeball intramural championship.

Plans for September?

MO: To attend the University of Western Ontario on a football scholarship and pursue an Arts & Science Degree and play University football. Still planning on going even though there are COVID restrictions. TJ: My plans for September and the following year are to work and save my money so that I can attend post-secondary the following year. I was hoping to go to the U.S. to play hockey at a University so I will need to save up. I also want the freedom of having a year off school to travel a bit and figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life for sure.

Where do you see yourself in five years? MO: Being drafted to the CFL and having finished my degree from Western. I will be pursuing a post-graduate degree in medicine. TJ: In five years I'm hoping to have a Criminology degree and be applying to different police departments and getting hired. I want to come out of post-secondary school with as little debt as possible. By doing this I will be able to have the best start in life and be as successful as possible.


JULY 2020


A COVID CANADA DAY How will you celebrate?


MEETING THE MOMENT Where fashion meets function


DEB'S DAY OUT Zero emissions, plenty of fun!


WINE & BBQ Local pairings for the grill


FARM FRESH BOUNTY Produce aplenty at Peninsula markets


SEASIDE HOMES Decks & patios: our own sweet space

EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 13 The Natural Path 14 In Fashion 18 Cowland's Chronicles 20 Deb's Day Out 25 Meet Your Neighbours 26 Living Off The Land 29 Ask Seaside 31 From The Kitchen

31 Off The Vine 35 Inside Out 45 The Golden Years 46 Globehopping 50 Common Cents 51 Going Green 53 West Coast Gardener 55 Seaside Homes 59 On Design

62 Last Word 63 Jumble

ON THE COVER Tirath Dheenshaw of Sol Farms See story page 26 photo by Janis Jean Photography

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It's no mystery this pandemic has caused financial challenges or unexpected hardships for many people, and financial institutions have stepped up to support their members with relief measures. It's important to work with your advisor to ensure you know all the options available and which ones are a good fit.

In challenging times fashion may seem frivolous, but it can also be a source of great joy and self-expression. Just as we are reconnecting to a simpler way of living, so too are we reimagining how and what we buy. I explore the ways in which COVID-casual has shaped our new outlook on dressing.

On my trip across Canada and south to Florida with my navigator Baloo, I had no idea I would meet so many intriguing travellers and face so many challenges. It was a marvellous journey! That's why I love writing life stories for my clients – hearing about their adventures! www.thelifestorywriter.com




COVID-19 has shown us exactly what it means to be overly reliant on a global food system. Now more than ever, we know how important it is to support our local farmers and foster resilience in our communities. Luckily, there are plenty of places to get farm-fresh produce this summer.

During stressful times, comfort foods reign supreme and we may be unaware of the many nutrients to support mental health from the inside out! Even if you've lost touch with your food during these times, come explore key nutrients that should be on your radar if you're seeking stress reduction.

When I think about what's in fashion I think about things that are timeless, things that never go out of style. And what's more timeless than healthy skin? By taking a proactive approach we can combat and reverse the inevitable signs of aging in our skin. That's fashion to me.

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This Month's Contributors: Dan Adair, Jo Barnes, Devon Bird, Chris Cowland, Lara Gladych, Sherrin Griffin, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Tina Kelly, Katie Kroeker, Paula Kully, Alyssa Madill, Anne Miller, Uta Nagel, Deborah Rogers, Joan Saunders, Marita Schauch, Chris Tetley, Tania Tomaszewska

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FIRST WORD from the PUBLISHER SUE HODGSON History has a way of creating awkward situations for future generations. I can't think how many times I asked my grandfather, who fought in the Second World War, how it was to attempt friendly conversation with our Japanese in-laws. He would smile, often with gestures of humour in his words, and would say: "well Sue, they are our family." In reality, it is not weak, nor is it rare to show forgiveness and kindness toward those who wronged you, especially over the course of generations. And here we are in 2020, in the heart of an unexpected epidemic and riots, and our world seems quite inconceivable right now. In 2015, after interviewing my dear friend Rudi Hoenson, another WWII veteran and ex-prisoner of war, everything changed for me. You'll often hear me say "things happen for a reason" and with this we can learn life lessons. Rudi told me how he fought 75 years ago against the Japanese in the Indonesian jungle before he and 500 Dutch soldiers were caught and imprisoned for three-and-a-half years. "In Japanese culture surrender was not possible; in their eyes we were the lowest of the lowest and consequently treated that way. I do not blame the soldiers, mostly peasants, they were ordered to treat us like scum. I have no hard feelings against the Japanese." Rudi and I always talked together like old friends: I asked him about current wars and he closed his eyes, bowed his head and remained silent, as in disbelief about what was going on around the world. Why all this talk about war? Well, it's not so much about the war, it's more about what we can learn from those that have endured the trenches. Right now, we all need to pull ourselves together and work towards a better future for our children. After all, we are human beings first and foremost. Even though Rudi and I only shared a few memories of his time in the war, it was just enough. He taught me that's it's not how to fight a war, but it's how to live a life. It's the kind of life I want to lead. It's made up of forgiveness, kindness, compassion, appreciation and lots of love. In memory of my dear friend Rudi Hoenson: On May 27, 2020 Rudi passed away peacefully at Veterans Memorial Lodge; he would have turned 97 on July 7.

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Where to Play

1. A Paddle in the Park

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Coal Island

Wain Rd.

2. Island View Mini Golf

Beautiful land & waterscaped 18 hole Mini Golf 7081 Central Saanich Rd, Saanichton www.islandviewgolf.ca


Mills Rd.

3. Seawards Souvenir & Apparel Canadian Made Goods #107 - 2506 Beacon Ave, Sidney 778.351.4998 | @SeawardsSidney

West Saanich Rd.

Beacon Ave.

4. The Shops at Mattick’s

Where to Eat


9. Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts

McTavish Rd.

5. McTavish Academy of Art

6. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Breakfast All Day, Lunch, Takeout or Dine In Beacon & Third St, Sidney | 250.656.3035

Mt. Newton X Rd.

Aquarium and Learning Centre. Discover Your Nature. 9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney www.salishseacentre.org

Stelly's X Rd.

Verdier Ave.

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A stunning 55 acres of floral display gardens 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay www.butchartgardens.com Shop in the open air for fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and more. 1528 Stelly’s X Rd, Saanichton www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca

10. Third Street Café PAT BAY HWY

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8. Peninsula Country Market

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East Saanich Rd.

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7. Butchart Gardens

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11. Beauregard Café and Provisions Local, nutritious, delicious, breakfast, lunch, take-home, vegan and gluten free options 1191 Verdier Ave, Brentwood Bay www.beauregardcafe.com

12. Michell’s Farm Market



Island View Rd.

Keating X Rd.


Prospect Lake

13. North Saanich Farm Market Farm fresh produce, flowers, quality crafts. Saturday mornings. 10990 West Saanich Rd, North Saanich www.northsaanichfarmmarket.ca

Where to Sip

We live in a little piece of paradise, but it can be easy to forget how much there is to see, do and taste here! This summer, use our guide to have a Saanich Peninsula Adventure ... Every Day!

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14. Deep Cove Winery

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How Will You Celebrate Canada Day? by Paula Kully

As COVID 19 has put a stop to

any large gatherings, including Canada Day events, I asked some friends and colleagues how they will be celebrating our Nation's Birthday this year.

Peter Godwin Chance Peter served with the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII and will be celebrating his 100th birthday this November! "I would very much like to be a part of the Parade down Beacon Avenue. I will dress up in my Blazer and Gongs with the latest French Legion of Honour Medal in the rank of Knight. As my marching days are behind me, I would hope

at Pearson College. She is currently a planner at the Town of Sidney, co-chair of the South Vancouver Island chapter for the Planning Institute of BC and is the driving force behind the employee garden at the Town Hall. "Canada Day has special meaning to me as it is a day when I celebrate my life journey after leaving my first home in Mexico. I feel incredibly privileged that my citizenship was a conscious choice born of a strong desire to join in the promise of Canada's multi-culturalism. "This year, my husband, dog and I will be going out to Thetis Lake on our bright red cedar stripped canoe and enjoy a morning paddle and picnic. A BBQ dinner and a movie with the one other family who is part of our bubble will wrap up the celebrations because no summer celebration is complete without a BBQ and a margarita."

Kenny Podmore

to be seated in a vehicle. For the rest of the day, I expect to be taken to the home of my daughter Sherry and her husband Dale on Bear Mountain. It will be a family gathering. I'll stay overnight and be driven home on the following morning.

