Our Day in Local Produce

Although we can’t wait to move off this overpriced tourist destination of an island, I have to say in the summer there is something to be said for leading a lifestyle based on the 100 mile diet ~ if you can. Yesterday Corey forced me off the couch to go blackberry picking, again. It’s an annual tradition with us, one that we swore we’d take more seriously this season. It’s a dangerous but yummy sport. Full chain metal clothing required. Three afternoons have been spent so far with a few more to go. What are we using them for? Our morning smoothies, beer & wine making, fruit roll ups, desserts.. you name it. I’m considering writing a therapy article entitled something like “The Couple that Picks Berries Together, Stays Together“. What do you think?

After berry picking we head to Fox road to our favourite EGG guy. I also buy handmade croched face and kitchen cloths from his daughter. Both items are found with an honour system for cash trade in this adorable fridge at the end of their farm driveway. The cat in the egg photo is a curious Salal (our cat).

   

As we drove back down the road we spot this… (dad will surely comment on the budweiser flat)

Further around the corner we see two red coolers with a “VEGGIES” sign. We stop and again on the honour system purchase these yellow beans and 6 hot peppers. What a hoot. Total spent for local produce in one afternoon? $6.50.Now I’d love to be one of those righteous “organic” (said with nose in the air) people that we are about to surround ourselves with on our next move in two weeks.. SEE BLOG TOMORROW ! but the truth is ~ from there we went and purchased a $30 pizza. Yes, that’s what I said. A $30 pizza at the only place on the island to get take out pizza. lol. And it was good. We finished our pizza and bottled a pinot grigio wine, in our rental bathroom for the last time. Quadra Island your days are numbered.

Zuke’s  and beans for dinner tonight, my creative blogger friends. Do you shop locally? Organically? I will be harvesting the garden & plum, apple trees and dehydrating herbs ~basil, mint and cat mint and cherry and roma tomatoes from the topsy turvy experiment in the next 2 weeks so stay tuned… And thanxs for staying with me.  xo. 

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Japan Tsunami ~Coast of BC Canada Beaqch Cleanup.

I’ve signed up already. Will you!? Please read this article. danke. xo. love your beachcomber ~Fireygoddess.

Volunteers sought for West Coast tsunami debris cleanup

CBC News

Posted: May 11, 2012 2:21 PM PT – click on the triangle to view an informative video.

Ocean debris believed to be from Japan is posed for a photograph on Long Beach in Tofino, B.C.
Ocean debris believed to be from Japan is posed for a photograph on Long Beach in Tofino, B.C. (Jonathan Hayward/CP Images)The wave of debris from the Japanese tsunami that is starting to wash up on the West Coast has prompted a call for volunteers to clean up the trash.

The Vancouver Aquarium and the World Wildlife Fund are teaming up to recruit volunteers to pick up everything from bottles, to plastics, fishing paraphernalia to appliances, that is expected to wash up on North America’s coastline.   In recent months, some of the first debris that drifted across the Pacific has triggered international interest, including a container with a Harley Davidson motorcycle, some volleyballs that have been traced back to their owners, and even an unmanned fishing vesselthat was sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard.

But residents in Alaska and Haida Gwaii, which used to be known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, have reported that more and more uninteresting trash has also been washing up.

Making a list to be ready

The aquarium’s Jill Dwyer is in charge of a registry of volunteers needed to collect the junk, and she said people can sign up for the cleanup registry at www.shorelinecleanup.ca.

“We don’t really know when the majority of the debris is going to start hitting our shorelines, where it’s going to hit or how much,” Dwyer said Friday.

“What we’re doing is just getting a list of volunteers who would be willing to help when needed and then we’ll connect them with the site co-ordinator or the local people on the ground who would actually be organizing the cleanup.”

Dwyer said ocean debris could be harmful to wildlife if it contains chemicals or if animals ingest items or become entangled in them.

