We’re still alive! A lot has happened since we’ve last posted, of course, because it was a really long time ago. It’s hard to keep updated online when your reception/Wi-Fi/data/electricity is increasingly scarce! The past month has been a full one.
Since our last BFN post, we headed to Victoria for some much needed family & friends time & reflection. I will be honest, the first month on Quadra/Read was very difficult for me (KJ) & that kinda makes it difficult for us both, if I may be so honest. With the help of most homies, I turned inside out and back around and came out feeling refreshed and able to make some decisions about what to do and where to go next, still as a solid team. Soon enough we were offered a place on Cortes and the story continues!
Our work-trade on Read Island was not all it was cracked up to be, and without getting into details, let’s just say we are glad it is over and we have moved on.
We were, however, fortunate enough to be sent to Maurelle Island during our work-trade to help with a project Lannie was working on, The Discovery Islands Ecosystem Mapping Project. We helped create some watershed jigsaw puzzle maps of the Discovery Islands with a gentleman named Rob Wood. Rob is a legendary rock climber & even more so (in my opinion) a lovely person. We stayed the night at his beautiful handmade home on Maurelle. We made good food, had amazing conversations, and really connected. We feel very blessed to have had that opportunity and hope to spend more time with Rob in the summer.
The final days were super tough (on Read) but we put our heads down and worked hard then got out of there. We endlessly whistled, hummed and sang our Read Island anthem, and ceremoniously blasted it in Wael when we were finally driving back home
When it came time to pack up our bags on Quadra, we were actually quite sad to leave. We made some really nice friends, had the loveliest of neighbours (Linda & her dog Wesley – whom I love), and planted some roots on the island. Incoming trilogy of Wesley and I on mountain tops:
Despite initial challenges, of which I hope not to dwell on, we are comin into our groove here. We have spent many hours in the forest, at the beach, and deepening our connection to our surrounding world. I have been actually reading my plant books instead of letting them sit on the coffee table, foraging food to add to our dinners (stinging nettle, maple blossoms, oyster mushrooms, clam digging and some bonfire roasted oysters!), spending evenings underneath the stars in front of a fire and just being still with nature – often. I have been loving watching the flower buds creep up, bloom and invite us into a more welcoming season. And the birds!! Oh man, the birds. These moments are why we moved here.
Alas, we are on Cortes and will be for the next five months. It has been pretty rad so far. We’re 5 minutes from the grocery store, cafe, bookstore and, most importantly, the lake! Hague Lake is so boss with its white sand beaches and closeness. We’ve already had numerous lake dips.
Our house is a trailer with a living room attached. It’s on a big farm with horses, alpacas, chickens & cats!!!!! We help out in the garden for a portion of our rent and also share in the bounty of the harvest. Pretty stoked on that. The owners, Mike and Samantha, also run Misty Isles Kayaking so I foresee some wicked trips in the future. Some folks have been asking for pictures of the trailer but it’s not the easiest thing to photograph/photogenic. Guess you’ll just have to come see for yourselves!
For the record, we’ve got cell reception & 3G. However, we don’t have electricity (at least not enough to charge our phones or computers). That means you can reach us for the most part. My phone dies really quickly so maybe try Marko Or just make sure you leave a voicemail/text!! Okay?? Thank you. Call me!
We’ve been here just about a week, it’s been wonderful weather, and we’ve been exploring and diving into the community. There is also an AWESOME trail next to our house that leads to the beach!
Marko is set up to air a radio show on Cortes Community Radio every Wednesday from 11am-12:30pm. It’s called “Makin’ Waves.” Tune in if you want to hear some Devarrow😉 He’s also scheduled to volunteer at the bookstore. For those who come it’s the best bookstore ever!! Marnie, our pal on Cortes, runs the shop and she is wonderful. Marko mentioned Marnie last post, hoping to spend lots of time with her.
As for me, I’m really excited to garden often & I will be hosting some plant walks with Friends of Cortes Island throughout the summer. My walks will be about the ecosystem, some plant id, and wild foraging. Supposedly they were leading about 30 people last summer!! Eek/wahoo! I’m also hoping to make some jewelry and get down on the summer market extravaganza. I’ll be scooping up lots of materials next time I’m around town. (Mila, wanna join? Actually, when are you moving up here with us??). There are a few other activities on the horizon but I will save it for another post.
We’ll be home briefly April 23rd-25th-ish? Me for Natasha’s wedding shower and Marko to chill! We’ve got some visitors coming this weekends… Looking forward to it!
To the fuchsia salmonberry blooms!