Wednesday, February 3 to Tuesday, February 16, 2021 (Oceanside RV Resort, Saanichton, BC)

Before I carry on with "the happenings" over the last couple of weeks, I'd like to show you some pictures from February 2 that I neglected to include in our last blog. We had gone for a late afternoon walk along the Sidney waterfront and as we passed the fish market, we noticed one of the workers feeding a couple of seals...
Tossing another fish...
We watched for a few minutes and then continued on our way. On our way back, the seals were still there waiting for more food...but they were out of luck, feeding was over.

Wednesday (Feb. 3) we woke to the pitter-patter of raindrops on the roof but by the time it was light out and we opened our blinds, the sky was blue with just a few clouds hanging around...YAY!

We met Dave and Leslie at the Ogden Point Breakwater for an afternoon walk. We started on the breakwater. This is a very popular area for divers. Lots of sea creatures among the granite blocks and kelp beds...
A group selfie at the end of the was a tad bit windy LOL!
As we neared the shoreline Steve noticed a Sea Otter amongst the logs...
After the breakwater, we walked the Victoria waterfront towards Clover Point. There is a main, fairly wide paved path with narrower paths that branch off and go closer to the water. It was a great walk but very busy for a Wednesday afternoon...which surprised us. But although windy, it was sunny, so that got people out walking.

This is a popular area for paragliding for the updrafts that are created when the winds hit the cliffs. Steve said that back in the late 70's when he was still flying he hit an updraft here that forced the plane up several hundred feet! 
The pilot continued to gently fly back and forth...

By the time we got back to the cars we had walked roughly 8 kms/5 miles. Dave and Leslie discovered that the nearby Beagle Pub had an open outside patio, so we rewarded ourselves with a brew sitting in the sunshine! It has been a long time since we've been to a pub!
Thursday (Feb. 4) morning we got out for walk, doing a couple of laps around the RV Park. It was a cool, cloudy, misty day...such a change from yesterday!

I decided to do my grocery shopping today when the weather was yucky...leaving tomorrow open for getting out and doing something since it was supposed to be a nicer day. I left Steve working on his blog recap project...something that is turning out to be a much bigger project that he had thought it would be!

We opened the blinds Friday (Feb. 5) morning to find blue sky...back to sunshine today! We watched the BC Covid-19 update to find that the current restrictions that were due to end today had been extended until at least the end of the month. Not surprising...but disappointing nonetheless. Will we ever be able to get together with our family? (sigh...)

We decided to drive to Island View Beach Regional Park and walk the trail there...
After our walk, we headed into Sidney to run some errands and on the way home we thought we'd check out another beach trail near us. We parked in the small parking lot and followed the trail that goes along the waterfront.

There are also a couple of trails that go down to the beach...
Our RV Park is on the other side of those trees next to the lowlands (center) which is the spit...
The trail goes through Saanichton Bay Park...

A nice little walk (about 1.6 km/1 mile return) and a spot we have always wondered about whenever we drive by the access to it.

The rest of Conner's birthday present had finally arrived yesterday. It was just a hoodie and track pants but we told him it was socks and which he rolled his eyes. Of course getting clothes isn't exactly on the top of an 8 year old's list...good thing we had gotten him something cool earlier (robotic spider that he had to build) too. Anyway, Angie and the boys stopped on their way home to pick it up. We had a nice, short chat with them as they sat in the car. Good seeing them even if it is from a distance.

Saturday (Feb. 6) was another beautiful sunny day. We walked a couple of laps around the RV park in the morning and then sat outside in the sunshine...Steve reading and I was knitting. Wow, we haven't been able to do that for a long time!
There were a few wispy clouds hanging around but it was sunny for the most part...just a little breezy. We finished the afternoon off with a ride around the park on our bikes.

Sunday (Feb. 7) and another beautiful sunny day! But it was a cold and frosty start! We went for another walk around the RV park, this time also walking the beach trail to hill that overlooks the ocean.
James Island...
I did some baking while Steve sat outside reading for a bit, eventually coming in when the wind picked up and the clouds started rolling in making it a little chilly. By late afternoon, we thought we'd get out for another walk before the rain started. We had one heck of a downpour with hail after we got back. We have an Artic cold front coming in's going to be a cold week with temps dipping to -7C/19F...and "feels like" temps -15C/5F with the wind chill.

Monday (Feb. 8) morning we headed off to Costco bright and early to fill up a propane tank in preparation for the coming cold snap. We have 2 electric heaters but we'll likely need to supplement that with the furnace. I don't think we've used it since 2016 when we returned from our Africa trip and delayed leaving BC until the end of December and were in a snowy deep freeze for a couple of weeks.

