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Seaside Magazine's First Annual Photography Contest 2013 Fall/Winter Style: Warm and Wearable Seaside Homes: Creating the Home of Infinite Good Taste Peninsula Restaurant Profile: The Latch Inn & Restaurant
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Though it brings the cooler weather, autumn harvests many things to look forward to regarding fashion: chunky knits, scarves, soft leather boots and layered outfits, to name a few. As fall approaches this year be sure to go back through your wardrobe and revive those items with fur and leather accents you purchased last year, as well as animal prints, tweed, military-inspired colours and shapes and all things white. This season's styles are a collaboration of many previous popular trends with a slight twist – this is what excites me as the season unfolds: seeing these past trends awakened and used to create a new perspective. Recently, I have explored this passion with my own fashion blog, high-T, which is a destination to explore ways to elevate your basics and be inspired by creativity in style; visit it today at high-t.ca! cydney hellier gray
Life is most amazing! We never know exactly where we're going to end up … the journey is about the experience; we learn and discover in the moments along the way. I approach every client and contract with keen eyes. Never do I believe that just I have all the answers. When you really listen to people, they are giving you answers. Having been educated and experienced in a few design genres, as well as travelling extensively around the globe, I feel I bring a very open perspective to every job. I came to the Victoria area from Vancouver, 20 years ago, and have loved the simplicity and beauty ever since. I am grateful for all the wonderful clients I have had, who have helped me realize my design dream. dave gartley
30 years ago I began brewing all-grain beer at home. I loved the eight-hour ritual needed to make ales and lagers from scratch. I started hanging around local breweries and eventually travelled to Britain to learn their methods, then one day I discovered wine. My love affair with beer didn't end completely, but my new passion of making wine from fresh grapes excited me. It grew to the point to where I built Gartley Station Fermentations – 15 years ago now – and here I am, still making wine. A few years ago my interests morphed into wine and food pairing; in hindsight a natural and predictable progression. As I grow more knowledgeable and appreciative of fine wine and well prepared food, I realize that pairing is my ultimate passion, which I'm able to indulge from time to time in Seaside's Island Dish column.
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As a writer and communications specialist, I value the strength of story, especially in recreating a different time. Fred Green's stories of his family's farm in the 1940s and '50s will, I hope, bring back pleasant memories for some and remind the rest of us of the challenges Island farmers continue to face. I was raised in the Okanagan when the orchards were still bountiful on the hillsides and we gorged ourselves on fruit every summer. After living for many years on the prairies, I appreciate the cornucopia of fruits and vegetables still grown on the Peninsula and hope rekindled interest in eating locally will preserve what remains of local farming.
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f irst word Times have changed. Is a picture still worth a thousand words? Over the centuries, people have gathered around campfires, in town halls, over meals and in other places to tell their stories, and these gatherings have been central to shaping our culture and our communities. In more recent times some people have lamented that the art of storytelling has been lost amidst the rise of different technologies. Perhaps there is some truth in this, but I also wonder if perhaps it's just the way we tell stories that has changed. One such medium for storytelling in the time in which we now live is digital photography. A photograph has the ability to convey emotion, mood, narrative, ideas and messages – all of which are important elements of storytelling. In this issue of Seaside Magazine we present the winners of our First Annual Photography contest, Seaside Snapshots. We also showcase our second issue of Seaside Fashion. Both of these features are driven by photography. An objective for many photographers is to produce direct, truthful and bold images that tell the stories for those who have no voice. Photography is the ability to evoke feelings and experiences that cannot be described with words. Call it vision, imagination, or seeing … it all comes down to the same thing: the
ability to envision a final result in your mind's eye and then make it so with your tools at hand. It's about seeing something, and knowing how you want it to look. With our cover choice, "Fog Lifting Patricia Bay" by Monica Reekie, the photo allows our imagination to simply drift into the sea. With fashion and design becoming a driving force in our culture, photographs of such can be even more challenging to portray. Designers influence not only the way we look and the shape of things around us, but also the way we live and think. What used to be distinct realms – architecture, fashion, design, art, cinema, music and food – have now blurred: fashion designers open restaurants and hotels, musicians design fashion collections and artists make Hollywood movies. More than ever, what we choose to buy, wear, display, experience and live with – whether it's the platform shoes in the store window, the family vacation purchased on the Internet, the watch on our wrist, the car in our garage, the wine for our parties or the blankets in our bedroom – influences how people look at us. When perception is reality, for better or worse, it becomes shorthand for who we are. So whether you're shooting photography for your own short story, or for fashion, food, travel, architecture, or simply because you love it, keep the storytelling alive. As a magazine publisher, I know how important it is to have a mix of great photography among well-written words. Thank you again for all the photo submissions. You are all very talented artists!
