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Breathing Life into the Gazebo

Thanks to recent efforts by ClaireHu and Yibo, the gazebo and picnic table on the wharf have been revitalized just in time for summer! Even on a rainy day, the gazebo offers a special place for a picnic lunch by the ocean as can be seen here when several Harboursiders and their friends gathered for lunch.
(photo by ClaireHu)
Breathing Life into our Common House Dining Room

Our Common House dining room currently has a very stimulating installation of artworks which particularly enhance the room. Thanks to our art team led by Jean, longtime friends of Harbourside Edith and Victor Newman have loaned us a beautiful installation of their family's artwork.

Edith's work is represented by The Raven Blanket, assembled and sewn by Edith. The inspiration for this work was a Chilkat blanket that came to Victor's K'wagiulth band by marriage. Edith's son, Carey, created the split raven design using the colours of the original woven blanket for this appliquéd version. Edith is wearing clothing she has made from native designs by Victor and Carey.

Victor is pictured with two of his carved masks surrounding a 'frontlet' with abalone shell trim. A frontlet is worn above the face, attached to a cedar bark head band with an ermine skin cape hanging from the back of it. It is used during potlatch for the Chief's Dance of Peace. Victor learned the art of carving at the age of 38 when he took a 5 month training course at K'san.

Carey Newman's limited edition silkscreens and reproductions of drawings often reference the raven. Carey thinks of himself as a raven, his mother told me, because when on a visioning quest as a young man, a raven accompanied him all the way. 

Carey has been in the news recently because of his unique agreement with the Canadian Museum of Human Rights  declaring their shared responsibility for taking care of his artwork "Witness Blanket". He arrived at this solution after consulting with an elder in the Kwakwaka'wakw community, Wedlidi Speck, when drafting the agreement as well as with a lawyer on the indigenous Law faculty at UVic. The Witness Blanket is constructed using artifacts from the Residential Schools, which Carey's father Victor attended. In the K'wagliulth tradition of bearing witness through storytelling rather than through the written word, these artifacts bear witness to the native children's experience at Residential Schools.               (Arlene)
A big shout out to Bev and Wynn and former Harboursiders Berken and Marg (who took the picture) for successfully completing AGAIN this year the Times Colonist's 10K walk! 
Thanks to a suggestion from ClaireHu, we are introducing a new feature this month to allow Harboursiders an opportunity to tell us something about themselves that we might not already know. Each month we will feature someone who has a birthday that month. We start with John, who has a birthday in May.....
What I would like my neighbours to know about me that they might not already know…..
What I would like to emphasize is what I experienced at the work bee. I felt an emotional connection with this community, a heart-felt deep feeling of connection that has developed for me with this community over the three years that we have lived here. 
I have lived in Sooke for 38 years but have never felt as deep a sense of connection to any community as I have been able to develop at Harbourside. Even when I was part of smaller ideologically connected groups in the past, such as my time at Rochdale College in Toronto or during yoga retreats and workshops that seek to break through to my innermost feelings.  
I have high praise for the work bees as being the most effective way we have come up with for building a sense of community, a kind of ‘warm fuzzy’ feeling that comes upon me as I work alongside my friends and neighbours.  

(photo courtesy of Chad Hipolito)
Restoration Work
It all began with Bev's eye for a good deal when her friend, Sondra, offered her the pick of a garage full of old collected furniture. Bev spotted these two chairs immediately for the Common House viewing room. Of course they needed refinishing but that simply meant a new project for herself and Wynn. Good spotting Bev!
(Photo by Moki)
A ten week webcast on the book “A New Earth” was offered to Harbourside residents each Monday at 1:30 pm. Seated here in a cozy outside corner are a few of the group that gathered after the webcast to discuss the fifth chapter of Eckhart’s book, led by Jean.
Bunnies and big hat shenanigans at the Easter dinner.
Doug's classy Joracan fence
Frank spent the better part of the work bee morning with the power washer on the steps and patio areas around buildings 5 and 6, which had become quite discoloured with mildew. 
ClaireHu and Yibo, the sailor, on John's sailboat. 
With each candle representing a decade of life, Shirley and Jack's combined ages add up to a cake full of candles.  
Welcome to new residents
Claire and Tom!
John's potato growing box!
Donja named this tree Totoro because it is a Japanese Koto maple.  A Totoro is a Japanese nature spirit.  There is a lovely children’s animated film called My Friend Totoro.  A classic really.
Doug and Donja working on a free form split cedar plank screen for the water tanks below building 5. A very tricky site to work on. Building materials were created by Doug using cedar planks he found abandoned. Building 6 residents are especially grateful! 
Updating your image of what miso soup can be, here is a picture of ClaireHu's miso soup!
Harbourside Gothic!
Marisa's windowsill greenhouse with seedlings for tomato plants, basil, celeriac, lettuce and peppers waiting to be set out in her garden. 
Donja, a former Californian, was moved to record this view of Californian lilac "ceanothus" out her kitchen window.

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