I quickly picked up a few things in Costco while Steve got the propane and then we were on our way...back home shortly after 9:00 a.m.

After lunch we drove into Sidney for a walk along the was chilly but at least it wasn't windy, so that helped. One nice thing about the cold front coming in is that it's cold, dry air...not the normal cold dampness.

After our walk, we popped over to pick up our mail from Rob. There have been a few cases of COVID at the naval base where he works, so they have everyone working from home. We enjoyed a wonderful chat with him outside.

Tuesday (Feb. 9) was cold! It had been a cold, windy night with the furnace coming on and off numerous times waking us it wasn't a very restful night.

It was basically an inside day...I did a lot of knitting, Steve read some and we both watched TV.

Wednesday (Feb. 10) and another very cold, very windy day with temperatures down into the minuses! We also endured another night of the furnace going on and off but it wasn't as bad as the night before...must be getting used to it.

When Steve opened the blinds, we were greeted with clear blue sky and heavy frost...but by mid morning, the clouds had rolled in and it started to snow. It pretty well snowed all day but amazingly, it didn't accumulate until early evening.

I did laundry but other than that, it was an inside day.

Thursday (Feb.11) was another cold, blustery day. A Winter Storm Watch has also been issued with heavy snow in the forecast for tomorrow night and into the cold Artic outflow winds collide with warm Pacific moisture. The temperatures are extremely cold for here...-5C/23F with the wind chill -12C/10F. We've been enduring wind gusts over 63 kph/40 mph.

Needless to say, it was another inside day....more knitting and TV watching!

Friday (Feb. 12) morning we woke up to no water. Ugh! Thank goodness I had made the coffee last night!

Steve had heat tape and insulation on our water hose but with heat tape only on the taps it couldn't keep up without insulation. So once it was light out, he took my hairdryer and thawed out the taps. Once thawed he wrapped the taps with rags then taped a plastic bag over it. That's not going to happen again! He also filled our fresh water tank just in case.

It was another inside day as we listened and felt the wind rocking the trailer. More TV and I finished my knitting project...a sweater for our grandson, Isaac...

Saturday (Feb. 13) As forecast, snow moved in late last night and we woke to a snowy, blustery day! You can see how the wind has blown some areas almost bare...

By mid afternoon, the snow had stopped and we got out for a walk around the RV park. A pickup truck from the Reserve with a blade had plowed the roads.
It is really hard to say how much snow we actually got because it was so windy. Some pretty deep snow drifts...but we think it was likely around 8 to 10 inches.
For the last 4 or 5 days we have heard lots of gunfire during the day and even at night!!
Some Reserve members have a duck blind set up with decoys on the left. Not sure how far shotgun shot will travel but they are facing reserve homes and the RV Park. 
(We've since overheard a neighbour telling another that the RCMP were called and have heard no further gunfire as of Sunday. But Tuesday night at 10:25 PM a shot!)
One neighbour drove his dually truck back and forth behind our car packing down the snow and another neighbour lent Steve a snow shovel. He cleared the snow off the car then shoveled around the car and our site. Never thought I'd see him doing this again! LOL
Sunday (Feb. 14)...and more snow! The wind had died down somewhat and the temperatures were a little warmer, hovering at or just above freezing. It continued to snow most of the day sometimes mixed with a drizzle of rain.

So much for the car clearing and shovelling Steve did yesterday....

Steve went out to empty the holding tanks and then went for a walk around the RV park. I declined a walk, as I was busy making a batch of granola.

The rest of the day was basically spent hunkered down inside...Steve did some more work on his project and I started another knitting project.

Monday (Feb. 15) morning we woke up to the sound of rain on the roof. Although there is still a snowfall warning for the island, most of it will be for higher elevations and communities up island. It is definitely warming up and the wind is calm.

By mid afternoon, the rain had stopped so we got out for a couple of laps around the RV park. We are looking forward to all the snow melting now...hopefully that's it for our winter snow storms!

Tuesday (Feb. 16) we actually had some blue sky and sunshine peaking though periodically....and the temperature was back to normal for this time of year, 9C/48F.

Steve worked on his blog project for a couple of hours while I knit and then at noon, we decided to drive into Sidney for a walk along the waterfront. was great to get out for a good walk in sunshine, and away from the RV park!

Steve took a short video of the seals waiting patiently under the fish market for lunch. There were 3 of them but one disappeared  under the wharf before he started filming...
They are so cute!