According to some estimates, the March 2011 tsunami washed between 1.5 and 18 million tonnes of debris into the Pacific Ocean.

The recruitment effort is separate from the annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, which has been happening across Canada every September for the last 19 years. A spring cleanup of shorelines involving students began in B.C. last year and has now started in Ontario.

beachcombing 101

We explored the top west coast of Vancouver Island for Canada Day weekend and it was OUTSTANDING! blogs and photos to come this weekend when i get a chance to process some stuff on here. yippee. I took some great travel shots. ‘Til then, here’s a comic that my sweetheart forwarded yesterday.

Happy almost summer (seriously c’moon sun!)

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The cougar

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“Fishing” and “whale watching”. Now that summer is here & I’ve begun participating in both activities, I’m giving the words a think.
I haven’t caught any fish while “fishing” nor have I seen any whales while “whale watching”. Yet here I am on the outside deck of the bc ferries commute from Quadra Island to my Campbell River practice/work ~ whale searching!? The sun is out. Isn’t that all that really matters? Can’t look overboard & type at the same time, while looking for whales. B-bye.

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tried tested and true MEC

38 Inspiring Objects 

#8 The MEC Merganser tent and #9    the MEC thermos.

Both purchased pre-Haida Gwaii, during university days approx 10 years ago? Both in sort of mint condition still today! Used 2 weeks ago on our season opener camping trip on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC. If you’re Canadian you know all about MEC. It’s an equipment co-op. It’s THE equipment co-op, really. Print catelogs no order exist so it’s all online at http://www.mec.ca I have lived remotely and in cities in Canada and always had a catalog at hand (& an Ikea one..lol). Their stuff is enviro friendly, lots of organics, durable, lasts forever and is all fully replaced if it ever dies.  These are just two of my fav oldest items from them. Happy to sport them again this camping season and picked up a few nice new MEC items this month as well – dresses, canoe foam racks, waterproofer etc. I swear photos of that trip will get posted this weekend! (some are amazing, if I do say so myself).

What’s your MEC story?

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Cruise Ship to work

This takes us calling the small ferry to the big island (on our daily commutes to work) “the cruise”  to a hole new level. This was taken from my iphone, in my car on the wee ferry headed back to Quadra. Usually they are doing the Vancouver to Alaska trip. This isn’t even close to the biggest cruise ships that come through here in the tourist season. Cool, though, heh?

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THING A DAY DOT COM 2012.. it’s happening!

Well, as some of you amazing followers of my BLOG may recall.. last year and the year before at this time I joined the THINGADAY.COM website’s challenge to.. duh.. make a thing every day and post it on one website with thousands of other participants. It was pretty challenging and rewarding and really inspiring to see the variety of things people come up with. It’s motivating to make something every day – as my BLOG is intended to do but sometimes I get a little lazy or run out of time with work and travel etc. BUT the idea is to re-energize crafters and I’ll be there with bells on the entire month of Feb. I’ve got a pile of dog-eared craft books and jewelry magazines ready with ideas and tons in my 

So.. you can either join me by signing up yourself  thing a day dot com 2012 click here or just checking in there to see what I’ve created ~likely under the name FIREYGODDESS. It was hosted through a site called Posterous last year which was a pain in the butt because I had to double post there & on my BLOG ~ but this year it’s on WORDPRESS (which is this blog’s site). 

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Because it’s worth it.

Still not feeling the creative bug as I ‘m back at work and trying to get rid of this flu bug. These two videos make me smile so i hope they brighten your day as well.

toenails from a man.

treats n snoozin. snoozin n treats. Oh god. i can smell his face. Read on!

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BEST foundobjectbeach item EVER

38 Inspiring objects

#3 of 38. 