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On behalf of the Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society I want to thank you so much for including the article about the Good Old Daze event in Mill Bay. We appreciate your interest and support for local history! Maureen Alexander
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Much appreciate all the Seaside team does to produce such a lovely magazine … I've watched it grow with pleasure! Pene Beavan Horton Instead of your sanctimonious article on Woodwynn Farm … the purpose of the owner (unknown) is to urbanize the whole area using "housing for the homeless" as an initial front. Who is the real owner? Not LeBlanc and not any homeless society! Many residents are against this manipulation and want to keep the land green for the future. Tim Parsons (Brentwood Bay)
We arrived home from our U.S. west coast road trip a few days
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Those who live in this paradise are very fortunate to have such a treasure as Seaside Magazine document and highlight our local "West Coast culture." We always look forward each month to opening the next issue. So thank you for coming into our lives and adding special memories of our house and garden. Joyce and Paul Pearlstone
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“Even though fixed in time, a photograph evokes as much feeling as that which comes from music or dance. Whatever the mode – from the snapshot to the decisive moment to multi-media montage – the intent and purpose of photography is to render in visual terms feelings and
experiences that often elude the ability of words to describe. In any case, the eyes have it, and the imagination will always soar farther than was expected”- unknown author. Like virtue, photography is its own reward, triggering memories of life's greatest moments and relationships. In our First Annual Photography Contest, Seaside wishes to further reward some of these amazing artists, with some good old-fashioned ink in our local magazine. With over 350 submissions, this task wasn't easy. You’ll find our choices in the four categories outlined below, and we couldn’t resist choosing a cover too! Thank you to all of the winners, and to everyone who submitted such fine work.
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I have had a love for animals, nature and art since childhood. After many years in the nursing profession, and owning a successful award-winning B&B, I have met a multitude of fascinating people from all walks of life along my path. Some were famous, some wise, some funny, some had endured unspeakable horrors, most were ordinary, but all have inspired me to reawaken my childhood dreams for travel, art and photography. My photographic subjects vary widely from animals to architecture, floral details to expansive vistas, chandeliers to cars; the marvels of the world around me provide constant inspiration. My photography depicts the world and its beauty as I see it through the lens of my camera, often focusing on the details, shapes and colour contrasts that others may overlook. I produce my work without using digital manipulation to portray life as it is.
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Erin Bosdet is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, a vegan chef and a mom. She is passionate about nutrition, photography and raising her son. This photo was taken to capture the beauty of these tomatoes, grown by her Uncle Stu right here in Sidney, B.C. You can find more of Erin's photos and recipes on her Simply Dish Facebook page.
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I live in Saanichton and photography is my hobby. I enter photo contests but I'm fairly particular, as I only enter a contest where I might have a winning photo submission. In the past, I've won everything from cash to calendars to camping equipment. It's a fun hobby that is both rewarding and inexpensive. High quality digital photos are much easier to create than even 10 years ago, and as a result I never go anywhere without my camera. The photo of the blue heron was a stroke of luck, as the heron let me get quite close before I could tell that I was intruding and backedÂ away.
D ee W ood h ead your west coast culture "Sun's Up!"
Focusing on being more aware of the incredible beauty and magic of this amazing Island we call home keeps me grounded in the moment! My favourite shots are of nature â€“ birds, landscapes and waterscapes. This shot, taken in April around 6 a.m., captures the mist rising off the water and the early morning light on the beautiful old wooden bridge. Can you spot the red-winged blackbird that I was "chasing" with the lens?
j anis j ean C razy Kids "Wild Play"
I recently retired after nearly 25 years in public service. Early retirement has given me the ability to focus on what is most important to me: my family. It has also given me the time to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a professional photographer. Photographing people, especially children and families, is what I enjoy most. In "Wild Play," I photographed the thrill of a young girl jumping into a swimming hole, capturing the essence of childhood freedoms, too soon forgotten.
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weat h erwit "getting the thing on was an exhausting process punctuated with grunts, small breaks for oxygen and comments like: help. my legs are in the sleeves."
I saw a bumper
sticker that said: "More Wags, Less Barks." It reminded me of the time our family ventured out to the wilds of Long Beach for some wag-inducing by Steve Sakiyama fun: surfing. The good part about surfing is the black wetsuit. The tight fit (did I say tight?) made me look 20 years younger – although with gloves and booties I looked like a cross between a Ninja Smurf and an overcooked Bratwurst. Getting the thing on was an exhausting process punctuated with grunts, small breaks for oxygen and comments like: "Help. My legs are in the sleeves." By the time I suited up, I needed a nap. After our excellent lesson on the beach it was time to head out and ride the curl. The roar of the ocean called me, and with overwhelming excitement I picked up the board and Riverdanced over the sandy expanse to the beckoning surf. Yes, bring it on. Unfortunately, my vision of a sprightly dash to the ocean was far beyond my energy level and it was soon replaced by a laboured stagger. Needing to catch my fleeting breath, I collapsed in the shallow surf with an undignified "Sschhlump." But it was all worth it. The exhilaration of riding the wave and feeling the air-whipped surf splash on my face was beyond priceless (for everything else, there's MasterCard). Even my dismount was wag-inducing: a two-and-a-half turn, backwards pike position, face plant – worth at least a 9.8 due to the high degree of difficulty and my pointed toes upon entry. Speaking of waves, the atmosphere has them too. Under certain conditions, atmospheric waves can be similar to the pattern that occurs when water moves over a submerged rock. When moving air encounters a mountain, ripples or waves can form directly over and downwind of the mountain. Sometimes clouds will form at the wave crests, providing a visual clue as to the existence of these waves. As the air moves upwards to the peak of the wave it cools, and moisture in the air condenses – creating a cloud at the wavecrest. As the air heads downward into the wave trough it warms, and the cloud evaporates. The result is an alternating series of clouds and clear areas many kilometres downwind of the mountain. For our September weather outlook, will it be wags or barks? Long-term weather models indicate a bias toward warmer than normal temperatures and no preference for wetter or drier
conditions – so perhaps our spectacular summer weather will continue into a pleasant fall. September is a month of transition, in weather and life. For Labour Day my sentimental forecast is an alternating mix of sun and cloud, symbolic of the waves of change as we ride from summer vacation to other good things like work and school. In celebration of this day, I'll head out with a Riverdance skip into a wonderful day, ready to surf whatever September brings me. Then … take a nap. ~ Weatherwit What brings wags to your life? Email email@example.com or visit my weather blog at weatherwit.wordpress.com.
