WildARC in Metchosin

The WildARC 2017 Open House will be held at the end of March. If you’d like to attend, you can find information HERE to register!

https://www.facebook.com/bcspca.wildarc/

 

I’ve been honoured to host several speakers! I especially enjoyed the tiny Burrowing Owl! What a perfect B&B guest! http://www.burrowingowlbc.org/owlinfo.html

 

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Good Time Dave’s Fishing Charters

I took my dog, Tucker and his best friend, Mylo to East Sooke Park for a walk on Tuesday. They love that park!

On the way home, I stopped in at Smokin’ Tuna restaurant to check on their hours.   I have B&B guests coming later this summer that I know will really love this spot!

Anyway, as I was getting the information about Smokin’ Tuna, I stopped to chat with a fishing guide who was enjoying lunch there. His charter runs out of Becher Bay Marina and he assures me that he knows how to fish in the waters off East Sooke for both salmon and halibut.

Check him out! Good Time Dave’s

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Smokin’ Tuna Restaurant

We finally made it for dinner at Smokin’ Tuna tonight. Thursday is Open Mike night and our reservation for 6:30 was just before things got going.

We started with a glass of white wine and a house salad. The wine was chilled and the salad was amazing…..local mesclun greens with a sweet and tangy dressing.

We each chose the rack of lamb as a main course. It was a difficult decision as there were other great options but we hadn’t had rack of lamb for awhile and we love it. The lamb couldn’t have been better prepared. I like my lamb rare and Doug likes it on the well done side. We both loved ours! The lamb had a slight whole grain mustard crust with an amazing jus. Also on the plate were ratatouille style veggies and potatoes,wonderfully different and perfect with the lamb.

For dessert we shared a creme brulee with home made ice cream. There were 2 finger cookies which I didn’t get to taste but looked crispy and delicious. I love creme brulee with the crunchy topping and this was one of those. I wish I’d had room for one all to myself! But, sharing was the perfect ending to an amazing meal.

 

All of the food coming out of the kitchen looked just as creative, fresh and perfect. We watched chicken wings, tuna and sushi  being devoured….which we’ll look forward to on our next trip!

 

Thursday’s Open Mike was lots of fun, too!

 

Saturday’s special is Prime Rib and we’ve been assured there are other great things on the menu as well.

 

What’s not to like about this?? We might just go back on Saturday. And, next time I’m taking my camera. The food was just too good not to share in my blog.

 

PLUS, the good news is that they’ll be open until Thanksgiving. Dinner is only from Thursday to Sunday. Lunch is Wednesday to Monday……also a must do!

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Spring in Metchosin

I just can’t get enough of the spring flowers! This year, because it’s a bit cooler, they’re lasting longer than usual. These are my favorites….

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And, next up, my chocolate lilies, yellow violets and lady slippers. What’s not to love about this time of the year?

Why not make a booking for next spring?

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Consider the Lilies IX

This week Consider the Lilies, a local fibre art show is being held at St. Mary’s Church in Metchosin. This historic church is beautiful at this time of the year. The fawn lilies are out and in their glory!

Fawn Lilies near Race View B&B

Fawn Lilies near Race View B&B

The Fibre Art group tries to hold their show each year when the lilies are in bloom. You’ll see why, when you look at these pictures!

The show, once again, is well worth attending!

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The Hike up Metchosin Mountain

The old logging road is just perfect for a short stroll to the most perfect view!

And, once you’re at the top of the ‘mountain’, someone has thoughtfully put a swing in an old oak tree. From it’s seat, you can view Victoria and Witty’s Lagoon.

a perfect stroll from Race View B&B

old logging road near Race View B&B

The old swing

The old swing

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Other Wildflowers springing up at the end of March

Arriving at the same time as the daffodils are flowering plum,

Wild Plum in Metchosin

Wild Plum in Metchosin

fawn lilies,

Fawn Lilies in Metchosin

Fawn Lilies near Race View B&B

Flowering Current in Metchosin

Flowering Current near Race View B&B

flowering currant, and my absolute favorite, satinflowers.

Satinflowers near Race View B&B

Satinflowers near Race View B&B

Satinflowers near Race View B&B

Satinflowers near Race View B&B

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Wildflowers in Spring in Metchosin

At the end of March, the wildflowers burst into bloom on the hillsides around Race View B&B. Among the first are the daffodils on the hill beside my house. Some of the locals call this Daffodil Hill because the hillside is a mass of yellow.

Metchosin Mountain

wildflowers in Metchosin

Getting to Daffodil Hill is just a ten minute hike up the old logging roads beside my house.

Metchosin in Spring

The Old Oak Tree

naturalized daffodils on Metchosin Mountain

Metchosin in Spring
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There are quite a few Havanese dogs on Vancouver Island. Of course, all of them are very sweet! We get together every so often to go for a walk. The latest one was at Gorge Park this winter. It was a really fun day!

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Snow in February!

It’s been snowing all day and doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon! Tucker loves it and uses any excuse to ‘ring the bell’ so I have to let him outside.

Tucker in the snow

Tucker in the snow

views over Happy Valley

views over Happy Valley


Here is Tucker playing in the snow….sorry about the sound!

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