Vancouver Island Part I

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Sunset walk in Courtenay

What a whirlwind of a trip! After 10 days away from Nelson we are back to the *smoky* mountains.

We had a few rough days of course, struggling with naps on-the-go and too much car seat time, but we prevailed and learned a few good lessons along the way.

We left last Wednesday, with a full day of travelling ahead of us. We met the most generous and kind strangers along the way who wanted to help with my bags and make Freya smile.

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I earned this coffee

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FINALLY a (short) nap

Thursday and Friday were nice relaxing days for us. We went to the park around the corner from Jeff & Erika’s house, had some good solid naps and met up with my old friend Darren and his wife for a dog walk. On Friday night we went to Gladstone’s Brewery for dinner and I had my favorite fungi pizza. Both nights were topped with boxed wine and long overdue hang time with one of my bests.

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Freya’s first dip in the ocean!

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Sleeping baby + sleeping dogs + coffee = perfect afternoon

On Saturday, Erika, Freya and I ventured south to Sooke to visit our friends from Nelson who had just moved to the island. Kevin and Kris purchased a beautiful west coast modern style home that backs onto a little piece of perfectly-wild space. We visited a little town named Shirley for lunch (and yummy cinnamon twists!! Mmm), complete with a rocky coastline and picture perfect lighthouse.

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The lighthouse in Shirley, BC

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Shirley’s coastline

After lunch we stopped by Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery to taste their honey wines and take a tour around the beautiful property.  During the summer they have 60,000 bees that forage over a 20km radius of the farm, pollinating the berries and fruit trees that are used to make the wines. Before dinner, Kevin and Kris took us on a nice walk to the spit and showed us a bit of their neighborhood.

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Tugwell Creek Honey Farm bee hives

Dinner (of course) was incredible; a simple and delicious chicken & veggie bowl that still has me drooling. We celebrated Kevin and Kris’s new home with a bottle of champagne on the back porch and then moved inside to enjoy the most amazing evening light through the huge front windows and stained-glass front door.

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Popping champagne

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Evening light through the stained glass door

On Sunday we traveled inland to visit Merridale Ciderworks and the Tea Farm in the Cowichan Valley. We had a delicious lunch and flights of cider, followed by iced lavender black tea and cake at the Tea Farm.

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Group shot at Merridale Ciderworks

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Merridale Ciderworks apple orchard

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The Tea Farm

After the long drive home, Monday was a perfectly timed rest day. We went for a lovely river dip then relaxed in Erika and Jeff’s beautiful backyard all evening.

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Puntledge River

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Freya loved splashing in the river

 

More to come later this week! Freya is in daycare on Wednesday morning so I plan to enjoy a quiet morning working on Part II.

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