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Expand Your Culinary Horizons! by Jennifer Bowles
Over the summer months my husband and I have been experimenting with some more exotic cuisines and have been making an effort to really expand our pantry. We've had some hits and we've had some definite misses (note: chutney doesn't go with everything). Some of the more enjoyable results have been our forays into Thai cuisine. Curries, soups, rolls â€“ we've tried as many dishes as we can copy or come up with on our own. My husband insists on getting the right ingredients called for in a recipe, so we've ventured far and wide to get some of the more exotic pantry items, however with the booming interest in southeast Asian food, many of the seemingly rare ingredients are available at any grocery store. There are some staples that should be in your cupboard at all times: fish sauce (nam pla), coconut milk, rice noodles, jasmine rice, Thai curry sauce (green, red and yellow), sriracha hot sauce (this goes well with EVERYTHING), lemongrass, ginger (keep it in the freezer), galangal and Thai chilis. These all go together in virtually endless combinations and are ripe for experimentation. Go out to a Thai restaurant, try a few dishes and then head home to try and recreate your favourites! We took this strategy to heart when we came up with this month's recipe, which is now a staple â€“
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"we've had some hits and we've had some definite misses. note: chutney doesn't go with everything" Tom Kha Gai is a light and creamy coconut galangal chicken soup. This is great for any season and you can make it as mild or spicy as you like by adjusting the sriracha or Thai chilis. (serves 2) Brush two boneless, skinless chicken breasts with sriracha and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. In a medium saucepan bring one litre of chicken stock to a simmer and flavour the broth by adding: 5 cm chunk galangal, sliced thinly 2 cm chunk of fresh ginger 1 stalk of lemongrass, the white soft centre smashed with the back of a knife 1-3 sliced Thai chilis (to taste – these can be very hot!) Let the broth simmer for 10 minutes to infuse the flavours then add: ¾ can of Thai coconut milk 4-5 sliced mushrooms juice of 1 lime 1 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp nam pla (fish sauce) Let the broth simmer for another 5 minutes and assemble as follows: Slice the chicken breasts and place into soup bowls; ladle the broth over top. Garnish with any or all of the following: Chopped cilantro Bean sprouts Rice noodles Enjoy! Wine pairing courtesy Dave Gartley, Gartley Station: This one is pretty easy and if you read my past pairings you already know the answer … this is not a test. Next time you visit an Asian or Indian restaurant take note of what wines the customers are drinking. They're probably not drinking wine. Then ask for the wine list. Chances are they won’t have one. So why is that? We have several Asian customers at Gartley Station and they only ask for one wine: Ice Wine! The only thing that tames spicy food is sugar. A tannic wine or an acidic wine will actually amplify the heat sensation. When pairing this Tom Kha Gai dish, choose a semi-sweet wine, off-dry champagne, a liqueur or an ice wine. The spicier the dish, the sweeter your beverage should be.
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his fall, style is all about what you want to make it, with trends ranging across the board and across all eras, from the ’40s to the’90s. Take this opportunity to get creative and explore the new shapes and materials we’re seeing on the high street!
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Prominent trends for this fall/winter include fur of all shapes and colours, layered garments finished with statement jewelry, pinks in dusty and bright hues, army greens and browns, warm jewel tones and lots of plaid. Ladies, try structured shapes
juxtaposed with feminine fluid materials to create a wearable masculine look – this style can transition easily from work to play. Texture is a must for both genders, so don’t shy away from mixing and matching your tweed and leather or wool and silk to create a fun contrast. Black is back for winter, but colour is just as important. Following the trends, the fall 2013 palette also allows for experimentation and versatility, from emerald green and ruby red to nouveau pink to camouflage greens and browns … embrace the colours that speak to you!
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TRENDSETTERS Itâ€™s all in the details with this seasonâ€™s accessories: studs give an edge to otherwise simple designs and texture continues to add depth to purses and shoes. Fall trends are complemented nicely with the warm rusty tones of leather accessories along with bronze and gemstone jewelry that is making an appearance.
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Compensating for seasonal changes can help skin stay healthy; ensure your skin not only survives, but thrives this fall and winter!
by Shannon Hall, Licensed Esthetician and Owner Anam Cara Day Spa & Beauty Bar
Our skin is our body’s largest living organ, and it bears the brunt of exposure to the outside world. Depending on the climate where you live, your skin changes as the weather changes. In the winter, electric heaters or gas furnaces keep our skin warm from cooler temperatures. However, dry heat can cause dehydration, causing the skin to become chapped and flaky, especially when coming in from the cold weather. This tendency for the skin to change starts in the fall and becomes more noticeable in the winter months. Awareness is the key to good skin care. Educate yourself on your skin type and needs as it changes with the seasons.
▼ drink more water.
Water keeps our skin hydrated in all seasons! It is the most effective way to flush out toxins that might otherwise be excreted by the skin. It also helps to elevate clogged pores and prevent acne, and it is great wrinkle prevention.
▼ wear sunscreen. Sunscreen is our best defence against the harmful effects
of UVA and UVB rays all year round. Sunscreens are found in moisturizer and foundations and should be used daily to guard against the harmful effects the sun has on our skin.
