A facilitation training workshop is being hosted at 8 cohousing communities from May 2019 to March 2021. Harbourside will host the September meeting. The lead, Laird Schaub, will be training a cadre of skilled local facilitators to integrate facilitation skills into cohousing communities in order to make meetings more efficient and enjoyable. Harbourside’s trainees are committed to developing our community’s capacity to run large and small group meetings and to respond to difficult group situations.
This workshop offers a rare opportunity for cohousing residents to meet one another and to share knowledge and develop facilitation skills. We are looking forward to hosting 20 visitors for 3 days in September. Billeting arrangements and meal-planning are well underway. Since it is blackberry season in our part of the country, our guests can look forward to some delicious blackberry desserts. And of course, seafood is always on the menu!
Harbourside's Front Landscaping Project
The Landscape Team at Harbourside has initiated a plan to redesign the Horne Road front landscape. The existing lawn will be replaced with a more eco-friendly planting referencing our waterfront and adjacent woodland.
In accordance with Habitat Acquisition Trust goals, Harbourside seeks to be a good steward of nature on our land. We will be planting drought tolerant and deer resistant species, using plants native to our area as much as possible.
With the help of Jasmine of Jasmine Excavating, the contours of the site in front of the apartment building and common house will be changed to allow for a sitting area, curving pathways, and a berm of plantings closest to the street.
The image on the right shows the $4360 in donations currently received towards our goal of $5000 for amending the soil and purchasing plants. The excavation work will begin in November and trees and shrubs will be planted at that time. Perennials will be planted in the Spring.
Keep an eye out for Harbourside’s changing face along Horne Road.
Claire Hu contributes this story to our ongoing series telling "something about ourselves that our neighbours might not know".
I love my Birthday
September “23,” 1954. I wasn’t there during the Christmas holidays of 1953-4 when conception happened, I think too much Bourbon was put in the eggnog. My siblings are all five years apart. But then the sister before me and I have a tiny 1.5 year apart. Oops. I have the same memory of my birth as my mother: nothing.
Which came first? I don’t know: love for “2” and “3,” those two digits, or love for my birth date. “2” and “3” are colourful in my eyes: “3” is always pink, but “2” varies between red and purple, and sometimes blue. Yibo and I purchased a triple ring, in lieu of a wedding, and inscribed each ring with a number: “1,” “2,” “3.” I think “3” is a perfect number —not because of the Trinity—and when we had our big beautiful dog Ugo, we were 3, and we were a perfect ménage à trois.
Now we are 2, and that’s quite fine, too. And “1” is also good: I feel I’ve spent more than a half of my life as “1.” As a young adult, spending New Year’s Eve with my parents. Oh, but that’s 3. I was once thrown a surprise birthday party: it was dreadful. None of my very few friends (should I say 3?) liked one another. Since moving to Harbourside, I’ve changed my perspective on small numbers. Because —aww— I like being with many, many people here. (Claire Hu)
Picnic at Poirier Lake In lieu of our August Council meeting, we decided to have a picnic at William Simmons Park next to beautiful little Poirier Lake. The two intrepid Claires went swimming while others played bocce and frisbee golf. Our potluck picnic included the first crop of apples, picked by Susan, from our three-year-old orchard.
Believe it or Not
Our Marie recently sent an email to everyone here at Harbourside announcing that one of her favourite things about Summer is picking blackberries and making jam for friends and family.
So far this year she has picked 58 cups of blackberries and made 40 jars of jam! She also removed half of the seeds --- now this is a special feat all on its own. She announced that there were 30 jars of jam in the downstairs kitchen of the Common House, one for each household! Small wonder then that cohousing seems like the absolute best way to live!
Phil and Janice's Repeat Performance
Once again we were treated to a beautiful Sunday Brunch prepared by Alice’s son Phil and his partner Janice (pictured above). On the menu were two kinds of quiches, savoury and sweet, in addition to pancakes with syrup and bacon. Lots of fresh fruit, mango smoothies, yogurt and granola rounded out the menu.
Introducing ML who will be with us for 7 weeks
ML Burke (aka Mary-Lynn) grew up in North Burnaby and raised her two children in the West Kootenays and later in East Vancouver. The first half of her working life was with non-profits, mostly in the management of two professional theatre companies. The second half was spent in the health sector at Vancouver Coastal Health managing volunteer programs which served seniors. Her own volunteer work included developing the Community Policing Centre on Commercial Drive. In semi-retirement ML moved to Ladner where she advocates for seniors and affordable housing.
ML sends us this announcement:
The provincial government is opening Primary Urgent Care clinics. So far 5 have been opened. One is in Langford: St. Anthony’s Clinic 582 Goldstream Ave.
Claire and Yibo's new door colour which just happens to match Claire's exfoliating gloves.
Shirley's new door colour enhanced by pink Impatiens - luckily the deer don't climb stairs!
Harbourside garage sale mystery!
Gail and David, with the help of others, put out tables for the Horne Rd garage sale. Others joined in putting out items for "donation to The Sooke Food Bank".
Glenna donated and took a small suitcase with a carry-on bag. Much to her surprise, the smaller bag contained a selection of ladies underwear!
Over $100 will be donated to the Sooke Food Bank but perhaps it would have been even more had we left the pink and black unmentionables on the table and asked for donations for them too!
Or perhaps if we sold tickets and you had to guess just whose underwear this was - or should that remain a mystery??? (Gail)
Here's Jean enjoying one of the meditation benches she requested for our adjacent property. Guess who made them for her.
Claire Hu sends this picture of first figs and plums to be harvested from our orchard.
There are currently no units available for sale or rent at Harbourside.
August birthday celebrants, Naomi, Ken, Kaye and Ralph.
Only Available in Canada
Our three teenage grandchildren who live in California love to visit us here in Canada. But they surprised us this year by telling us about the things that they think they can only find here:
Tim Horton's fast food
Ketchup potato chips
Licorice All Sorts
Dairy Milk candy bars
Luckily Grandma has lots of healthy food on the menu while they're here! (Arlene)
Warren spotted this exemplary wasp's nest at Sun River Gardens and then was brave enough to get a close-up shot.
Susan at Seven Sisters Falls in Manitoba at the southern edge of the Canadian Shield.