We arrived back to the west coast of Canada on October 27, to dreary skies and autumn rains, quite a contrast to the sunny skies of southern Virginia. In fact during the month of October it rained in Vancouver for 28 out of 31 days, breaking the record of 26 days set back in 1967 and 1985. However it hasn't been the wettest October in Vancouver, that record was set back in 1975 when 287 mm of dripped down from the sky, in 2016 the total was a mere 197 mm.
We only stayed in the city long enough to buy an umbrella and visit a few friends before returning to Gabriola Island, somewhat less rainy than Vancouver but still very wet. This will be our first full winter season in Canada since we departed in 2007, and the summer travel trailer lifestyle was not going to be adequate so we rented a cabin. Most people would consider this to be a small place but to us it is large, far bigger than the trailer and much more spacious than Curare. The view from the kitchen table is of the ocean and at least once a day deer roam through the yard eating the apples from the trees. Perhaps the best thing (for LE) is the full size kitchen and internet and T.V. makes life better for GG.
On Gabriola Halloween is celebrated by taking carved pumpkins to a forested section along North Road and placing them on either side of the roadway. We have never seen people placing the pumpkins in the trees, they seem to magically appear overnight, but driving past the lit up ghoulish faces in the dark is spooky. Another fall scene that LE enjoys is the flock of "wild"turkeys that hang around the Village. These are barnyard turkeys that have escaped, or been let go, and now they wander the roadways and yards scratching for food and making a mess. Some of them look like they are the right size for Christmas dinner but since these are not real wild turkeys they do not fall under the hunting regulations, and so the flock just keeps on getting fatter.
Since we are not on Curare for a few months and this blog is about "The Adventures of Curare and her crew" we will probably not write as often, but there will be a few things, so keep in touch.