▼ exfoliate. Exfoliating allows the skin to renew itself and regenerate! This process helps the pores remain clean and clear. In the fall and winter it helps our moisturizers and other skin care products work better because it takes away the buildup of dead surface skin cells that create an unwanted barrier. ▼ moisturize. Day cream protects the skin from the elements, pollution and the overproduction of sebaceous oil production (yes, even if you have acne it is important to moisturize!). Night cream is designed to restore and repair the skin. Its molecular structure is smaller and this allows the cream to penetrate deeper into the dermal layer. In the winter, moisturizer can nourish and rehydrate the skin from the harsher winter climate. ▼ avoid hot showers.
Hot showers can dehydrate your body, and the hot water can be harmful to dry skin and especially acne prone skin. It is best to have a warm bath or shower during the winter season.
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the Hawaiian Practice That Heals by Pene Beavan Horton
"I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you." Ten words. Would you believe that the use of 10 simple words some 30 years ago could empty a hospital ward of the criminally insane at the Hawaii State Hospital? That a clinic housing formerly deranged patients could, in four short years, be closed because it wasn't needed anymore? This is the story of clinical psychologist, Dr. Stanley Hew Len, the man who achieved this miracle. He used no force; he didn't even see his patients. "He used to sit in his office and look at the patients' files. While perusing them, he would feel something, a pain, an empathy. Then he started the healing on himself, taking full responsibility for what was going on with a given patient. That's how those people got better, because their doctor had the strange view that it was himself who needed the healing, not them," says Rosario Montenegro. (http://rosariomontenegro.hubpages.com/hub/How-Dr-Hew-Lenhealed-a-ward-of-mentally-ill-criminals-with-Hooponopono). What is Ho'oponopono? Simply put, Ho'oponopono is based on the fact that we see the world not as it is, but as we are. So everything that happens to us is coloured by our past memories and current perception of what is, which makes everything that happens our responsibility.
Someone is angry with us? It's our responsibility. If we can't get along with a family member or co-worker, it's our responsibility. Whatever the difficulty or problem, it is our responsibility. No exceptions. Literally, the world is our world, it is our creation, therefore our responsibility. This doesn't mean any of this is necessarily our fault. It does mean "that we are responsible for healing our self in order to heal whatever or whoever it is that appears to us as a problem." A strange and unbelievable story or something that works? Try it. Think of someone you're having difficulty with, or, as Rosario Montenegro says in his blog, when you have a sense that someone is in danger or in great need of some grace or healing. Say their name. Say the 10 words with real feeling. Do this as often as you care to before you meet this person again. Be open to finding them changed for the better, either in attitude or behaviour or wellbeing. Just notice and say the 10 words when you think of them. Try it. "I love you. Iâ€™m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you." As I understand the process, we're offering heartfelt love, sincere apologies for any wrongdoing in our life, asking for forgiveness and expressing our gratitude. Most of us don't have a whole lot of criminally insane associates, but perhaps all of us can benefit from internalizing and then projecting Dr. Len's loving thoughts, to heal ourselves and those around us.
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and connect with Angel at www.sidneyfamilylaw.com. Peninsula Naturopathic recently welcomed Dr. Eric Backhouse to its growing practice. Dr. Backhouse specializes in spinal care for families and seniors, with clinic focus on sports medicine, rehab and soft tissue therapy. In practise for 13 years, Eric and his young family are pleased to now call Sidney home. You can connect with Dr. Backhouse and the team at www.peninsulanaturopathic.com or by calling 250-655-1660. organizations
Seaside Celebrations Get your groove and your bib on with the Rotary Club of Brentwood Bay Foundation and the Saanich Peninsula Foundation at Lobsterfest, a joint fundraiser, on October 5th at the Saanich Fairground. Featuring fresh lobster, musical entertainment by the O'Briens, a cash bar and a live auction, tickets are $50/person with discounts for groups of eight or more and are available at Tanner's, Beacon Books or by calling Ken at 250-884-9844. Learn more at www. saanichpeninsulafoundation.ca. restaurants
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com/victoriankettlecorn. Andrew and Amber Smith love Everything Old. In their North Saanich home, their business specializes in farmhouse-type antique and vintage items, including restored furniture and home décor. Re-purposing the old into something interesting, new and useful, they also take on consignment goods and assist with downsizing and estate sales. Open Wednesday through Sunday, visit www.everythingold.ca. News, changes, updates, launches? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On Midsummer Day each year the artist Margaret Alpen and her
family celebrate the Summer Solstice. Trestle tables covered with white linen cloths are set up in the meadow below Margaret's house. She picks bouquets of flowers, which she arranges in jugs and bowls around the property. An altar honouring one and all, All as One, is laid on a piece of beautiful fabric at the edge of the pond. There's a sense of magic in the air. Guests trickle in, then arrive in crowds. There are hugs and greetings. Adults carry contributions of food and drink for the feasting yet to come. They are invited to form a circle. A ball of string unravels as it is passed from one person to the next until the string itself forms one ring. Scissors are passed around for each to cut the string and keep hold of a piece until later. The circle breaks into a line. As the line slowly moves forward around the pond, each man, woman and child receives a small square of cloth and a pebble. One at a time she, or he, makes a wish; one by one each throws the pebble into the water. You can never hang onto a wish. It must make its way out into the universe to be granted – or not. A walk along a rocky winding path through the woods is next. Along its way are "stations" – places to stop and receive a small gift symbolic of the summer season. A lavender flower, an herb, a tiny paper heart to wrap in the cloth and tie with string. At one stop a laughing Buddha you could swear is an eight-year-old boy makes a funny face. At another stop a fool dances wildly, merrily. Singing and feasting follow until darkness falls. The candles are lit on the altar and little paper boats floated on the pond. Summer is well and truly welcomed. Most world religions, including Judaism and Christianity, employ ritual. Think of the symbolism of Holy Communion, or the Sabbath supper eaten after sundown on Friday evenings. Apart from these religious ceremonies; however, ritual is sparse in Western society. Yes, candles are lit in honour of birthdays, and there are specific dishes connected with Christmas, Hanukah and Thanksgiving. But what about all the small celebrations? Those rites of passage that are part of
the human journey? One woman, newly divorced, baked a cake, iced on top with different shades on either side of a zigzag down the middle. She placed a photo of her ex-husband on one side of the zigzag, and of herself on the other. She'd cut a photo in half depicting both of them together. After lighting a candle, she burned the "husband" part of the photo and released the ashes into the air with good wishes for his future. Afterward, she felt changed: free to go her own way, live her own life. A man whose life had hit rock bottom went for psychological counseling. Several weeks later, no longer feeling suicidal, he flushed the stash of pills he'd intended to take down the toilet. Like the recently divorced woman, he made the occasion meaningful by adding in a bit of ceremony. It worked like magic, he said. His life took off again. Sir Walter Raleigh described magic as a route to "virtues hidden in the center of the center." Magic, he said, "bringeth to light the inmost virtues, and draweth them out of Nature's hidden bosom to human use.
