The summer of 2013 was very full and filled with family, friends and sunshine.
The plans for the cob house changed as the process unfolded. You can see more details on the Pam Cob House blog. However we did get the septic field in and also all the concrete footings are done, thanks to amazing workers from the islands.
The highlight of the summer had to be time spent on Mayne Island with my family who came over from England. We booked up several cottages at Blue Vista Resort and had a real family reunion. Over the course of two weeks there was my sister, her husband, sister-in-law and son, my brother and all four of my kids along with Laura's husband Jonathan and their kids. My sister and her husband also came and several dear friends also paid a visit. It really was a special time of card games, barbecues, meals out and walks together.
I have to say that Carmen at the Blue Vista was an amazing host and went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed at all times.
Before the English crew arrived, Laura and Jonathan came over with the kids to join Beth and Claire and myself on Mayne Island. It was perfect timing for the Fall Fair Parade and all the displays at the Ag Hall as well as the amazing Farmers Market.
|Beth and Claire waiting for the parade in the beautiful sunshine. It was such a great summer this year.|
|Laura and Jonathan and the kids waiting for the parade to begin.|
|Here comes the parade. It was so much fun, music, foolery and floats.|
|The entrance to the Farmer's Market and all the special Fall Fair Displays.|
|Kayla got to pick out her own bracelet at the market.|
|All the veggies and fruits on display. There were so many amazing categories and crafts there.|
|My favourite treat at the Farmer's Market are these Thai Spring Rolls, so fresh and delicious.|
|First cup of coffee after we are re-united. Three sisters together at last.|
|The men at the reunion coffee stop, and the bakery/coffee shop on Mayne is amazing. We got four large pizzas for take away supper one night and it was so good. :-)|
|Cousins together again, Luke and Kevin.|
It was so great to be staying at the Blue Vista Resort. It was the perfect location in so many ways. It was a ten minute walk from my property so we could walk up and see how things were progressing with the building of the footings for my cob house. Peter Wilkening from the island was so skilled at building the frames and installing the rebar before the concrete was poured. He took care of everything for me and things turned out great.
|My English family visiting my property to check out on the plans for my cob house.|
|So happy Geri and Len came to visit us. We owe them one now lol.|
Also the Blue Vista is only a ten minute walk from the Mayne Inn and this was to become our favourite place to have lunches and dinner. They also had a liquor store and this proved to be very convenient too!!
|This is the view as you sit on the deck at the Mayne Inn. They have great food and a fabulous setting.|
Just past the Mayne Inn is the sandy beach at Bennett Bay. It was great to be able to saunter down there on a sunny day to spend some time sunbathing, playing in the sand and paddling.
|Cameron busy in the sand.|
|Happily sitting under the umbrella colouring together. There were so many picnic tables and barbecues available for our use.|
|Happy Birthday Claire.|
After the meal we all went to Geri and Steve's cabin and had an evening of cards, just one of the many.
|Me and my baby :-)|
|Geri and one of her babies, lol. It was so sad that Paul couldn't be there with us. We really missed him.|
Thanks for stopping by to share my summer memories. I hope to be more consistent with my blogging now that the fall has arrived.