Hi-Tech /  Low-Tech

We began to gather on the Common House deck at 9:00am on the 21st of August to marvel at the solar eclipse in a group – the best way to view, according to some internet advisories.

Warren had set up a time-lapse camera to record the event. He had also prepared his binoculars for viewing using the lens from the glasses provided by Sky News magazine. Others had constructed rudimentary pin hole cameras using instructions sent out by Jane B. Shirley’s corn flake box was clearly the finest of the pin-hole boxes – it offered a ‘longer’ view of the sun as the moon drifted slowly across its face.

I was reminded again of the joys of co-housing, the opportunity to exclaim aloud, and to share the moment with friends.  (Jane B)

Pictures by Jane B and Warren.
 So near and yet so far . . .
This is the view across the 15 kilometres of water separating the ferry terminal at Otter Bay on Pender Island and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal in the distance. On July 18th, John Boquist looked out at this view, waiting to make the crossing to attend the swearing-in of BC’s new premier, John Horgan, at Government House in Victoria. John was excited to be an invited guest at his friend’s big day, and he had the schedules all sorted to arrive in Victoria with time to spare. He would even have time to chase down a few parts for his boat, Savory, before making his way to the ceremony.

But the best-laid plans sometimes go sideways. In this case, they actually went backward when John found himself on a ferry bound for Vancouver rather than Swartz Bay. As his goal receded into the distance, BC Ferries personnel kindly advised him that he could bail out on Mayne Island and wait for the next Gulf Islands ferry bound toward Victoria.

His time to spare turned into no time to lose because the next available crossing would land him at Swartz Bay dangerously close to the time for the big event. No time for boat parts or bus transportation. Nothing to do but take a deep breath, enjoy a hearty breakfast on Mayne, and call in the cavalry!
But, alas, Margaret was out of the country . . .

Not to worry. Harboursiders have each other’s backs! Kitty drove to Swartz Bay for a last-ditch effort to get John to the big event, and they made the dash to Victoria, getting John to the gates of Government House with five minutes to spare and only a few dark yellow lights along the way. Whew! He took his place among the other dignitaries and proudly shook his friend’s hand. How could he miss that?  (Kitty) Photo by Kitty

New Learning Opportunities for Seniors

Sessions on Liveable Communities, Memoir Writing, and Movies from Around the World, all starting in September, kickstart an autumn and winter of new learning opportunities for the 55-plus age group in Sooke and area.

Follow this link to the brochure with more complete information:

Kate in Concert

At the end of August Kate Thomas leaves to begin her Masters in Music Theory at Western University.  Her goodbye gift was a concert in the Common House on August 15th. 

Crowded into the standing room only event, we listened raptly as her music filled the space. Sometimes Jennifer accompanied Kate on piano, sometimes Kate’s longtime friend Michelle played flute duets, and all evening Kate delivered a concert we will not soon forget.  Newly arrived at Harbourside, Frank recorded the concert, while Adrienne turned Jennifer’s pages.

And for intermission? We enjoyed homemade ice cream by Kate, created into cookie sandwiches by Jennifer. Many thanks to the Whyte-Thomas family, please come back often! (Jane B)

Photos by Jane B

Five 70-year-olds

It was a terrific party! About 50 people gathered in the decorated Great Hall of the Common House to celebrate the "coming of age" of 5 of our residents who are entering their 8th decade this year.

Friends and various levels of family joined in the celebrations as there seemed lots of reasons to celebrate this June 30th evening. Sore backs were forgotten as Fast Forward provided the lively music and the dance floor filled up with happy faces.

Prizes were awarded for correctly guessing the identities of the 5 babies in the pictures on display. Karla (whose baby picture was the only one everyone guessed correctly!) sent out a thank you the next day for "the bestest birthday [she] ever had"!   

Photo by Ken

Rope Tricks
Harboursiders came together in August, not for a meeting, but for a picnic. We gathered at William Simmons Park for one of Doug’s famous ‘rope courses’ followed by an array of picnic specialties like smoked salmon pizza, macaroni salad, and fresh berry tarts.
The ‘rope course’ involved both slack and webbed rope challenges. It took a collaborative effort for an individual to walk a slack rope or to climb through a web without ‘alerting the spider’. The experience of the laughter and supporting arms surpassed the achievement.
We ended the afternoon with some quiet conversation accompanied by the background melodies of Warren’s recorder.....an  ideal way to welcome the newest members of our community, Frank and Adrienne. 

Photo by Warren 
Curious about.....Warren?

On a sunny Saturday morning I came across Warren, and observed as he put his finishing touches on the new flower bed. I watched him reposition a few large, heavy rocks, then add another two around the oblong bed.

Curious, I asked Warren what he had worked at in the past? He smiled, began to toss the remaining small boulders into a pile, and told me he had, at various times in his life, been: an art teacher, a home schooler for his children, a journalist, a traveler, and even took a turn at construction.

Ah, I murmured, so it was the construction that prepared you for this line of endeavour. Warren only smiled, and as I considered the artistic design he had created, I thought that it probably takes a lifetime of experiences to produce such a versatile ability to tackle just about any task. Thank you Warren, for so many things!
(Jane B)
Susan's Sun River garden harvest of onions artfully laid out on her porch.
That's Frank on the ground and JL and Warren helping to get Karla's bike rack on the back of her car prior to her getaway.
A sweet moment....
The beauty of Sunday Brunch as laid out by Ellen and Warren with the help of many others.
Warren sent this image of a swimming lesson in our harbour.
Many of us have been enjoying the rose petals from Gail's hybridt tea, Fragrant Cloud. 
Here’s Ralph, former owner of our Common House, looking after some repairs to the deck railing under the watchful eye of former contractor, Jack. 
Another sweet moment as visiting grandkids and Dad solve one of Donja's challenging Stave puzzles.
Gail captured this innocent-looking fawn basking in the sunlight. 
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