Back home, Steve emptied the grey tanks, we had lunch...and then settled in for the afternoon. Steve has found a series about famous wartime film-makers on Netflix that he is that kept him glued to the TV. 

And there you go...caught up for another 2 weeks!

Wednesday, January 20 to Tuesday, February 2, 2021 (Oceanside RV Resort, Saanichton, BC)

Here we are again...another 2 weeks have slipped by. Considering our quiet (and somewhat boring) life we are living through this pandemic, time certainly hasn't slowed down! As usual, our days are filled with the usual chores of day to day living, walks, reading, knitting...and a lot of TV watching!

Speaking of a lot of TV watching, we spent most of Wednesday (Jan. 20) watching the new President and Vice President be sworn in. Congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris...the inauguration went smoothly with security extremely high after the insurrection of January 6. I, personally, thought Lady Gaga's rendition of the US National Anthem was fabulous and the young poet was amazing!

We did manage to tear ourselves away from the TV around 2:00 to drive into Sidney for a walk on the waterfront...but once back, the TV was back on! The Celebrating America show hosted by Tom Hanks was also very well done.

Thursday (Jan. 21) was a pretty quiet day...we got out for a couple of laps around the RV park (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). Steve worked on his winter blog recap project and I did some baking and knitting.

Friday (Jan. 22) morning it was cold and clear with a cold front coming in. A snowfall warning has been issued for this weekend, but it will likely just hit the higher elevations here with the majority of it up-island.

I was up and out shortly after 7:30 for an early shop at Costco and Walmart...I was back home just after 10:00. Worked out well because I wanted to be home in time to watch BC's Vaccination Plan that was being aired on TV at 10:30.  There are 4 phases to the plan with the high-risk population being done in Phase 1 and 2...with the general population in Phase 3 and 4. Eligibility is based on age, so Steve and I fit into Phase 3 and if all goes to plan, we will get our first dose May/June with the second June/July. There have been some delays in the delivery of both vaccines, however, they seem confident that with the increase in vaccines coming in March that they will be able to stay on schedule. I guess only time will tell.

We had a batch of wine to pick up at Wine Kitz at 3:30, so we thought we'd get a walk in along the Sidney waterfront beforehand...will be our last chance for a couple of days.

Saturday (Jan. 23) morning started out sunny but by late morning, clouds had rolled in. Steve put on his boots and went for a walk to check out the beach trail...our only access to the beach. 
Over to Steve now....
In previous stays here we've found the beach trail to be boggy during wet weather so many here would step over the RV Park fence and walk down this short road on the Reserve that ends at the Waste Water Treatment Plant behind those trees. There's also a couple of small parking lots allowing access to the beach and spit. The houses start to the left out of frame about 75 yards away. Since COVID-19 the First Nations have posted a sign closing this access and the park has advised that the beach trail only should be used. 
I expected the trail to be boggy and wet but not a swamp!

So I climbed the rocky hill next to the campground to see if there was any other way to get to the beach. The flooded trail is on the left...
I was hoping to make my way thru the trees to the beach but could see that the swamp continued...
The hill had basically become an island except for the trail back to the campground. So as long as you have hip waiters you have access to the beach! 
After his little adventure, he settled in to work on his winter project while I continued to knit. I got out for a walk in the afternoon, doing 3 laps around the RV park.

Sunday (Jan. 24) with the snowfall warning that had been issued, we only ended up with rain and wind. Seems areas up island (north of Victoria) got the brunt of the snow. But it was still a very chilly day here! We tried to get out for a walk but the wind was cutting, so we did our loop and that was it...the rest of the day was an inside day!

Monday (Jan. 25) morning I decided to do laundry...well, it was busy, so note to self...if doing laundry on a Monday, wait until later in the day! After that was done, I made a quick trip into Walmart to pick up some knitting needles that I needed for my project...of course, there were also a few other things to pick up too. Mind you, I was back home in just over an hour...record time!

Today is our grandson's birthday...Conner is 8 years old already! We still remember that day like it was yesterday...the birth of our first grandchild! We were boondocking in an area just outside of Borrego Springs, CA. I remember waiting and waiting that morning, not wanting to have showers in case we missed Rob's text. After about 2 hours of waiting (and worrying that something had gone terribly wrong), I finally texted him to find out how things were going...his response was "I sent you a picture an hour ago, didn't you get it?" Too funny! BTW...he re-sent the picture LOL

Rob stopped by on his way home from work to pick up our birthday present for Conner...we had a short, physically distanced chat with him before he had to get pick up an ice cream cake from DQ and get home. After dinner we joined in on the birthday celebration...virtually. Rob took these pictures (thanks!). Conner and Bryce, with Angie and her mom (Linda) and dad (Brian) who are living with them for the winter (they, like us, usually go south for the winter...but since that wasn't happening, decided that Victoria's weather is much better than Winnipeg, Manitoba's)...and there we are too!
Unfortunately, being there virtually, we missed out on a slice of this...although Bryce tried to give us a taste LOL...
Tuesday (Jan. 26) morning we woke up to a very windy day. With the wind coming from the east, a walk along the Sidney waterfront would not at all be pleasant, so after lunch, we decided to go for a drive and check out the other side of the peninsula. With the wind coming from the east, it should be fairly sheltered for a walk there.