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v eterinary v oice we're all familiar with Seeing eye dogs, but there are many different animals used for therapeutic and helping purposes
Pampered People, You Say? by Dr. Shelley Breadner
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because they share their lives with a pet. We are all familiar with Seeing Eye dogs that help people to navigate their surroundings. There are many types of service assistance dogs. What about hearing assistance dogs? They alert their owners to doorbells, alarms, telephone calls and more. Other dogs assist disabled people with retrieving objects, turning the pages of a book, opening and closing doors, pulling wheelchairs and more. Dogs can alert their people of an impending seizure, and help them get to a safe place before it happens. A great commitment by many is involved in training dogs to be assistance dogs, and we benefit from their efforts. Service dogs work with police to apprehend criminals. Others work solely as "sniffer" dogs that detect hidden contraband. This can range from illegal food items to drugs and bombs. Interestingly, rats have also been trained to identify land mines. They are light enough to cover the ground without triggering an explosion. Horses are used as therapy animals; riding and gentle interaction greatly benefits those with autism, cerebral palsy and other diseases. Therapy horses are also beneficial in supporting people with personal strife or mental health issues. Medical uses with dogs include early detection of cancer in individuals before any medical screening is able to identify disease. The now famous cat Oscar has resided in a nursing home in New England and has predicted imminent death in over 50 elderly residents. This
may seem gruesome to ponder, but the generally unsociable cat keeps vigil over the terminally ill people until they pass. Oscar has been so reliable that the medical team utilizes his behaviour to alert family members in time for them to attend the elder's bedside before passing. These are domesticated animals we have been speaking about, yet there are instances of wild animals that have assisted humans in various ways. Dolphins are very well known for intercepting and assaulting sharks when they are lurking around surfers and swimmers. For 24 years (1888 to 1912), the famous dolphin Pelorus Jack guided ships through the perilous waters of the Marlborough Sounds between the north and south islands of New Zealand. Even by night, Pelorus Jack could be seen in the bio-luminescence guiding the ships to safety. So next time you wake up, thank the bees, the birds and all the animals that bring us joy and provide for us without hesitation. How much more pampered can we be? For more information visit www.breadnervet.com.
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Moose Hall Revitalized: Treasures, magic and stories by Doreen Marion Gee
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antique at The Old Attic, you are also buying a fascinating piece of past or recent history. Almost every exquisite item – old or new – has a tantalizing human story behind it. At The Old Attic, the word "beauty" takes on a new life. The owners choose their treasures based on their creative explosion on our senses: how they delight the eye and grab the mind – whatever their age or pedigree. The Old Attic caters to every taste and desire, setting the imagination on fire. Entering The Old Attic store in Saanichton, I felt spellbound within my wildest fantasy: a magical wonderland of exotic collectibles and fine works of art lining every wall to the ceiling. The owners, Lynne Parker and Vic Clive, love what they do and the customers they serve. They formed a partnership in 2010 selling vintage, modern, retro and antiques. The Old Attic business has evolved from a business park warehouse enterprise to their brand new beautiful digs at 7925 East Saanich Road. Housed in an old-time 1898 "Moose Hall," it is one of the four oldest buildings in Saanichton. At The Old Attic, "beauty" is independent of time and judgement; the owners showcase items that simply stir our passions. Along
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with premium quality, the owners value the "specialness" of their treasures: "Our stuff is eclectic. It doesn't have to be antique or 400 years old. It has to be really interesting – that is the stuff that we want! That is what piques our interest." Hypnotized by an eccentric end table with a metal snake wrapped around it, I
"Our stuff is eclectic. It doesn't have to be antique or 400 years old. It has to be really interesting – that is the stuff we want!" was amazed to discover that it was made from a chainsaw, right down to the slithery reptile with nail fangs. The tale behind the collectible is equally valuable to Lynne and Vic: "If it has a back story behind it, that's even cooler." An old typewriter sits at the front of their store with a CBC sticker from a Vancouver newsroom on it, whetting my "journalist" appetite (I wonder what breaking news changed history from those metal keys!). Just after they opened, an old red trunk crossed their door
that had been in an 1895 California hotel. Inside the trunk were road pictures of the hotel – which burned down five years later. Lynn: "We research everything before we sell it. If there is a story behind an item, we tell the story as well." Customers are very eager to hear the tale behind the treasure: "It makes it just that more special." The sky is the limit at The Old Attic: old, new, furniture, paintings, artwork, an old mandolin, a Coca-Cola lamp, an exquisite 400-year-old cabinet-hutch-writing-desk combination, vinyl LPs, a fabulous chunky table made from re-purposed wood, antiques, old musical scores and a breathtaking etched glass swan that changes from turquoise to vermillion. Recently, a young collector brought in his array of Egyptian and Roman antiquities. Every item at the Old Attic is in premium condition and "priced very appropriately for the Victoria market." Visiting The Old Attic was a thrilling time machine ride, flying back and forth at a heady pace – complete with stories of human passion and intrigue and an over-arching sense of transcendent authentic beauty. For more info, visit www.theoldattic.ca. Picture by Doreen Marion Gee.
