Posts Tagged ‘Canada Day’

11 DAYS OF CAMPING AND SURFING IN TOFINO

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Well, we’re finally back from our vacation! It’s so nice to get away from the city and spend some extended time in our favourite place in the whole world.

Awesome sunny surf sesh at Long Beach today... So hot we were sweating in the water :D

11 days of camping and surfing is a long time… I have to admit I was ready to get back home and have a shower by the end of it. It was the best shower EVER, that’s for sure. Still, there’s nothing that calms my soul quite like surfing and camping in Tofino, so I’m really glad we were able to be there for a long period of time. So what did we do?

Surfing

… lots of surfing (Greg, Trev, Allan, and me) …

Long Beach Sunset

… hanging out at the beach until sunset …

Canada Flag

… celebrating Canada Day …

Canada Tattoos

… by applying tattoos …

CAKE Canada Cake

…. and eating lots of cake …

Just checked=

… spent a lot of time enjoying our amazing campsite …

Checkin' out Flo...

… and surfed with sea lions …

Black Rock

… we checked out our wedding venue again …

Mushroom Ravioli Duck Breast with Rhubarb

… and made sure our amazing menu was coming to life (yes, they did our recipes proud!) …

Crista catching a crab

… we went crabbing (Nice work Crista!) …

Crab

… for Red Rock crabs and Dungeness …

Many Crabs!

… and it was a success …

Mmmm Allan's bday dinner at Shelter!

… we celebrated Allan’s birthday (Happy Birthday my love!) …

Beautiful Tofino

… and we spend a lot of time just enjoying our favourite place.

What have you been up to lately?

IN MY FAMILY’S GARDEN

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Happy Canada Day everyone! I hope you all had a good one.

Sadly, I have had to return back from Tofino early. Yes, I had a crazy surfboard incident. 11 stitches on my forehead. If you’d like to see the stitches, click here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! So it’s back to work for me.

Pictures from Tofino coming up soon.

So yesterday, instead of surfing and being on the beach, I spent the day with Allan and my Dad in the garden and in the kitchen for Canada Day. We made hamburgers, garden vegetables, spring salmon, and potatoes. Yum!

My Dad has been meticulously taking care of a garden for as long as I can remember. When we lived in Australia for several years, I remember eating oranges right out of our garden. It’s been a long struggle for our family to make ends meet, but somehow my Dad has always found time to take care of the garden in the morning before work and after working 12 hours a day. I remember helping out in the garden when I was growing up, and eating fresh vegetables and fruits throughout the year.

Here’s just a sampling of pictures from our garden from yesterday, and the meal that we cooked up:

Freshly picked from the garden

Freshly picked veggies and fruits from the garden: HUGE raspberries (my favourite), boysenberries (they are basically large and juicy blackberries), new potatoes, peas, basil, mint, and cilantro.

Family Garden View 1

A view from one side of our garden, click to see where everything is located. Click All Sizes to see the large size.

Family Garden View 2

The view from the other side of our garden, again, click to zoom in.

My planters are doing okay

I used to have a rooftop patio in the west end but had to move all my planters to my family’s house when I moved into Allan’s apartment with no patio for a couple years. Fortunately, our new place has a patio so I’m planning on moving my planters over soon so I can start gardening again.

Lilies

Lilies…

Just forming blueberries

The blueberries starting to come out…

Plums (Not yet ripe)

The plum tree, still green… but they will be ripe and juicy soon!

Fuji Apple Tree

Fuji apples starting to ripen…

Tomatoes Growing

Tomatoes starting to get ready!

Homegrown Garlic Drying

Garden-grown garlic drying out (shame I didn’t get that bug in focus!)

Unripe Green Grapes

Green grapes starting to form on the vine…

Dill

Dill! I love eating herbs straight from the garden.

Flowers in the garden

Flowers in the garden…

Family Recipe for Burgers

Our family’s secret recipe for hamburgers! Lots of fresh herbs and onions from the garden, and lean organic beef.

BBQed Hamburgers

Hamburgers all cooked up from the charcoal BBQ with hickory smoked chips.

New potatoes and garden vegetables

New potatoes and fresh garden vegetables (all except the broccoli)..

Spring Salmon and Grilled Zucchini

Grilled spring salmon (just caught last week) on the BBQ and grilled zucchini from the garden! Yum!

Yes, we definitely enjoyed some home grown and home cooked food yesterday!

How did you spend your Canada Day?

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