We parked at Patricia Bay Park...a waterfront park, with open views of Patricia Bay and the Saanich Inlet, located on the west side of the Saanich Peninsula in the District of North Saanich. The park, which is at the south end of the Scoter Trail, contains an information kiosk, picnic tables and washrooms with wheelchair accessible paved trails that lead to a gently sloped beach.

And walked Scoter Trail that...stretches along the Patricia Bay shoreline, from Patricia Bay Park in the south to the Tseycum First Nation lands in the north.

We enjoyed a 2.4 km (1.5 mile) walk along the waterfront there....beautiful, and well sheltered from the wind!

I had given Steve a bad time about only wanting to go out for coffee when we are with others...he never takes just me out! So low and behold, he surprised me by stopping at our favourite coffee spot in Saanichton, Fresh Cup Roastery. This is their outdoor shelter with a heater...
Not much to report on over the next 4 days...
Wednesday (Jan. 27) I worked on a project that I had been putting our Wills. Our last ones were done over 15 years ago...there wasn't much different other than our boys are adults now. So I re-typed them working off the old ones. Pretty straight forward...we just need to finalize them now. We got out for a very cold walk around the RV park...and Steve went for a haircut.

Thursday (Jan. 28) and another cold day! A few chores and another cold walk around here.

Friday (Jan. 29) we bundled up for a walk along the Sidney waterfront. We came across a couple of eagles just chilling on some pilings...

We also ran into Angie's parents, Brian and Linda, as they were starting their walk. We donned face masks and they joined us for a walk and visit.

Saturday (Jan.30) in the wee hours (around 4am), the wind woke us...and kept us awake. It was extremely windy that had the trailer rocking and the MaxAir vent cover above the bed rattling! 
Speaking of wind, we've had a driving wind and rain from the southeast again and Steve's last repair for water leaks seems to have worked! 

It was basically a cloudy day but for a change, it was fairly mild. I decided to get out for my walk around here this morning before my shower...leaving Steve to finish watching one of his programs on TV.  I did 3 laps and when I came back in, Steve had resumed work on his blog recap project.

After lunch, I joined Steve for another walk around the RV park and then we watched a movie.

Sunday (Jan. 31) we woke to rain and it continued to rain all day. We had a video call from Conner, who wanted to show us the robotic spider he had made from the kit we gave him for his birthday. We ended up also chatting to Rob, Angie...with a quick hello from Bryce. Not as nice as seeing them in person, but the next best thing!

By early afternoon, we were really feeling the cabin fever, so we decided to take a drive into Victoria and go all along the waterfront.

Steve took the coastal route into Victoria. We got a little lost and ended up at Telegraph Cove, a place we've never been to before...
Next stop was Cattle Point, part of Uplands Park which consists of 76 acres...
From 1860-1910 cattle were pushed overboard here from paddle steamers to swim ashore...
We continued on to Willows Beach in Oak Bay, a municipality of Victoria...
This sandy beach is extremely busy in the summer...
As we drove by the Victoria Golf Club we spotted lots of deer. Steve here: As a hunter I can tell you there are more deer in Victoria than there are in the wilderness...LOL!

Our last stop was at the King George Terrace Lookout...

Too bad it was so grey, cold and wet out but was still an awesome little outing and a great tour of areas that we hadn't seen in years.

We finished the afternoon off with our weekly video call with Chris, Angela and Isaac. Apparently Isaac is "talking up a storm" but got shy with us...don't think he likes the cell phone in his face unless he's watching videos!

Monday (Feb. 1) and Tuesday (Feb. 2)....and more rain both days! We managed to get out for more walks between breaks in the rain though!  Not much happened...regular daily chores, more TV, movies, knitting and reading.

After Steve edited pictures Tuesday morning, I got started on this blog update. As I sat at the dining table on the laptop, the rain was just pounding on the roof! It did let up for a bit...but who knows for how long. Looks like  we have some sunshine in the forecast for tomorrow...fingers crossed!