Japanese Glass Fish Float from Haida Gwaii, BC. This is the one remaining fishing float from a fleet of dozens that were given away when I loved off island. I proudly gathered them after  south wester wind storms, while living on Haida Gwaii, almost a decade ago. The magic of my 5 years there is still forefront in my creative heart. Just ask anyone who knows me  ~I’ll blore you to death with stories of living off the grid in a driftwood cabin, surfing, driftwood, making art daily, seashells, best friends and Haida culture. I love this float and it sits proudly in every house that we rent.

#4 of 38.

The Princess Bell Telephone is back! Truth be told ~ I had an original princess bell in my bedroom as ateenager. The ringer is obnoxiously loud like an army of machine guns going off. I love it. This one is a cheap replacement from a thrift store, as the original was sold at a family garage sale. I’m still mad at my parents for that. On Quadra ~ cell does not work so we were forced to bite Telus cult bullet and get a land line. This is our proud phone (with a wireless back up ~ thanks to Dad). 

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Roe! Roe! Roe! Merry Fishmas!

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Roe! Roe! Roe!
Yesterday, and I can’t be sure of the details… But a mystery merriment elf team punked my dad’s condo with some fishy Christmas cheer! It was dad’s fault for giving out his spare keys to just any hooligans. Later this holiday, a video will be circulated with merriment details, possibly here.
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Adventures of the Beachcombers

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20111128-101709.jpg Late fall après le crazy storms beachcombing season has returned! We have had SUCH intense power outage for 2 days winds & indescribable rains ~ that we have been getting cabin fever. Especially our 13 yr old dane cross. Seriously, I missed a day of work last week, because the ferry off our island wasn’t even running. We had friends who were hunting on island, stay overnight after waiting 6 hours in the stormy ferry parking lot! The second the rain stopped, we marched the giant puppy to the ocean.

20111128-102307.jpg The lighting was lovely, the driftwood plentiful.

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20111128-102512.jpg The beachcombers were back at it!

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20111128-115103.jpg stay tuned for more beachcombing adventures & art projects this fall / winter!

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Croquet & Croquettes all in one week

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another creative week outside the craftroom. In dad’s new living room, we revived, reframed & redisplayed some family photos! They are straighter than in the photo, I promise. We also did some local shopping & dad bought me these..

20111024-085703.jpg an antique croquet set!!! I’ve been asking for one to come to us for a while. This is the unpolished before photo. I introduced dad to stores for fishing gear but also CR’s best thrift store Habitat for Humanity. I’m still on the thrifting prowl for a new vintage hi fi but this was an awesome score. Thanks pa.

20111024-090108.jpg lastly, dad decided to reproduce his fav print of an oil painting by G.Fobis. Try as I might I couldn’t find the artist or his prints for sale online so we are illegally reproducing & enlarging it on canvas! Any suggestions to locate an original Fobis, please let me know…
Should be interesting as we handed the nice phototech man a laser 90s photo copy quality print of the original oil painting shown above. Photo ~ stock from Ontario during this summer’s cross Canada road trip! I’ll post the finish product / process in a month or so.
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Craigslist inspirational score

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Thank you interweb for bringing beading back. Major Craigslist score under the Arts&Crafts section of Comox valley, online this week. Delivered to my work was a computer box full of sequins, beads of all varieties, gemstones, gold & silver fixings. Cost? $40! Worth? Over $400, most labelled from my fav store in the Victoria market ~ Beadworld! An afternoon today will be spent on the sunny deck organizing old and new beading into containers & brainstorming projects.
This brings back fond memories of being a crafty kid. My dad is a fisherman and was always offering me fishing line, silver bobber thingmes that I used as fixings & findings & he could upgrade his tackle boxes as I needed more containers to organize my beads. Another excuse to hit Canadian tire on a Saturday. I hope I’m always crafty. Love you dad.

