I just returned from a week in Canada and Seattle. It was just about the perfect vacation and I want to put my pictures and thoughts together and don’t have a more appropriate forum. My son Tad is spending the summer in British Columbia so I had to go see him (and a part of the world I've always wanted to see and two of my favorite bloggers). I made plans to fly in and out of Seattle (because I wanted to see more of Canada and Washington and because I hate flights that aren't non-stop :). My husband Ed couldn't spend as long so he flew in and out of Vancouver. After arriving in Seattle on Friday, I drove up to Vancouver, checked into my hotel and then explored the city. It is beautiful ... especially Stanley Park where I walked on Saturday morning before picking Ed up at the airport.
After retrieving Ed (whose journey to Vancouver was not nearly as pleasant as mine), we took a ferry over to Vancouver Island where Tad and his girlfriend Hannah are working at a Camp Hill Community called
Glenora Farm is a bio-dynamic and therapeutic farm where adults with developmental disabilities (called companions) live and work together with their caregivers (called co-workers). For six days a week, both co-workers and companions work together at 2 workshops a day. The workshops include such things as gardening, cooking, wood cutting, weaving and felting as well as singing and dancing and learning about anthroposophy (Rudolf Steiner's theory that is behind the development of the Camp Hill communities). It is really an impressive place. Here are a few of the pictures I took at the farm during our tour with Tad the first day we arrived:
After our visit on Saturday afternoon, Ed and I drove down to Sooke (which is on the tip of Vancouver Island, right on the ocean) and had a delicious dinner and then stayed at the Sooke Harbor House. I would definitely recommend it if you are traveling to BC.
On Sunday we returned to the farm and since Tad had an extra day off, we went for a long hike, to a cafe for lunch and then to a beautiful beach.
|I loved Stanley Park!|
|Gate to the Gardens at Glenora Farms|
|The herb gardens|
|Tad has wood cutting workshop a couple times a week.|
|Inside one of the greenhouses.|
|Tad and Ed returning an escaped baby goat to her mama.|
|Tad teaching us about herbs (another workshop he sometimes participates in is picking herbs for the salves and teas they make.|
|Tad's house which is called Helios. There are 3 "small houses" like this where 2-3 companions live with co-workers and house parents and 1 "big house" with more companions and co-workers.|
|Tad making dinner for his house.|
|The living room.|
|Salad with edible flowers...yum!|
On Monday, since both Tad and Hannah had the day off, we took a picnic lunch to the beautiful Lake Cowichan. When we first found "our spot" we wondered what the circle of rocks in the shallow water could be. Once we started unpacking our picnic we realized it was obviously a perfect cooler for our wine and soda.
|Our wine cooler.|
|Tad and Hannah are avid chess players so we of course had a chess set with us:)|
|The beautiful inner harbor in Victoria.|
After lunch, I returned to the farm for dinner at Tad's house. On Wednesday, I spent the day at the farm. After the whole community met for their morning meeting (where that day's workshops are assigned and any issues discussed) I "helped" Hannah make lunch (her morning workshop). After that delicious lunch, I visited the felting workshop (so cool) and then headed back towards Victoria to get on a ferry to take me to Washington.
|The bag I bought that was woven at the weavery. Tad is hopefully going to buy and bring home the felted mobile I fell in love with from the Felting Workshop.|
|Pike Place Market was a riot of color.|
|I was really excited to see the Chihuly exhibit at Seattle Center because I keep seeing fun art projects on Pinterest that I could do with my class as part of a study of Chihuly's work.|