Yazmin Hernandez Yazmin immigrated to Canada from Chihuahua, Mexico, 17 years ago to study

I think that just about everyone who lives in Sidney knows Kenny. Not only has he been our colourful Town Crier for many years, but he is also highly involved with Canada Day as he starts the Parade, and emcees the Canada Day Eve festivities and the Slegg Build-aBoat race. "For Canada Day this year, I plan to dress in red and white and walk around town handing out Canadian flags to spread some Canada Day cheer and patriotism. Of course, I will be doing this while practising physical distancing and I won't be divulging when or where I will be."

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Ryan Trelford Ryan Trelford has called the Saanich Peninsula home for his entire 25 years. This bright, industrious young man who holds a degree in Economics from UVic and has worked at BC Ferries for six years, is also a volunteer with the Royal Canadian Legion, the Poppy campaign and Brentwood Bay Rotary Club. "Canada Day is the beginning of summer; it's a chance to enjoy your community and nature with friends and family. It is also a significant day as we celebrate the founding of our country, one that was created by the stroke of a pen and not a sword. This year, I plan to have a BBQ with friends and family in my backyard. "The pandemic has, for a lot of us, brought a finer appreciation for our outdoors and for socializing. I find that going on a hike, sitting around a campfire, or walking along a beach are very therapeutic and healthy – great new habits to enjoy! I hope that everyone might be able to have a happy and safe Canada Day! Cheers!"

Susan Simosko Susan is a community leader with a long and illustrious career as an educator, facilitator, public speaker, writer, mentor and much more. Most recently, she was the President of the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society for six years. "We plan to follow many of our normal Canada Day rituals, minus the parade and Town activities of course! We will have my sister and a small number of friends over and, assuming nice weather, enjoy a meal together in our backyard. Instead of all being at one table as we normally do, we'll arrange four tables in a circle so everyone will have sufficient space to socially distance and still enjoy one another's company. "We will also make a centrepiece of the flags represented by our guests – the U.K., the U.S., Wales and Ireland – with the large Canadian flag right in the middle! It won't be anything fancy but I think we will all be grateful that we can be together after such a long time of being apart." To find out what your community is doing to celebrate Canada Day, visit www.sidneybia.ca, www.centralsaanich.ca, www.sidney. ca and www.northsaanich.ca.

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Summer Skin Care Tips by Dr. Marita Schauch, ND Tall Tree Integrated Health Centre

I think that we can

officially say that summer is finally here. But unfortunately, along with the heat comes the increased risk of sunburn, dehydration and insect bites! Here are some useful tips to help you enjoy a safe and healthy summer outside: • The first line of defense is to dress appropriately. Wear a hat, breathable tops (that provide UV protection) and sunglasses. Use a good quality and natural sunscreen that limits the absorption of both UVA and UVB. Many commercial sunscreens contain chemicals that can create a toxic burden on the body; however, some brands from your local health food stores will provide you with skin protection while minimizing those toxic chemicals. Check out the Environmental Working Group website for a list of the best and worst sunscreens: www.ewg.org. • Keep well hydrated! Remember to take plenty of water along for outdoor hiking, boating or sports. Dehydration not only affects the skin's appearance in the short term, but prolonged periods with inadequate fluid intake may affect the elasticity and smoothness in the lower skin layers. There are also electrolyte-balancing products available at your local health food store that can be added to water to prevent dehydration during high-impact outdoor activities. • Skin health and protection can be nurtured from the inside out.

Every cell membrane in the body can be strengthened by consuming unrefined essential fatty acids (EFAs). A good quality fish oil with a high EPA content contains nutrients that can act as protectors to your skin. • Other important skin protectors and healers are: vitamin E (with mixed tocopherols), vitamin C, selenium, zinc, silicon and of course plenty of fresh fruits and veggies! • Astaxanthin has earned a reputation as one of the most potent and powerful antioxidants. Research has shown that it has neuroprotective properties, decreases inflammation, protects the body from cellular damage and may help prevent UV damage to the eyes and help the skin resist UV damage from excessive sunlight exposure. • Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) from green tea extract is a natural and powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that can support healthy skin. • For mosquito, spider and other bug bites, keep the homeopathic Apis on hand for swelling and stinging. To keep bugs away, lavender, neem, rosemary, geranium and lemongrass are only some of the many essential oils that have been tested as possible insect repellants. Some super sunburn remedies include: • Calendula cream and aloe vera gel, which can soothe and repair all types of minor burns. Sunburns will heal quickly with topical applications of calendula and/or aloe and will prevent scarring. • Urtica Urens, Hypericum and Causticum homeopathics all can be taken for sunburns as well. Enjoy a Safe and Healthy Summer!



Meeting the Moment: Where Fashion meets Function by Devon Bird

While the province

transitions forward with lifting MODEN Boutique restrictions and businesses reopen, we are seeing ourselves reintegrate back into society with a fresh perspective, renewed gratitude for our social circles and beloved institutions, and perhaps a couple of extra pounds and longer locks than we entered into quarantine with. This time has presented us the opportunity to take a step back from our regular routines, embrace more of our natural side, and retire our restrictive button-fly bottoms in favour of drawstrings and elastic waistbands. As a local retail business owner, I have heard many discussions of added weight, disdain for restrictive clothing and an overall appreciation for the soft and cozy pieces that helped bring us comfort while staying home over the past few months. There is no doubt that our fashion choices are guided by our immediate reality and that COVID-casual has now permeated into the 2020 social zeitgeist in the form of "inactivewear." The last time the streets were flooded with spandex-laden garments and structureless clothing was the explosion of athleisurewear, introduced by Canadian brands such as Lululemon, during the fitness boom of the early 2000s. Women took to the streets in various fits of black stretch pants, feeling liberated from the buckles and buttons of the trousers of yesterday. Now rest assured, this is not an op-ed endorsing the abolition of

all tailored garments in favour of lycra and elastic. I truly missed being able to express myself through my fashion choices during the quarantine. I have always found the act of dressing a key component of my self-expression and an outlet for my right-side brain. As I reopened the doors of my boutique in mid-May, I was relieved to see I was not alone in mourning the days of getting to dress my best before heading out unrestricted into the world to go about my business. What I suspect will be the consequence of our collective experience over the past few months is that we will demand a stronger bond between function and fashion when selecting a piece to add to our wardrobes. No longer will we feel comfortable seeing a closet full of clothing we have no occasion to wear. Instead, fashion consumers will be guided by the principles of multi-use, transitional pieces that can take us from day to night and across a variety of occasions. Just as this quarantine has shown us that we are able to live with a little less in our lives, so too can our closets. Our clothes should make us feel good, both inside and out. They should tick more than just one box, and we deserve to have the fashion industry supply us with pieces that meet the moment we are in. This doesn't mean that sweatpants are the new streetwear, but by reducing waste, prioritizing utility alongside esthetic, and celebrating creative expression, the industry can create a new mandate that we consumers embrace as we navigate our way forward, together.

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SEASIDE talks with Dr. Chris Tetley, MD, Founder, Tetley MD Medical Aesthetics, about what's

in FASHION … On your bedside table? The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. In the kitchen? Apple HomePod. When adding colour to your outfit? I'm more of a neutrals guy. On your luxury wish list? Audi R8 Spyder. In home décor? White and light palettes. When it comes to your go-to "uniform?" V-neck T-shirt and jeans.

In your closet? Blue Angelico blazer. In your shaving kit? Braun Series 9 shaver. When you want a night out? Cocktails at Victoria Distillers. On your playlist? Mostly top 40 right now. On your feet? Loake 1880 Cannon Dark Brown monk straps. When you don't care how much it costs? Travelling with my wife and kids. On your walls? Landscapes – Ron Parker is a favourite. On your Netflix queue? There's a lot more Disney+ playing in my house these days actually!

