We've really been looking forward to trying out our new little Combi-Camp trailer whose name is Mighty Mouse. We tow it with our 2013 Nissan Leaf.
We decided not to go far from home, first trip, so Saltery Bay was the perfect choice, only 19km to the campground. We are so lucky in Powell River to have so many great places to camp.
We're just arriving (after the rigorous 19km haha !)
And .... Ta da ! Only minutes later we're all set up.
No campfires allowed at the moment, so we brought along our propane "campfire" and we got an electric cooler which works great and that we could plug in if there were hookups.
It's pretty rustic here, so not this weekend !
But beautiful ...
At sundown, with Fleur barking at the buoy that marks the sunken mermaid statue for scuba divers, not sure why she does it, but she always does.
And again in the morning .... And still barking
We left quite early in the morning in time to let the sheep out !
It was a very easy trip to make for the Leaf. No range anxiety at all. Towing the trailer took 18% of the capacity as compared to 15% without. Simon installed LEDs instead of the stock lights on the trailer, hope that will cut down on energy use. We're really looking forward to going further afield next time.
On Saturday Holly (the Leaf) and I headed to the Lower Mainland on a jaunt to Ikea to pickup the items we needed for a bathroom reno we are going to start soon.
I was a bit worried how the day would pan out with the 2 ferries and charging as well.
As it turned out, it went flawlessly.
Here we are charging at the level 3 quick charger in Sechelt.
It is very conveniently located and I used the Greenlots fob to start the charger. It only took about 30 minutes, time for a coffee at the mall, and off we went to the next ferry.
We had plenty of range to get to Ikea in Coquitlam where they have complementary charging.
Here we are, a pair of black Leafs charging up.
Thanks Ikea !
I got all the stuff we needed, topped up and back to Horseshoe Bay for the return trip. I stopped again in Sechelt to make sure I had plenty of juice for the rest of the journey. Only 20 minutes this time and still made it in time for the 7.40 ferry.
The journey up and down the coast was really fun in the car. It handles so well and you can really use the regenerative braking to its full advantage on that twisty up-and-down road. Air conditioning on and the Bluetooth tunes blasting, I had a great trip. 283 kilometres altogether. The fast charging capability is a real game changer for electric cars travelling on the coast and contending with the ferries. Good to know you can do the lower mainland trip in a day with ease. I will be a lot more confident next time.
One last shot of Holly the delivery truck. As always, totally up for the task.
After an embarrassingly long absence, I'm baaaack !
I've been wanting to write a post about my entry into the 2016 eCouture Wearable Art Fashion Show since April, so here goes, better late than never.
This was the hat that I made, based on a beautiful design from one of the First Nations baskets that I love at the Powell River Historical Museum. I wanted to pay tribute to and honour the long tradition of making the baskets, as well as the women whose hands skilfully wove them.The original basket was woven by Mary Peters, a renowned cedar weaver from Tla'amin.
I have explained more about the process here, (and here is a link)
Continuing here, (and here is a link to the second page)
And last page here,
What I didn't explain here was that two days before the event I didn't have a model for the hat and wrap. It was getting a little desperate I must say, but, sometimes, things just happen as though they were meant to be. My friend Brandon contacted me, who is the original weaver's grandson. He said that his niece Mala would model Of This Place at the show for me. I can't tell you how special this was and how grateful and honoured I am to Mala and the Peters Family for making this happen. When she bravely stepped out onto the catwalk I had a few tears, I must confess.
And this is how beautiful she looked.
We only got these few pictures of her, for which I will forever be sad, but it was a fabulous event which will remain with me as a very special memory. Thank you Mala !
I have wanted to try making ink or paint for a little while now and today was the day to make a start !
I used beets that I cooked and strained. I added vinegar to try and prevent mould. I would use white vinegar next time and cook the beets in it rather than adding it later..... Oh well, trial and error !