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September 14, 2014

going back in time

P1050566I live on Vancouver Island, off the West coast of Canada

ferry travel is a fact of life, at Swartz Bay terminal

there is a ferry in dock, one coming in, another just leaving and in the distance one heading for Vancouver, on the mainland


I am traveling to Salt Spring Island, where we once lived for 10 years

a 45 minute trip

to judge spinning at the Fall Fair


the weather was brilliant

there were crowds of locals and visitors

P1050617on an island know for its sheep there is interest in the weaving and spinning displays

my wonderful hostess, Rosemary, demonstrating weaving

P1050619aren’t the knitted “socks” on the table and chair legs wonderful?

this is a very well coordinated event, enthusiastically supported by the community

it has something for everyone

P1050641carding machine

P1050640processing local fleece


produce, they grow them big on the island – must be the manure!

P1050607a prize-winning cabbage

P1050626baking and eggs


P1050627and quiltsP1050614demonstrations – this one fascinated all ages

a clever blender attachment that fits over the back wheel of a bicycle

you can make your smoothie while you pedal!

P1050615a retreat for those of us who are just plain tuckered out

that’s it for today, folks

more tomorrow

4 Comments leave one →
  1. myrajdunn permalink
    September 14, 2014 7:12 pm

    Looks like a fun time.


    • September 14, 2014 7:58 pm

      Myra – old fashioned country fairs with kids and families and animals are still a treat. This one is particularly great.


  2. September 15, 2014 5:36 am

    Oh, I love a ferry! We get from our side of Lake Champlain to Vermont via one of several ferry options and it’s always an adventure. The fair looks exceptional!


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