In your bathroom cabinet? ZO Skin Health medical grade skincare. On your skin? Sciton BBL laser treatments three to four times a year. When you want to smell irresistible? Hugo Boss. When you want to throw fashion out the window and be all about comfort? Puma sweats and a hoodie. In haircare? Bumble and Bumble Sumotech and Grooming Creme.

photos by Janis Jean Photography


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Return to Paradise "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone." by Chris Cowland There's a lot of truth in that song. Having been working from home for the last three months, with no wife or dog around, I found myself getting tired of my long monologues with the fridge and the microwave, and a two-way conversation with them always required a glass or two of wine. I think I have watched every show offered by Netflix, and I even resorted to Amazon Prime. Looking back, my TV binge did little to make me a better person. Most of the plots were transparent after 15 minutes of viewing: the good guys always won; the Americans were victorious even in wars they did not participate in, and actually discovered penicillin, insulin and the code to the Enigma machine. But now, everyone is starting to emerge like bears from hibernation, blinking in the sunlight as we gingerly disinfect our hands before tentatively pushing our sanitized carts round the supermarket. I will never forget my shame when I was caught walking south on a north-arrowed aisle, much to the disgust of two fellow shoppers glaring at me above their masks. It is interesting to ask yourself what you are missing most in this new reality. Bridge players can log on to electronically shuffled hands, and can Skype their partners, but it is strange to see empty baseball diamonds, playgrounds and soccer fields, and boarded up concession stands. It was easy to take restaurants for granted when there was such

a choice, and cooking a home-made meal on a Friday night was an exception and not a rule. For accountants like me, it has been the strangest ever tax season. The best part was always to socialize with hundreds of clients, many of whom I have known for up to 30 years. You can't send a smile and a firm handshake in an email, and a conversation loses its warmth when it consists of six bullet points and the pressing of a send button. But the biggest loss of all for my profession has been the cancellation of the Tax Party, that legendary one time of the year when even accountants can act like normal people, let their hair down, and have more than one gin and tonic. Great memories of drinking moonshine, and learning the Moonwalk in line-dancing formation. Not this year! Most tax seasons are a sprint for the line, a deadline you think will be impossible, but which you always meet. This year feels more like a marathon, where you catch a glimpse of the finish line, but when you crest the final hill, someone has moved it out of sight and the race is extended another 90 days. On reflection, I think what I have missed most is gatherings of family and friends. It takes a few weeks of isolation to truly appreciate human communication and the complexity embodied in a simple smile, or a frown of concern. Many of our parents or grandparents suffered through a world war that seemed without end, and although our pandemic seems minor in comparison with bombs and bullets, the potential outcome is identical even though the enemy is invisible. But Joni Mitchell had the right idea. Maybe they haven't paved paradise, but they have certainly kept us out of it for a long time … .

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D E B ' S D AY O U T

by Deborah Rogers

Zero Emissions, Plenty of Fun Doesn't the beginning of March feel like a lifetime ago? Back then the weather was still pretty chilly, but now we are fully into summer and ready to enjoy our Peninsula playground. I was dreaming up a Deb's Day Out that would make readers feel inspired to get out and explore in a new way. At 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning, a beautiful shiny vehicle pulled noiselessly onto my driveway. I'd been looking out the window to get a first glimpse. Then, like a scene from the movies, the rear doors lifted up (I almost expected smoke to trickle out) and friendly faces were revealed within. I was heading off for a Tesla Tour of Peninsula wineries, organized by my friend (and Seaside's wine expert) Tania. The destinations may have been somewhat familiar – though to be honest I'd only visited one of the four before – but the mode of transport was all new for me.


Kevin Belanger, Tesla Tours' owner and founder, was our driver for the day, and the itinerary had been mapped out between him and Tania ahead of time. All I had to do was enjoy the ride … oh, and the wine! What better way to start the day than with bubbles? We cruised to Invinity Sparkling Wine House in Deep Cove. This was particularly special as this micro winery doesn't have a tasting room and doesn't usually host guests. Lucky me; we got to see where the small batches of sparkling are made and stored, then sit down with the owners to sip and learn. If I went into detail about all the wines I tried on this Day Out I'd quickly be on the wrong side of my word count, but I can tell you I tried four different sparkling wines at Invinity and it made for a very jolly start to the day! Fun fact: North Saanich has a very similar climate to Champagne, France. The delicious bubbles were enhanced by the passion of the winemakers. I felt the same at our next destination, Deep Cove Winery. Once we had stashed our purchases in the well-placed wine crate under the Tesla's hood, it was just a short drive away. This established winery, with vines dating back 20 years, is under new ownership and has seen a complete renovation. It was a pleasure to meet the maker Tasem, and sample several different wines in the stylish tasting room. Note: their cabernet franc was my favourite sip of the day. Lunch was scheduled at Church & State Wines in Brentwood, and the longer distance between stops allowed us to really enjoy the car. The Model X is a SUV-style seven-seater. It's extremely luxurious inside, coupled with excellent environmental credentials. With a 420km range, this vehicle could easily take you up to explore the Cowichan Valley or along the circle route to Port Renfrew, and there are no fuel costs as Kevin has all-solar charging stations for his fleet of Teslas. I loved the panoramic windshield that stretched up to the glass roof, allowing views that you'd normally only get in a convertible. Travelling in style made me feel special, and elevated the experience of the day into an occasion. This was added to by our treatment at Church & State where we shared a delicious lunch of local delicacies, and enjoyed time to chat and savour from the tasting menu. The last stop of the day was DeVine Winery & Distillery. There's a beautiful view to be enjoyed at this hidden away spot, and despite already being quite merry, we managed a flight of samples including the Black Bear spiced honey rum – yum! What a great way to tour our region's wineries (or breweries) safely, letting Tesla Tour be the designated driver. And what fun for a special occasion, celebration or as a way to show visitors all that we have on offer on our doorstep. Tasting rooms are opening back up, in accordance with Provincial regulations, so now might be the perfect time to invite your "bubble" for a tour! Kevin's also been partnering with many Victoria and Peninsula businesses to deliver their products. Deep Cove Winery, DeVine, Invinity and Church & State Wines are all currently offering online sales and deliveries. What do you want to see Deb do next? Send your ideas or invitations to news@seasidemagazine.ca. Photos by Janis Jean Photography.

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Vincent Peale penned a popular book called The Power of Positive Thinking. His anecdotes show how hopeful and optimistic people build resilience to cope with life's challenges and so, can more easily bounce back from these setbacks. Our column this month features such a woman and how a positive attitude helps her deal with the effects of Covid-19 on herself and her business. Let me begin by asking you to visualize what things were like before this crisis presented itself to the world. Imagine that you're sitting in a little restaurant in Sidney, having lunch, when a group of snappy looking gentlemen strut in and start singing, a capello! Sarah Matchett, owner of The 5 and Dime, has warmly welcomed Ed Jobson and members of his barbershop quartet, off and on, over the past few years. Patrons love them and they love Sarah's 50s-style family restaurant welcoming customers early in the morning with local, organic coffee and breakfast favourites. Sarah and her husband, Voit, along with a partner, Gillian, also own the more sophisticated Surly Mermaid, located by the marina, offering lunch and dinner to groups of loyal followers. Locals flock there to sit on the patio in the summertime! That was then; let's talk about now. Given the severity of the crisis, Sarah and her husband, along with their management teams, made the very difficult and emotional decision to close both restaurants for now (at time of writing). They gave a lot of the existing food to the staff and made a few very large donations to the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. Furthermore, they made a large batch of chili for the ICU team at Victoria General Hospital, are cooking up pasta sauces and salsas to can and are making more donations to the community. Obviously, providing food is more than Sarah's business; it's who she is. Sarah has been in the restaurant business since her first job at 13, working around school hours in Hay River, NWT. While her job became monotonous, she found it especially rewarding to influence someone's day in a positive way. Since then, she has continued to serve the community within the restaurant business and gains great satisfaction as well as

much experience. Today, she proudly employs 50 people in her two restaurants, employees who feel like family. While Sarah is disciplined, she believes in treating her staff with respect and giving them autonomy over their jobs. They respond with loyalty and exceptional work. Not only does Sarah understand the important link between her staff's job satisfaction and business success, she also intuitively understands the significance of connecting with and caring for community. For now, Sarah continues to check in with their staff "to help connect them with the resources that they might need during this tough time." As she looks toward the future, Sarah is optimistic. She believes that most restaurateurs will show their resilience and will surely recover. In fact, she is excited to announce that she recently opened both restaurants for take-out and just resumed modified dine-in options at both as well, while closely following guidelines and precautions for safety. "Things are a bit slow to start but we are staying positive and hopeful and continuing to bring a bit of light to people's days." For now, she and her husband are keeping in good spirits, staying calm, staying kind and staying healthy. With that attitude and Sarah's values and skills, she will fare well. Photo by Janis Jean Photography


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"Busy as a bee." "Hive of activity."