Hope Floats On September 8th, paddlers of all levels will kayak across Cadboro Bay to raise funds for InspireHealth and integrative cancer care in British Columbia. This summer will mark the sixth year for Kayak for a Cure, a Vancouver-based society that donates 100% of their event proceeds to charities close to their hearts. This annual fundraising challenge is open to the public and holds very special significance for the participants, most of who have been touched by cancer, either directly or indirectly. Many are cancer survivors themselves or living with a diagnosis of cancer; others are paddling as a unique way to support or honour a loved one. Paddling with Kayak for a Cure Victoria for the second consecutive year is Isabel Cordua-von Specht, an InspireHealth member. For Isabel, participating in last year's event was an expression of deep gratitude for all that InspireHealth had given her. "Getting involved was a way for me to give back," says Isabel, "InspireHealth helped me move towards a much deeper sense of health in all aspects of my life." Hoping to share her experience is what inspired Isabel to take to the waters: "I wanted to help raise InspireHealth's profile in Victoria so that others could benefit just like I had. Kayak for a Cure 2012 was a highlight for me in a treatment-filled year!" Kayak for a Cure™ was launched in 2006 in Vancouver. The society's mission is to organize and sustain community kayak events around the world to support cancer research and prevention programs. Through kayaking, their goals are to build community, provide inspiring experiences and raise money to support research and cancer prevention. InspireHealth has been the fortunate benefactor of this extraordinary event for three years. Last summer, the events hosted in Vancouver and Victoria raised over $50,000 in support of integrative cancer care. On event day, kayakers are divided into pods based on experience and are supported by professional safety guides. The event is followed by a beach party and barbecue for all paddlers and their loved ones. For more information on the event visit www.kayakforacure.org.
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nation?" Commonly known as W3, Wonderful Word Weaving is truly addictive. Created by two scrabble enthusiasts living on Salt Spring Island, W3 could easily be described as Scrabble for one without a board. Children as young as nine or as old as 99 can quickly learn to play the game. It begins with a player rolling the dice onto a playing surface. One can play it on one's own patio table, at the beach on a tray, or even on an airplane! The challenge is to manipulate the 24 dice facing upwards to compose words and connect them in a grid. The ultimate challenge is to use all letters in as few words as possible, however, unlike Scrabble, words, even once they have been placed into the grid position, can be changed, rearranged, reworked, eliminated, broken down or even added to! While the manual gives suggestions as to how the game can be played by two to six people, the real beauty of it is that it can be played by just one person and that person doesn't need any type of electronic device in order to play. Each game can take as little as five minutes or, if one gets a really challenging set of dice at the time of the initial toss, it can take 20 minutes or more to solve the round. It is an ideal gift for an elderly person, especially one who is alone. Recently I had the chance to play with a person with early Alzheimer's and in minutes she understood how to play and easily took to the game. It's that easy! Kids too have shown incredible interest! W3 is available at SeaSide Home and Garden, at 2428 Beacon Avenue in Sidney.
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First Annual Sidney Literary Festival Events
With less than two months before the new Sidney Literary Festival October 4th to 6th, several engaging and entertaining fundraising events are planned in the run-up to the Festival. On Friday, September 13th at 7 p.m. at the Red Brick Café in Sidney, an evening of readings by self-published authors will introduce a diverse lineup of local writers including T.M "Scotty" Gardiner reading from his memoir, My Life as a Mountie; mystery writer Ruth Wellburn reading from The Devil's Ruse; Hugh Richards reading from his travel book Reflections on Three Oceans; and Karen McCoy reading from One Rep at a Time. Tickets for this event are $5 at Tanner's Books in Sidney. On Friday, September 20th at the Red Brick Cafe, Salt Spring Island resident Patrick Taylor will read from and discuss his very popular series of stories about an Irish country doctor. Tickets ($10) are available at Tanner's Books. Several artists have generously donated works of art for a silent auction in support of the Festival. The art will be on display at the Red Brick Café until September 13th. Bid sheets will be available at the Café. Contributing artists include Kathleen Lane, Betty Rollins, Stephanie Steel, Keith Levang, Richard Julien and Wendy Picken. The Peninsula Gallery has contributed a limited edition print by Pierre Francis Surtees and a framed photograph by David Donaldson. On October 4th, 5th and 6th, the Sidney Literary Festival will host 14 award-winning writers whose genres include mystery, war, children's literature, poetry, short stories and local life. The Festival will begin Friday evening with a hosted author presentation at North Saanich Middle School and continue Saturday with an Author Breakfast at the Sidney Pier Hotel, a series of readings and adult, children's and teen workshops to be held in local venues. Tickets for all events except the breakfast will be available from Tanner's Bookstore. Tickets for the Author Breakfast will be available at The Pier Hotel. For details, visit www.sidneyliteraryfestival.com.
