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"Hootie: A Wise Feathered Friend." Seaside Snapshots see pg. 10. Photo by Lynn Larsen.
Seaside Magazine's Second Annual Photography Contest
2014 Fall Style: It's Only Love! Peninsula Restaurant Profile: Catalina Grill House
Seaside Homes: Building the Power Smart Home
COLUMNS 8 First Word 23 Grey Matters 30 Island Dish 42 West Coast Gardener 43 On Design 51 Ignition 58 Smell the Coffee 63 Last Word
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Since moving to Sidney almost a year ago, I have discovered family roots that I hadn't known existed. It's been wonderful to learn of my family history here and to meet relatives who still live in the area. My great grandfather, Jock Anderson, started the original hardware store on Beacon and was a three-time club champ at the Ardmore Golf Course; my grandmother Katherine, my namesake, overlooks Patricia Bay from the Holy Trinity cemetery. I am so grateful to find myself on this beautiful Peninsula with such rich history and family legacy. As fall begins I plan to notice every change in the colours and light through my studio window while I sketch out my landscape designs and take my place in our family story. chloe hale
When I was 15 I got a job in a library, placing books in the correct order and helping patrons. I worked at the library for three years and soon realized I loved organizing, working with books and helping others. I knew this was something I wanted to pursue but somehow I needed to incorporate my love for history. Upon researching I discovered archivists. A trip to England gave me the opportunity to visit the University of York archives and I fell in love with the abundance of historic documents that were available. Last year I decided to attend University of Victoria to pursue a degree in Medieval Studies. This summer I have been volunteering at the Sidney Museum Archives which has given me the opportunity to experience some of the duties and has strengthened my desire to be an archivist. trysh ashby-rolls
Writing on challenging social issues is my "brand" as many of you know. This month's piece in Grey Matters on ALS is no exception. However, remembering Kim Davis, who I write about, brings back happy memories too. He and I acted together in The Importance of Being Earnest in a community theatre production. If you know the play, you'll know that cucumber sandwiches feature alongside scones and cake at afternoon tea. On my 71st birthday I copied Oscar Wilde's menu, invited my friends to dress up and come for sherry, champagne, cuke sandwiches and cake. In this photo I'm about to blow out the candle. All of which is to illustrate that although I write often on heavy-duty subjects, I have a playful side and love to have fun. Balance is important in life with, as the saying goes, "everything in moderation, including moderation."
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Raised in a small town with four sisters, a stay-at-home mother and a father who put in long days to provide for our family, I learned the importance of saving and protecting one's hard-earned money. With over two decades of experience in the investment industry, I am committed to bringing my clients the peace of mind they deserve by helping them understand their investments. I believe that every client has their own unique story and it is my responsibility to help them determine their goals and risk tolerance so they are prepared for the future. My disciplined process, together with the expertise of RBC's Wealth Management Services team, provides a comprehensive range of financial planning services and valuable benefits for my clients at RBC Dominion Securities. I share my thoughts on financial abuse in this issue's Common Cents column.
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first word I love my summer but the days are getting shorter and soon many of us will be waving to our kids as they head back to school. This time of year brings change in almost everyone's lives: the green leaves turn brown, the sky gets darker, the wind blows, the pumpkins are ready to pick, the leaves fall all around, and then it's winter. I look back to almost 25 years ago when I first got into this business; I had no intention of becoming a publisher and owning my own business one day. I read somewhere about how publishers can actually play at being God – figuratively speaking, of course. I took that to mean that they, among other things, have absolute control over the content in their publications … and heaven help anyone who disagrees! I think the promise of authority is why so many people want to be publishers. What many people don't realize is that publishing is much more complex than first meets the eye. Planning editorial content by understanding your reader is certainly crucial to your success, and believe me, even I don't get to play God with that. But what is fun about the process is choosing seemingly unlikely people and topics to profile, and taking the risk that those articles will be well received. It's impossible to please absolutely everyone, but finding the right mix of content to keep the
majority of your readers informed and entertained is always an interesting challenge. In this issue, whether taking photographs for work, school or for pure pleasure, our annual Seaside Snapshots winners show us how worthwhile the results of effort can be. You will see how well they capture high-flying action, the beauty of our natural surroundings or fleeting familial pleasures. Our cover features "Hootie," photographed by Lynn Larsen on a day when she and the wise owl were destined to meet. As Lynn said: "It was a sunny day and I had just come home from a medical procedure on my brain. A neighbour told me that there was an owl sitting in her tree. I wasn't feeling very well but it didn't stop me from grabbing my camera in search of a great picture. I couldn't look up at him so I laid on my back right underneath him and snapped away and started talking to him. He was tilting his head from side to side as if he understood everything I was saying. He was definitely not afraid of me and just kept posing for me. I wasn't feeling any pain in my head for the hour I sat with him and I loved the experience of just looking into those beautiful and understanding eyes. When they say animals and laughter are the world's best medicine I now think that it is true. All the drugs and treatments they have given me have not accomplished the pain free hour that I had with Hootie." We invite you to take some time after "work" and relax with this issue of Seaside Magazine. We hope you'll find your spirits refreshed, and perhaps contemplate what lies ahead for each one of us, as we watch the season change!
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letters Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via allison@seasidemagazine. ca or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. We read and enjoyed [Valerie Green's] article in the Seaside Magazine about Bishop Cridge and his wife Mary. Lovely article and they were both amazing people. Debbie Cridge Cridge Family Pharmacy
I LOVE your magazine. My friends and I did five messages in one bottle, as we were conscious about polluting the ocean, and we launched it close to James Bay Pier. I was thrilled when our bottle was found! Lorna Paterson Saanichton
The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula wishes to congratulate the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show, held at the Mary Winspear Centre August 8th to September 4th, on another great event. The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show, started by the CACSP six years ago, outgrew our Community Arts Centre at Tulista Park and was transferred to the Mary Winspear Centre last year. We are thrilled this show now has the additional space and financial resources (through the Mary Winspear's Memorial Park Society) for the continued growth and celebration of aboriginal arts and artists in our community. Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula
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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 Second Annual Photography Contest, Seaside wishes to further reward some of these amazing artists, with some good old-fashioned ink in our local magazine. With so many 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.
L y nn La r sen w o nde r f u l wi l d l i f e “A W i s e Feathered Friend”
I am 63 years old and retired. I was born in Victoria, however, until 2003 I had lived in the Lower Mainland for the previous 37 years. In my heart though, I had always wanted to return to Victoria. I also wanted to be near my mother in Victoria, whose health was failing; she passed away this past December. I keep myself busy doing volunteer work at Oak Bay Lodge twice a week and make quilts for newborn babies. My passion is photography and I have a great love for all animals. I am always amazed when I get the opportunity to combine my two loves. This beautiful, wise owl and I were destined to meet and I loved it.
