Katrina and I took a ferry to Galiano Island on Thursday to meet our good friends Shin and Andra. Galiano Island is conveniently located half way between Victoria and Bellingham, and Shin was able to host us in the fabulous house of a UVic Professor that he is house sitting for. I was fascinated by the post and beam construction of the home and the use of enormous local sandstone slabs in the landscaping, and custom Douglas Fir cabinetry. Most of the hours that we spent indoors not cooking, eating, or playing Settlers of Cattan, I spent daydreaming about a similar but smaller version of the home that I would like to build someday. Fortunately, I didn’t waste too much time in idle dreaming, because we spent much of our time outside.
|Seaside Juniper growing at Porlier Pass on Galiano Island|
|Evergreen Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum) still fruiting in December|
|Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolia) bark|
|Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata) and Chickweed (Stellaria media)|
|Douglas Fir (Psuedotsuga menziesii) bark scar|
|Shin cooking Pacific Oysters|
|An Oyster ready to be devoured|