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seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. September 1st feels like New Year's Day with the start of so many fresh new experiences, art shows and continuous learning opportunities. Here's just a wee sampling.
Shakespeare by the Sea Head down to the bandshell next to Sidney's wharf to enjoy Sidney Shakespeare by the Sea – a new festival. Five performances and two plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet. The comedic Dream demonstrates the range of Shakespeare's imaginative sources, referencing Greek mythology and English fairytales and parodying theatrical conventions of his day, such as men playing women's roles. Or take your date to see one of history's most romantic tragedies as lovers Romeo and Juliet try to overcome deep-seated family feuds. Action, poetry and a spectacular setting. What could be better? Tickets $25; www./tides or call 250-656-0275. Proceeds support Victoria Shakespeare by the Sea and Discovery Dance Theatre. For full details visit www.TIDESgroup.com. Performance Sept. 6th, 7:30 pm @ the Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre. Performances Sept. 7th and 8th @ 2 and 7 p.m., Beacon Park outside (festival seating). *Romeo and Juliet performed only on September 8th. Outside performances may
be moved to the Charlie White Theatre if weather dictates.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show and Sale Drop by the Mary Winspear Centre to see an amazingly diverse display of arts and crafts created by local Coast Salish artists and many other First Peoples throughout Canada. Now in its fifth year, this art show is the largest of its kind in Canada. Artistic expressions include carving, weaving, prints, fabric art, drums, rattles, pottery, beading, leather work, painting and jewelry. Stories and music will add to the ambiance of this ever-changing display. The artists pay no fee and entry is free thanks to the Province of British Columbia, Saanich Peninsula Foundation Society, the Mary Winspear Centre and the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula. See article on page 69 for further details. September 24th through October 12th. Free Admission. Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney.
Schumann: His Life and Music Engage your gray cells with a UVic Continuing Studies course focused on Robert Schumann, a "quintessential" fiqure in the early Romantic movement. Instructor Kevin Bazzana writes about classical music for the Times Colonist and is the author of three books about pianists. It's not necessary to have any formal music
training to enjoy and learn from this course held at the Mary Winspear Centre. A variety of other UVic courses are also available, from birding to origins of art. Wednesdays, September 25th to October 30th, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Registration: www.continuingstudies.uvic.ca/ community or 250-472-4747.
Musical Tributes This is the month for tribute shows at the Charlie White Theatre: The Legendary Platters, September 7th; A Night of Bowie, September 13th; and U4 – The Ultimate Tribute to U2. Information and tickets: 250-656-0275 or www.marywinspear.ca.
Articulated Materials: Bridging Waters This month the Community Arts Centre will host a transAtlantic textile exhibition created by Articulation (Canadian) and Material Girls (British), two artist collectives that have explored their respective iconic waterways – the Bay of Fundy and the River Thames. Following a successful 2012 tour in England, the exhibition is travelling across Canada stopping in Winnipeg, Sidney and Saint John. More on their textile art at http://the-materialgirls.co.uk and http://articulationtextilegroup. blogspot.ca. September 1st to 14th, Tulista Park Community Arts Centre, Sidney (near Anacortes Ferry Terminal). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
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WestCoast ECO Home: Pushing Parameters by Doreen Marion Gee This is the first in a four-part series on some of the unique and local shops the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. "We all have to live in the same house. Wouldn't it be fabulous if everybody had the same respect for each other and their house! It is the same on planet earth." Anita Rydygier, proprietor of WestCoast ECO Home in Sidney, is a long-term thinker with a philosophy of living simpler and living better. Her progressive ideas are pushing boundaries with a whole new paradigm of health and sustainability. WestCoast ECO Home stemmed from the ECO Design business of Anita's partner, J.C. Scott, an interior designer who has been promoting eco-sustainable healthy green interiors for 30 years. Anita sells furniture, handmade crafts, lighting, jewelry, carpets and skin care products at her attractive, glistening store. Her place is a step into the future: all natural green products, created or grown without chemicals, and healthy for humans and the planet. The furniture has no glues or varnishes and their carpets are chemical-free – easy on us and the environment. Some items are made from recycled and reclaimed wood, helping to lessen our imprint on planet earth. Her skin care and health care products are chemical-free, with no formaldehydes and no parabens. "It is about nourishment and protection." Anita talked about a woman with chronic psoriasis who had given up all hope until she got the gentle healing relief of the cream at WestCoast ECO.
WestCoast ECO Home operates under a new paradigm, a new longterm way of thinking. The whole philosophy of their store is "value for money:" providing beauty, sustainability, and local products. WestCoast ECO products may cost a little more, "but the value is exponential:" their health-enhancing features have the potential to result in incredible long-term health care savings. Organic food is a useful analogy. A small extra cost ensures more nutrients for the dollar, longer lasting food, and a well-nourished family with lasting health benefits. Anita's mantra is buy less, but own the best. Anita loves to showcase the work of gifted and talented artisans on Vancouver Island. She sees her store as a return to a time of handmade craftsmanship – before the industrial age. Her exquisite products "just emanate the passion and love of the artist and what the craftsman put into it. Artists push the parameters of society. Creativity should be prevalent in our lives. We need innovation, we need to move forward or else we will be stagnant." In her store's "Mission Statement," Anita is dedicated to her progressive work: "Our retail and online stores are committed to providing our customers with products that are healthy for people, healthy for homes and healthy for our fragile planet." Anita is pushing the edges of our own collective limited mindset. We should listen. Contact: www.westcoastecohome.com.
