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May 31, 2007

Mystery plant, solved!

Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 7:47 pm

photos: Jocko
Have you seen this unusual plant growing in undisturbed shady forested understory on Pender. I ran across it today and think it must be one of our native orchids. The individual flowers, although tiny (barely more than 1/4 in wide) are orchid-like. I guess the deer don’t like it, as there were several of them browsing nearby and these plants were untouched. A bit of checking, and I think it must be Spotted Coralroot or Corallorhiza maculata, an orchid parasitic on decaying plant material, with the help of a soil fungus. No chlorophyll, therefore deep shade is not a problem. Yet another surprise find on the island!

Artist on the move…

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 12:48 am

The Amy Heggie Gallery

Amy Heggie has developed a photo-realistic style which has become her trademark. She has chosen to graphically render the unique natural beauty of her Gulf Island’s flora and fauna. The Island’s abundant subject matter has provided Amy’s prolific output of in excess of 30 drawings in the last year alone. Each one is painstakingly drawn in intricate detail. The original drawings must be seen to do her work justice, take my word for it.

A sample of visual offerings can be seen by visiting or for information email Amy at “”.

May 27, 2007

Clean air day

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 2:18 am

photo: Jocko

June 6 was clean air day in Canada. All the days of the year should be. Here are some of the things we can all do to help improve air quality.

* use your lawn mower less often
* Buy local
* Recycle and compost in pest proof bins, don’t burn garbage
* Turn off lights when not needed
* Use your car less: carpool to the store or ferry, and “shop pool” ie. ask your neighbour if they need anything before driving all the way to the store for a liter of milk
* Don’t idle your car engine when “chatting” or waiting for a ferry
* Ease up on the gas pedal. What’s the hurry? We’re on Pender time!

May 25, 2007

Steve’s Ultimate Double Chocolate Pecan Brownies

Filed under: Recipes — Jocko @ 2:09 pm

photo: Jocko
Thanks to Steve Fisher for this submission. I’ve tried his and they are the best brownies I’ve ever tasted.

10 tablespoons butter (1/2 shortening, optional)
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa
Place in a glass bowl and microwave for 20 seconds, stir with a wooden spoon, micro 20 more seconds, stir, micro 20 seconds more and stir.
Beat in 2 eggs, one at a time, add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and beat for a few minutes with the wooden spoon until “velvety”.
Mix in 1/2 cup flour
Mix in 3/4 cup pecans, 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut.
Bake at 325 F for 20-25 min on lower rack.
Toothpick should come out slightly sticky. Serve with Island Farms vanilla ice cream (my favourite), or equivalent.

May 23, 2007

Let’s go for a walk

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 6:10 pm

Pender Walking Group
This lively, chatty, and energetic group meets every Monday and Friday in the upper parking lot at the Anglican Church. They depart promptly at 930 a.m. after deciding on that day’s walk. The decision depends upon weather, local information, and makeup of the group.
Walks usually take about 2 hours.
There are no dues, rules, or anything but talking and walking. Experience new trails and viewpoints. Find out about just about anything–somebody in the group probably knows somebody who knows the answer.
Get exercised while you socialize!!! Only on a steep trail does this group quieten!
Just turn up in the parking lot a bit before 930 on Monday or Friday. Give your heart a boost…

(submitted by Bob and Lois Tippett)

May 22, 2007

New Marine Centre

Filed under: Nature watch,Nautical bits,Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 12:00 am

Have you heard? A new plan is proposed for a marine education centre for the sea surrounding the Saanich Penninsula and Gulf Islands. Check out for more information.

May 21, 2007

Pender Islands SASS!

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 7:54 pm

Carolyn May submits:

P.I. Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency (P.I. SASS)
Giving the world Pender Islands SASS!

As part of a province-wide initiative, “BC: The
Greenest Place on Earth”, P.I. SASS proposes the
Pender Islands become a world demonstration site for
sustainability and self-sufficiency. An island near
Scandinavia has become the first to become energy
independent. We need a model on this side of the
world, and the Pender Islands are a prime location.
Using the Full Circle Sustainability(w) model with
Waste-to-Fuel(w) technologies, the project includes water
sourcing, waste water (grey water and sewage), solid
waste, energy, fuel, food, and housing. Full-scale
demonstration sites, a Sustainability Store, and a
skill development seminar site for professionals and
the public lead the development of Pender Islands’
independent infrastructure. Let’s show the world
how possible it is to live sustainably on this
planet, and be the focal point of BC becoming the
greenest place on Earth…

We want to hear from Pender Islanders – are you
game enough to hear more?

As we gather the players necessary to a project of
this scope:

a.. consultants
b.. partner organizations
c.. volunteers
d.. investors

and other interested parties, we ask for your input.
Please contact us with any names of individuals in
your circle of friends, associates, and family, and
let’s grow the network!

Submitted by Carolyn May
for a WHOLE Society

(w) = term credit to WHOLE Society

May 16, 2007

Farmer’s Market

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 2:10 pm

Do your part in reducing carbon dioxide gas emissions by buying locally produced goods. Not only does fresh produce taste better, transportation costs including fossil fuel consumption are kept to a minimum and the island’s economy is supported. Arts, crafts, jewellery, and music are also featured. The Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Community Hall. It’s a social event too, so see you there!

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