Spider Lake… no spiders, just tadpoles and fisherpeople and… fun!

Busy day yesterday – heading out to spots to relax. We visited the Errington Farmer’s Market and enjoyed music and friends (Kait’s children are adorable) and after eating a bean wrap, some cookies and popsicles, we headed off to our favourite lake in the area, Spider Lake.

Spider Lake is a lake that is made for kids… sandy beach, easy to wade in, buckets full of tadpoles to catch. The kidlets loved it and they actually swam. It wasn’t too cold and they frolicked for a few hours. It was not too busy there and it was great to see people in their float tubes and canoes fishing – fly fishing was hot yesterday.  One of the things I like most about this lake is that does not allow motorized thingies on it. Peaceful!

Check out more info at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/spider_lk/

Enjoying Spider Lake

Enjoying Spider Lake

Snorkling at Spider Lake

Snorkling at Spider Lake

Hanging out in the waster

Hanging out in the waster

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The Coast Saver Fare promotions starts soon – I can afford the Ferry for at least 12 days now… barely

BC Ferries will be running a Coast Saver Fare promotion in June to encourage mid-week travel between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Savings are up to 33% off our regular fares. The program is as follows: * Savings of up to 33% on select fares * Valid routes are Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay; Tsawwassen – Duke Point; Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay *

Savings are only valid on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and include all sailings on those days * Dates of the promotion are between June 2 – June 25. 12 days in total * For Tour Operators and Sightseeing Companies: Your rates will be reduced at the terminal or at the invoicing stage *  This mid-week special will be in effect for 12 days only in June beginning on Tuesday June 2 and ending on Thursday June 25.

The CoastSaver sailings are: June 2, 3, 4 June 9, 10, 11 June 16, 17, 18 June 23, 24, 25 We encourage you to spread the news to staff, family and friends and use this as a sales tool to increase business.

For more information visit http://www.bcferries.com for more details. BC Ferries Major Route Coast Saver Rates: June 2, 3, 4 June 9, 10, 11 June 16, 17, 18 June 23, 24, 25

BASE FARE Coastsaver Fare PASSENGER Adult 13.50 9.00 Children (from 5 to 11 years of age) 6.75 4.50 Infant (under 5 years of age) FREE FREE GROUP FARES (16 or more passengers) Adult 11.50 7.65 Children (from 5 to 11 years of age) 5.75 3.85 BC RESIDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Student (school event) Adult 6.75 4.50 Children (from 5 to 11 years of age) 3.40 2.25 Permanently Disabled & Escort Adult 6.75 4.50 Children (from 5 to 11 years of age) 3.40 2.25 Senior (Monday to Thursday excluding Statutory Holidays) FREE FREE PASSENGER VEHICLE Underheight (up to 20 Feet) 45.00 30.00 – extra length per foot 2.25 No Change Overheight (up to 20 Feet) 72.00 48.00 – extra length per foot 3.60 No Change Motorcycle 22.50 15.00 BUS (per foot) 3.65 No Change COMMERCIAL VEHICLE (per foot) 5.05 No Change BICYCLE or STOWAGE 2.00 No Change

Salt Spring Island – more than the market…

I have a confession, I love Salt Spring Island. My good friend, Deirdre, lives there, Barb’s Buns is one of the best place to eat on the Islands, the bookstores rock, the beaches are amazing, the kid’s toy store is a place the kids want to live at,  Salt Spring Air does flying tours and I can simply relax when I am there.  One of the things I have always enjoyed is the Saturday market – oh my, what a spot to be at! Food, clothes, creations, soaps,

Grace enjoying some art on Salt Spring Island

Grace enjoying some art on Salt Spring Island

music, fun, packed with people… it is the place to be. After the excitement of the market, we like to check out the galleries. There are loads of them and they feature something differest in each one: native art, stone carvings, wood art, paintings, photography – and many are from the local talent of Salt Spring Island.

I would like to encourage everyone to make it to Salt Spring Island at least once this summer – make a day trip, camp or splurge and go to Hastings House – really you will have fun. We are heading over to enjoy the Masterpiece Weekend – lots of art and we get to meet the artists (and hopefully meet Robert Bateman). Below is the press release about the special weekend.

