The Marina is quaint and small but very protected from the wind and is quite near Cowichan Bay where they hold a sailing regatta every year.
The winds were blowing about 25 knots so the sailors were happy.
Spinnakers made an appearance on part of the race...
the reason these photos are rather blurry is that I took them from inside the window of the GrayLing shuttle boat.
The wee lapstrake hulled boat ferries passengers (and dogs) to Cowichan Bay.
The main street is not long but is jam packed with
shops, a chandlery, several eateries, a bakery, deli and a small grocery store.
We spent about an hour and a half perusing the shops and eating lunch before hopping back on the shuttle to Genoa Bay.
It was super hot in Genoa Bay so I used my personal fan...
O 2 Cool
which mists water and helped me stay cool.
We ate simple fare...
fresh home grown tomatoes from The Humble Bungalow Garden were harvested before we left and carefully spread out in a basket so they would not bruise.
The taste of these heirloom varieties are out of this world!
I was "roughing it" and had to use a soup bowl for my cafe creme every morning.
It tasted good but looked quite tacky!
You know what they say...
Necessity is the Mother of Invention.
(so much for keeping up standards...it has gone to the dogs)
Walks in the morning were kept short due to the extreme heat and it was uphill all the way from the marina.
I saw a family of quail with about a dozen babies and a couple of wild bunnies that were nibbling in the gardens.
Flowers catch my eye and turn my head every time I go walking.
We ate lunch out with darling daughter and her husband.
They had the loan of Mr. HB's BMW and drove up from Victoria to show us the elopement pictures.
Sipping an icy cold margarita on the deck of The Genoa Bay Cafe.
It is a fabulous place to dine, most of the boaters go up for a meal or two while they are tied up at the docks and many other diners come by car.
Our friends joined us for dinner on the deck on another evening...
Impromptu concert from the boat on the dock across from ours...
we were asked to sing a line and be the chorus.
I am not sure that our sound was in tune but what we lacked in sound quality we made up for with enthusiasm!
all the great food and beverages have added some extra pounds and I will be starting a series of posts on what I plan to eat and do to get rid of the holiday weight gain...
I also plan to write a post on what I wore and how I packed for 18 days on a boat living out of a canvas Lands' End tote bag.
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~