A busy spring in the islands!

A few of you may have noticed that I have been away from blogging for the past few weeks. Life seems to go in cycles and these last two weeks have been a whirlwind of non-stop action., both on a business level and on a “home” level.

Rainbow over Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Rainbow over Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

I finished the photo editing for my upcoming book about the Cowichan Valley and have turned 400 images over to the designers. This is the really fun stage with 2 years worth of work finally coming together through the talented individuals that work with Harbour Publishing. While I expect that the next month will involve providing additional images to fill in gaps the bulk of the work is now finished. I find it hard to leave projects such as this but at the same time it’s always stimulating to start looking in different directions as well. The book comes out in September and likely will involve many book launches.

Another book project came about on short notice a few weeks back and while being a little time consuming is something that I’m very excited about.  In 1909 Captain John T. Walbran published one of the most beloved and enduring of all BC books, British Columbia Coast Names. Harbour Publishing is celebrating the hundredth anniversary of that landmark work by presenting the first book to update Walbran’s classic, Andrew Scott’s Raincoast Place Names. I was asked to provide images for this major update and have been pulling images of many of these “place names”. What has surprised me is how many areas I have photographed during the past 8 years. I have not bothered to look through my old film archive instead relying only on new “digital” images. This is another fine project and I certainly feel honoured to have had the opportunity to take part.

The past weekend I spent photographing for an entertaining band “Children of Celebrities”. I spent a good portion of a day photographing two “dressed rehearsals” and we had a fun time doing some “different” PR photos of the individual band members. I’ll put some images on my blog in the next few days once I finish the editing but let me just say that I haven’t had this much fun at a photo shoot in years. Hopefully more work of this sort will come my way.

On a more personal “home” note, Cherie and I are doing our best to keep the economy running although not in the traditional sense. We went down to the Maple Bay Wooden Boat Festival two weeks ago and while I frequent these festivals for doing photography and meeting friends I have always managed to keep away the “urge” to bring a wooden craft into our lives. A few friends own large boats and I have always thought that this is the best method of enjoying boat ownership; at someone else’s expense. Well, the bite finally happened and the Maple Bay Festival has started a new path for us to follow. We fell in love with a classic 34 foot wood cruiser with what should be a fascinating history once we can piece everything together. She was built in Port Alice at the northern end of Vancouver Island in 1962 but everyone is unsure about her real purpose. While she appears to be purely a pleasure boat her construction technique points to commercial use and Port Alice at the time was a thriving logging community. Perhaps she was a crew boat? I’m planning on researching this a little. An interior updating to create a mobile office and we will hit the road to explore new territory, a dream coming true! Unfortunately new “old” boat ownership comes with hauling out, surveys and the like and while this is very exciting is also time consuming. The new boat reentered the water yesterday after some long days of scraping and painting and will likely see her first sea trial for us in a weeks’ time.

Our new part time home!

Our new part time home!

We knew spring would treat us well and during the same week of the boat purchase we also sold our Pender Island house. This is a little bittersweet as we have lived in the beautiful Gulf Islands for the past nineteen years but at the same time we have really being enjoying our new community on the “big island”. In many ways it’s a great relief as the housing market hasn’t exactly been booming up here. Our new ocean connection will now be the boat!

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8 Responses to “A busy spring in the islands!”

  1. Deborah Godin says:

    Wow, she’s a beauty all right, and will bring lots of enjoyment no doubt! About vaseline beachglass, you might find it anywhere I suppose. It was used a lot for tableware, so it could be anywhere there were people. A lot of beachglass comes not from wrecks, but from trash dumping in earlier times. One of my favorite finds is “bonfire” beachglass, sometimes called campfire glass or trash glass. It’s usually lumps of molten glass that were burned in a trash fire and then dumed into the water to go through the ususal wave and rock tumbling. You can find bonfire glss nuggets with small bits of sand, and sometimes even shells pressed into them. Vaseline beachglass will look ordinalry pale yellow-green on the beach, the blacklight is the only way to tell what you’ve got. Here’s a link to a new site that’s for beachglass lovers and collectors. You might find a West Coast group, and someone might even reveal their “hot spots” where they collect! http://seaglasslovers.ning.com/# Let me know if you find anything cool – I’ve heard you can sometimes find old glass fishing net floats from Japan!

  2. kevin says:

    Hi Deborah,

    Thanks for all the excellent information about beach glass. For those that don’t know what we are discussing visit Deborah’s Way To Glow!. Pretty cool stuff.

    We have been collecting beach glass out here for years, I’ll have to get a UV light and check it out. You used to be able to find Japanese glass balls around the west coast on a regular basis but I haven’t seen one in years. The Japanese are using the ugly plastic ones now, what a shame!

  3. David says:

    That’s great news about your photos being included in not one, but 2 new upcoming books. Keep us posted when they come out and where they can be purchased.

    You know the saying about the best 2 days of a boat owners life–the day he buys the boat and the day he sells it.

    Hopefully you’ll get to avoid those kinds of problems and enjoy your sailing. You certainly live in the correct geographical area to enjoy it.

  4. kevin says:

    Thanks David,

    I’ve heard that saying many times and it’s likely true but… when you are addicted you are addicted! At least I only own 2 motor boats now (plus 2 inflatables and 4 kayaks), one of my friends seems to have around 5 boats of different sorts. I was having dinner with a wooden boat owner and friend last night and we were all commenting that we are out of our minds but we also love the history and the individualism of owning one-off boats. You are right, this is an amazing place for boating and I’ll be posting lots of images from my trips!

    I’ll certainly keep everyone posted about the upcoming books. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Ilona Ohlmann says:

    Hi Kevin.
    Sorry to see you and Cherie leave the island, but it is always exciting to start a new venture. A woodie is perfect, as you are so talented in woodworking. Enjoy your time on the water and hopefully we will meet you out there one of these days. Also, good luck on the books.

    kevin Reply:

    Hi Ilona,

    It will be hard to leave the island, we have had a great time there the past few decades. I keep mentioning to our friends that they haven’t got rid of us for good however, we will just arrive by boat. And a wooden boat, I have plans for a new interior already. Pretty exciting stuff! I’m sure we’ll run across each other on the water.

  6. LisaNewton says:

    Wow, some big changes. I’m excited for you and Cherie. Your “new” boat is a beauty. Although I know next to nothing about boats, I know when I like the look. I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of your adventures.

    Kudos on the book. Maybe someday I’ll get to that point. But, for now, I’m satisified with my blog………………..:)

  7. kevin says:

    Thanks Lisa,

    It’s a big change for us but something we have been dreaming about for many years. You will certainly see photographs of our travels, I’m not quitting photography yet!

    When I read your blog I wonder whether the book as we know it is almost extinct. I like nothing better than sitting in a chair and reading but a blog like Travelin’ Local is in many ways a far more useful “resource” with the up to date information. I love the interaction between the writer and reader as well, something the traditional book cannot provide. I’m looking at my Cowichan Valley blog in much the same way. Hopefully true books and blogs can exist together for many years to come.

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