The morning was off to a good start. I fixed up a Dutch baby for breakfast and we smothered it in warm blackberries with honey. Julia went to work at Hollyhock, a retreat center where workshops are held for people from all over. I enjoyed the comfort of her place with some good music as I caught up on my journal writing. Iím a bit sore from yesterday, but less sore than I thought Iíd be. I gave Alois, the local Servas host, a call who coincidentally lived right next door. He said come on over and we had a nice look around in the Barefoot Gallery. We had coffee and good talks as we checked out the nice view of Cortes Bay from his outdoor porch. We took a walk down to the beach where fresh oysters could be plucked at low tide and up to another property he was looking after. Alois helped me get to know the different species of trees in the area like Douglas Fir, Red Cedar, Alder, Arbutus, and the Manzanita bush. It was a great visit. After Alois place, I took a ride to the Friday market in the Mansonís Landing Community Hall. Garden fruits and veggies, crafts, and ice cream were some of the things laid out. I saw Lovena and Alex, who I met yesterday during Ultimate, and Lovenaís two children Kai and Tosh at their organic produce table. Kai, who is a 4-year-old blonde haired blue-eyed cutie of a little girl walked around with me by the hand and we checked out the garage sale, shared a veggie burrito from the cafť, and played in the playground. It was a beautiful day and there were all kinds of people from the community out and about. Lovena invited me to be their guest out on the Blue Jay Lake Farm and I figured Sunday would be a good time to go out and try the WWOOFing experience. We finished off the afternoon back at Hague Lake for a nice swim. I spent about an hour or two out there on the beautiful water before heading to Kim and Joelís place to meet Julia. Kim and Joel live in a two-pee, which is like two tee-pees connected together. They were hosting a traveler from Japan, Koji. Another friend soon arrived and then we took off to Paul and Darcyís place for a traditional Shabat dinner with a unique twist. Paul and Darcy have a lovely home and open it up for these weekly dinner gatherings to willing participants. Darcy makes decorative alters for each guest to light while sharing words or silence. Following this interesting ritual was the drinking of their homemade wine and the unveiling of the challa bread that Paul made. We sat down for delicious bread and Caesar salad and great conversation. For desert, we ate warmed homemade pie with ice cream. The evening was closed with hugs and good feeling and Julia and I headed back to her place for bed.
Pic: Friday Farmers Market on Cortes Island