We followed Aly over to Vancouver Island for a few days to visit family, celebrate Toryn’s birthday, watch Aly in her sweatshop and work (me).
I spent a day working down on the Inner Harbour in Victoria while Dani worked on the Skog stall. Toby (who is afraid of heights) went climbing with Nikki, Fabio and Allegra. On Thursday night we all lay out on the deck watching the meteor shower (which was pretty good – just a shame about the light pollution sneaking over to the island from Vancouver!).
Last night we had a great meal with Colin down at the harbour in front of the Legislature. There’s a dragon boat festival going on which is making me contemplating joining a dragon boat team in Richmond (although I’m a little concerned that I would really only be a fair-weather dragon boater which might be a problem for a team sport!).
Tonight we’re headed back to Richmond and then Zoe and I leave for a few days in Kelowna first thing on 17th.
On Aug 22 I’ll be embarking on the Richmond Eats challenge with Richmond Food Security which means that for a week I’ll only be eating produce grown on our island, meat raised by our farmers, and seafood caught by local fisherman. It’s going to be an extremely vegetable-laden week! I’m not sure what I’m going to do without all those nice cups of English Breakfast tea.
We get 3 single-food exclusions. Since there are no grains grown in Richmond, I think I’ll choose rice as my first. There is no oil to cook with so I pretty much have to pick an oil as my second – I’ll go for olive oil (and am hoping this means I can eat olives too, but will need to check!). I’m not sure about the 3rd. I’m thinking maybe something sweet – maple syrup perhaps? A lot of people go for salt. Decisions decisions. Perhaps I’ll just wait until I start and see what I’m most desperate for!
The challenge helps raise funds for Richmond Food Security Society, a community organization that works to fight hunger and increase local food production. If you’re able to sponsor me, please go to http://raiseathon.ca/richmondeats.