These phrases typically describe industriousness. They also aptly describe one Saanichton farm which, as well as growing flowers, berries and veggies, features bees on site. "Here, it is constant work that needs your attention," shares Tirath Dheenshaw of Sol Farms. "I got into beekeeping 10 years ago. I love it." Raised on a farm, Tirath is well versed in both the degree of effort and amount of time that goes into tending the land. His farming education began early at the Gobind family farm on Veyaness Road. "I was raised on a farm since I was about seven years old," says Tirath. "At age nine I started driving a tractor with my dad. At


age 14 I started driving vehicles." Tucked away amidst towering firs, cedar and cottonwood trees, Sol Farms is eight acres of natural diversity, where plants grow and bear flowers, where berries burst forth and, yes, where bees buzz. "They are very gentle. These bees are buckfast bees from Devon, England. Brother Adam, the man who developed them, went around the world and took the best characteristics of bees and bred them," shares Tirath. "The honey they produce is floral and light." Echoing the farm's name, life there is governed by our energy source: the sun. Activity flows according to the seasons from seeding to harvest to repair and renewal. Many of the plants grown here are those that thrive in the sunshine such as sunflowers, strawberries and

sweet peas. It's a dynamic setting, and yet tranquil at the same time. "It is so peaceful here, absolutely peaceful," comments Tirath. "You can get lost in your thoughts here. It's great to see the good outcome of what you do and how it makes people happy." Initially in 1998 the farm produced strawberries, but after the successful introduction of sunflowers to the produce line, Tirath began to move the farm activity more towards flower production. "With strawberries, it was hard to get pickers and to produce what we could sell," shares Tirath. "Now we have four to five acres of sunflowers and just under a third of an acre of sweet peas." There is a regard for the land here. Renew, recycle, reuse are in the daily vocabulary. "We recycle and do a lot of composting using greens, horse manure, kitchen waste, grass clippings, and any kind of plant waste," says Tirath. "We use no pesticides; we have bees on site!" This approach has brought new life and positive improvements to the property. "When we were first on the farm there were hardly any worms in the soil," he shares. "Now hundreds of worms are here, and we use the worm cast to enrich the soil." A variety of flowers are cultivated such as rose, iris, sweet william, delphinium, peony poppy, lavender and zinnia. Each one represents planning, seed care, careful handling and ongoing tending. "We have two greenhouses here to grow seeds in – 95% of produce are grown from seeds," states Tirath. "We put a lot of time into all." The flowers are arranged in bouquets. Pride is taken in product quality here. Freshness is first. "Our sunflowers last so long. They are picked the same day as delivery," says Tirath. "We get 14 days or so out of some flowers." While strawberries continue to be grown, there are other berries in the lineup including the lesser-known josta berry. They're bundled up in trays or baskets and also made into jars of jams and jellies. "Our berries are grown the old-fashioned way. There's no dripline or use of plastics. The plants go back into the ground, and we overhead water them," comments Tirath. Clients enjoy the fresh produce flavours and sweet aromas of the flowers year after year. Currently, produce is available on site at the farm stall and also through Peppers, Root Cellar and Red Barn Market in Oak Bay. Non-invasive approaches, traditional methods and an ongoing love of the land; it's an ideal mix for a good harvest as sweet as honey. Photo by Janis Jean Photography

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Who do you turn to when you have a question? Is it Google or Siri, maybe Alexa? At Seaside Magazine we are fortunate to know local experts in all the fields (or we'll know someone who knows someone), so next time you have a question, Ask Seaside! Each month I'll take your quandaries and queries and do the research for you. Send your questions to news@seasidemagazine.ca. Q: I know I've likely missed the boat on planting summer veggies, but is there anything I can plant now for late summer/fall harvest? A: I asked the knowledgeable staff at Buckerfield's what their suggestion would be. Niko, one of the gardening associates and a farmer himself, had a couple of suggestions. His first thought was to go with squash, and to use a hardened-off plant starter rather than starter seed in order to expedite the process. At the Keating store, they sell squash seedlings which come from a local farmer who also uses their soils (so they know what these plants are grown with). Squash seedlings planted now will yield a late fall or early winter harvest, and there are many varieties to choose from. She cautions that this is a large plant that takes up a lot of garden space – something important to consider. Q: It looks like I'm going to be spending a lot more time in my garden this year! I'd like to build a deck and some sort of structure to provide shade. How do I know what I can build in my garden without needing a permit? Or do all structures need building permits? A: I wanted to get a general sense of the rules in our districts, so I went to experts from both Town of Sidney and District of Central Saanich. As you can imagine, both noted the importance of contacting your municipality prior to erecting any structure. According to Kevin Webber, Planning Technician with the Town of Sidney: "the Town has regulations regarding the size and siting of all buildings and structures within the Town, including but not limited to … decks, sheds, pergolas [and] fences. Regulations can be found within the Zoning Bylaw (No. 2015) on the Town's website." He says that the type and location of the structure in question will determine whether or not a permit is required, as well as the type of permit, should you need one. Jarret Matanowitsch, Director of Planning and Building Services with District of Central Saanich, told me that structures built with wood, such as a deck or any roofed structure, require a permit. If it's an open structure without a roof, or an accessory building less than 10 square metres in area, compliance with the building code is not likely required, but you would still need to meet the zoning regulations. Again, the stressor is placed on always contacting your local authority to make certain you're acting in accordance with the regulations. Q: We've been doing some spring cleaning at home and have many

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Born and raised on Vancouver Island, I now can admit that I never liked salmon until my late 20s. The problem was that I never had it prepared in a way I enjoyed until I met a good friend who became my "salmon sensei." A fisherman and teacher, he taught me that salmon doesn't need to be complicated and should never, ever be cooked too much or it becomes dry and – according to me in my early years – tastes like sawdust. As we're now well and truly into barbecue season, salmon is an excellent and fairly straightforward dinner. And it looks impressive! If you whip up some salads with some lovely local ingredients to go along with the fish, you're truly experiencing our West Coast at its best: fresh and beautifully simple. The first time I received great grades from my sensei was with Teriyaki Marinated Salmon. It's easy, quick to prepare and doesn't take too long to marinate. With it I like to make Grilled Potato Salad. It sounds strange to have a hot salad, but the dressing gives it a tangy kick and the grilling adds a crunchy, smoky edge. It has bacon as well, which is always a hit here in my family of carnivores, but you can choose to leave it out or add veggie or turkey bacon instead. With

Local Pairings for the Grill a green salad or roasted vegetables, you've got a fabulous meal … all prepared on the barbecue. After all, what's not to love about a dinner that involves a minimal number of dishes? Another salmon dish that has become a staple in our house year round is Salmon with Pesto – it's flexible as you can always bake it instead of using a barbecue. Everything goes into a foil packet so the salmon stays very moist and the pesto gives it a bit of a kick. You can make your own pesto, of course, but I generally don't fuss and just buy whatever type strikes my fancy from the grocery store. I've made this for as many as eight people as it can all be prepared beforehand then thrown on the barbecue when you're ready. That will give you more time to enjoy a glass of wine and savour our lovely summer evenings. Add a baguette or focaccia, some other veggies like local grilled asparagus and you've got it made. For dessert? Strawberries or whatever is in season. Top the berries off with some ice cream or a bit of whipped cream and you're good to go. Like my salmon sensei says: keep it simple, keep it local and you're bound to get top marks at your next barbecue. And don't forget: "what grows


together, goes together" (including grapes, veggies and fish), so I've asked Tania from our Off the Vine column to share a few B.C. wine pairing ideas at the end of this column!

Teriyaki Marinated Salmon From Canadian Living's Country Cooking by Elizabeth Baird and the Food Writers of Canadian Living Salmon for 4 Marinade: ¼ cup olive oil ¼ cup rye whisky 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce ¼ tsp dry mustard ¼ tsp pepper 1 clove garlic, minced In bowl, whisk together oil, whisky, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, pepper and garlic. Arrange salmon in shallow dish. Pour marinade over. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or 30 minutes at room temperature. (I put foil in dish, then slide off extra marinade into dish when I put the fish on the BBQ.) Place fish on foil on medium high setting for about 10 minutes per inch, or until fish is opaque and flakes easily.

Grilled Potato Salad 5 peeled, cubed potatoes 8 slices bacon, fried and crumbled 1 cup chopped celery 3 green onions, chopped ½ cup mayonnaise ¼ cup white vinegar 2 tsp sugar 1 tsp salt 1 tsp dry mustard ¼ tsp pepper

Cook potatoes. Combine potatoes, bacon, celery and onions in bowl. Mix other ingredients in small bowl and pour over potato mix. Mix all together. Put in double thick aluminum foil packet. Grill about 20 minutes on medium. Serves 4-6.

Salmon Baked in a Foil Parcel with Green Beans and Pesto (serves 2) From Jamie's Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver 2 handfuls of green beans 1 lemon 2 salmon fillets, skin off, boneless 2 tbsp pesto olive oil salt and pepper cherry tomatoes, halved (about 8 total) Trim beans. Halve one of the lemons. Prepare double sheets of aluminum foil. Put a handful of green beans in middle of the aluminum foil. Lay one piece of salmon on top, spoon a good tablespoon of pesto over top. Drizzle with olive oil, pile on the tomatoes, squeeze over the juice from one of the lemon halves, season with salt and pepper. Pull the foil edges together and scrunch up to make a sealed packet. Repeat with second fillet. Cook on medium high BBQ or in oven (400°) for 15-20 minutes. Either serve in packet or unwrap carefully and plate.