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I've been interested in photography from the time I was a teenager and more so after my Dad gave me his Swiss Alpa Reflex camera. It was totally manual of course so I had to learn about f stops, shutter speeds, etc. I recently purchased a Canon 100 mm Macro lens and have been enjoying the results. I was at the market thinking of the photo competition when I saw one of the vendors put out a box of assorted peppers. The variety and colour caught my eye so naturally I had to take a photo.
m i k e l ane c r az y k ids "Universal Fun"
After retiring from a career as a forester, my wife, Colombe, and I took a cruise on a working freighter. Another passenger onboard showed me his digital camera while photographing wildlife in coastal B.C. By the end of the cruise, I bought his first digital camera. Now, four cameras later, I am a serious amateur photographer. I'm rarely without my camera, and when the opportunity arose to take this photo of my granddaughter I quickly focused and took a series of photos. I live with my family in Saanichton.
j ac k y e mills y o u r wes t c o as t cu l t u r e "Sunrise at the Pier"
I am a long-term Saanich Peninsula resident, having spent most of my life living in Swartz Bay, Dean Park and now Cordova Bay. I have been self employed most of that time as a watercolour painter, silk painter, jeweller, weaver and clothing designer. Now retired, I am pursuing my passions of travel and photography. I find Sidney an inspiring location for taking photos, and the pier at sunrise has beautiful light and is different everyÂ day.
c h an t a l j ac q ues w o nde r f u l wi l d l i f e "Singing my Heart Out"
I have always been interested in photography but it has become my official hobby since I retired two years ago. My husband and I like the outdoors and photography complements our activities. I was a birdwatcher before becoming a bird photographer and the contrasting colours of the Common Yellowthroat and the very distinctive rolling wichety-wichety-wichety song of the male has always amused me. Even if it is a relatively common bird, easy to see and to hear on the Saanich Peninsula, I never get tired of taking an additional snapshot of these members of the warbler family. It is a little bird with a big attitude. Seaside readers can see more of my photos on my Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ chantaljacques2012/sets/.
conversations from the past An Imaginary Interview With renowned victoria artist emily carr
Emily Carr by Valerie Green
Have you ever wondered what it would
be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria's past? If so, wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. Emily Carr was a renowned Victoria artist and author but only really achieved the fame she deserved after her death in 1945. Her name is now known around the world. ("Interview" conducted in the late 1930s.)
Your health has not been too good of late I understand, Miss Carr. I have problems with my heart. We don't need to talk about that. Please tell me about what Victoria was like when you were young. Much better than it is today! I was born in 1871 to English parents, Richard and Emily Carr, and we lived on Birdcage Walk which is now called Government Street. We were brought up to be very English. I was the second youngest in a family of nine children. My father was Presbyterian and insisted on Sunday morning prayers and evening Bible readings and we children took turns to recite the sermon every week. Did you have artistic inclinations from an early age? Yes, and my father encouraged me, but I didn't pursue art seriously until 1891 after he died. What did you do then?
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I went to the San Francisco Art Institute for two years, then in 1899 I went to London to study at the Westminster School of Art. Later I taught art in Vancouver but the students didn't like me much. Why was that? Because I smoked and I swore a lot! (laughing) Tell me about your connection to the native people. I began visiting aboriginal villages in 1898 and felt a strong attachment to the people. I visited Ucluelet, home to the Nuu-chah-nulth people (the Nootka) and I decided to use my art to document the lives of these and other native peoples in remote villages. I believe you also ran a boarding house in Victoria for a while? Yes I did that for 15 years. It was called the House of All Sorts. I wrote about the characters there and my later paintings were of many local Victoria scenes. And after that? I continued to travel and much of my work was exhibited near and far, but my damn health slowed me down – heart attack in 1937. Had to move in with my sister, Alice, while I convalesced. You have focused more on writing of late I believe? Yes, and my dear friend Ira Dilworth has offered me a great deal of editorial assistance. Emily suffered another heart attack in 1939, a stroke in 1940 and another heart attack in 1942. In 1942, while visiting her friend Ira in Vancouver, she claimed to have had a vision which inspired her to return immediately to Mount Douglas Park where she felt the "forest had something to tell her." It was there in August of 1942 that she painted her last works. Her first book, Klee Wyck, was published in 1941 for which she was awarded the GovernorGeneral's Award for non-fiction. She died in March 1945 at the James Bay Inn in Victoria and is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sidney’s Destination Boutique! For the past five years, Marmalade Tart Boutique has become increasingly well known for its great vibe, fashions and service. Starting in a tiny space off the street on the west end of Beacon Avenue, Marmalade Tart Boutique had something special right from the start. With the move in 2011 to lower Beacon Avenue, the shop upped its game in a bright, warm and inviting space where the fashions just kept getting better. With the mid-July reopening of the shop in the double unit next door, Marmalade Tart Boutique has really arrived as a destination boutique. The new space takes the shop’s evolving style to the next level. Still warm and inviting, bright and colourful, there is now the space to really see the full range of what the shop has to offer. Lots of seating for husbands or just sitting down for a chat and additional generous fitting rooms really contribute to a great shopping experience. Completing that experience is a fun, knowledgeable staff and of course the Fun, Flirty, Fabulous Fashions! Most days you’ll find the owner, Geraldene Coates, in the shop. Marmalade Tart Boutique has been her passion and vision from the beginning, a testament to her creativity and fashion sense. Geraldene’s eye for style and colour is matched only by her daughter, Rachael, who joined the team a year ago and was an integral part of this issue’s fashion spread. Belinda, Chryseis, Damaris and Hazel complete the team, all dedicated to providing exceptional service and kind, honest fashion advice.
Fashions include some great lines that have built a strong customer following over the past few years, such as Neon Buddha, a unique Canadiandesigned line of ethically-produced cotton casual wear; Chalet, a line of elegant, dressy clothing anyone can wear; Velvet’s beautiful cashmere sweaters and fabulous tops; and Lisette pants, the best fitting, feeling and flattering pants on the market, with new looks arriving every month. Every season these standbys are augmented by several unique lines that fit perfectly with the “Fun, Flirty, Fabulous Fashion” tagline of the boutique. You’ll just have to stop by to see for yourself!
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It's Only Love …
This Fall 2014 Fall/Winter Style: love and fashion
All you need is love, love, love is all you need … it's been 50 years since the Fab Four invaded North America. To honour The Beatles' impact, love and fashion have come together to celebrate in a beautiful way. Looks this season are a modern take on the '60s. Look for chic, colourful mini dresses, embroidered sweaters, tartan in all shades and the iconic A-line mod dress to reappear. Today's easy-care fabrics make it all much more wearable, and the mix-and-match layering we've embraced in recent seasons lives on, thank goodness. Don't overlook the impact of gold jewelry and details; they've been trending for a couple of seasons. This year, it's time to embrace the look.
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COMPLETE THE LOOK Miss Bliss Boutique: Turquoise Pendant Necklace $32 / Clutch Purse $48 Boots $78 / Beaded Bracelet $25 Earrings $15
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Fawn: Bright and confident! Take this look from Easy Street to the High Street! Stripes are a superb way to make a strong statement. We paired them with a classic cut pant and understated accessories to finish off the look.
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Here, There and Everywhere
embroidered tunic is drenched with potential! Finishing touches like the gold-toned zippers, an echo of the gold accessories of the '60s, paired with pants that are flattering and easy to wear and pack, really complete the outfit. (Marmalade Tart Boutique: Embroidered Tunic $169 Layering Tank $49 Forest Green pant $105 Silk Scarf $39 Red Purse $73)
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Barry: We just love this motorcycle inspired jacket, again detailed with the seasonâ€™s must have hue, gold! Put together nicely with a button down sport shirt, and a cozy sweater, showcasing the seasons hottest colours and as always, a great pair of jeans â€Ś hit the open road in style! (W&J Wilson: sport shirt $135 wool sweater $195 jeans $128 jacket $449 bag $425
Peterson: Such a natural element to this straightforward outfit. Wooden buttons give the hemp sport shirt a rustic feel, and yet the soft cotton denim keeps it simple and can transform easily from casual Friday to a night out with the lads!
