My visit to Pender didn’t last long, but it was heavenly to enjoy the sun, water, beaches, friends and food at the Bluewater Cruising Association rendezvous at Poet’s Cove.
… and the dog, of course! I don’t have any grandchildren, but I sure do enjoy hanging out with my grad puppy Spartacus (Sparty). He’s becoming such a confident little boat dog!
My visit ended with a great potluck! The dinghy rode a bit lower in the water when the time came to shuttle me back to land to catch my taxi down to the other Pender Island (there are two – north and south).
I took lots of photos so I have more than enough reference material to get back to work drawing various things once I get back home.
I even managed to find a bit of time to work on my lines for Romeo and Juliet while hanging gout in the cockpit.
I also managed to find a bit of time to do a blind contour drawing of the Dragon Fountain from Butchart Gardens.
Here’s a photo…
The idea is to not look down at your drawing but to choose a line in the object and follow it without ever lifting pencil from paper.
About to board the ferry now and head back to Victoria for another couple of days before hopping back on another flight to Calgary.
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Dad and I snuck off the farm for a couple of hours yesterday afternoon to go on a photo expedition – first to a nearby marina in Brentwood Bay and then to the Institute of Ocean Sciences at Pat Bay. We both took lots of photos and stopped a couple of times for coffee and to warm up (it was one of those grey, damp days that wound up being chillier than you’d expect, especially by the water).
The Institute of Ocean Sciences is a beautifully designed building thoughtfully sited on a stunning piece of land on Pat Bay. A seismic research centre and home to many ocean-research types, the building and grounds are open to the public.
I was trying very hard to ignore my phone, but the messages kept coming thick and fast – five new sign-ups for our CSA Goody Boxes (yay!), a friend needing to borrow a couple of transport crates for chickens tomorrow, another friend wondering whether we have room in the goat barn to temporarily house a couple of goats for another friend, someone in the prairies calling to see if we can ship fertile Ridley Bronze turkey eggs, and two inquiries about hogs and pork.
Egg vending machines could be a handy way around the fact our farm is located on a dead end road with virtually no drive bay traffic…
At the second coffee stop managed to do some research on the feasibility of selling eggs through vending machines, coordinate a work session to finish up the last edits on the new book, and schedule a meeting with another farmer possibly looking to collaborate on a couple of projects for which I do not have space… Gads. My attempt to get away for a couple of hours was a bit ridiculous!
The coffee shop at the Institute of Ocean Sciences – includes a lovely view past arbutus trees over the water…
Suspended fish in the atrium…
The marina we visited in Brentwood Bay offered up photo opportunities of a more rustic nature.
This old dinghy has seen better days.
Paddle neatly stowed on the deck of an old wooden sailboat
Classic lines on this graceful sailing dinghy.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes out of Dad’s studio after he has a chance to go through the reference material he gathered today…