“Masterpiece Weekend” Salt Spring Island, BC June 19-21, 2009 Salt Spring Fine Art Initiative – three-day master show…

The Salt Spring Fine Art initiative presents the Masterpiece Weekend. It’s a “Best of Show” featuring 40 master works by 40 artists unveiled together for the first time. Pieces will be on display at ArtSpring for three days only. The show premiers Friday, June 19th from 5:00-10:00pm with artists in attendance and runs Saturday from 5:00-10:00pm and from 10:00-4:00pm on Sunday. Opening night festivities include live music sponsored by the Salt Spring Jazz and Blues Society, wine provided by Salt Spring Vineyards and local cheese by Salt Spring Cheese Co.

Salt Spring Island has been named one of Canada’s top art communities and is considered in the top ten in North America. This show is intended to showcase the very best of this community. The art will be displayed in the 6000 square foot Robert Bateman Gallery at ArtSpring, the island’s performing Art Centre located at 100 Jackson Ave. Weekend highlights include an opportunity to meet the artist at the galleries or to take in the Fine Art Walking Tour by downloading the free map at: http://www.saltspringfineart.com/mapprint.pdf

The Fine Art Group is: Galleons Lap Atelier-Gallery, Jill Louise Campbell Fine Art Gallery, Martinus Studio-Gallery, Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art, Steffich Fine Art, Stone Fish Gallery with sculptor Allan Crane, the Salt Spring Arts Council and sponsors, Hastings House Country House Hotel and ArtSpring, the Island’s performing Art Centre. For future updates please visit: http://www.saltspringfineart.com

Trying to add pictures…

Going to attempt some picture additions. Let’s see what happens.

Ditch Jumping

Ditch Jumping

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Fly by

Fly by

Write a book for me…

I am trying out this new WordPress site and being resistant – George, the hubby just got a book deal and is writing a beginner’s guide to WordPress. I think he should write it just for me – I am not technically savvy and easily frustrated with this stuff. So, if he can make it clear and easy for me to do, then pretty much every one should find it a piece of cake. I will certainly put him through his paces – I promise!

Archie and Veronica…. NO!!!!

Funny, last night I was looking for an Archie watch for my almost 8 yr old. She is addicted to Archie’s and loves the stories, the jokes and the characters. We probably have like 25 of the comics floating around – the whole family is into them in fact. So I figure out where to find the watch and I go to bed happy knowing that my Archie-aholic daughter will have a super cook b-day gift at the end of June.

Well, this morning I discovered that Archie is going to take over my day today! I found out that Archie proposed to… gasp… Veronica. What the???? Has he lost his marbles? I never thought I would see the day that the jalopy driving red-head would fall to his knees and ask the rich b%#ch to marry him. Shocked, I say, shocked!

Here is what I see for the future… I see a nasty divorce, lots of mediation and counselling and I think she will cheat on Archie with Reggie… Archie will turn to drink and try to rebound with Betty – Betty will have left Riverdale and found a life beyond the soda shoppe and does not need him in her life and kicks the boob to the curb! Veronica indeed!

Camping – the Ultimate Budget-Friendly Family Get Away. Tips from outdoors expert and flyfish fanatic, Rick Passek

The family with the fire....

The family with the fire....

Many people are thinking about summer holiday plans, but because of economics, the big budget holidays are going the way of the dodo bird. Rick Passek, avid outdoors man and author of The Freshman Flyfisher: A Beginners Guide for a New Generation and brand-spanking new, The Freshman Flyfisher’s Insect Guide has a solution for those families looking for a great get-away that is cost effective – Camping. Camping is also a great Father’s Day plan too!

Many people have not tried camping or some have not been since they were kids – Rick has some tried and true tips to help families get out in the great outdoors, connect and have some fun! Check out the press release and we have compiled a couple camping friendly recipes that are a must for the camp-out game plan – they follow the press release and a recipe or two (one from the new Bon Appetit Cookbook).

Rick is available for interview now and throughout May and June – he is fun and can get people enthused about camping, flyfishing and even bugs! For more information and/or to arrange an interview, please contact Kimberly Plumley at Publicity Mavens at 250-390-9285 or via email at kim@publicitymavens.com. You can also check outwww.Rp3FlyFishing.com.

Camping – the Ultimate Budget-Friendly Family Get Away

Vancouver, B.C. – The Freshman Flyfisher author Rick Passek is also a great outdoorsman who sees nature’s playground as the best, cost-effective, family-friendly alternative to the “big, expensive holiday.” During these trying economic times, Passek suggests, “family camping is a great way to get to know each other. I have found the camping experience has brought me closer to my parents, and has brought me closer to my son. Camping is in my opinion the best family bonding experience there is.” And for those looking to stretch their beleaguered dollar, it’s good to know that for as little as $50, you can take a family of four away comfortably for three days/nights.