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Keep it simple with bright wines, fresh acidity, a bit of texture, soft tannins and low alcohol. Sparkling wine, rosé, riesling, pinot gris, pinot blanc, sauvignon blanc, grüner veltliner, gamay noir and pinot noir will be your friends here. If you've already got some "House" favourites in these styles then you're sorted.

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Holistic Nutrition Supports Mental Health

As stress has been on the rise, so have supportive lifestyle suggestions like meditation, more sleep and nature therapy. But what about food? When you make wiser choices, seek support and eat well, you have a greater chance of beating stress. So let's dive into a vital layer of wellness and consider how nutrition can positively impact mental health. First, let's talk blood sugar. Blood sugar balance, or glucose regulation, has a strong and often immediate impact on brain function because of the brain's high demand for energy. For many folks, low blood sugar shows up as anxiety, if they go too long in between meals or eat simple carbohydrates that break down too quickly. When you are aiming for better blood sugar balance, be sure to include fat and/or protein with every meal and snack. When it comes to carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates like whole grains and legumes are much more blood sugar friendly. If you're having simple carbohydrates like cookies, try to eat them in combination with more balanced foods. Or try having treats comprised of healthy fat with only a little sweetness, like chocolate avocado pudding. Regardless of how the previous suggestions apply to your individual palette and health profile, you'll likely notice big improvements in mental health when blood sugar is balanced, not to mention all of the other health benefits like hormone balance and disease prevention. Aside from being excellent at supporting blood sugar balance, fat is a vital component of the brain, comprising about 60% of the structure.

Not all fats are created equal, though: the best brain-friendly fats to consume daily are Omega 3 essential fatty acids, especially DHA and EPA. These fats are essential, meaning they must be consumed in the diet – our own bodies don't make them. Excellent sources of Omega 3's include cold water fish, algae, free range eggs and chia seeds. Consider talking to a professional about possible supplementation. Another nutrient to highlight for stress reduction is vitamin B6: a necessary building block to form the calming neurotransmitter, GABA. Think of GABA as that chilled out friend that can de-escalate any situation (compared to that jumpy, hyper-vigilant friend who would be adrenaline). When you experience stress, your excitatory neurotransmitters will course through your system, sending signals for your body to react in a way according to the fight, flight or freeze mechanisms. All aspects of digestion slow down, your heart beats fast, your mind races – useful in dangerous situations, but not beneficial for the long term. GABA is the antidote to those excitatory neurotransmitters like adrenaline, coming in to reinstate digestive function and returning your body to a more restful state. Not only do we need to provide the circumstances for a calm state of being (with positive lifestyle choices), we need to be sure we have the building blocks to make GABA, and maintain a healthy nervous system. B6 is one vital piece of this puzzle, and can be found in chickpeas, liver, salmon, and potatoes. Be Well!


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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. DCC Cabinets Dear valued customers and partners, DCC Cabinets is continuing to operate while following all necessary precautions due to COVID-19. As part of our continuing effort to supply you with quality products in a safe and timely manner, we are offering ready to assemble packages for anyone who is self isolating or would wish to use this option. These will give you the necessary parts to install your cabinetry at home and we are happy to walk you through the process. If you'd like to take advantage of this option, call 250-412-3472 or email info@ deepcovecustoms.com. Stay healthy and we will keep you updated of any changes to our regular services and operation.

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"We run a pretty quiet clinic here," says Laura. "With more one-onone interaction, you really get a sense of the patient's goals and what their lifestyle is like." She says it's the ideal atmosphere for physiotherapy. There are a few different modalities used in treatment, including an ultrasound machine and a shockwave machine for any tendon-related concerns. Laura says the therapists at Elk Lake form a nice, cohesive group while each maintaining a unique treatment style. The diverse skills of the team make for a wide range of patients, from athletes to seniors. Laura is moving towards treating more athletics injuries, recently working with a few different soccer teams. But she also hopes to start a balance program at the clinic for seniors – she wants to keep our seniors independent and thriving. "It would mean looking at a combination of static and dynamic balance," she says, "so they can meet their personal needs, whether it's gardening or daily walks."

Maggie Bell (MScPT, BScKin) Maggie studied Kinesiology and Health Sciences at UBC before heading to Glasgow, Scotland, to pursue her MSc in Physiotherapy. Now back in B.C., Maggie is excited to be working on the Island. Her philosophy revolves around treating each patient individually, looking at their personal experiences and circumstances, and giving them specific treatments and exercises so they can get back to doing exactly what they want to do. "I have a chat with each patient to get to know them, build a relationship and get comfortable before getting into the nitty-gritty," she says. "I like to have a good time with the patient, and have a good laugh throughout the session." According to Maggie, the Elk Lake clinic sees patients ranging from 15 to 90 years old – lots of different people with different needs and conditions. "We treat everyone at Elk Lake," she says. "I like to focus on younger athletes, and I'm particularly interested in concussion patients." She is currently taking courses in concussion management, and has done previous research on concussion prevention in hockey players, including screening with doctors. "I like getting to know people's personal stories and experiences – I find joy in helping them get back to their physical activities," says Maggie. Her process involves going through function movements with the patient, to see how their specific condition or injury is affecting them, and using treatments like manual therapy, ultrasound, or shockwave. "Then we give them a good set of exercises to go home with and follow up as needed." Maggie says it's easy to do the exercises at home: you don't need to have weights or any special equipment. "You can even be creative around the house or outside." Some treatments could include working with resistance bands or doing mobility exercises. Maggie played varsity volleyball and competitive volleyball during her studies, and has treated many sports-related injuries. "I have experience working on varsity teams, with various levels of sports." She enjoys running, hiking, yoga, and exploring the outdoors in her spare time – she also has a new puppy and is learning to paddleboard. Laura and Maggie work at the Elk Lake location on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. You can book an appointment online at saanichphysio.janeapp.com or call 250-361-5500. COVID Protocol: bring your own mask, if possible; patients will be asked 3 screening questions; all surfaces are sanitized between appointments. JULY 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 43

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Living Like the Golden Girls by Sherrin Griffin VP, Operations, Sidney SeniorCare

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I have always dreamed of spending my retirement years in a sprawling house with my girlfriends: cooking and drinking wine together; laughing over old stories; and sharing our similar views, hopes and dreams. Don't get me wrong: we love the men in our lives, but the reality is women just "get each other," and what could be more perfect than a mutually-beneficial shared living arrangement where women cohabitate, share their resources and support each other through their golden years? As a young girl, I remember my mother telling me: "Remember that men will come and go, but girlfriends are forever!" And when my husband and I decided not to have children, she reiterated "Keep your girlfriends close; you'll need them!" My Mother was right! Researchers have documented sharp increases in "grey divorce" rates among baby boomers, noting that longer life spans don't always translate to longer marriages. Being together for more years may equate to couples growing apart. As women approach the final chapter of their lives, they are no longer content to "settle," as their ancestors might have before them, and look to maximize their happiness with those they have more in common with. These days, more women have the financial resources and the confidence to strike out on their own, especially after their children leave the family home. With a multitude of support systems to help, and more of their peers doing the same, grey divorcees have become socially acceptable without the stigma experienced in prior generations. After divorce, reports show that older men are far more likely to get remarried than older women. Women tend to have a more tightly-knit supportive network of friends and relatives that they regularly connect with and sustain throughout their lives. In my research, I discovered that my idea of living with like-minded women is not as unique as I thought. In the 14th century, widows in Northern Europe lived and worked together in shared living communities called "beguines," a shunned, yet for many necessary, way of life at the time since most widows in that era had to choose between becoming a nun or living in poverty as an outcast. Perhaps more relatable is the popular 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, where four older female roommates lived together and supported each other through life after divorce and widowhood. In my opinion, this "Golden Girls" model just makes sense. Even financially-independent single older women should conserve their finances, and sharing accommodations, utilities and other living expenses will help them do that. There could be mobility issues or other health crises down the road and that's scary to cope with while living alone. As well, many single older women have children who live far away or are simply too busy with their own lives to care for or visit a parent consistently.

Upon further investigation, I've discovered specific cases where women, all ages, all over the world, have created their own shared living communities to share resources, help raise children, help support the elderly, connect socially and take care of one another. Even our own federal government seems on board as evidenced by its recent announcement of a $150,000 funding contribution for an innovative "by women, for women" housing project in Vancouver that is designed, developed and run exclusively by women to meet the needs of women, and, in this case, prioritize Indigenous female-led families. And so as relationship professionals, city planners, developers and even governments recognize the value of these "deliberate communities," I realize that my childhood dream of living with my girlfriends has had more far-reaching implications than I could have ever realized.