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2014 Fall/Winter Style: love and fashion All of these striking outfits are available right here in Sidney. Take a stroll down Beacon Avenue and you will definitely find fashions that speak to you! So have fun with The Beatles legacy and remember to Twist and Shout!
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Face it: it's difficult to avoid the effects of summer on your skin. Even for the most diligent sunscreen user, sun damage is hard to stave off. Not to mention, sunscreen can clog your pores, and chlorine and saltwater take their toll. This means that fall is the time to exfoliate and moisturize. The obvious risks of skin cancers aside, sun exposure and the environment exacerbate aging, causing: 101-2537 Beacon Ave, Sidney (in the Cannery building) 250.656.5606 firstname.lastname@example.org 18 SEASIDE | september 2014
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island life "it is a mystery how statisticians ever get a grasp on the population of individual islands … in the end, nobody really cares."
Assessing Island Populations by Barry Mathias
Life from a Gulf Islands persepective. It is amazingly difficult to work out how many people live on a particular island: it is akin to estimating a cord of wood, or the number of wet days in the average year. There are so many variables. There are the "true" islanders: those who never leave their island, and are rarely seen. These folk are often assumed to be "alive and kicking" long after their death certificate has been signed and a distant relative has assumed their habitation. It is rumored that on occasions, the relative is so similar in looks, and the departed person so rarely seen, that neighbours don't notice the difference. This accounts for the stories of unbelievable longevity that are part of island folklore. Then, there are those whose lives embody both urban and island living. From Monday morning to Friday evening they embrace conformity: formal suits, clean cars, high-pressure jobs and an apartment so small they can't swing a golf club, which is why they don't have cats. At the end of the week, they pay a considerable portion of that day's pay to the Ferry Corporation, which allows them to doze in exhausted splendor, on one of the few remaining ships, back to their island. "Shut-eye" occurs in between messages on the vessel's speaker system telling them how best to find the nearest lifeboat … if they are awake. Once back on their island, they indulge in an orgy of extravagant plans to enlarge their already sizeable houses and complete a week's gardening in two days. For a few hours
they wear comfortable clothes, cook their own food and consider themselves "islanders" … until they fill in their census form. Next, we have those who happily inhabit islands all year … apart from December to April when they flee south to enjoy sunburn, insects and exorbitant health insurance. They complain loudly about grey skies and unending downpours, and ignore the fact that they chose to live on "The Rain Coast." The question: "How long do you have to live on an island to be considered a resident?" is best discussed after a stiff drink or a sedative. Recently, there has been a new element introduced to the population debate: international residents. These are people who purchase undeveloped lots, remove all the "It is a mystery trees, build huge how statisticians multi-bedroom palaces with more washrooms ever get a grasp on than the average hotel, the population of and on completion individual islands … a leave them in pristine emptiness while they mixture of guesswork, live elsewhere. historical myth, and At the other end of the debate we have realtors' optimism " people, often male, who live full-time on islands but are happy not to be noticed. They have soft drawls and a pleasing non-violent approach to life, and although some are well travelled, Vietnam has never been on their itinerary. Realtors will give numerous examples of tourists who arrive on an island on a dry day, fall in love with its rural fecundity, buy an unsuitable house, spend huge amounts on alterations, join too many volunteer societies, experience a customary wet winter and finally retreat back to their urban idyll. It's called population balance. It is a mystery how statisticians ever get a grasp on the population of individual islands. Perhaps it's a mixture of guesswork, historical myth, realtors' optimism and calculations made at the full moon after a third glass of homebrew? In the end, nobody really cares.
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grey matters "Kim davis was one of the seven out of every 150,000 people who get ALS"
The Disease Nobody Wants to Talk About by Trysh Ashby-Rolls
September is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) month. Also called Lou Gehrig's disease after the famous baseball player who suffered from this motor neuron disease that eventually claimed his life. It's one of those diseases nobody wants to talk about. When Kim Davis experienced some of the early symptoms he didn't tell a soul. Maybe he thought the weakness a figment of his imagination, that the difficulty walking would go away. A tough man, tree surgeon, talented actor in community theatre, sculptor, friend, husband and father, there was no way he would admit anything was wrong. His best buddy noticed not all was well after a bunch of guys had played pool one evening over a few beers. He offered his assistance, thinking Kim had simply had one drop too many. It took a while before anyone realized it wasn't a question of too much to drink or exhaustion or all sorts of other possibilities mentioned by people in the community. The signals to and from his brain to his spinal cord and on to his muscles – the motor neurons transmitting "electric messages" that tell muscles when to move – were not getting through. His muscles were slowly losing strength and wasting away, a process called atrophy or amyotrophy. Gradually, with the signals from brain to spinal cord blocked, Kim's muscles became stiff and slow, called spasticity. His doctor suspected ALS, but to rule out other possible causes for his symptoms, sent him for tests. Electromyography (EMG) is used to determine whether the problem is in the muscle or the nerve cells. This test works by measuring the electrical activity in the muscle. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head or spine was also used to exclude other conditions that can damage or compress nerve cells such as tumours or degenerative disc disease. Based on where in the
body symptoms first appeared, and where or how they progress over time, doctors can tell the difference between ALS and other conditions. When the results came in, the doctor broke the bad news: Kim was one of the seven out of every 150,000 people who get ALS. More common in men than in women, ALS usually appears between age 50 and 75. Most devastating is that life expectancy averages two to five years after diagnosis. Kim fell slap-bang within the parameters. The cause of ALS is uncertain at this point. There's a family history of the disease in 10% of people, but researchers are working on theories as far apart as heavy metal exposure and other environmental
factors, to excessive levels of glutamate, free radicals or viral infections. This means, of course, that at this stage there is neither prevention nor cure for ALS. Medications help control symptoms and even slow the progress of the disease. Some folk require a feeding tube, some a respirator. Others need speech or physical therapy. If the person wants to stay at home good emotional support and practical help are vital. It can be terribly frustrating for the ALS sufferer because, although the physical body weakens and worsens, mental capacity does not. Kim wanted to stay at home with his wife and daughter, which he did thanks to a team of loving friends, caring community nurses and a doctor who still makes house calls. Support groups can also be helpful: the ALS Society of Canada can be contacted at 1-800-267-4257.