Passek gained a healthy respect and love for the outdoors as a young boy (he was in fact 2 when he started camping with his parents). It was these countless hours spent with his father Karl outdoors that eventually lead to Passek writing his entirely accessible The Freshman Flyfisher book as a helpful guide. From this experience, Passek has been able to learn first-hand how to successfully prepare a family for outdoor fun.

Passek’s Handy Tips for Family Camping:

· As a beginner/novice camper, start by going to a Provincial or State campground. They are equipped with outhouses, most have firewood for campfires, and there are other people around in case you need help.

· For the first few times, stay close to home (0-1.5 hours away). Once you have become comfortable, you can then start venturing further afield.

· On the opposite end (and for more advanced campers) you can go into the middle of nowhere and camp – this is a much more rugged experience and will challenge you and your family to work together for the good of the group.

· If you are going to stay in a cabin, you will need: bedding, food, clothing, insect repellent and entertainment (cards, balls, frisbee, etc…) as well as, dishes, pots, pans, cutlery.

· If you’re planning to go deeper in the bush, you will need a place to sleep (i.e. a tent, Camper, RV, etc…) a tarp (in case of rain), an ax, and a cooking stove.

· Know Before You Go: know how to start a fire, (even with matches MANY people that don’t know how to start one). Learn some First Aid, how to set up camp (Tent, Stove, etc…) and know what kind of wildlife you can expect to see and how to handle the situation if you do.

Passek says that a family that camps together stays together. And of course when this includes fishing, hiking, swimming, playing sports and preparing meals as a family, you’re spending quality time with those you love. “And where better to spend quality time together than in the wild, away from the TV, Video Games, and hustle and bustle of our daily lives?” asks Passek?

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Rick is available for interview – he is fun and can get people enthused about camping and the options available to people. For more information and/or to arrange an interview, please contact Kimberly Plumley at Publicity Mavens at 250… or via email at kim@publicitymavens.com. You can also check out http://www.Rp3FlyFishing.com.

Sure-fire campout recipes

Fish and Vegetables with Pesto Baked in Foil Packets

4 Servings

On your next camping trip, bring along this recipe – the foil packets can easily be cooked on the grill. This tasty recipe has been kindly provided by John Wiley and Sons and is featured in the Bon Appetit Fast, Easy, Fresh Cookbook – page 336.

2/3 cup purchased pesto
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
4 5- to 6 – ounce tilapia or black cod fillets
16 asparagus spears, each trimmed to 4-inch length
2 large plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 yellow crookneck squash, thinly sliced on diagonal

Mix pesto, lemon juice and hot pepper sauce in a small bowl or baggy. Arrange four 12×12 inch pieces of heavy-duty foil on work surface. Place 1 fish fillet in centre of each. Sprinkle fish lightly with salt and pepper. Spread each fillet with 1 tablespoon pesto mixture. Top each fillet with asparagus, tomatoes, and squash, then dollop with remaining pesto mixture. Fold sides of foil over fish and vegetables, covering completely; seal packets closed.

Transfer foil packets to large rimmed baking sheet. Bake until fish is just opaque in center and vegetables are crisp-tender, about 20 minutes.

To prepare the fire;

-Start your fire and allow it to really get going, add wood so that you have a good coal base. Once you have a really good coal base (few to no Flames)
you are ready to cook.
-Hint:
I always have an old oven grate with me, this way I can set it on the rock that I have used to make the surround around the fire. Try to have the oven
grate 6-8″ from the coal base, this will ensure that you do not burn through the foil bag and will keep all the juices inside throughout the cooking process.
Kicked up Smores

You will need the following;
-Marshmallows
-Graham Crackers
-Chocolate Bars (a good one to try is Hershey’s milk Chocolate)
-Chili/Parkika/or another hot pepper powder (like Chili). Chocolate and Chili goes GREAT together!!!

Make your Smores like normal by setting a piece of chocolate on the Graham cracker and by cooking your marshmallow. Once the marshmallow is fully cooked (nice and gooey) set it on the chocolate then take your chili powder and give the Marshmallow a little sprinkle (More if you like the heat. ENJOY!!!!

For a few added twists try these (Instead of the Hersey”s) with the Chili;
-Caramilk Bar
-Peanut butter Cup

Use you imagination and kick up your smores more with ingredients like:
-Coconut flakes
-Slivered Almonds
-Nerds (For the kids)
-By a bag of those sours and add just the powder on the bottom of the bag.