The Adventure Begins: My 20,000km Journey Across Canada by Janice Henshaw

If John Steinbeck could travel

across the US with only his dog Charlie for company at 60 years old, then I could do it too, at a much younger age – 57. My job had vanished and my two sons had flown the coop and were busy and content in their own lives. Time seemed to be rushing by and I felt adrift, powerless to make it slow down. At 3:00 a.m. one morning, I had a marvellous thought: why not drive across Canada, from coast to coast? There were so many places I wanted to see: Waterton Lakes National Park, the endless prairies, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the Atlantic Ocean. I was filled with so much excitement that I got up and started making a list of how to turn my dream into reality. Three months later, I had rented out my house, bought the cutest little 14-foot travel trailer and dusted off my late Dad's "seen better days" slightly dented and rusty pickup. After due payment for repairs, the guy who apparently knew everything about diesel engines assured me that "This old Ford truck will take you anywhere." My dog Baloo, a golden lab and German shepherd mix, jumped in and sat in the copilot seat, ready to go, looking regal with his chin in the air. He agrees with all of my ideas, doesn't argue when I change direction, get lost 46 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | JULY 2020

or am late with his dinner. In short, he was and still is the ideal travel companion. Before catching the ferry to Tsawwassen and heading east, it seemed like a good idea to make a shakedown trip to Fairy Lake Campground, which is just a few kilometres out of Port Renfrew. As I sat at the lakeside campsite relaxing in my folding lawn chair, bare feet in the soft grass, looking out at the small calm lake, I felt contented from top to bottom – how could I not feel good camping at a lake named after fairies? Words by Lao Tzu confirmed for me why just this, is everything: "Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you." Late one afternoon, I decided to investigate a side road that led to the San Juan River campsite. Almost immediately after turning onto it, I hit loose, dusty gravel and banged into the deepest potholes I had ever seen. A warning sign said the road was no longer serviced and that it shouldn't be used by vehicles with low carriages. Did I have a low carriage? There was no cell service. I wondered what would happen if I had a flat tire or broke something vital underneath the truck. I knew, at that moment, that if I was going to have fun on this trip

and discover beautiful places, I would have to embrace fear and accept it, just like the Buddha. I kept driving down that rutted, bumpy road and felt an exhilarating freedom in knowing that every road I chose was my decision. I didn't have any experience in changing a tire, I knew nothing about engines, and if I ran into some "bad guys," so be it. I CALL A DREAM. had to start believingDON’T in myself – that I would IT somehow find my way. I camped at Fairy Lake forCALL five days and enjoyed great hikes IT A PLAN. through lush forests and along stunningly beautiful beaches. But as I sat beside my campfire on the fifth night, I knew that it was time to leave and start my trip, or I would possibly still be there when fall rolled around. All through my journey, I found that decision – when should I leave? – created tension and a little uncertainty. Why leave a place of contentment for the unknown? To be truthful, thinking about towing the trailer all that distance made my stomach feel like it had something unpalatable in its depths. When I studied the road map, it looked confusing no matter which way I held it. I felt like Dorothy's roaring lion – all pretense and no courage – I could use a wizard! In the morning I stowed everything away and followed my stepby-step lists on "How to Pack up the Trailer" and "How to Hook up the Trailer to the Truck." Next, I found a straight stretch of road and practised backing up. I couldn't seem to get the hang of it and kept jackknifing the trailer. Five hours later, tears were running down my hot cheeks as I again tried to back up the trailer, this time in a congested parking lot that sloped down to a steep drop-off. Could I find my way across Canada without being able to back up? After that crisis, I found another. I had safely managed the ferry to Tsawwassen and then, while driving through Langley, first one car and then another cut me off. I slammed on the brakes, but each time my truck slewed left into the next lane of traffic, once narrowly missing a semi-trailer. My hands felt like sweaty vices on the steering wheel. I made it as far as a truck dealership in Chilliwack, where they told me not to attempt to drive over the mountains, that my truck brakes were all worn out and the tires too bald, and that I would face more problems – not the easily replaceable kind – the further I drove. I wondered: was this a sign for me to turn around and go home – or, at least, back to Fairy Lake? Or was it just a test, one that possibly saved me from great danger? Since I'd decided to embrace fear, I chose to see it as the latter. When I saw the shiny, midnight blue, GMC pickup in the car dealer's used lot I knew it would be perfect. The blonde-haired, high-heeled sales lady asked if I wanted to look under the hood. We laughed together after I said I didn't have a clue what I would be looking at. As the mechanics readied it for my trip, I drove Baloo around in a sky blue loaner convertible that had white leather seats. It was sunny and we had the top down. I wondered if I could pull the trailer with a convertible … . Who would have guessed that I wouldn't even make it to Hope on the first day of my journey across Canada? That I would set up camp in a Zellers parking lot? But that's how my amazing, 15-month odyssey began, a trip of over 20,000 km that took me to the east coast of Canada, down through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, through the Florida Everglades to Key West. And then home, through the southern states, and up the coast to B.C. We made it, John S!

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Last month’s article advising a calm and patient reaction to massive market gyrations still holds true – although the pace and magnitude of the continued upswing in Financial market values is a surprise. As of early June, CDN, U.S., and Global Markets are all down less than 10% on a year-to-date basis – barely what one would consider a significant correction. This, despite the continuing extreme and unprecedented disruption of economies world-wide. With many unknowns still on the horizon, whether from the thoughtful, science-based easing of restrictions in Canada, or the reckless uncoordinated loosening in the U.S., the bullish recovery of world financial markets is difficult to justify. Markets appear to be projecting a quick and seamless “V-shaped” recovery of economic activity. With a broadly-available, approved virus vaccine at least one year in the future, the market’s anticipation of an economic “snap-back” seems unjustified. Most Investors are aware that to attempt to time the ups and downs of Financial markets is rarely successful – often leading to greater long-term losses than taking no action. This does not mean, however, that a major downside risk should be ignored. Is

there a reasonable, risk-mitigating strategy available to the investor? Until a vaccine provides a permanent solution to the health and economic risks of the CORONA VIRUS, the simplest action one can take is to move temporarily toward a more conservative Equity-to-Fixed Income asset allocation – perhaps to a 60/40, or even 50/50, structure. Once the global health risk has been substantially resolved, Investors can, in recognition of the fact that over the long-term Equities greatly outperform Fixed Income, return to their previous more Equity-intensive structure. If, in future, our fears of a looming market correction are proven to have been unfounded, we will still have participated in much of the upside. In the interim though, we will have slept better, knowing that should the worst-case emerge, we will have greatly reduced downside risk. Employing sound risk-mitigation strategies in uncertain times is not panicking. It is acting prudently, while patiently awaiting the inevitable longer-term return to economic stability, and with it, the resumption of more predictable, longerterm, Equity Market returns. Something for all Investors to consider.

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A Farm-Fresh Bounty on the Saanich Peninsula by Jesse Holth

In light of COVID-19, one of the things we've come to realize is how reliant we are on a globalized food system. The idea of food insecurity has reinforced the importance of buying local, and supporting our farmers here on the Saanich Peninsula. We need to be growing more of the food we eat – here are some places you can find local, farm-fresh produce this summer. North Saanich Farm Market. Open every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. until October 10. St John's United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich. Operated by the nonprofit North Saanich Food for the Future Society (NSFF), the North Saanich Farm Market is all about supporting local produce-growers. You will find a range of fruits and veggies from vendors like Anneth Farm, Red Damsel Farm, Two Willows Farm, and others. Want to know what they're bringing to market any given week? You can follow North Saanich Farm Market on Facebook or sign up for their weekly newsletter at nsaanichfarmmarket@gmail.com – that way, you'll know which vendors are attending and what produce will be available. Susan McIntyre, President of the Board at NSFF, encourages everyone to plan ahead and make a list. "Our new motto is Shop, Don't Stop," she says, and they ask for only one shopper per household, if possible. "We are working with the BCCDC to ensure everyone's safety as physical distancing remains in effect." Susan notes how important it is for people to have access to fresh, local food. Peninsula Country Market. Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., until October 10, and Wednesdays 4 to 8 p.m. from July 1 through August 26. Saanich Fairground, 1528 Stelly's Cross

Road, Saanichton. The Peninsula Country Market is a longstanding tradition: for almost three decades, farmers and crafters have been selling their goods at this Saanichton market. Marlene Hamer, Market Manager, says the vendors range from farmers to artisans. "Everything at our market is made, baked or grown locally." You can expect to find produce, baked goods, meats, cheeses, preserves, flowers, plants, soaps, jewelry, clothing, pottery, art and more. Marlene says there are even face masks available for sale during COVID. The vendors will be more spaced out than usual, and there will be no live music or entertainment to avoid social gatherings. Marlene encourages everyone to come out for quality, local products in a lovely atmosphere with "grass underfoot and the wide sky overhead!" Roadside Farm Stands. Open throughout the summer, roadside stands are a great way to support local farmers. If there's produce available, it will be out for sale – it doesn't get any better than freshly-picked produce right at the farm's doorstep! There are dozens of stands scattered across the Saanich Peninsula: some popular spots include West Saanich Road, Oldfield Road, and Mount Newton Cross Road. You can also visit www.islandfarmstands.com and check out the interactive map. For a comprehensive list of Vancouver Island farms, visit www.islandfarmfresh.com.


