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Published: July 11th 2017
Wednesday 28 June
We did the big pack-up and move today. A bit like the Salish people and their horse and teepee migrations. Fortunately our migration today is made up of little chunks and stops whenever I need to feed.
The first ferry to Quadra Island had lots of warm sunshine and we saw whales playing. Actually we didn't see much of the whales, just misty squirts, so I don't really know what they are. They looked a lot smaller / further away than when we were on the yacht.
I needed a stop after the ferry, so we had lunch in a nature reserve - Rebecca Spit. It was windy up top but past the logs on the pebble beach was warm, but only daddy went swimming. I liked the super tall trees and bald headed eagles. I was a bit nervous that they might swoop down and pick me up like the poor duckling. Luckily big Romke hugged and played with me so that I forgot about the eagles.
My teeth keep hurting and I cry quite often, I discovered that this means that mummy tries to feed me more often as well 😊
slept through the next ferry and a lot of the journey down the island. I was awake to see some wooden carvings and chaos associated with power outages.
Towards the end of our journey, the smell of the sea returned, and we drove up a steep gravel driveway to our next home - the home of Aunty Jacoba (Daddy's other Canadian sister) & Uncle Andy.
Aunty Jacoba (everyone calls her Cobi for short) has white hair and a big smile. She is nice. Uncle Andy is more serious but sometimes he smiled at me. Aunty Cobi made a play mat for me and gave me some new (squishy) toys to play with. I seem to be able to grab things better. I can squish soft toys and shake the shaker! She also gave mummy a collection of clothes with Canadian motifs on so now I can look like a local! 😊
Thursday 29 June
Our first day in Chemainus was blessed with sunshine. We had a swim at Fuller lake and then went into the heart of the town to see murals, horse drawn carriages and daddy's favourite delicatessen/bakery.
Aunty Cobi made a special English fish
dish with cod for dinner and trifle for dessert, but I didn't get to taste it! I am now trying these long white and green things called cucumber.
Friday 30 June
Daddy went to Fuller lake with Aunty Cobi and Uncle Andy while mummy and I walked to the seaside. Mummy left me on the shore to play while she went for a swim - but she returned very quickly. We saw a doe and a buck and a few woodpecker birds. They have a funny red crest on their head.
The theme of good food continued with delicious pancakes with wild berry compote for breakfast and quiches at the bakery in Shawnigan Lake Village for lunch. Our visits for the day started at the wooden boats (& old outboard motors) at the Cowishan bay maritime museum. I wanted to build a boat, but mummy said that I was too young to use the hammer.
Later we had a little walk to a huge wooden bridge, completed in 1920 to carry trains loaded with timber across the river. It was called the Kinsol Trestle and is apparently one of the tallest free standing railway trestles in the
world at 44m high and 187m long. It was enormous! I don't know how anyone could build something so big! Mummy was thirsty as it was a very hot day. There were too many things to look at for me to drink though!
That night everyone had hamburgers cooked by Aunty Cobi. I think Mummy and daddy liked Aunty Cobi's cooking because they couldn't stop eating it! Then everyone sat in the lounge room to watch a 'movie', but I fell asleep. It was called 'The Great Debaters' and everyone said it was excellent. I hope I'm allowed to watch movies one day!
Saturday 1 July - Vancouver
It was sad to say goodbye, but it was time to move again. Uncle Romke had made the car sparkle, so it felt quite special to be it. Despite my first tooth emerging
through my bottom gums, I have kept smiling and learned a bubbling technique where I blow out through my mouth to reduce the pain. This tooth is awesome- I can grip daddy's finger, somewhat mash a cucumbery thing and this morning something totally new - "toast".
Mummy and daddy have started playing a new game with
me ... first they kiss my toes and make me feel all relaxed and then they blow them which gives me wiggles so I have to squirm away. They are so much fun.
I nearly forgot about the afternoon/ evening. Aunty Minke and Uncle Dave joined us on another walk and boat venture to something called a Jazz festival. A funny tub like floaty thing, a ferry, took us to Granville Island. It was very crowded with almost everyone wearing red and white colours with a funny leaf print. Apparently Canada is 150 years old so they were having a big celebration. I used the new clothes from Aunty Cobi to join in.
We sat on a lovely green hill and listened to light "bumply" music, something called swing jazz. Mummy and daddy did some strange dancing to these sounds and a little boy joined them. I wish I could wiggle like that! The second concert we went to back on the mainland was very loud, so mummy put some funny things on my ears which made everything quiet, but I didn't really like wearing them much and tried to pull them off after a while!
my eyes were really tired and I could hardly re-awaken, there was a whole new set of sounds, and massive splashes of colour in the sky. Squeals and booms were followed by spots of red, green, gold and purple. Fireworks were a beautiful way to close a wonderful 150th Canada day.
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