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This is how Frank referred to the snowiest February on record in these parts. as winter finally visited Vancouver Island after wreaking havoc across the rest of Canada this year.

"I figured no picnics today when I looked at the picnic table. 
This will be the first time I have brought in the hummingbird feeder to thaw out overnight. The small birds have taken to drinking out of the ant trap at the top. So I’ve been making sure I filled it for them with freshwater, in addition to the hummingbird feeder." (Gail)

 Yibo spread salt after Paivi and Marisa shoveled the entire east drive hill (so Ralph could drive out for an appointment). David then shoveled the same east drive hill on his own the next day. Thanks to the many other Harbourside shovelers - both seen (Doug, Frank, Margaret, Felicitas, Priska, Yibo, Claire, Susan, Hank, Jay & Taz) and unseen. (photos by Susan and Gail)
Pictured above and below are Winston's two sets of grandparents:  Ellen with friends (above left) at the start of a 2-day ride; Warren (above right) near Opua Harbour; Joan and Aubrey (below left) ready for their walk on the Camino.
Winston's Adventurous Grandparents
While peddling the upright bike in our exercise room this morning, Joan told me about the 100 K walk on the Camino that she and Aubrey did 3 years ago: They walked from Saria to Santiago in Spain for about 8 days. “It was like being a teenager again” she said, “just walking and talking and staying in refugios.”Joan described how they had prepared themselves for such a strenuous walk by adding a pound of rice to their backpack everyday for the weeks leading up to their adventure. She told me about Robinson’s in Victoria where they went to be outfitted with appropriate boots, walking poles and back packs. “I never had any blisters or foot problems”, she said, unlike the stories I have heard from other walkers.
And in my email this morning, this message from Ellen and Warren in New Zealand:
“We caught a shuttle to Opua with our bikes and in the pouring rain cycled 50 k back to Kaikohe. It was a lovely ride, lots of birds and gorgeous scenery despite the rain. Tomorrow we cycle another 40 k back to Hareke to pick up the car and then we will probably go back to Auckland via Waipoua forest as cyclone Oma is arriving this weekend and we’d like to be out of its worst path.” 
The Landscape Team recently offered a pruning workshop with Glen Thelin down in our two-year-old orchard. Here's a group of eager HS pruners (Glen stands tall in the middle of the picture). Note also the new wooden rail fence around the orchard, constructed by Gord and his helper Claude as a safety measure because the orchard occupies a high narrow location. 
In Hindsight….

Why didn’t we get a picture of Claire and Yibo with their two fabulous miso soups made for Soup Thursday, one with shrimp and chicken and the other with tofu and veggies, and served on bowls of noodles direct from Chinatown?
Then there was Chad Hippolyte for the Globe and Mail, standing on top of the pile of mulch, to get a good picture of a group of Harboursiders posed on the deck of the Common House. Two great photo ops missed!
Three February Birthday Celebrants

Our February M & M (Movie & Meal) night honoured the February birthdays of three of our residents, Adrienne, Bob (the elder), and Glenna. Jean’s team prepared a delicious meal of Chinese food featuring Doug’s homemade hoisin sauce. (He couldn’t find readymade fermented black beans, so he fermented them himself!)  
Claire made each of the three celebrants a special card with greetings in Chinese. Bob's card is pictured above with the Chinese translation of his name that Clare created. The meaning of the four symbols representing his name are as follows:
Bo= universal, wide knowledge
Si= [used as a sound] 
Tan= to investigate, to explore
Pu = widespread, common [not derogatory ]
Ping Pong Paul Visits Harbourside

Our intrepid ping pongers took on Ping Pong Paul recently after Glenna read about him in the Sooke News Mirror. Paul Martin is a 75-year-old Sooke resident who travels with his own ping pong bat! He and an education assistant at EMCS have initiated a Ping Pong club to offer instruction to locals interested in the game. 
Glenna invited him to Harbourside to challenge our Monday, Wednesday, Friday afternoon ping pongers. Well it seems that he showed them a thing or two. Turns out that there are more rules to the game than our players had been aware of. To quote John, “He played table tennis, we play ping pong.” But everyone had fun even though their ping pong egos may have been a bit bruised. (Arlene)

Gail reminds us that we have a dehydrator in our downstairs kitchen that is easy to use and an excellent way to dry fruit slices, make veggie chips or dry herbs.
There's always a new sunset that demands a photo. This one is from Susan.
Monday Morning coffee continues to be a great way to start the week. This photo from Susan.
Our vegetable gardens continue to yield chard, broccolini and kale despite the bitter cold and snow of this February. The vegetable garden seems in a warmer microclimate. 
Upcoming Work Bee on March 9th at 9:00am

To Be of Use

The people I love the best
Jump into work head first
Without dallying in the shallows
And swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.
They seem to become natives of that element,
The black sleek heads of seals
Bouncing like half-submerged balls.
I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,
Who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,
Who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,
Who do what has to be done, again and again.
I want to be with people who submerge
In the task, who go into the fields to harvest
And work in a row and pass the bags along,
Who stand in the line and haul in their places,
Who are not parlor generals and field deserters
But move in a common rhythm
When the food must come in or the fire be put out.
The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
Has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
But you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
And a person for work that is real.

By Marge Piercy
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