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Triple Threat Musical Theatre Fall Classes Winspear Art Show Ambur Braid & Topher Mokshevski Blood Donor Clinic David James & Big River “Tribute to Johnny Cash”
Peninsula Garden Club Plant Sale Chicago Experience Herman’s Hermits
The Hifi in Concert Benefit for Thrive Malawi
Buddy Holly & the Beatles Tour
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Sidney Fine Art Show
Palm Court Orchestra: With a Song in My Heart George Canyon Elvis The Moments
Herman’s Hermits The British invasion will be sweeping through Sidney on Saturday, September 27th when Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone, performs two live shows at the Charlie White Theatre. At the age of 15, Manchester-born Peter Noone famously became “Herman,” front man to the legendary ’60s pop band Herman’s Hermits. With musical knowledge from his father and sister, and acting skills from his time on the soap opera Coronation Street, Noone performed an impromptu gig with local band the Heartbeats when their lead singer failed to show one night. That one performance built the foundation for Herman’s Hermits, who would break into the ’60s music scene two years later. Even after changing their name, Herman’s Hermits still had the heartbeats of teenage girls racing, with their charming smiles and floppy hair. The band’s sound was non-threatening and wholesome, different from other emerging acts
Winspear Art Show Due to last season’s overwhelming success, the Mary Winspear Centre is pleased to welcome the community to attend the Second Annual Winspear Art Show & Silent Auction. We are greatly excited for another evening of celebration and an inspirational way to give
back to the community. Funds raised from this evening benefit the Capital Improvement Fund, which allows for the Mary Winspear Centre to operate in excellence. The Centre stands on the mandate to serve the residents of the Saanich Peninsula and provide a space for generations to take part in the arts, experience culture and make memories. The Mary Winspear Centre boasts an array of events and programs that both benefit and propel community expansion within the town of Sidney and surrounding areas. The fundamental contributions made by supporters are crucial to the Mary Winspear Centre and aid to create the space that so many enjoy and share throughout the year. The Mary Winspear Centre allows for people and groups to create and house unique experiences that are greatly valued and profitable towards the community. An eclectic mix of auction items will be available to bid on for purchase, including fine art from local and national Canadian artists. Among the auction pieces, musical instruments that have been signed by wellknown entertainers, including a banjo signed by Jimmy Rankin and a Chilliwack autographed drum set, will be up for bid. Attendees will enjoy a decadent four-course dinner prepared by Island Culinary, all while enjoying the musical performance by local youth. This event is truly one not to be missed. Tickets to the Mary Winspear Art Show & Silent Auction are $75 and can be purchased by phone at 250-656-0275, online at www.marywinspear.ca or at the Mary Winspear box office. Written by Carey Salvador.
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at that time who had a rebellious rock ’n’ roll tone. Branded as the “good boys” of popular music at the time, parents saw no objection in their daughters listening to their music which helped sell records. Their first single, I’m Into Something Good, quickly became a #1 hit on U.K. charts, launching their careers across the pond in the United States where they had three top three hits in 1965. The group was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter which went on to sell 14 million copies around the world. The band had many hits including I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am, There’s a Kind of Hush and Silhouettes, all before 1971 when Peter Noone left the band. After 50 years in the entertainment business, Noone still continues to delight audiences around the world. Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone, perform over 120 shows a year to audiences that sometimes span three generations. Even to this day there is a large legion of super fans wittily named the “Noonatics” who follow Peter and the Hermits from show to show, proving that their music has truly stood the test of time. Tickets for this event are on sale now at the Mary Winspear Box Office: 250-656-0275 or www.marywinspear.ca.
salish sea news "floating docks offer you an opportunity for marine exploration without consulting a tide table"
Do The Dock Walk by Tina Kelly
If you're not a boat owner, you may assume there is no
reason to visit your local marina. Think again – docks and wharves are home to a wide diversity of marine animals. Unlike fixed piers, floating docks rise and fall with the tide and offer you an opportunity for marine exploration without consulting a tide table. Organisms adapted to clinging to rocky shorelines also attach to man-made structures. Have you heard of bryozoans, chitons, sea squirts, nudibranchs or tube worms? These lesser-known invertebrates abound in this habitat but don't fret, your favourites can be found here too – anemones, sea stars, urchins and crabs. Settlement of animals can vary with dock location; to find a variety of animals, explore docks closest to shore as well as those farther out. Consider taking a laminated – and therefore waterproof – field guide to help you identify your finds. Before the nice weather ends, head out for a dock walk and keep these tips in mind: 1) Protect your knees and legs. Docks are made from a variety of materials – none of them comfortable. Consider wearing long shorts or pants to be more comfortable on wood or cement. 2) Watch out for boat cleats. Cleats are just one example of a tripping hazard so be careful where you're walking. 3) Consider wearing a life jacket and lay prone, or flat on your belly, to minimize the chance of falling in. Boat slips rarely have ladders; a quick exit from an accidental swim won't be easy. 4) Visually assess the water quality. If you see oil, gas or "sludge" on the surface, move to another location. The farther reaches of
marinas are usually cleaner because of increased water movement. 5) Leave animals where you found them. Don't remove or pry animals off of the dock, they cannot reattach on your command. These animals are adapted to this habitat; removing them and dropping them into the water could place them in a location where they can't find food, a mate or protection from predators. 6) Watch your hats, glasses, cameras, phones and other belongings; they'll sink instead of swim. 7) Respect the privacy of marina residents and if in doubt ask permission before accessing docks and marinas. Consider the safety of boat owners and don't block access to their slips. 8) Don't limit your focus to the docks alone. Look for fish, birds and seals. 9) Leave pets at home. Dogs can scare away the wildlife mentioned in #8. 10) Avoid feeding any wildlife. Habituating birds, seals, or other wildlife to humans can have a negative impact on their behaviour and health. Happy dock walking! Tina Kelly is an Ocean Advocate at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Visit www.oceandiscovery.ca for more information.
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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Integrity in business is Maureen Bifford's guiding light as co-owner of her treasured Peninsula U-Brew Winery. This principle underlies everything she does. Maureen even wants to dispel some myths about the 'you brew' universe. My interview with her was a learning curve, opening my eyes to a world of high-quality, classy, bubbly happiness. Maureen Bifford talks lovingly about her wine, cider and beermaking kits. She and hubby Stan Roberts own Peninsula U-Brew Winery, a local oasis for wine and beer fans. My thoughtful host wants to dispel the commonplace stereotype that "you brew" spirits are not quite as "fine" as wines made and sold by professional vintners precisely because they are "homemade" by amateurs. Firstly, not all patrons are die-hard "home-brewers." Sometimes Peninsula "We" Brew is more applicable. Many customers want the expertise of knowledgeable winery staff who mix the ingredients for them – with patrons adding the yeast. The winery then follows all the necessary steps of fermenting and ageing. The end result is customized magic in a bottle. We are fortunate on the Peninsula to enjoy extraordinary wines made by local licensed vintners. Maureen just wants to spread the word that her wine-making kits also produce beautiful high-class wines that dazzle the palate. Peninsula U-Brew Winery carries wine-making kits from Winexpert, who "source high quality grape juice and concentrate from the world's best wine regions"(www.winexpert.com). According to Maureen, Winexpert is "top of the line with huge buying power all over the world." A smiling groupie beams on the winery's video: "The wine quality here is excellent." Peninsula U-Brew Winery is a huge facility, giving them the capacity to make and age wine properly. Running an ethical business, based on honesty and integrity, is vitally important to Maureen and Stan. They take pride in playing by the rules at Peninsula U-Brew Winery, following all of the proper steps. Customers who want the assistance of staff in making their product sign an affidavit verifying that they still have ownership of the wine and participated in the wine-making process by starting and finishing it - and promising not to sell the final product. This measure protects the interests of the brewery and the customer. Maureen is excited about a new policy where "our customers can now use (but not sell) wines made with our kits at licensed events." It's another option for people who want to offer wine at weddings, parties and celebrations. The wines made from Peninsula U Brew Winery kits have earned multiple awards at the WineMaker magazine international competition in New York and locally at the Saanich Fair. So try out a wine-making kit from Peninsula U-Brew Winery. The results may astound you! Contact: www.peninsulaubrewwinery.com.
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Whether you’re an experienced personal winemaker or looking to begin your first batch, our staff is ready and able to help. Our goal is to help each customer produce a wine that they will be proud to share with friends and family.
