Friday, November 20, 2009

Roadtrip redux

It's good to be back home.  We had a lovely - but short - visit to Salt Spring Island.  I knit while we wait for the ferry to arrive.

The day we left was promising to be very rough on the water with high winds predicted.  We're still in  the terminal so more sheltered.  The waves are breaking pretty high but that grebe was really energetic about his search for lunch.

 A traffic jam in Active Pass...we just hung around while these three ferries took the right of way.

There are over-wintering Anna's hummingbirds on the island.  Andrea has a pair who have staked out her window feeder.  This was the best shot we could get of the female who made several trips from the hawthorne tree to the house.  It was pelting down rain but each time she would return to the safety of the tree branch to rest before making another run for food.

The weather outside was frightful with heavy rain and high winds blowing the trees above our heads.  I think we were one of the last ferry sailings out - the rest were canceled for several hours.   The little creek that usually runs quietly through the yard was raging down the hill on its way to the sea.  But inside we were warm and dry.  Doesn't Merlin look cozy?

It really was quite pleasant the next day with only a little rain.  A successful eye exam, new glasses frames all ordered and we were ready for home.  Where it's still raining.


Anonymous said...

glad you had a good trip, even on the ferry the ride can be quite rough when it is windy. I gather they cancel the ferries when the wind is too strong to get into the docks.

Joanna said...

My that cat does look cozy. We're holed up in a cute motel with a 1940s kitchenette keeping cozy today through a big wind and rainstorm in Healdsburg.

Rudee said...

Actually, even with the rain, it sounds like the perfect road trip.

Is the cat watching television?

Glennis said...

Merlin is a cosy cat with his own TV even. Cute little humming bird you did well to capture her.
You had a nice break away.

Mimi said...

Hi Stephanie, glad your trip went well, it sounds lovely. I like the picture with the boat traffic jam, just looks like such a nice place.
We've had terrible storms and flooding here too, Cork badly affected.

Angie said...

Isn't Merlin in front of a fire? How cozy is that! Hope it wasn't too wet when you got back.

Paws on the Run said...

A real crackling fire. I miss that. Gas just isn't the same. Glad you guys had a good trip!


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