Saturday, August 28, 2010

Summer Camp, Tofino style

One of the products from a very fun summer camp:

Flash Mob, Tofino from Kimberly Johnston on Vimeo.

Thanks, Tofino Rec. Commission. This camp was definitely a hit in our household.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August at Long Beach with George

As a blogger, you always wonder if anyone is out there actually reading all this stuff you fire into the cybersphere, so I was delighted to receive an email recently from Norway asking for more George Jackson. I am more than happy to oblige. Here is what he was up to in August, 1927. I've added some clarification in parentheses.

August 20, 1927
Fine and warm. Thornton came out with truck on way to camp at South Bay. [Likely a road camp, working on the Tofino-Ucluelet road.] I went with him but we only got to six mile post. That hill too slippery for truck to climb. Bridges all in and road graded fairly good to South Bay. [Near Tofino. Today's Maltby Slough.] Worked on cannery line all afternoon all clear now as far as Mill Creek. Had letter from Moode. [His daughter, Gertrude.]

August 21, 1927
Weather fine. Large picnic party out from Tofino for day. Went for walk in evening to burnt lands but saw no deer.

August 22, 1927
Weather continues fine. Worked all day on cannery line from Indian Island to Mill Creek.

August 23, 1927
More fog in morning but turned out a fine day. Went to landing for mail. [Landing would be where a boat from Tofino would come up the inlet, depositing people—and mail—on the mudflat side of the peninsula.] None there. Picked gooseberries in afternoon.

August 24, 1927
Fine weather. Fog in morning — worked cannery line. PIcked blackberries at Mill Creek. Some wild cattle in field this evening.

August 25, 1927
Fog all day. Mary passed down this a.m. [Steamship, Princess Mary.] Got some wood up and worked in garden.

August 26, 1927
Began raining just after midnight and continued for 14 hours. Will do a lot of good for garden and grass. Maquinna passed up about 3:30 pm. No mail at landing.

August 27, 1927
Fine weather. Rode to road camp this a.m. — truck going to Ucluelet — will bring order of provisions from Lee's this afternoon. Line down at 8 mile post — windfall. Fixed it all up ok. Runckle and wife came in from Tofino on the tide and brought our mail. They are camping for a week. Truck brought stuff from Lee's in evening.

August 28, 1927
Fine and clear — nothing doing today. Runckle and I took a walk in evening as far as crossroads did not see any deer.

August 29, 1927
Fine and clear. Dug some clams this a.m. Worked on cannery line all day got some blackberries at Wingen's. Went to Schooner Cove in evening. Saw one deer but too dark to shoot and did not get him. Big sailing ship off here this evening. Barkentine rig all sails set, quite a curiosity these days — she is beating down the coast. Charlie Hughes burned out yesterday. Nothing saved. [Hughes was an early settler, and quite a character. He later rebuilt.]

August 30, 1927
Heavy rain all day and still raining. Runckles came in to the house - too wet in the camp. Sleeping here tonight.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Crowlogue, Round Two

If you missed the launch of Crowlogue last month in Tofino, then there's still a chance to celebrate with us. We're having a launch in Ucluelet this week. Join us Thursday, August 26 at Wild Heather Books. Doors at 7:30.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Chesterman Beach Anthology

If you live in Tofino, or have visited here, you've probably been to Chesterman Beach. Postelsia Press has a call for submissions out for stories, memories, poems and such on the theme of this iconic beach near Tofino. They are looking for a variety of stories and encourage people who are not professional writers to submit as well. Here is the notice:

Call for Submissions: The Chesterman Beach Anthology

Chesterman Beach is meaningful to many people and Postelsia Press wants to celebrate. We all have different ways to enjoy the beach—walking, surfing, exploring tidal pools, watching shorebirds, yoga at sunrise, parties until dawn. Chesterman Beach may be home or it may be a place you visit every day, every year, perhaps once in a lifetime. We’d love to hear your stories.

We are accepting submissions of poetry, short fiction and non-fiction (in all genres, including interviews, songs, history, essays, even recipes) for an upcoming anthology. The one thing all submissions must have is a strong connection to Chesterman Beach.