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premier shopping destination with SIXTEEN shops and boutiques to choose from: Adrienne’s Restaurant & Tea Garden, A Stable Way of Life, Art Knapp Garden Centre, Cordova Hair, Elephant Flowers, Ladybug Boutique, Momease Baby Boutique, Paper Chain, Pure Day Spa, Something More, Sunday’s Snowflakes, The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm, The Red Barn Market, The Country Gift Shoppe, Toying Around and VQA Wine Shop. If you are expecting shopping to be fabulous, we can Fall For a Beautiful Pair of Shoes or guarantee you will find that one-of-a-kind Boots at A Stable Way of Life discovery, so come and explore and see New styles arriving from our favourite makers, what Mattick’s Farm has to offer.
Step Into Fall with all the latest fashions and accessories from Something More. At Something More, customer service is our number one priority. Our professional, friendly staff will be more than happy to find fashionable solutions for all your needs. Our goal is to make sure every woman feels beautiful, no matter her size or age. No woman should be without a closet full of great looking, great fitting clothes! Something More 250.389.0420 somethingmore.ca
including Naot, Josef Seibel, Romika, Vionic, Blundstone and many many more all through September. All chosen for quality and comfort. Lots of slippers, socks and rain boots too! Open every day 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A Stable Way of Life 250.658.3052 astablewayoflife.com
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Chrysalis Bracelets At the heart of Chrysalis is everyone’s favourite bracelet – the expandable bangle with its vast assortment of charms and stones which can be worn alone or stacked. At Paper Chain you’ll also find a great selection of other gift items, from the handcrafted Pyrrha jewelry, to many personalized gift items such as mugs, pens and key chains. This shop is well-known for its unique and fabulous hand-selected greeting cards in addition to the worldrenowned Rogers’ Chocolates.
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Enjoy our various menu items, such as our house-made Eggs Benedict and Seafood Chowder, and our baked specialties, like our German Apple Strudel and Hazelnut and Mocha Tortes. We locally source the freshest ingredients and offer both vegetarian and gluten-free options. We specialize in 100% organic and fair trade teas and coffees. We are open for Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon High Tea! We look forward to your visit!
Kylee Turunen Acrylic on Canvas “Forest Moonlight” Nestled in Cordova Bay, The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm is truly a one of a kind destination, whether you’re looking for an original work of art for your home or a beautiful piece of jewelry for a special someone. The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm has long been known for its spectacular selection of paintings, pottery, metalwork, sculptures and beautiful jewelry, all handcrafted by local artists and artisans. The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm 250.658.8333 thegalleryatmatticksfarm.com
5325 Cordova Bay Road, Victoria
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Local Flavour Kameleon Jewelry Kameleon is affordable, fashionable and fun jewelry designs that are carefully crafted in sterling silver, and are interchangeable with semi-precious stones, lab opal, Murano glass or sparkling Swarovski Crystals. Our shop is filled with giftware, candles, luxurious bath products, jewelry and more. Drop in today and find that perfect gift for someone on your list! The Country Gift Shoppe 250.658.1812
Handmade jewelry, beautiful runners and placemats from our weaver on Salt Spring Island, plus the famous Teabag Catchers from Mad About Glass, add a local flavour to the Ladybug! Of course, our Danish Candles are on hand to brighten your home, as always. Swedish Angel Chimes are on their way with all of the Danish decorations for the holidays, too! Call to reserve The your set! The Ladybug Boutique 250.658.3807 ladybugboutiquevictoria.com
Ladybug Boutique at Mattick’s Farm
Red Barn Market Calico Critters Put a smile on your child’s face with Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners. These miniature animals and their life-like environments inspire imagination and countless hours of creativity. Discover toys that engage the minds, inspire play and appeal to the child’s creative senses. We carry a wide variety of Playmobil, Thomas & friends and Schleich and have many high-quality games, toys and puzzles for the growing years.
We believe in providing our clients with locally sourced, topquality products and produce. We also make over 85 products in our own Smokehouse. Our philosophy is simple: provide fresh, locally-sourced food at reasonable prices, support our community and local food economy, and focus on feeding our customers the highest quality foods and produce available. Red Barn Market 250.658.2998 redbarnmarket.ca
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Phoenix Dress by VOLT Mattick’s Farm Mini Golf We recently celebrated the grand re-opening of our 18-hole mini golf course! We are next to Cordova Bay Golf Course at Mattick’s Farm. Our course is both tranquil and beautiful as it winds through the forest floor. Be wary of the resident dragon and mind the pixies! After the game, enjoy our selection of refreshments or some local ice cream on the patio overlooking the natural setting. Mattick’s Farm Mini Golf 250.658.4053
Autumn has many faces at Sunday’s Snowflakes including cashmere sweaters, wraps, gorgeous wool coats and everything you desire. VOLT dresses and tunics from Montreal are a great new look and a total WOW! See you at the Farm. Sunday’s Snowflakes 250.658.8499 sundaysnowflakes.com
island dish "sweet, salty and savoury, this pizza has it all"
one of those foods that has become wildly interpretive. by Jennifer Bowles The obvious go-to version is the classic pepperoni and cheese. A crust slathered in hearty tomato oregano sauce with disks of spicy pepperoni and gooey mozzarella cheese: a definite Friday night treat. But our little pie has seen several new toppings over the last while that range from butter chicken, perogies and steak and potato to the s'more pie that boasts a layer of burnt marshmallows, chocolate chunks and a graham cracker crust. This doesn't really qualify as a "pizza" in my books but lands the number one spot for whimsical! This month I push the limits (somewhat) with a pizza that I made several years ago when I was feeling experimental. Flipping through one of my Mom's old cookbooks I saw the long-time marriage of cheese and melon as an appetizer. I started thinking that a fantastic vehicle for these two would be a pizza crust. I played with this a lot until I finally struck my final product. Born that day was my gorgeous
cantaloupe and mozzarella pizza with toasted cashews. Sweet, salty and savoury, this pizza has it all and it truly is a great flavour combination that is so simple to create any day of the week. 1 small to medium cantaloupe, cut into small chunks 1 large pizza crust ( homemade if you like, but the packets are just as delicious) 1 block of good mozzarella cheese, grated 1/3 cup of cashew nuts crushed 1 red onion 1/3 cup basil chopped olive oil coarse salt Sprinkle your pizza crust with a healthy amount of coarse salt and olive oil. Next layer with very thinly-sliced red onion (if you have a mandolin for slicing, that is ideal). Then sprinkle with your crushed cashews and basil. Place your cantaloupe in a loop all around the edge of the pie and top with the mozzarella cheese. Finish with a very light drizzle of olive oil. Bake at 425° ( depending on how hot your oven is) for about 10 to 12 minutes. Keep an eye on the pie; you don't want it to burn. And voila! This pizza is amazing as a wind down to summer and beautiful version of our everyday pie! Enjoy. Cook & Oscar Photography
1921 - 2014: Five Generations Summer has been great, but fall is just around the corner. Come in and enjoy the first of fall’s veggies and keep your eyes open for pumpkins! This year they come in many different colours, shapes and sizes, and add that special touch to any autumn décor. We also have the widest selection of gourds imaginable!
