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May 8, 2007

Good ship lollipop?

Filed under: Nautical bits — Jocko @ 12:28 am

Here is an invitation to the Pender Islands branch of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron to apprise us of their upcoming events.

Local culture

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 12:07 am

“It” came to my attention at the free mag boxes outside the now Fairway Market in Sidney, formerly Sidney Super Foods. Called Focus Magazine, it’s full of arts and culture happenings in Victoria and environs. Since Victoria is a suburb of Pender Island (ha, ha)… their wealth of creativity is at our doorstep to share and be inspired by. Pick yourself up a copy and decide for yourself.

May 7, 2007

Hummingbirds in trouble?

Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 5:31 pm

Cam Finlay, a biologist in Victoria has noticed fewer visits of hummingbirds this year likely a result of habitat destruction to the south. View the complete article at the CBC News website:

Broom wars

Filed under: Gardening,Nature watch,Views — Jocko @ 4:36 pm

Is it just me or does it appear that the battle against broom is making some headway. I know there are people who are working hard to control this aggressive invader. My neighbour says cutting it off at the ground can be pretty effective in killing it and a lot easier than trying to dig it out of rocky ground. It’s just about finished blooming now (mid June), and therefore better hurry to cut or pull before seeds are set and disseminated. Composting is better than burning the harvested plants.

Artichoke spread, appetizer

Filed under: Recipes — Jocko @ 4:29 pm

Easy, easy, easy and delicious.

1 can artichokes, strained and coursely chopped
1/2 cup mayonaise
1/2 cup parmesan, plus some reserved for topping
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Mix together the ingredients in a bowl and spread evenly into a smallish shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with parmesan and bake at 325F for 10-15 minutes. Brown briefly under the broiler for colour if desired. Serve somewhat cooled as a spread on sliced baguette or crackers. Serves approx. 4 to 6 as an appetizer.

Country line dancing anyone?

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 4:11 pm

Originally submitted by “Vortexman” under category “Introductions”:

“Does anyone else besides me miss country line dancing? I remember having great fun learning and doing all the fun dances, and losing lots of weight as an extra benefit. I still have a bunch of music, and if there would be some way for me to re-learn the dances I could even help teach. The Community Hall floor would be a perfect venue. Any interest, Pender Island?”

Eucalyptus damage

Filed under: Gardening,Nature watch — Jocko @ 11:54 am

This past winter was a doozy as well all know, and most of the eucalyptus trees on the island were killed down to the ground. As they are zone 8 to 10, at zone 8.? we are pushing it a bit trying to grow them here. Many trees are now coming back from the roots and will survive in a bushier form until the next big freeze! What’s interesting though, is that some trees on the island did survive completely (due to microclimate or species or both?). If you are one of the lucky ones, share with us your species name. I had Eucalyptus fraxinoides, johnstonii and Sydney Blue (Australia) and all died to the ground. I think the Sydney Blue is completely dead. The johnstonii seemed to be the hardiest. It was a beautiful tree complete with gum nuts last summer! There are some beautiful full sized eucalyptus trees south of Sidney, BC if you take the secondary water route (Lochside Drive) to Mount Newton Cross Road. Travelling south, look to your left or waterside along the last stretch before reaching Mount Newton. By the way, these plants are not invasive here as the climate is too marginal. However, if you live in southern California and into Mexico, that is another story.

Nature watch 1

Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 11:32 am

Well, I saw my first Bambi (fawn, for those of you who don’t watch cartoons) yesterday with its little white spots all over being nursed by its mother.

A week earlier our neighbour brought to our door a fuzz ball baby mallard duck found in the middle of the road. She wondered if she could let it go in our pond and hopefully save its life. Haven’t seen it recently.

Swallows were trying to move into our pendulous birdhouse outside the kitchen window. I guess they don’t like the swinging as they have moved on.

Mason or orchard bees have been busy for some time now. If you have fruit trees you might consider building a mason bee house to improve your fruit yield. It’s easy, just drill 1/4 in. (approx.) holes 3-5″ deep into a block of wood and hang it in a sunny spot. Google mason bee house for more exact advice. But you’d better hurry. They are nesting now!

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