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Financial Tips to Avoid Deferring Your Mortgage During these unprecedented times, it may be tempting to take advantage of deferring your mortgage payments, especially if your income has been reduced as a result of COVID-19. However, there are lasting impacts to doing so. Be mindful that a deferral is by Dan Adair not mortgage forgiveness: the Island Savings Brentwood Bay payment is being delayed and the interest accrued during that period is added to the balance owing, directly impacting the total interest you'll pay over the long term. Although mortgage deferment might make sense for some, homeowners should first consider alternate ways to make their mortgage payments more manageable. Temporarily reduce your investment contributions. Becoming unemployed or having to close your business not only reduces your

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income but also likely reduces the amount of tax you'd be looking to defer in 2020. Reducing contributions while your income is lower may provide enough relief to keep your mortgage repayment plan on track. Reallocate your household expenses. As you settle into your new "normal," obtaining an accurate picture of your household budget might help you find ways to keep your mortgage payments on track. With many families staying home, some miscellaneous expenses have been drastically cut back or removed. Once you've determined what's coming in and going out, you'll have a clearer financial picture of where you'll be each month with your payments. Review the terms of your mortgage. At a time when interest rates are at a historic low, now could be a good time to review the terms of your mortgage with your advisor. It might make sense to break the terms of your mortgage to take advantage of a lower rate and reduced monthly payments. With rates as low as they are, the savings could outweigh the possible penalties associated with your mortgage. Make an interest-only payment. Your mortgage payment is comprised of two parts: principal and interest. By paying only the interest, your payment will be temporarily lower, meaning you might be able to afford the payment. Keep in mind that you'll still have to pay back that principal portion down the road, but your interest won't be added back to your mortgage, of which you then must pay interest on. I always recommended that you work with your financial advisor to review your options and find the solutions best suited for your financial needs and goals. Dan Adair is the Brentwood Bay branch manager at Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union.

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Be Waterwise

January 2020 – which now seems like a lifetime ago – was one of our five rainiest Januarys on record and taking water for granted was by Tina Kelly just a given. Shortly after, the world changed and perhaps we needed a little more gratitude for our access to a seemingly abundant, clean water supply – for increased hand-washing. Victoria has a sub-Mediterranean climate: mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Water collected in Sooke Lake Reservoir during the winter needs to sustain us May through September. Water-wise actions added to our routine year-round will help maintain our water supply and improve the health of our watershed. While some actions may require an initial investment, in the long run they'll save you time and money. 1) Embrace your inner Tim "the Toolman" Taylor and fix any drippy or leaky taps. 2) Turn the tap off when brushing teeth, rinsing dishes, shaving, washing hands or during any other activity where water goes down the drain unused. 3) Put a nozzle on it. As a kid, I'd suds up the family car while the hose gushed onto the lawn or driveway and when watering plant pots, water splashed areas in need of no water all. Add a nozzle to control when and where water flows, targeting only the areas in need of it. For flowers, plants and veggies, consider soaker hoses over sprinklers to minimize evaporation. 4) Time matters. Water early in the day; up to 40% of water is lost to evaporation when watering in the middle of the day. Watering

late in the day can lead to plant diseases. Remember to follow Water Conservation Bylaws. 5) Gold lawn for the win. Between lawns and gardens, 50% of summer water use takes place in the yard. Avoid watering altogether and let your lawn go golden; don't worry, it'll green-up again when the fall rains return. Consider replacing some of your lawn with a groundcover requiring less water than grass. No watering or mowing? What will you do with that free time? If you're not ready to go golden, it's important to know your lawn only needs one inch of water a week including rain. In fact, infrequent watering helps establish longer and healthier roots. To reduce water loss keep your lawn height at two to 2.5 inches. 6) Garden with native plants. Plants naturally occurring in our region need little to no care, surviving on normal rainfall levels. They are drought tolerant, withstanding dry summers. Saanich Native Plants (www.saanichnativeplants.com) is an incredible resource for plants and information. They'll help you pick the best plants for your location, soil type and sun exposure. 7) Reuse water. Water used for cooking or steaming vegetables can be used to make broth or cooled to water your garden. 8) Yellow's mellow; brown goes down. Yes, it's referring to the toilet and for some of you this may feel like a tad too far but why not save a few flushes and the clean water that goes with them? Whenever you're using water, think about how you could use less – it's our drinking water and our hand-washing water! More water saving tips can be found at www.crd.bc.ca. Going Green's goal is to offer tangible actions for a more sustainable future.

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Thinking Outside the Veggie Box

We are in the thick of vegetable gardening prime time! Facebook and Instagram are flooded with gardening photos and DIY advice. West Coast Seeds has even downgraded their by Katie Kroeker seed packets in order to expedite Owner/Designer, their production to meet pandemic Pacific Ridge Landscapes demand! Now that your veggies are in and growing their little hearts out, have you ever looked at your raised veggie beds and wondered if they could look a little nicer? Maybe a little less wild and free and a little more elegant? The good news is, there are centuries of people that have said, "Veggies, but make it pretty!" The ancient Egyptians were renowned for their beautiful and highly productive gardens, and since then, people have been looking for ways to create something beautiful and edible. The Italians and the French popularized the formal, geometric parterre gardens, where everything was edged with boxwood and the plantings were symmetrical and quadrilateral. Planting a potager garden is a lovely and accessible way to integrate design into your veggie garden. Roughly translated, "potager" means "for the pot" and is a more casual approach to garden design than the formal parterre. A potager garden is a kitchen garden that has some sense of order and design; it could be circular or rectangular, perhaps with an obelisk in the centre or paired on either side of a pathway. Potager gardens open us up to ideas beyond raised cedar beds. Potager garden beds are still clearly defined, but not necessarily raised.


Often they are bisected by a path. Lettuces, herbs and other small vegetables can be planted directly in the soil. These beds need to have good soil; they must be well drained but they don't need to be as deep as a raised bed. Ideally these little matching beds (square or pie shaped) would have some type of border around them: parsley, lavender, greens, even perennials like marigold work. Raised veggie boxes are most helpful for deep rooted vegetables: potatoes, carrots; beets etc. – all the veggies that grow underground and need the extra depth and guaranteed drainage to prevent them from rotting. The problem with, for example, three raised veggie beds in a row, is that they are quite bossy in a space, and often don't fit in with the rest of the garden aesthetic. I totally understand that garden style isn't the point with a veggie garden, but it can still be part of the conversation. If you don't have room for a pretty potager, why not plant your lettuces in with your perennials? Or your peppers or gourds? Think how great the zucchini foliage (big, heart shaped leaves) would look surrounded by echinacea or black-eyed susan and other perennials. Coloured lettuces, chard or other greens could make a lovely accent or border for an existing garden bed and why not send your peas up an obelisk in the middle of a sunny bed? The movie It's Complicated features a beautiful potager garden that is guaranteed to inspire you. (A quick internet image search will bring up photos – it's a classic!) Tanner's Books here in Sidney also has a number of books on kitchen gardens and I especially recommend Jennifer Bartley's book Designing the New Kitchen Garden for a deep dive with pre-drawn designs, crop rotation plans and amazing planting ideas. JULY 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 53


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Decks and Patios: Our Own Sweet Space by Janice Henshaw