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Peninsula Country Market Continues to Thanksgiving by Bob Thompson
The Saanich Fair marks the transition to our fall season. The harvest season is a favourite for many market devotees who enjoy the fresh fall air under clear skies and a warm equinox sun. It also gets us thinking about comfort foods and the coming traditional feasts. As pleasant as this is, late September brings an increasing chance of wet weather, so the Market has an arrangement with the Saanich Fair to move indoors on Saturday mornings to the RCMP Barn if nasty weather doesn't meet our autumnal expectations. This offers visitors a comfortable shopping environment as well as providing protection for vendors who need to keep their products out of the rain. One of the most popular additions to the market this summer has been our local Peninsula wineries, and we'll continue to host two wineries each week throughout the market season. Did you know that your palate is at its best in the morning? "Many tasting rooms open at 10 a.m. because the earlier in the day, the fresher your palate is. If you taste later in the day, keep in mind that everything you have eaten
and drunk affects your palate" (www.thisismyhappiness.com). So, sampling local wines at our morning market is a good thing! Our final market of the season is Saturday of the Thanksgiving weekend, October 11th. Out Stealing Mules will stop by to entertain us, and you might want to order a Thanksgiving turkey at the market from Alderley Grange Farm. Yellow Point Cranberries will be at our final two markets so you can localize your holiday feast with fresh, Island-grown cranberries – and a bottle or two of Peninsula wine, of course. When we see you again next spring, it will be the start of the 25th remarkable season for our resilient market which began at the old Saanichton Fairground in 1991. Thanks to all of you who continue to enjoy a country morning among friends and support our wonderful market and vendors. The Peninsula Country Market runs every Saturday morning at the Saanich Fairground from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from June through Thanksgiving. For the latest news about what's happening at the Market, visit www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca.
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Softub Portable Hot Tubs: 30 Years and Rolling Strong
attention from major players in the industry and gave my partners and I the incentive to invest all our time and limited capital in it." Thornbury's instincts paid off and within five years, Softub ranked high on the INC 500 list of the fastest growing companies and stayed there for a record three years in a row, in addition to winning Consumer's Digest Best Buy Award. In 1990 Ontario native Rob Chaput was taking a holiday in Florida and by chance discovered the Softub. He was so impressed that he acquired the rights to manufacture the product in Canada. With the assistance of his two colleagues, Wayne Fraser and Lee Tremblay, Softub Canada was created. Twenty-five years later, Softubs are still manufactured in Ontario for the Canadian market and are sold in nearly 30 countries around the world. Softub continues to be a leader in innovation for portable hot tub design and holds numerous patents for its unique processes and components. The company employs a team of engineers devoted to perfecting the most portable and energy-efficient spa on the market. On Vancouver Island, Affordable Hot Tubs & Saunas Ltd. will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary representing Softub and has won numerous awards for its role in developing the brand locally. For more information visit www.affordablehottubs.ca.
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This is the first in a four-part series on some of the unique and local shops the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. During the 1980s, the demand for hot tubs was sweeping the West Coast. The introduction of materials such as acrylic allowed manufacturers to abandon the traditional wooden barrel style of hot tub, for larger designs with molded seating. While the industry continued to focus on manufacturing hard shelled tubs, a group of young men in California were working in their garage developing a completely different type of hot tub: a lightweight, portable spa that plugged into a regular outlet. This unconventional hot tub would also include an idea never seen before by the pool and spa industry – it would heat the water without a heater. The group envisioned using soft, lightweight foam for both the structure and insulation, while using heat recovery technology to capture waste heat from the jet pump to heat the water. The idea seemed impossible; however, in 1985 the first Softub was created and the impossible became a reality. "I will always remember our first national trade show," recalls Tom Thornbury, Chairman and one of the original founders. "In January of 1987, I went to the Atlantic City National Spa & Pool Institute show with the only Softub in existence at that time. Our product drew lots of
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Stewardship Director and former Chief Counselor of the Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation, first noticed grizzly bears on coastal islands in B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest, he was concerned. Although mainland parts of his traditional territory contained both grizzly and black bears, only black bears were known to live on the islands. Neasloss told provincial government biologists, but was dismissed because "he was not a biologist." Determined, he found allies at the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and University of Victoria who recognized the value of this local knowledge and could meaningfully combine it with science. Recently, wildlife scientists published a study in the international peer-reviewed journal, PLOS ONE, affirming that Neasloss was right all along. Researchers from the Kitasoo/Xais'xais' own Spirit Bear Research Foundation, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and the Hakai-Raincoast Lab at UVic conducted a two-year survey of 14 islands in the Great Bear Rainforest – outside the range the B.C. government recognizes in its management of grizzlies. Ten islands showed evidence of resident grizzly bears. Importantly, the results showed the presence of females and young cubs, which generally move little in a given season. This suggests that grizzly bears are resident on the islands and not simply passing through. The scientists used a combination of non-invasive
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techniques to study grizzly bear distribution in the area. Noninvasively snagged hair provided DNA for genetic analyses, revealing the species, sex, and individual identity of bears. Remote cameras took photos of bears as they investigated the snagging stations. "Our method drew from 10,000 years of place-based history and the cutting edge of genetic analyses. This let us draw conclusions with more detail, and over longer time periods, than either method could alone," said lead author Christina Service, a PhD student at UVic and scientist with the Spirit Bear Research Foundation and Raincoast Conservation Foundation. On one hand, this research suggests underlying and potentially significant environmental change. On the other, the presence of grizzlies on islands could trigger new land protection because provincial policy requires high quality grizzly habitat to be protected throughout the Great Bear Rainforest. "Against a backdrop of eroding funding for, and public confidence in, the ability of provincial and federal governments to steward these ecosystems, the results of our study raise important questions about whether there is adequate protection for the Great Bear Rainforest's numerous island environments and the wildlife that inhabit and depend on them," said Dr. Chris Darimont, Science Director at Raincoast and Hakai-Raincoast professor at UVic. Chris Genovali is Executive Director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Photo by Andrew S. Wright / www.cold-coast.com.
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Caring: The Golden Ingredient Catalina Grill House by Doreen Marion Gee This is the fifth in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. Herb Konig cares about what he does. The owner of the new Catalina Grill House has his finger on the pulse that drives a successful business: a profound regard for his product and how it affects other people. After less than two years in the game, Herb's establishment at the airport is already scoring high on the customer happy-meter and winning accolades in this community. That's hardly surprising, considering Herb's
attitude towards his work and his views on the world in general. My affable host bought the business almost two years ago, changed the name, and made Catalina Grill House his own brand. The ambiance is glamourous and romantic. Large windows and an open-air deck look down on the airport as Humphrey Bogart swaggers under a red-orange sunset. A self-taught cook with seven years as a full-time chef, Herb Konig has worked in all aspects of the food industry for 25 years. He is well-read and well-informed about the
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"took me home." Cooking is a precise art form to Herb: "I pay attention to everything, what happens to the product, how to make all the parts work the best." He flips a steak constantly to keep the moisture intact and "see-sawing through the meat." A naturally creative cook, his passion is obvious: "I want to see food, taste it, hear it sizzle." He treasures his friendly customers who show their appreciation for his food: "Best halibut," "Best dinner," "Best steak" (I ever had). Their menu is internationally diverse, interesting and reasonably priced. They offer in-house catering. Herb is proud of his party room that seats 45, with no rental charge if you are
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dining - just the cost of the food. What drives Herb Konig?: To hear a customer say "How did you make that steak so buttery and soft?" Great personable customer service is the life-blood of the Catalina Grill House. A caring attitude fuels Herb's love for what he does, resulting in beautiful food: his Prime Rib takes 24 hours of slow cooking to get that juicy taste bud-popping tenderness. These positive vibes also spill over into being nice to people in general: "I like to do things that make people happy. Food is a way to do that." A short time after opening, The Catalina Grill House won the 2013 Crystal Award from the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce in the "New Business" category. Caring is positive energy, where we strive to do the best we can: it is a catalyst for excellence. Contact: www.catalinagrillhouse.com.
