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Published: June 30th 2017
I have been kicking my legs vigorously and pushing myself up on my arms but all I seem to be doing is moving backwards! Occasionally, I sit on my haunches, but that is boring so I spring forward onto my face. It's so frustrating! I'm grabbing lots of stuff now though so I can put it in my mouth and taste it 😊 I can even shake my shaker now! I also love putting my hand up and grabbing mummy's mouth or hair when I'm feeding. Another game I like playing is reaching down and grabbing my feet. I only just discovered them! I just remembered that I am also sitting up at the table so that I can grab things before they get to daddy's mouth. Sometimes spilling the plate is fun also.
Uncle Romke is teaching me all sorts of funny sounds. He says he needs to learn to speak but I don't understand because he speaks all the time with mummy and daddy. They were listening to alphabet and phonic songs on you tube. I'm going to learn to speak really quickly! I can make lots of sounds and squeals already 😊
Goats on the Roof
I was in a car seat far too much on Friday. I can't see out from this one, so I get frustrated and scream so mummy and daddy know I want to get out. But Uncle Romke just keeps on driving! About half way up Vancouver Island we finally stopped at a township called "Dunes" which had a fruit stall, an old style market and a cafe. It felt cool, lively and fun. I was enjoying listening to musicians when suddenly everyone was pointing upward ... up on the roof, there was a furry thing with a beard, which they called a goat.
Mummy must have been hungry since she ate a big salad, a massive burger and a huge slice of blueberry pie. She was going to share the pie, but liked it so much that daddy and Uncle Romke only had a small bite!
5 days on Cortes Island
In the mornings everyone slept in and we relaxed at Moon Hill. Uncle Romke did funny stretches he called yoga and mummy and daddy even joined in on the last mornings. I had fun outside on my play mat on the grass looking at all the pretty
trees and the patterns that the sunlight made on their leaves.
In the afternoons we went for swims or visited pretty gardens. On Saturday, daddy swam with Uncle Romke at Hague Lake. Mummy was too cold so she stayed with me. On Sunday we went to visit a funny man called Christer. He lives in a very unusual house with colourful paintings on the walls. He talked lots and lots about awareness and consciousness and all sorts of funny things. I was so happy when we finally went to the beach at Squirrel Cove. Mummy and Daddy convinced uncle Romke to go swimming too, but I didn't want him to leave because I was having lots of fun laughing at his funny faces!
On Monday and Tuesday we went to visit some gardens which Daddy was very interested in. The first one was Hollyhock which is apparently Canada's leading educational retreat centre, world-renowned for life-long learning and skills development programs. Everyone took photos of the pretty garden which was filled with vegetables and beautiful flowers. I just liked the bumble bees. Then we walked down to the beach at Smelt Bay. It was so picturesque with snow capped
mountains in the background. The funny thing about the beaches here is that they have big logs all over them. Mummy and daddy enjoyed swimming in the cold water. I'm glad they didn't make me go in! There were lots of little crabs, oysters and pipis on the shoreline.
Yesterday we went to another garden place called Linnea farm. This is a 315 acre permaculture farm with 8 stewards. Mummy was excited to see hummingbirds. There was a beautiful library and school / education building, a few rundown buildings and then several buildings with rock on one side and glass on the other - some were cool and others hot inside. Strong smells that I don't know came from these 2 big sheds. Cows and pigs are kept in these over winter but they were all out in the fields far away when we went. Mummy climbed up the outside to look at all the hay stored in the upper section. Apparently this is also where milk and cheese come from, but it is not where my milk comes from!!
Down in the apple grove there were some big woolly black sheep. They were happy when we fed
them apples. Adam and Jeffery took nearly an hour to tell daddy about the history and function of the farm. He doesn't play with me much when he has talks like this. Although the farm is more than 100 years old, most of the residents/ stewards have been there for 25 or more years. Is that a long time? Apparently generational succession has been a problem. Big words make me sleepy. The big building was a school for a few years but couldn't compete with the state school, and all its rules. Bantams and chickens are fun, but I didn't see any eggs.
After the farm we went to another beach with boats and a big sea. Behind the sea was Manson's Lagoon. The water comes in at high tide over the rocks that warm it up. Uncle Romke went for a swim and the current took him very far away! Daddy followed, and because he wasn't wearing any shoes, he made funny faces walking back on all the sharp shells. Uncle Romke kept commenting on how pretty it was. Mummy enjoyed watching from the beach as it was too windy.
We had a blackout on the last
night & morning, so there was no water as water is pumped up from the well. I have enjoyed all the wilds, trees and relaxation of Cortes. I hope that we can come back again.
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