Has there ever been a better

time to enjoy our outside grounds and gardens? There is no pressing need to spend hours packing for a big camping trip or making reservations to fly far away. Instead, this summer can be a great time to focus on building or renovating our patios and decks and turning them into a relaxing and fun gathering place for family and friends. First off are patios; they are a ground-level outside dining or social area that can be made of concrete, brick, flagstones, pavers, tile, cut stone, or loose materials such as bark mulch, pea gravel, or pebbles. You can be creative in mixing and matching any materials you choose. For example, planting a low-height herb such as thyme between pavers provides an interesting contrast, as do wood strips along gravel. Bricks, metal and recycled material works well for landscape edging. They add a decorative element and can form curves. Trimming the surrounding grass will be easy if the edging restrains loose material

from migrating out the sides. If your summer budget is limited, little additions can have big impact! Pots of beautiful plants and shrubs will provide a hit of colour and privacy; sweet peas clinging to netting offer fragrance and a living wall. Geraniums, petunias, zinnias and marigolds are easy to care for rockstars that will bloom all summer. Add in some comfy furniture, an umbrella, a glass of iced tea and you have created a blissful place to relax. Decks form another great outdoor space. On the West Coast, we love our beautiful wood decks made of cedar, redwood or tropical hardwoods. Pressure-treated wood (wood that's been treated with preservatives) is a less expensive option. There are various grades though and it's important to choose select or premium boards that have fewer knots and straighter grain. Kiln drying before and after pressure treatment will lessen the tendency to shrink and twist. Having deck boards that last forever in a warped and uneven state is JULY 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 55

no "deal!" All pressure-treated wood is vulnerable to the sun, moisture and dirt so staining the boards once they are cured and dry will improve the deck's life and appearance. Whether to use screws or nails to install the deck boards may seem like a minor choice but it does make a difference. Over time nails will corrode and lift from the wood, making them a nasty thing to stub your bare feet on. Coated deck screws resist corrosion so they last longer and, if they do lift a bit as the wood dries out, you can always tighten them with a screw gun. If you drop something down between the boards of a ground-level deck or an unwanted animal gets snared under your deck then removing screws is less destructive to the boards than digging holes in them with a nail puller or crowbar. An annual inspection of decks is vital. Wood decks have to withstand all seasonal changes and as a consequence, excess moisture and pooling water can cause mold, mildew and rot. Oddly enough this is called "dry rot" and is caused by a fungus that if left unchecked will destroy the cellulose from the wood leaving it dry and brittle. This is the cause of most deck failures when they collapse. Dry rot invites wood-consuming termites and other insects that have voracious appetites. Poor construction can be a contributing factor. The result is scary to think about, so the best action is to check out your deck boards for soft spots and cracks and examine wood-toearth contacts such as posts, under potted plants, near downspouts and at door thresholds. Inspect the joists and ledger board, and look for rust in the hardware components and flashing. If you do not have the time or knowledge it's probably best to hire a licensed contractor to do the inspection and if necessary set up a plan on how to fix any 56 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | JULY 2020

small problems before they get worse. Composite deck boards sold by Home Depot are made of "wood flour" (a recycled post-industrial material) PVC, or wood fibres, polyethylene or hardwood and polypropylene blend. The decking is low maintenance and easy to install because it cuts like wood. Their premium resin deck boards are made entirely of 100% recyclable engineered polymer material and contain no organic material. Veranda, DuraLife and Trex Composites brands come with a 25-year warranty against fading or stains. Another deck alternative is the application of a waterproof coating over plywood. This adds the benefit of dry storage under the deck. I talked with Mark Simpson who, along with his partner, Ron Graham, owns and operates Gulf Islands Deck and Rail. They are based in Sidney and install Duradek vinyl and Flexstone deck coatings locally and in the southern Gulf Islands. Their products, Mark says, are durable, 100% waterproof, aesthetically appealing and require very little maintenance. "They provide long term durability in our wet environment and are backed by extensive warranties (15 years +)." Often construction is part of their work as they prepare decks for the coatings and add railings. If the deck has not been cared for and has dangerous levels of rot then they have to demolish and rebuild it. Some decks with dark-coloured plastic planking can get very hot to walk on with bare feet. To avoid that problem Mark advises clients to choose lighter colours that are generally cooler. Duradek offers a Cool-Dek vinyl that helps reduce the temperature of the vinyl in direct sunlight. He added that Duradek vinyl is a sustainable green building product that qualifies for LEEDS

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(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits. Railings are the most visible part of the deck from the street and should be secure and attractive – a match for the style of the house. They are required on all decks built above a specified height as set out in the local building code. Even a short unexpected fall off a low deck can cause injury, if not embarrassment! Wood railings are most often installed in new construction. A popular low maintenance option is powder-coated aluminum railings with framed tempered glass panels. Clear glass panels without a top rail are a great scenic view enhancer if your budget stretches that far. If you want to thwart neighbourhood looky-loos then create a private space on your deck or around your hot tub with frosted glass or wood panels. Whatever your choices are for decks and patios – whether they are wood, vinyl, concrete or simply grass – they are easy-care spaces that we can make beautiful with small or large budgets. Kick back and enjoy your summer − it's a wonderful time of year.

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Local Garden Resource Guide Your Saanich Peninsula Gem! Lochside Nursery is centrally located near the Saanich/Central Saanich border and is surrounded by horse farms on the Lochside Trail. We offer a growing variety of trees including Japanese Maples, Magnolias, Ginkgos and a good variety of shrubs, perennials, grasses and conifers. For current hours and “non-commercial” customer details, please visit our website. Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on long weekends we will be closed. 250.544.3100 | 2716 Dooley Rd. (Lochside Dr. & Dooley Rd.) lochsidebc@gmail.com | www.lochside.ca

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Before You Renovate … The thought of renovating often causes anxiety and concern among homeowners and property buyers. We fear that alterations will turn into a bottomless pit, that we'll run into by Uta Nagel unforeseen problems, or we simply Uta Nagel Interior Design have no idea where to start. Here are a few tips that make the first steps easy! 1. PLANNING. The key to a successful renovation is planning the entire process section by section. The most important question is: What elements need to be considered before you can start the changes? For example, if you remove a wall, you need to figure out if it is load bearing. If it is, you need to take special precautions to support the structure during removal. How can you tell if a wall is load bearing? Check if the wall support continues into the upper floor levels or attic; if it continues, it's load bearing. However, before removing walls always consult a contractor. 2. THE VISION. Preparing and researching your renovation can take a long time. Creating a mood board is important! All you need is some space on a wall or a bulletin board. Start with a website like Houzz or Pinterest and pin up swatches of paint and fabric on a picture frame, in a folder or book. 3. FURNITURE STORAGE. If a room is to be completely renovated, the furniture must of course be temporarily stored in another room. If, however, only the ceiling and/or the walls are to be replaced, furniture can be pushed into the middle of the room and kept covered. If you can set up temporary living in another room you are good to go. However, moving into a rental suite is the best solution for a larger renovation.

4. FLOORPLAN. Make a simple floor plan of your existing space. Keeping the existing layout will save you money; relocating pipes and electrical is a costly undertaking, as is moving supporting walls. Before you start it's a good idea to get an assessment from a contractor. 5. BUDGET. How much money can you spend on this renovation? This is often a difficult question to answer. Setting a budget means doing your research and getting quotes from multiple contractors, as this will give you an idea how far you can go. Consider a 20% contingency on top of the estimated renovation budget to anticipate unforeseen costs. 6. THE FAMILY MEETING. Before you start swinging the hammer, you need to have a family meeting and make sure the main players are on board. Appoint one member of the family to be the spokesperson when dealing with the contractor and interior designer to avoid miscommunication. Keep a journal of hours worked and tasks done and to be done. 7. SET UP A TIMELINE. Typically the contractor will create a timeline, but it's important for you as the homeowner to hold them accountable. Everyone involved should know when the job needs to start and finish. Set a deadline like an open house – invite some friends and order beer and pizza for the crew. This will keep everyone on their toes. 8. IMPROVEMENTS THAT ADD VALUE. Highest on the list are basement conversions, loft conversions, converting your garage into a bedroom, adding a bathroom, creating open concept, larger windows to merge indoor with outdoor, deck extensions with outdoor kitchen, garden and curb appeal. Have fun planning and being inspired by the process! JULY 2020 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 59

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Has the term "pandemic pet" been coined yet? If you've adopted an animal recently, you're not alone: the number of pets that have been adopted during the past few months has skyrocketed above the norm. The BCSPCA reports that some animals, such as puppies, may receive 200 applications for the same pup! Our goldendoodle puppy Frankie – although planned for long before COVID hit – arrived in mid-May, and there are two other puppies on our block that were adopted during the pandemic. And I'm sure I'm not alone in noticing the new puppy and kitten pics flooding my social media feed! When we picked up Frankie, our breeder shared that she'd been receiving five to six applications a day for future litters. Making sure potential families were serious was her main concern, she said. Anyone who made a snap decision to adopt just because of COVID wouldn't be considered, as it's a decision with long-term impact that's not to be taken lightly. So why all the new furbabies? During this time of uncertainty, when many of us are struggling both emotionally and financially, what compels us to add a new member to our family? On the flip side of all the changes and chaos of the world around us right now is a simple, constant equation: pets = love and affection. Who among us couldn't use that, especially now? More than the emotional reason for adopting is a practical one: "Usually when people adopt, they don't have two months to work on training.," says Shauna Alcock, Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society behaviour coordinator. "They don't have two months to work on bonding." Time? That's certainly something we all have plenty of right now. So enjoy those goofy puppy antics and kitten purrs … and if the time isn't right for you to adopt, rest assured that one of your neighbours will likely have a furbaby for you to borrow!

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