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Changing Colours Fall is THE season to add some colour to your tree collection. Pick your favourite out of hundreds of different choices. Colours are guaranteed with maple trees and practical planting and growing advice is a given at Meadow Oak Nursery. (Crimson queen lace leaf Japanese maple tree $99) Meadow Oak Nursery 10708 Wain Rd, North Saanich 250.655.1756
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Extend the season and keep the taste of summer on your table. Berries picked from local farmland, made into jam and creatively packaged on Meadowbrook Farm. Unique combinations like Blackberry Rhubarb or Blueberry Orange are just a few of the great locally made creations. (Wooden gift box with five jams $25) Meadowbrook Farm 205 Meadowbrook Rd, Victoria meadowbrookfarmily.com
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The modern architectural design of this house is a contrast to the traditional, well-established homes of leafy Fairfield and Oak Bay. Built and owned by Rob and Janice Mickelberry, the house
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demands your attention with its flat roofs, lack of chimneys and largeÂ windows. Apart from the home on the left, also built by Rob, there are no other buildings of comparable design in the area, yet it suits its environs. "I bought the property 'sight unseen' about three years ago," Rob says, "when I was travelling around America with my family in a â€˜rock star' bus." On returning he lived in his old house while he subdivided the lot, and built the new house in 10 months, completing it in May 2013. Rob is the owner of Prodigy Development Services Ltd. and his firm has won seven CARE Awards from the Victoria Residential Builders Association. The house dominates the centre of the plot. There is a wide tarmac drive on either side of which are small, manicured lawns with high bushes and trees. Directly in front is a wide, wood-clad section of the building, with two large windows and a flat roof above a glass-paneled garage with tiled surrounds. It juts out, making a dramatic statement, with a white concrete staircase leading up to the front door set back on the left, and a wide carport supporting a multi-windowed, two-storied section set back on the right. There is a satisfying contrast between the light brown coloured wood and the predominantly white building. "This is an energy efficient home," Rob says. He was determined it would be an economical house to run, and employed City Green Solutions early in the planning. "We achieved an EnerGuide 88 rating on this house, which is pretty amazing." This qualified the building for BC Hydro Power Smart New Home Program incentives. Natural Resources Canada
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estimates that a rating of 80 means a home will use up to 30% less energy. With an 88 rating, Rob says: "The savings are much greater, and are achieved by building a well-insulated outer shell, or envelope, using spray foam insulation, and building it on an insulated concrete form foundation." This is a 3,200-square-foot home with five bedrooms, three full washrooms and a two-piece, by Zebra Designs. The insulation enabled Rob to install a much smaller air-source heat pump, to provide both radiant floor heating and domestic hot water, than a house of this size would normally require. "All of the windows are double or triple glazed, with low-e coatings." There is also a heat recovery ventilator, and no exhaust fans anywhere in the house. Coupled with these energy-saving devices is an imaginatively designed home. The front door opens into a spacious vestibule with a flight of stairs in engineered oak leading up to the main level. It establishes the fact that this is a building of high ceilings. At the top is a large open space with an airy kitchen ahead, a comfortable lounge to the left and, continuing round, a spacious and most unusual dining area. Sandy Nygaard Interiors designed the innovative interior of this home. The bright L-shaped kitchen has extensive white quartz counter tops, walnut cupboards at low level, and white painted cupboards above. There is a matching large island in white quartz enclosing the dishwasher, a wide sink with a multi-functional tap, and spacious walnut cupboards. Below the eye-level white cupboards is a pale blue glass backsplash that matches the long table in the dining area; an unobtrusive ceramic hob blends in with the counter top. Further along are two large stainless steel Fisher Paykel refrigerators, inset into the SEASIDE HOMES | september 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 39
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wall, that offer enormous storage potential. With its modern inset oven and discreet lighting, this kitchen is designed for ease and efficiency. There is even an aluminum blind that hides both a microwave and an elaborate coffee maker. Everything blends. Next to the kitchen is a well-designed work area with a computer, music console and concealed shelving. This flows into an artistic social space with two comfortable red leather settees, a black recliner, glass tables and plenty of light. The house is designed with multiple windows and white walls throughout, giving a feeling of space and optimism. The concrete floors, with their "troweled" finish, encapsulate the in-floor radiant heating system. The dining area is remarkable. The long table has a thick, lightgreen glass top on a grey aluminum base; it can seat 12 people around its rectangular shape, or can be rearranged into a square, and four large white ball-shaped lights accentuate the height of the ceiling. At one end of the room a glass-sided staircase leads to the upper level, while at the other end the entire wall is an enormous glass-paneled "garage" door that rolls up, allowing guests to retire onto a spacious covered patio overlooking the pool. The use of mirrors and attractive wall art emphasize the space and brightness. The variety of art is noticeable: "Most of it has been painted by our friends, and each has its own significance," Rob explains. On this level is the master bedroom: a cool, spacious room with a glass door that leads onto an inviting patio with ornamental bushes and trees, with floor-to- ceiling windows on each side. A large bed occupies the centre of the room, and the emphasis is on white: duvet, rug and walls, bringing emphasis to the wall art and a potted tree. Adjacent is a walk-in wardrobe. The modern en suite at the other side has an air of completion and order, as does the whole house. Two white, square-shaped sinks, with individual wide mirrors, contrast effectively with the light walnut vanity unit. Ahead is a tiled walk-in shower with hidden jets, two rain showers and a handheld unit, next to that a deep tub, and beyond a separate toilet. It is a combination of efficiency and luxury. The social space also
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includes a two-piece washroom and a comfortable television room. Upstairs, we have a fine view of the dining area before we move down the corridor. There are three spacious bedrooms on this floor for the children. The bedrooms are unusual in that each room has a raised level that can accommodate the bed, or can be used as a social area. "It's a popular innovation," Rob says. One of the rooms has a balcony that overlooks a treed area of unexpected size. There is a welldesigned five-piece washroom and plenty of large windows. The finished basement includes another tasteful rec room and a mudroom with space for the family's outdoor equipment. There is an entry to the main garage, off which is the "technical centre" of the house with the hot water heat pump, and the impressive backup equipment. "This is the key to low cost heating," he notes. Unlike many homes, Rob designed the outside space at the same time as he built the house. The covered patio connects to the attractive "summer" pool. It is 38 by 18 feet, and enjoys a private location, surrounded by a range of smart loungers for socializing and overlooking a semi-circular lawn beyond which is a view of undeveloped woodland … a delightful glimpse of the past! SEASIDE HOMES | september 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 41
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Autumn is my favourite time in the garden. The vigorous effort and energy of summer growth is over and gardens no longer feel like they are bursting at the seams. Longer shadows and shorter days create moments of mystery as colours change from day to day. by Katie Kroeker Transitioning light brings a more Pacific Ridge Landscapes subdued palette as the pace of the garden slows and invites the visitor to savour the experience of watching autumn unfold. As the leaves change and eventually fall we are left noticing the forms and shapes that remain. In my work as a landscape designer, I am always thinking about how trees will look when bereft of their leaves. What colour is the bark; is it textured; does the tree have a pleasing shape? I love nothing better than a beautifully gnarled old tree that demands nothing but invites your gaze to linger over its intricacies. It is important to notice what your eye is drawn to in the garden. Visual harmony is achieved through layers of texture and repetition. This requires the strong clean lines of trees, and weightier, woody shrubs and evergreens that can stand up to the shifting emphasis that accompanies autumn. Fall is nature's encore. After the spectacle of summer flowers that is all about colours and pairings, it's as if Mother Nature says "Oh, I'm not done yet … " and then proceeds to take it off layer by layer. This is no tawdry strip show, but a languid disrobing that starts with a peek of shoulder. After all, Mother Nature is a lady. Like any other occasion when one's underpinnings are unveiled, it's all in the details. When the razzle dazzle of summer's blooms have faded, we notice that new colours take centre stage. The golds and saffrons of changing leaves are complemented by ornamental grasses, mums and sunflowers to name a few. Good landscape design ensures that the flowers in bloom echo the colours of the changing leaves and are not out of place. Look for ripe colours; avoid pastels that will get lost in the newly gilded light. Orange berries and red-barked shrubs are the perfect foil for the many shades of brown now visible in our gardens. Chartreuse can be added through ground cover and in the branches of some dogwood and nine bark varieties to bring a sense of freshness to fall's changing palette. Finally, in this season of secrets revealed, it is paramount that one's garden pots are beautiful enough to remain empty. Cull your collection and select your loveliest containers to become new focal points. Nestle them under a tree or in the middle of the bed and embrace the simplicity of the season. For more information visit www.pacificridgelandscapes.com.
