Harbourside welcomes in many colours

Nearly half of our doors have now been painted a unique colour chosen by the owners. The blossoming of colours on our exterior is an apt expression of  our individuality and ability to live side by side. 
Laird Schaub Weekend
The first weekend of September saw the influx of 19 people and instructors from cohousing communities all over BC to our Sooke home.  Harbourside hosted the second weekend of the Laird Schaub Facilitation Training.  This training hopes to sharpen the facilitation skills of those who work with their cohousing communities in plenary and committee meetings.
The whole Harbourside community got together to host attendees, provide many delicious meals and work with the trainees throughout the weekend to hone their facilitation skills.  It was an intense, invigorating exchange. (Donja)
Claire D contributes this story to our ongoing series telling "something about ourselves that our neighbours might not know". 
I’m left handed, I’m a twin, I have seven grandchildren (thanks to Tom raising their parents). I have a tendency to unintentionally use malaphors when speaking. For most of my adult life I worked as a speech language pathologist learning diverse ways to communicate with people with severe speech and language deficits. Before that I worked in a department store wrapping fine china, dressed as an alien to launch a lighting company’s new logo, and as a tour guide in Europe, using library books to stay one step ahead of my tourees.
I lived in a L’Arche community in Victoria with people who had intellectual disabilities where I learned that wanting to live with others doesn’t make it easy. I lived at a co-housing community in Courtenay where I learned that people are way more complex and diverse than they initially seem. Now I’ve landed in Sooke with Tom and a whole bunch of new people to connect with. Open to new adventures. (Claire D)

The Greening of Harbourside???

 Bob S. (dark green) and Adrienne (light green) welcome Green Party candidate David Merner (centre) to Harbourside for an election Q&A. Merner is running for the Greens in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke in October’s federal election.

Discussion ranged over such topics as climate change, transitioning from carbon-based to renewable energy, affordability of post-secondary education, a national pharmacare policy, and the Greens chances locally and nationally.

This was Merner’s second visit to Harbourside this year — must be a lot of potential voters living here! (Bob S.)

A Fond Farewell to the Rolano

We trust our lives to these ships and they serve us well if we take care of them. We had a strong relationship for 30 years, the ROLANO and me.
I’ve never seen a boat on the BC Coast with so much capability and versatility as this German North Sea Trawler.
I used it for sailing, towing, packing, fishing, charters, B&B, Sushi ON The Sea restaurant in Sooke, and kayak mothership. It could go anywhere in the world in any kind of weather.
We had passed Canadian Steamship standards for accommodating 12 guests overnight and 40 daytime. 
I thought the ROLANO would outlast me since we are about the same age, but I seem to be outlasting all my boats (ROLANO, ANCESTOR, SUPREME NO 1, MAPLE BUDD, AMIGO BRIGHT CLOUD)
But now it is being demolished in Ladysmith, just because its present owner got killed and the ship got neglected for awhile.
Bowsprit, masts, anchor winch, salon are all gone already but. . . . .
it still looks quite proud doesn’t it? (Ralph)
Our own Good Samaritan 

Harboursiders know that Hank walks the dogs most mornings, aiming to be out and about as soon as it's light enough to see where to pick up after Chester & Zeke. One of his regular routes includes the Rotary wharf. One morning this past month Hank met a couple from Austria who were togged out in bike clothes. Though their English was minimal, they were clearly bicycle touring and it appeared as though they had camped down on the beach the night before. He was able to ascertain that they had a flat tire and some of their gear had been stolen during the night - including their pump and other tire repair equipment.

What Harboursiders may not know is that Hank and Marisa were once avid bicycle tourers themselves. (In fact they essentially met because of bicycle touring, but that’s another story). Because they were often appreciative recipients of others’ kindness while they were on tour, they haven’t hesitated to welcome cyclists into their home for a shower, a meal or to offer a free place to camp in their yard.  So Hank brought these cyclists home for a hearty breakfast of bacon & eggs, homemade bread and strong coffee, to pump up their tire, and to direct them to where they could replace their stolen gear. 
This older couple were ambitiously heading toward Port Renfrew, then to Port Hardy, Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert and on to Jasper, Banff - with a scheduled flight home from Calgary. Hank & Marisa hope that this small hospitality went some way towards repairing Sooke’s reputation from the unfortunate theft of bicycle gear. (anon)
This is our hardworking Glenna just after she cleaned up the east driveway garden. (She boasts that she recently made a Grand Slam in bridge -- but sadly she didn't bid it.) 
Jean with 2 zucchinis from her prolific plant. The zucchini joke in these parts is not to leave your car unlocked in zucchini season....
Hank checks out our Harbourside Library

When first I toured Harbourside and had the library pointed out, I was disappointed.  I had come from a collection of 2500 books that took up most of the wall space of the 400 square foot room where I had my desk, plus three other bookcases in other rooms.  Hubris.

Once unpacked and able to visit the library here, I was surprised, humbled, delighted.  There were some old friends - to be sure - but I'd also been given the chance to discover fresh authors as well as other books by writers I'd enjoyed.

Case in point: Hugh MacLennen's "Two Solitudes" - picked off a shelf on spec by this former American - was a new-to-me must recommend author; then an anthology of his work appeared two months later, beside "Two Solitudes".  This sort of thing never happened in my library.

Then the serendipitous time when I needed to re-read Ibsen's "Wild Duck" because a close familiarity of the play was required by a Norwegian novel I was reading, but I didn't have it in our current bookcase.  Could it be in the Common House library?  Yes!

To be continued. . . But now to get back to another treasure discovered there:"Buddenbrooks".  Hey.  I'm retired.  (Hank)
It's rare to see a circle of men only at Harbourside so someone snapped a picture.  It didn't last long though....Jean joined them shortly after this.
Alice's Buddleia Globosa

It took us awhile to correctly identify the buddleia that Alice was telling us about but here is a picture of it on the left, in bloom in the spring with clusters of orange globes. Alice loves this plant which her husband Barry gave her and which she has propagated several times over the years. So we went back to her place in East Sooke and with the help of her son Phillipe, came back with several cuttings that Alice will attempt to get growing for our Horne Rd landscaping project. 
Soup Season Pick-off

Knowledgeable mushroom hunters, Ellen and Susan, gathered a harvest of chanterelles recently to share with Harboursiders at the beginning of our Wednesday Soup Lunch season. Chanterelles are unusually abundant this year and were paired with coconut milk and lemongrass (from Susan's deck) to make a delicious vegan soup. Warren reminded us that mushrooms should always be picked above the stem flare-out where the mushroom connects to the mycelium to ensure next year's crop.
Ralph explains what we are looking at? 

It’s a “spud” scow with derrick and space to load derelict boats. There is also a second, smaller barge, at the left end of the spud scow and it has a boat on its side, on board.
The spud scow has two steel pipes that can be lowered to the bottom which gives the barge stability during the craning operations.
The TARANUI is on board, between the two candy cane spuds. The TARANUI was the sunken sailboat just outside our wharf.
I think these particular derelict boats are heading to Victoria for demolition, probably at Pt. Hope Shipyard.

There are currently 2 units available for rent at Harbourside. Details at 

To learn more about our neighbouring cohousing community currently under construction visit
West Wind Harbour Cohousing 

Upcoming events include tours  
Margaret delivers birthday cake to September birthday celebrants, Anna, Claire Hu, Priska and Frank.
Doug helped Marisa and Hank clear out their freezer with his latest batch of mead made with frozen blackberries and hazelnuts.
Colonial Railings workers dismantle the old deck railings with the help of Jay and Frank, behind the glass.
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