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Sometimes you have to put work aside and have a little fun.  That’s exactly what we did on Saturday.  Got onboard a friend’s boat and headed east to Blind Channel Resort where our daughter is working for the summer.  The morning was grey & the chop nasty at times but that was completely forgotten when we spotted the first orca.  There were so many it was hard to decide where to look.  Most were in peaceful rest mode but some were coming up out of the water – it was magical.  It took us about 2 ½ hours and I thought we’d never get there but finally we rounded the last point and there was our girl on the dock jumping up and down impatient for us to dock.  We had a few surprises for Megan – we didn’t tell her that Grandpa was coming with us.  And when Megan was sent onboard to help unload she found her best friend Nicole hiding in the tiny head.  I’m sure people heard those screams for miles J

 

Blind Channel Resort www.blindchannel.com is a small resort run by 3 generations of the Richter family on West Thurlow Island.  There is a marina, restaurant, general store, post office, rental cottages, laundromat and throughout the property are incredibly beautiful mosaics and artwork created by Annemarie Richter the matriarch of the family who passed away in 2003.  Megan gave us the grand tour starting with her room in the staff house – very tidy and homey with family photos on the desk.  On to the bakery to see where Megan helps Jennifer create THE BEST EVER cinnamon buns.  We took a few of those home that’s for sure !! We sat on the sunny patio overlooking the marina where Laura serves up bbq for lunch everyday.  After lunch we had a quick tour of the huge vegetable & fruit gardens before ending up at the general store to buy some of those great salsito chips Laura serves with the burgers.

 

It was hard to say goodbye after such a short visit but the wind was picking up and we had a long ride home.  Sadly no orcas on the way back but we did pass by a cruise ship — one of my favourites the Norwegian Sun.   The perfect end to a perfect North Island summer day.  Blessings from the beach…

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Yes just another perfect day here on the beach.  Even with the rain and cool temperatures — today I saw a heron, an eagle and a seal.  I ate some of the most delicious homemade blueberry white chocolate cheesecake you could ever imagine and I chatted with our daughter on Facebook.   I’m happy that the bed & breakfast is so busy and that we’re welcoming some guests back for their 3rd or 4th summer. 

If ever I feel I’m taking this amazing place for granted I’m always energized by our first time guests who stand in the window just trying to take it all in.  That’s when I list all the things I love about living on the beach.  Like the smell of ocean — bottle that up and sell it as far as I’m concerned.  Wonderful sounds of helicopters, float planes, the ferry’s fog horn, screeching eagles and saucy crows.  And the wonderful sound of giggly 6-year-old guest Olivia who loves spending time on the beach with her parents.  Ahhh the view.  Gorgeous sunrises sometimes striped with pink and red reminding me of a saying I heard as a child “red sky at night — sailor’s delight, red sky in the morning — sailor take warning.”  My own North Island weather forecast.

A few days ago Chris and I sat on the front porch and watched a black bear eating berries right across the road in the bushes.  At first all we could see were branches swaying wildly as Mr. Bear brought the branches closer to clean the berries off.  Finally we could see a head — a very large black head.  A few days before that we were sitting with guests on the beach when a mink ran right in front of Chris — I was so stunned all I could yell was “look, look right in front of you”  I had no idea what it was until later.  Originally I thought it was a marmot — wrong location for those as I was kindly corrected by a friend who informs me they are mountain creatures.

I never would have imagined in my wildest dreams that I would see so many incredible things in my own backyard.  When guests ask where we go on holidays I’m never sure what to say.  We don’t wander far — we’re living our holiday.  Yes it’s nice to have a change of scenery occasionally but when it comes right down to what does a body good — there’s no place like home !!!

Blessings from the beach…

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