ClaireHu, one of the organizers of the Wharf-a-rama and chief fish kebob cook. 
The guys in their hats, Moki, Jay and John.
Refurbished gazebo, repainted picnic tables and newly painted wharf railings.
Inside our cozy gazebo, Doug serves his homemade mead.

 It was planned to bring us down to the water’s edge to introduce us to the fun of picnicking on the wharf and the pleasures of boating. We had our choice of a ride in a canoe, a wherry, a double kayak, or a zodiac. Rene ferried people up and down the hill in Ralph’s golf cart until the battery gave out!

Salmon and fish kabobs sizzled on the grill to be joined by salads and sweets inside the gazebo. Warren added lilting melodies on his flute, soprano recorder and mouth organ. It was a huge success with nearly every resident joining in the fun. A special thank you to the main organizers, ClaireYu and Yibo for all the work they did to make this happen!
Re-roofing the Workshop on the Wharf

Thanks to a donation from one of our former residents and the hard work of several men at Harbourside, the workshop has been re-reoofed! It has become a wonderful light-filled, dry work space for any of our residents to use.

The actual job of re-roofing involved several stages. Warren described the process as follows:
-first the old metal roof and chimney had to be removed.
-then some of the wooden strappings needed to be reinforced and hurricane ties installed,
-proper gables were then added to the projecting strappings 
-finally the new roofing, alternating solid with transparent corrugated sections, was applied.

Thanks to Berken, Frank, Phil, Ken, Warren and John and to anyone else who might have helped. (Thanks also to all our photogs who captured the work from many angles.) 
Second Annual Art Show at Harbourside

Jean, the organizer and Kaye, a participant, prepare exhibits in the left hand photo above. Jean is holding a beautiful ceramic dish made by Alice surrounded by pieces of Priska's much-sought-after ceramics, all of which were offered for sale. Above them hangs a baby quilt just completed by Ann for her first grandchild and a colourful carry-all made by Kaye. 

On the right, Jack (who also submitted a drawing from many years ago) looks over book projects created by Yibo and ClaireYu. Jean's large painting hangs behind him beside paintings by Phil. The beautiful ceramic vase was made by Alice and just visible on the bottom right are some of the creative animal figures created by Ann. 


I was born 79 years ago in a country manor house just outside of Oxford in England. During the Blitz in London, all pregnant mothers were sent out to countryside locations for their safety. My parents lived in Highgate in an apartment. My mother had a favourite chair in the living room in which she would feed me. 

One particular evening, while a bombing raid was underway, she fed me on a different chair. All of a sudden, a bomb crashed through the ceiling, obliterated the “favorite” chair, and ended up a couple floors below.

My mother’s instinct to move us when she did saved our lives. So, in addition to being “of the manor born”, I narrowly escaped certain death. Looking back on my life now, I know I have lived a charmed and blessed life. And, I am grateful.  (Moki)

Here's Glenna's picture of Shirley with Warren on Cortez during their recent visit.
 "Boomers Getting Older" Project

Gillian Ranson, retired sociologist from the University of Calgary, recently visited Harbourside to interview several of our residents in connection with her online resource project entitled Boomers Getting Older. 

This project seeks participants in their late 60's and early 70's who would be willing to share their experiences for Ranson's research study entitled Finding a Future.
Basket of Scapes -- not Snakes!
Classy new Harbourside information panel made by Sales Team and installed to the right of our main entrance. 
If you are out very early on a Tuesday or Thursday morning you may be lucky enough to catch Marisa, Ellen, Susan and Marlene (and Warren) doing their CrossFit training with Jacqueline.
(photo by Warren)
Impressive tent structure erected by Marisa and Hank to support the 10 indeterminate tomato vines of differing varieties grown from seed. 
Here's that chair that Bev and Wynn refinished, now reupholstered by Warren who says he never reupholstered anything before!
June Birthday celebrants Pat, Margaret and Arlene.
Franks's latest project

These spouts carry off the excess ground water from the slope above and they were badly damaged. How the waterspouts were broken is a bit of a mystery but in all probability a heavy object was dropped onto it from the orchard area above.The three PVC water pipes were all broken, the copper enclosure box was pulled out of the stone wall and one of the spouts was loose.
The repair required the installation of new PVC pipe components, the remounting of the copper enclosure box in the wall using mortar mix and stones found on our beach and the refastening of the loose spout with construction adhesive. Some metal polish gave the finished project a bit of a shine. (Frank) 

PS A huge vote of thanks is again due to Frank for all his work restoring these spouts. Ask him about his latest idea for the planter below the spouts!
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