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West Wind Harbour Cohousing constuction is underway!
(Harbourside's sister cohousing project in Sooke)
Photos by Frank and Tracy (from Ravens Crossing Cohousing)
Top Left Elder Shirley Alphonse of the T’so-uke First Nation accompanied by Westwind member Rosemary Carter blessing the Westwind site.
Top Right Harry and Sissel Hammer speaking to the gathering.
Bottom Left Ground breaking from left to right : Harry and Sissel Hammer, Ronaye Mathews, Sooke Mayor Maja Tait, T’so-uke First Nation Elder Shirley Alphonse, Campbell Construction site supervisor
Bottom Right What a View - the work has started!
On Friday, January 11th 2019, West Wind Harbour Cohousing enjoyed a stirring ground-breaking ceremony at their beautiful Sooke waterfront location. Members of the West Wind community were joined by many well-wishers from Harbourside, Ravens Crossing Cohousing (Sidney), as well as others from the Sooke community. Ronaye Matthew attended on behalf of Cohousing Development Consulting, which is guiding the project.

Shirley Alphonse of the T’so-uke First Nation opened the ceremony with a moving welcome and blessing. Sooke Mayor, Maja Tait, then offered a speech of congratulation and appreciation for the project and offered best wishes on behalf of the Sooke Council. Following Mayor Tait’s address, West Wind Harbour founders Harry and Sissel Hammer spoke of their joy in living and raising their children in their home of 30 years, overlooking beautiful Sooke Basin. Their house will become an important part of West Wind Harbour’s extensive common amenities.

The ceremony concluded with the formal ground-breaking. Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a lovely buffet in the Hammers’ former home and were serenaded by a rousing rendition of the West Wind community’s song, “Feels Like Home,” which was specially commissioned for the occasion from local songwriter, Katrina Kadoski.
Members of West Wind Harbour are grateful for Harbourside support and look forward to continuing close connections between the two communities. (Bob the younger)
Here's Kitty in the purple jacket, who was so instrumental in gathering the original energy for WWH and getting it going, passing the baton/shovel to representatives of the Ravens Crossing at WWH Groundbreaking
Jan. 11, 2019. 
(Tracy of Ravens Crossing)
It was 3 years ago this month that the first Harbourside residents moved into our brand new homes....just 14 months after our own ground-breaking ceremony. It won't be long now before we have cohousing neighbours just down the road. Congratulations WestWind! 

Gail's Trivia Quiz composed for HS's 3rd anniversary:

1. How many upright posts are there on the wharf guardrail? 
2. The street number for the Common House is....?
3. Of current owners and residents, who has the longest, non- hyphenated, name?
4. How many owners/residents last names begin with C?
5.How many teams are there at Harbourside?
6. In the recycle/rubbish room, how many blue bins are on your right when you enter?
7. How many of the 31 units are “D” floor plans? 
8. Name 3 people, currently residing at Hs, who have had a taxi license.
9. Including today, how many council meetings have there been? 
10. Of current owners and residents, how many first names begin with “A”?
(answers at end of newsletter)

The Bulletin this month takes a slightly different form as its editorial team is on holiday in Victoria. Instead of reporting on the various activities at Harbourside, we feature selections of writings and photographs by several Harboursiders. 

This Poem Is Brought to You by

Homer, Ovid and Chaucer
strolling minstrels, bards, storytellers generations of Canterbury pilgrims
sonnets from the Portuguese
five hundred years of sonnets, longer for haikus High school English teachers who assigned Wordsworth’s damn daffodils for memory work

By six decades of Governor General’s winners from Earle Barney to Christian Bok
countless Griffins and Pulitzers
scores of wannabe poets who auditioned for Anne Carson’s Men in the Off Hours

Caribou horses in Flanders Fields
Walt Whitman’s Louisiana live oak
Hart Crane’s Brooklyn Bridge

And by retired geezers loudly proclaiming
that if it don’t rhyme it ain’t poetry
Norton anthologies for college freshmen
linked to computerized library catalogues
Bill Moyers and Billy Collins

the John D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation and readers like you 
(Bob the elder)

Warren took these stunning pictures of the recent "super wolf blood moon" (which will only happen three times in this century!) with his 50X zoom lens. 

Susan's son Jay caught the entire transition in the following series of photographs....
When was the last time you ate a pear?
This is another question about theory. I like pears and eat them often. By the time you [….] read this reply, I will have probably eaten another pear, so what is the last time to me now as I write this will no longer be the last time I ate a pear when you read this. […..] Unless by "last time" you are referring to a time after which I will never eat another pear. Every time I eat a pear, I hope it will not be my last one. And yet, the state of the environment being what it is, I imagine the day will come when someone will be eating the last pear. This is a political problem: what we are doing to save the pear (not to mention the other fruit and fauna) from extinction. As for mortal me, there will certainly come a time when I will eat what will be for me my last pear, though I will most probably not know it is my last pear at that moment. This is the problem of writing, the relationship between the author, the text and the reader. 

(rob mclennan’s blog: 12 or 20 questions: with
Robert Majzels [Yibo], Saturday, December 8, 2007)
Golden-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) - first winter (Warren)

Doug’s Advice
                  1. Visualize what you want
                  2. Let it go
                  3. Keep your eye on the universe
                  4. It will show up for you


Swan Spotter

Were we witness to a Swan “date” the other day when I saw two swans out in front of Harbourside?

Our lone swan, as of a couple years ago, showed up with a black billed Trumpeter Swan last Tuesday. Swans pair for life.

Today our orange billed Mute Swan showed up, but alone again. I guess the date did not work out.

It is quite sad to see a single swan, something doesn’t compute and leaves a void. 

I was hopeful we would have a pair again, but maybe Mutes and Trumpeters could only be neighbours and buddies, but not mates.

So do we learn something from the Swans?

Bougainvillea and Christmas Cactus enliven our Victoria windowsill. (Arlene & Bob) 
Units for Sale or Rent at Harbourside:

Our mailing address is:
Harbourside Cohousing Strata EPS 2797 P.O. Box 787, Sooke, B.C. V9Z 1H7
Answers to Gail's quiz: 1. 44; 2. 6681; 3. Batterbury; 4. 6; 5. 25; 6. 7; 7. 15; 8. Donja, Susan Gail (or more?); 9. 35; 10. 6
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