o n design &*%$ happens Have you ever had that moment when you cringe inwardly, in realization that you have seriously messed up? I have had my share of those "crawl under the rock" experiences in my design career, and my fellow designers bared their own worst moments to me too, with a rueful laugh. You can be sure we won't by Ann Squires repeat any of these mistakes! Numbers matter! One digit wrong in Ferguson a fabric specification code, and that's the Squires Ferguson difference between a luxury sofa expected in rich Bordeaux red velvet arriving in a shockingly acidic chartreuse shade instead. We have never been so thankful that the client was both an artist and a practicing Buddhist! Never trust someone else's measurements either. One local designer learned this the hard way: she ordered a full suite of bedroom furniture for a client and only discovered upon delivery that what had been labeled a bedroom would barely function as a den. Always think in three dimensions. I was specifying pendants for a restaurant with a dramatic soaring butterfly roofline, but neglected to determine the exact drop from ceiling to shade for each fixture individually. They all arrived onsite with a standard four-foot rod. That mistake cost nearly $2,000 and a week in rewiring. A colleague
recounted a similar experience early in her career – she designed a double height swagged Austrian drape. When it was installed they discovered that it was so heavy even a full grown man swinging on the draw cord could not raise it. Back to the workroom! A few years ago, I was crafting a presentation for the Viking Air executive and found the perfect image of a floatplane silhouetted against a beautiful sunset. The instant the slide came up, a loud voice from the audience was heard. "That's a Cessna." Viking builds De Havilland, not Cessna. Believe me – that was achingly embarrassing! A designer friend was fresh out of school, on her first site measure at a bustling construction site. She pulled out her brand new tape measure to start – and immediately slashed her hand deeply with the side of the tape. Cue fainting spell and first aid attendants. She still cringes to think of that first impression. I made a similar impression on a day tour of a local quarry. I was feeling privileged and competent – the Amelia Earhart of design. Then, as I leaned far over the side of a stone block, the crotch in my well-worn work trousers catastrophically split. You would have been proud of me though – I excused myself to the site trailer and immediately crafted a black duct tape patch. I am a designer, after all. We are a profession of problem solvers, even if, on occasion, the problems are of our own creation! Ann Squires Ferguson is a Registered Interior Designer and managing partner at Western Interior Design Group Ltd. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Successfully Treating Pain This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. It's always exciting to meet someone who is genuinely passionate about the work they do. Such was the case when I interviewed Linda Walker, the joint owner of Brentwood Physiotherapy and Massage (6967 Wallace Drive, Brentwood Bay), and the recently acquired Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage (9733 Fourth Street, Sidney). "I love to know how to help a patient reach their full potential," she says. A graduate of McMaster University, Linda was awarded a BSc (Kinesiology) and later a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Physiotherapy. She is a registered Iyengar Yoga instructor, and has diplomas in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy, Health Promotion, and a range of Business Management and Leadership qualifications. "I was drawn to physiotherapy from an early age," Linda says. Always a keen player of team sports, she was 16 when she severely damaged her left knee while playing hockey; she made a full recovery thanks to extensive treatment by a physiotherapist. "I have always been active." In her '30s Linda experienced further sports injuries, and discovered the powerful healing qualities of Iyengar Yoga. "I know what getting well entails," she says. "I have an understanding of the meaning of pain." Linda started her career in private practice and VIHA in Victoria in
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Strathnaver Farm, Mayne Island. Offered at $1,485,000 This Stunning Arts and Crafts home is beautifully nestled amongst old growth maple trees. 15 acres of pastures and 5 acres of undeveloped forest gives you the ultimate privacy. Two ponds, a veggie garden and a barn complete this gorgeous acreage. Also subdivideable. Enter this home through the custom-built Douglas fir doors into a masterfully designed and constructed work of art. Windows, beams, stairs and trim are also custom made. The high vaulted ceiling and geothermal tile floors add a splash of modern flare to this inviting island home. A huge gourmet kitchen is waiting for you!
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A key to the success of the wineries bordering the Salish Sea (southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands) is that they produce quality wine with a distinctive coastal character. "At the most fundamental level," said Elaine Kozak, the winemaker at Garry Oaks Winery on Salt Spring Island, "we have completely different growing conditions. The Okanagan and Ontario's Niagara region are continental, whereas here there is a moderating maritime influence. We have milder winters, a longer growing season, and no problems with freezing during harvest." These conditions favour aromatic whites such as Pinot Gris, Siegerrebe, Ortega, Gewürtztraminer, and lighter-style reds such as Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch. These "coastal" wines show a unique elegance and complexity that pairs well with food,
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especially fare from the sea. From the beginning, 150 years ago when Father Pandosy made sacramental wine for his Kelowna parish, British Columbia wines have been blessed. The first commercial winery started in the Okanagan Valley in 1926, but the big boost came in 1988 with the removal of government tariffs on imported wine. To remain competitive, Canadian wine growers were forced to replace the overly sweet French hybrid varieties with traditional noble vinifera grapes. The strategy worked: the new grapes were successful, and wineries flourished. Today there are more than 230 wineries in B.C., compared to 14 before the change, and the Okanagan wines have achieved international recognition. The local region was late to join the party. Since 1994, however, when Chalet Estates (now Muse Winery) opened in Saanich, the number of wineries has sprouted to five on the Gulf Islands, five in the Saanich Peninsula, and seven in the Cowichan Valley. The lush local climate and terrain also favour other fruit like apples, so excellent cider is also made here along with various fruit and berry wines, particularly blackberry wine. There are two cideries (one in Saanich, one in the Cowichan). An appealing aspect of the "Wine Islands" is the area's considerable charm and beauty with quaint cottage wineries each with their own signature. Almost all wineries are family-run, where winemakers came to their vineyards from other professions. Thus, wines are delightfully eclectic, often even eccentric. The wineries and cideries are set in glorious landscape, with rolling hills bordered by seascapes with coves and inlets. You can sit on a deck sipping a chilled Pinot Gris while watching sailboats catching the sun and breeze. The wineries are also closely tied into local farms, and many offer mouth-watering cuisine based on fresh, local produce. It's a step back into a simpler time, with a friendly, casual approach to life. 2009 was an excellent year for our local wines. Conditions so far point to 2014 also being an exceptional vintage. I can hardly wait.
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