enough for tea

Coffee on the perch this morning brought an unexpected treat. A pod of five or six Orca zipped past us. They went by so fast we didn’t have time to alert our neighbours.. The pod surfaced for a minute and then were off through the Narrows. There has been word that Granny (103 year old Orca) and her family are in the neighbourhood.(Granny). Maybe it was her. We didn’t have much of a chance to identify them.. they sped past…

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We went down to the south house to cut the lawn and soak the garden. While we were there we checked the motion camera hung at the back porch. We don’t go too close to it, but the Robins still seem to be hard at work feeding the babes. We will check it again in a few days, maybe the babes will be a bit bigger and easier to spot.

According to long time islanders the frequency of Orca spottings this year is unusual. Perhaps the whales have always been swimming past but gone undetected. When we do see them, they always seem to be enroute. Not so much loafing around in the sun like the sea lions. I have noticed that after we have seen whales… this          june 3 059  appears in the water. It is different from the white stuff that drifts through with the tide. Whale spit, if you like. Does anyone out there know? I think it is the remnants of their water spouting… E is unconvinced that whale spit is a thing.

After our chores I sat on my bench and watched the Canadian Geese transit the Cut. I took time to dream that the whales would reappear and perhaps Granny would come closer and stay long

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enough for tea

by my perch

Great turn out at Coffee Shop this morning. AW thought there were fifteen islanders in attendance. Our second youngest community member turned two this week so candles needed to be blown, cupcakes needed to be eaten and a song, of course to be sung… The crowds are starting to return and the 2014 “Season” about to begin.

Absolutely great to see MR and JR back from their sunny winter retreat. They had asked me to hold onto the herring spawn wildlife until their return and I did try my best. They went up to the Narrows to see if the sea lions were still there today. As they followed a raft back into our channel a pod of five Orca appeared. They were right beside their boat!!!.. JR was kind enough to alert us to the excitement.

We filmed the activity from the perch. As it turned out we would have probably had time to get the boat but if we had done that the Orca would have just as likely come right under our house and I would have been disappointed.                                         april 6 056

A large pod of sea lions (100) had swum past about an hour before the Orca. They were right under our house … Maybe they were hiding from the whales. If so they did a good job because the whales stayed on the other side of the channel..

I have uploaded a very brief video of the (Orca)

I had about four productive hours in the garden this morning after coffee shop. But tomorrow with all the goings on I will not be able to get anything accomplished lest I leave the window right at the moment an Orca jumps into the sky

by my perch.