harvest time

Oh I love this time of year, when the local harvest is in full swing (and my tummy is full of the goodness).  Here’s a few photos of the bounty we are enjoying right now….peas from our neighbourfreshly delivered from the okanaganflowers from Mamie's gardenlettuce from our gardencherries direct from the okanaganpie makers....celebrating the harvest with a pie partywe celebrated the harvest with a pie party

We celebrated the harvest with a pie party! Hope you are also enjoying all the local, organic food! Now if only Dimitri could catch a salmon (or two)…

flowers from Jane's garden

All the bounty is inspiring this painting (in progress)….and so many fruit crumbles (peach and blackberry yesterday, apple and blackberry the day before).  Those were eaten before any photos could be taken.  We love the REBAR recipe here.

feast on fruits and cakes in progress


a little local art shop

Somehow I have failed to tell you that I am now part of a local cooperative art gallery on Gabriola! I joined the Pier Gallery Artists Collective at the end of May and since then I have been selling paintings, cards and calendars to visitors from all over the world! Today a group from Australia left with my teacup calendar and a couple from Vancouver bought 5 of my art cards (which I imagine will travel to others who will discover my art from a distance)…and three of my paintings have already sold.

During my shifts at the gallery (located at the Silva Bay Marina), I really enjoy chatting with locals, visitors, and so many boaters.  Raena came down to help out one day and cannot wait until her next chance to help with the cash register (living math and another successful homeschooling moment for her).  Alex is hoping to come down for my next shift!proud new gallery memberwith my happy helper!she loves being part of it all

The gallery is open 7 days a week.  Find out more about the collective and see some of the art on our Facebook page.  Creations made by two dozen artists await you!  There is something for everyone…..organic lotions and soaps, herbal teas, pottery, jewellery, fused glass, paintings, photography, art cards, quilted art, tie dye clothes, handcrafted leather, pillows and aprons and more.  We even have fun filled grab bags just for the kids!

Why don’t you drop by and say hello?come on in!

let the summer holidays begin

Summer holidays begin for me TODAY! I am looking forward to lots of reading (I am working through the OUTLANDER series by Diana Gabaldon right now and so excited for the new and final book in the series)….new to us couch and hammock, here I come!  I know there will be an increase in beach time, I think there might be a camping trip or two, I hope we will have a few boating adventures and I will also be heading up north to visit old friends.  In between it all, I hope to find some juicy painting time.  Oh I just love summer holidays…..don’t you?!!

summer stillness on our new to us couchsummer love

daisy girls after a swim

Here’s some more daisy magic for you….after a pre-dinner beach swim (during our annual daisy photo shoot) the splish splashing continues when Dad turns the sprinkler on to water the daisy patch…

Dad turned the sprinkler on in the middle of our photo shoot!!!!IMG_6290brsweetness

These annual photos are a tradition I started when Raena was a baby…one day I hope to print a photo from each year and fill a wall in our home to showcase the magic!  Until then, the daisies and the daughters will keep on growing!