PenderBlog From The Pender Islands Of Canada

June 27, 2008

Cute, but not so cute…

Filed under: Commentary,Gardening,Nature watch,Views — Jocko @ 7:25 pm

Originally posted Dec. 10, 2007 and here updated.

Paranoia of the day!

There has recently been an explosion in the numbers of rabbits in the Okanagan (see Bunny Explosion) for the full story. Having the rapid spread of the Eastern Grey Squirrel on Vancouver Island, one realizes how vulnerable Pender Island is to introduced, invasive plants and animals. If you have a bunny, all precautions should be taken to ensure your lovable pet doesn’t make a breakout and end up causing even more native plants to disappear by their voracious feeding. And think what might happen to your favourite veggie and flower garden! Racoons have been spotted running around the island, so let’s hope they don’t become the kind of problem they are in some urban areas by raiding garbage cans and invading attics and crawlspaces to find harbourage and a place to reproduce.

June 2008 Update: Oh no, rabbits have been reported running loose on Gowlland Point Road. Apparently somebody has somehow let their pets free. Now residents of the area are scrambling to find ways of trapping and relocating the animals, which have an amazing reproductive capacity. If the release cannot be contained, the rabbits will become increasingly feral and no doubt make their way northward. These adorable looking creatures can wreck havoc on native vegetation and crops, and by their tunneling, damage foundations and facilitate the entry of other pests such as rats and mice. Raccoons have reportedly cornered and killed a domestic peacock on the island and they are now another pest to contend with.

June 26, 2008

Summer fun at the winery…

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 2:18 pm

Submitted by Morning Bay Vineyard & Estate Winery:

Join us this summer for the following special events:

Danielle Caron, exhibition of paintings – July 9 to August 7

Show hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Opening night reception: Wednesday, July 9 between 6 and 9 pm.

Experience the massive and colourful works of this Pender Island painter.  A member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Danielle has exhibited in Vancouver, Montreal and Pender Island.  She reaches into the subconscious for her imagery.  “… my goal is to reach a point where the notion of good or bad, pleasing or ugly, will not be an issue in the way I paint.”

Shirley Valentine Returns – August 1, 2, and 3 at 7pm
Ever yearn to go to the land where they grow the grape and sit by the sea and sip a glass of wine? Well Shirlley Valentine has. Played by former Pender and now Saltspring actor Grace aka “Sheila” Jordan, Shirley returns to Morning Bay for a magical evening of comedy and drama. Join us Saturday night for a special Mediterranean Winemaker’s Dinner before the show. Admission for the play is $20 per person, $10 for students. Children and dogs on leashes free, although be advised there is some adult content. Three-course supper with wine, gratuities, taxes and play admission is $95 per person. Tickets available at the winery or in the usual Island outlets.

Winestock 2008 – Saturday, August 30 from noon ’til dusk
Our biggest party of the season. Five bands, 10 hours of music, food, wine, arts and fun. This year, our third, we feature Spirit of the West in our oceanfront vineyard. Also in the line-up this year, Dave Rave formerly of “Teenage Head” returns, as does Wyckham Porteous, Simon Kendall and the Morning Bay City Rollers, our rockin’ house band. Don’t miss the hottest party on the Island. Tickets just $25 per person and available at the winery or all the usual outlets.

For more information on the above events, and others, visit

June 8, 2008

Way to go!

Filed under: Commentary,Sustainable Living,Views — Jocko @ 7:57 pm

With the relentless ratcheting higher of gas and oil prices, one has to think of alternatives. If you haven’t seen the movie “Who Killed The Electric Car”, I recommend it. In the meantime, there are an encouraging number of new, smart and exciting electric vehicles, either available in other countries, or soon to be manufactured or marketed in Canada.

Check out the website to check out what’s happening and to sign the petition to bring more “friendly travel” options to Pender. It’s good to feel optimistic about our future for a change!

June 3, 2008

Did you know?

Filed under: Services — Jocko @ 10:41 am

photo: Jocko

About your Nu-To-Yu?

Pender’s Community Thrift Store is run by 100 committed volunteers, has no paid workers, makes no profit, pays only expenses and last year sorted, labeled, ironed, cleaned, shelved, and sold thousands of items. In 2007 a total of $19,869.00 was raised and donated to almost 20 different community needs and services. In addition, PICSS has designated up to $80,000.00 for the Health Care Society to provide interest free loans as bridge financing for the current expansion at the Medical Clinic.

Your generous donations keep the Nu-To-Yu going, so drop off your saleables and do a little shopping there at the same time.

(Note: Certain items such as old TV sets are not accepted and drop off times are during business hours on Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-4pm.)

June 2, 2008


Filed under: Ramblings — Jocko @ 12:38 pm

Postcards courtesy of John Jones

Store and Post Office, Port Washington, Pender Island, B.C. c. 1913

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