Jam Packed for the Month of October!
Thanksgiving in Courtenay
In the summer we camped in Comox Valley and visited
family. We were told to come back for the big burn in the
When we got to the farm, we found out the marshmallow roasting
sticks had gone missing! We can't have a camp fire without
marshmallows so we took a tractor ride down to the lower field to
cut some sticks from young alder trees. The kids loved the
ride in the bucket.
The fire was actually started in afternoon
and has slowly burned down to massive pile of coals. The
heat thrown off
was enormous. My aunt Jennifer had kindly cooked a meal and
we enjoyed dinner around a massive campfire.
We missed a day of Chinese class so we spent some time in a hotel
studying. In the afternoon we visited the Shamrock Farm to
look at the pumpkins.
The kids school do a Halloween
Event/Fundraiser every year where they decorate the school and run
activities. The kids buy a $5 activity card with 20 or so
slots and then they go to different activities around the
school. Claira found the fortune teller who read her palm
and told her her future.
A favorite is the cake walk. It's basically musical chairs
where the winner gets a donated cake. It costs a stamp to
enter and 16 or so kids go in a circle around tables and walk
slowly. When the music stops, they get the number in front
of them. A random number is drawn and if you have the
number, you can pick a cake from the prize table.
Of course kids being kids, they have figured out how to improve
their odds. First - go a a group because the cakes are way
too large for any one kid. If anyone if your group wins, you
split the cake. Second - got later in the day. There
are more cakes than there was time to give them away so later in
the night there were two or even three drawings per group of 16
Nara, Claira and her friends wound up winning a rice krispie cake
which they split between them and everyone got really sticky
Sunshine Coast Art Crawl
I had heard of the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl
the year before when we did a long weekend trip in Davis Bay
on the Sunshine Coast
. Some of the studios were open
on that weekend, but the art crawl brochure promised more than 100
artists showing! A few months in advance I booked
reservations for the ferries and we made a weekend out of it!
Our crawl plan was simple - get on an early ferry, drive to Earls
cover (our Northern extreme) and then drive back to the ferry
terminal over the course of the day. I had about 6 stops in
Our first stop at Earls cove was fun (the kids are amazing at
finding candies and cookies). Our second stop was the
FibreWorks Studio & Gallery. The kids found a station
where they would teach you how to do your own felting. We
stayed quite a while they took on a project and we bought raw
materials so the kids could do felting at home.
We drove futher south stopping at painters and some larger
collections of artists. Parking at some of these homes can be
a bit of challenge so bring your boots because the walk can be
One our favorite artists is Greta Guzek in Gibsons. She shows
at the Ian Tan gallery about a block from our house so we have seen
lots of her paintings. The kids loved her studio and she
showed the kids how she mixes colours and applies colour over the
whole painting. The kids got two prints for hanging up in
We stopped in lots of other studios, but these were some of the
This year we were invited by Nara's friends
parents to join them in Douglas Park Area for some trick or
Douglas Park is a zoo. There are
sometimes line ups to get to the front door. The sidewalks
are crowded with parents and strollers. It's great fun!
Tags: art crawl(4), fire(3), sparks(3), pumpkin(2), riding(2), tractor(2)
People: Claira(13), Nara(11), Arabella(4), Shelton(1), Lexi May(1), Helen(1)
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