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Cookies n sunscreen

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Quick post for today! We spent a gorgeous day at our local Rebecca Spit Prov Park! It was 24 degrees but windy! I managed a nice burn through my sunscreen while Corey worked on his summer goal of landing a halibut from his kayak. I brought supplies to make a little sequined something but it was just too windy. He caught a dogfish and 2 sole, neither of which he kept.
We had a 2 hour nap tonight which tells me it’s summer holidays! Then we went on a mission to find local eggs, driving… Wearing our houserobes. Classy islanders. Corey is making peanut butter cookies at 10pm while we watch a movie. Yeah summer!
We are both kayaking all day tomorrow, probably over to Cortes island area. Stay tuned for a great halibut story soon… Ps. When he wasn’t eating halibut bones, Amos slept in the sunny grass all day.

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the baking of dogbones.. or How much I love my dog.

tandoori smoked salmon dog bones

Snapper and parsley dogbones

here's what a snapper looks like! Caught in Klemtu, BC this spring. The model is pretty cute as well.

Kate asked about my dog bone recipes. The new addition to the Turner clan is a real sweetheart. Abby. See photo below.

I have no recipe per say.. everything is human edible and organic as much as possible. I  like the idea of buying food locally, so always get eggs up the street etc or stuff from my garden.

Ingredients are as follows:

-fish (I use whatever is on rotation for going bad in freezer. Corey catches it while in camp, up north. Smoked salmon or Snapper or  pink salmon etc.. next ones are going to be Halibut..so stay tuned in September!).

-2 eggs

-organic whole wheat flour

-non fat milk (tiny bit if too dry)

-fresh herbs: PARSLEY… like handfuls for sure for their breathe.

-garlic. Lots. Good for dogs & they LOVE it. See Parsley.

-organic carrots usually for a veg

-baking powder or soda..honestly i never remember which does what, but you probably know.

I use the fish as the liquid to add to the dry. I tend to break a blender while mixing  the fish,  it’s juice, the carrots, garlic and parsley. (See new Slap Chop Posting).

Add liquid to dry, mix, add love.

Pam a baking sheet. Find the coolest cutters you can. my dinosaur cutters are the best! (I also use them for fried eggs). Roll out your dough. I usually freeze half, as I always make too much to bake in an evening. Cut your cookies.

I bake them at 405 for less than 20 mins (flipping half way), until brown. Don’t overcook or they are too chewy… though Amos has never once complained.

Feedback from dogfolk that I usually give frozen ziplocs of dogbones too? “it’s like crack for my dog” “very rich”.

They last a week in a glass jar before molding.

((I’m sure I’ve missed something in the recipe but I’ll thank Kate for making me post / write my first recipe ever..and it was for Amos..xo)).

Abby. The Turner's new addition.

catch of the day…

Yesterday was an another wicked day to be Canadian. I’m not a super huge fan of the Olympics so I’m celebrating Canada in the way that we know how – outside & listening to more gordon Lightfoot, than usual.

So yesterday, I was in a kayak in the complete mist, by 10am. Corey was diving under my kayak with all his gear on and bringing me up living gifts. It was romantically misty with zero visibility in any direction, minutes out. I was actually a bit freaked out at times.

There was a massive loon about 2 kayak lengths ahead of me and nothing else. I was so low in the water that it seemed the size of a horse. I thought of Shannon and the loon’s nest with babies that we saw when she towed me on the pink air mattress in the heat, from my canoe. That day last summer, that we got drunk and went canoeing on Rosen Lake ~in the Rockies. (was that the right name Shannon?) – the day of my surprise going away party that I showed up to.. loaded. And none of you warned me.

classic Canada.

Back to the ocean – Corey disappeared under the sea for a while and it was me and a seal hanging out. He flirted with me and sneezed water in my general direction. I couldn’t see anything beyond the kayak. Spooky, super quiet and awesome.  Later in the day, Corey went out fishing ~see photo above. He caught 2 rock cod, which I am watching him prepare with panko crumbs, in the kitchen as I type this &  pretend not to be watching the Canadian play Olympic hockey.

GO CANADA!