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Memories of the Green Farm by Gillian Crowley
fred green has fond memories of his family's farm, long replaced by high speed traffic and subdivisions
On your next drive south on the Pat Bay
Highway, imagine what you'd see near Elk and Beaver Lakes back in the 1940s and '50s. Near the present rowing club, a young boy herds dairy cattle onto the meadow and further south, strawberry fields and orchards spread across the current tarmac, sweeping down to the lakes. On the corner of Haliburton and the old winding highway, local fruit farmers bring their produce to be shipped from a Saanich Fruit Growers Association stand. Fred Green has fond memories of these sights and his family's farm, long replaced by high speed traffic and subdivisions. A retired B.C. judge who still rides a Harley at 76, Fred recalls his life on the farm encouraged independence and a love of challenges. Rural life was much freer then for kids even though they had to work hard. Fred says: "As the eldest, at age eight I was allowed to drive the tractor in the fields and by age 10 I was driving our 1936 Ford three-ton farm truck on the hay fields and nearby gravel roads. At 11 I was blowing out stumps to clear land." In 1942, Fred's father Ivan and four uncles pooled their money to buy about 45 acres of bush now bounded by Santa Clara, Walema and Del Monte Avenues and Destrube Place. The extended Green family had to clear half the land of second growth trees and later
bought another 20 acres for their "dry" cows where today's Silver Rill farm stands. The Green farm ran a mixed operation with 25 dairy cattle, more than 750 layers and 500 broiler chickens, several sows, an apple orchard and fields of "mangels" (fodder beets), hay and strawberries. During World War II, horses were still used for plowing but by 1945 the family had acquired a tractor
A retired B.C. judge, Fred Green recalls his life on the farm encouraged independence and a love of challenges. assembled from old car parts from Hafer's machine shop on Island View Road. Farming could be a dangerous occupation, especially with unpredictable animals. Fred has vivid memories of the day the hired man, who had the horse team attached to a vicious looking hay rake, walked the rig's centre pole to adjust the harnesses. Suddenly the horses startled, galloping off around the field with the man clinging to the pole for dear life. "My Uncle Harold ran to grab a halter but the horses kept going and he couldn't hang
on. Knowing the rake was behind, he flung himself off as far as possible, but the end of the rake hit his head. I'll never forget that awful sight," says Fred. The adults drove the hurt man all the way to Jubilee Hospital and fortunately he survived his injuries. From 1942 to 1946, Fred's immediate family plus his Uncle Harold and Aunt Kate lived together in one house. Eventually enough land was cleared that the families could build separate houses. Welcome in all three family homes, Fred remembers learning something different from each relative. "Dad taught me carpentry, Uncle Harold taught me farming and Uncle Stan helped me develop my love of fishing." Eventually Fred's father returned to construction full-time, Stan became a building inspector for Saanich, and bachelor Harold continued farming on a smaller scale. The land was sold in the early '60s. Despite later residential development, the house Fred grew up in is still standing on Del Monte. Recalling farm life, Fred says: "I loved the freedom, the space and the variety of activities â€“ the vet's arrival, breeding the cows, castrating the hogs and speeding down the hills on the tractor." Are they all good memories? "No, I certainly wouldn't want to go back to hand hoeing the big mangel field or mucking out the chicken houses!"
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A passionate farm experience When Dallas Bohl married Sarah, he became part of a 10-acre farm, Highland House, established by her father Hamish Crawford, who bought the land in 1989. Hamish had a desire to build a bakery and sell bread and baked goods produced entirely on the farm. In 2002 The Roost was established, and is now owned and operated by Dallas and Sarah, while Hamish continues to grow the wheat, cultivate blueberries and manage the chickens, eggs, and even sheep. "Over the years we expanded,"says Dallas, "and built a wood fired oven, which is open from June to September." There are delightful areas to eat the Roost's wholesome food, including the porch, the secret garden and picnic benches overlooking the vineyard. Dallas is an enthusiastic man who stresses the importance of the local farm and vineyard experience. "We planted the vines nearly seven years ago and began with a white wine called Siegerrebe, with the Highland House logo." The name is German for Victory Vine; it is low in acid and has a fine bouquet. "It accounts for 80% of our wine
sales." Recently a delicious ginger wine has also been introduced, and both estate wines are a complement to the tempting menu. "We have had huge support from the community, who appreciate this family venture." Dallas smiles, as a child demands his attention. We discuss the family's next project, which is the construction of a building he calls "The Castle." "Imagine a doughnut- shaped building with a courtyard in the middle, that will include a winery, a wine bistro and patio, a cellar, a storage area and a restaurant," he explains. But, the family's plans have been stalled while they battle with the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). In theory, they are attempting to achieve what the Commission encourages, but in practice the ALC's staff have been "unhelpful." "Often, the building development precedes the establishment of a farm; in our case we have the working farm and vineyard, and need the building to accommodate our expansion. North Saanich Council is unable to respond until the ALC decides to act." The Roost is well known in North Saanich for its excellent food and congenial atmosphere. Dallas agrees that his typical day is never "typical," being a fine balance between family, firing the wood oven, welcoming visitors, and dealing with more than 30 employees. When I visited, the place was abuzz with activity: smiling staff, well-priced food and a whole farm experience.
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