Submission Guidelines:

Deadline: December 15, 2010
Maximum length: 2500 words
Manuscript: Please include the page number, your last name and the work’s title on each page. The manuscript must be double-spaced in a 12-point font with NO formatting. Please include a cover page with your full name, contact information and the word count of your submission. (We will also consider hand-written submissions as long as they are legible.)
Payment: Contributors will receive one free copy of the anthology and a small remuneration.

Submit to (attachments are fine) or by regular mail to: Postelsia Press, Box 386, Tofino, BC, V0R 2Z0.

We will acknowledge receipt of your submission via email or regular mail. We will review all submissions, but only those authors accepted for inclusion in the anthology will be notified. Although we prefer original submissions, we will consider work that has been previously published.

For more information on Postelsia Press, please visit our website.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tofino Festival Fever

There are two great festivals coming up in Tofino. Mark your calendars for:

The 10th Annual Lantern Festival - one of my favourites. Held at the Tofino Botanical Gardens, this is a magical evening of twinkling lanterns in a beautiful setting, with music, costumes, bubbles and more. Tofino at its best. More info here and here.

And a new festival for this year that I'm very excited about - the Carving on the Edge Festival, which will run from September 16 to 26. It is a great idea; we have so many talented carvers in the area and, of course, with the First Nation carvers there is a long legacy of carving on the west coast. More info here and here's a poster with full details.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Happy Birthday, Common Loaf

I hear there was a disco ball in the Common Loaf Bake Shop last night. Who would've thunk? The Common Loaf is 30 years old. Congratulations to Maureen and all of the staff over those three decades who have made this place a Tofino institution. You can read more about the history here.

[If you're wondering about the name, Common Loaf, the inspiration came from the poem by Judy Grahn, which reads, in part, "a common woman is as common as a common loaf of bread . . . and will rise."]


See that photo? There are shadows in it. Forget Ground Hog Day. It's been a long time since we've seen our shadow around here, but things seemed to turn a corner on Friday, launching us straight in to summer. Yesterday it was 30 degrees C. I know, I know. For some of you, that's not HOT! But it is for us and I've already heard some whining. The plants in my greenhouse and garden must be wondering what's next, but we'll take it. Yes, we'll take it.

I have a new favourite Sunday morning. Rise earlier, putz about and make blueberry pancakes. More putzing. (Today, walk the sweet puppy we're puppy-sitting.) Ride my bike to yoga (very virtuous, no?) and then pick up a lemon-ginger freshie at Tacofino. That is one fine refreshing drink.

The exact combination of this new favourite Sunday morning will probably only happen a few times this season, but I plan to enjoy it (and that freshie, my book and the sun) while it's here.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

More About Those Seawalls...

They started popping up five years or so ago on Chesterman and they've been sparking controversy ever since. More recently they've appeared at Cox Bay. Here's a bit more. I'm not a big fan. The ocean takes, but it gives back given enough time.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Good Manners on the MUP

Ah, our beloved MUP (multi-use path). It is a great thing — providing a fairly safe alternative to the highway for those wanting to walk or ride between town and the beach. But, at this time of year especially, it's getting mighty busy and can be downright dangerous, especially if you're travelling at night. And the obstacles aren't always what you expect. My daughter was riding home at night a few weeks ago (yes, with lights front and back AND a helmet) and she just about ran over someone passed out across the path. (It was 10 pm.)

Jackie over at Tofino Residents, has posted some guidelines put together by greg b., the aimless one. It's a great start. Take a read through and add your thoughts.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Days of Fogust

Well, the days of Fogust are upon us. Tourists are probably wonderful what's up, but really, get out there and walk the beaches. It won't be hot and sunny (at least not until the afternoon), but it is still pretty stunning with that mist swirling in and out. And who needs a sunburn anyhow? (And it may be foggy, but it has been very dry - we needed that little bit of rain we just got. Both for our water supply and our gardens.)

I've been very busy with guests and work and a bit of out-of-town time so posts (obviously) are scarce at the moment. I'll try to get back on track this week. And I'll haul the camera around too. I am really bummed I missed a photo of the bright (like, florescent) pink sun glowing through the fog the other evening. And I'm sorry I missed this, too. It looked like fun.