Sidney Spit Marine Park is a short cruise from our Marina so it is a great spot for a day trip and a picnic lunch.
After a relaxing ride we tied up at the dock...
there are buoys available to tie up to
and one can always opt to drop the anchor.
There are sandy beaches and trails in the forest.
Sidney Island is serviced by a small ferry for landlubbers who want to come for a day trip and there are campsites for those who wish to stay longer.
Sunday was a scorcher and there was not much wind so we kept cool by hydrating with water and lemon drinks and I stayed in the shade.
We enjoyed a simple lunch.
Salad, buns, egg salad, olives, fruit salad and some deli meat.
Mr. HB got some reading time and I played a few games of Sudoku.
My skin burns easily and I suffer from rosacea which flares up when exposed to too much sun.
I wear big hats, sunglasses and I use Eminence powdered sunscreen which is gentle on the skin and offers decent coverage.
I saw this vintage book in the shop Kay's Korner in the Cook Street Village.
This book is intended to be read while one is "in the head."
"In the Head" is not a state of mind,
it is the term that boaters use to indicate the lavatory on board ship!
~ Nana's Bread Recipe ~
1 tbsp. fast rising yeast
1 tbsp. sugar
3 cups warm water
6-8 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp. salt
(makes 2 loaves)
In a large bowl pour in 3 cups warm water and stir in 1 tbsp. sugar
sprinkle 1 tbsp. yeast over top and let sit for 30 minutes
Stir in 3 cups flour cover bowl with saran wrap
let stand about 1 hour
(it will look fluffy and bubbly)
Ad 3 cups of flour 1 cup at a time stirring well after each addition.
add 1 tbsp. salt after the 3rd cup
add about 2 more cups of flour
when dough is too hard to stir place on floured board and knead in more flour
Knead until no longer sticky.
Grease the large bowl and place the dough back in the bowl. cover with saran and lay a towel over top to keep free from drafts
and leave to rise about 1-2 hours until it has doubled in size
(dough rises faster in a warm kitchen)
Punch dough down to get all the bubbles out and grease two bread tins
shape dough into two loaves
let rise on counter until it is just above the bread pans
about 1-2 hours.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45- 60 minutes
(I often need to bake them for the full hour)
Remove from pans and cool on a rack.
This bread is quite dense and tastes great with some butter and jam.
You might be surprised just how fast it gets eaten!
This pretty and delicate honeysuckle flower is attracting the hummingbirds...
they love to flit about and sip the nectar.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and will be back soon.
In the meantime...
Fiona Ferris's new book arrived in the mail and I have started reading it.
I am not going to rush through the book
as each chapter offers a lot of "food for thought."
I will review this book when I have finished but already I can tell it is going to be a best seller...Fiona writes the lovely blog How to Be Chic.
Pop over and pay her a visit and please tell her I sent you!
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~