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Moosemeat and Marmalade

January 15, 2019

Okay what’s with the title and what does this have to do with a sailing travelling blog. Well, further down the blog line this will become evident.

To start, we were heading out for an early morning walk along the Chemainus River. The day was foggy and cold (1C) but promises of sun coming later in the morning.


So where’s the promise of sun? Things are looking a little bleak

The Chemainus River is south of Chemainus which is located on Vancouver Island. We are house sitting not far from the river and have 2 dogs, a standard poodle and a portuguese water dog, to take care for 3 months.

We need to take the dogs for walks and this is one place we haven’t explored yet. So off we go….

With Fred, a fellow blogger and dog owner, walking the dogs along the estuary

With dimming hopes of sunshine Fred tells us of the beautiful views to be had on a clear day, the number of ducks to be seen and wonderful swimming holes for summer fun.

The ground continues to show signs of cool night-time temperatures and no sun to burn off the frost
Fall detritus covers the ground with the dying organic materials that should in following years provide great ground for mushroom picking
Not able to see very far we took pleasure in peering into the fog to imagine the incredible  array of wildlife this sanctuary would provide
A lonely woman and her dog!

And then as we were walking back to the car we looked behind us and out of the mist we saw what we thought were three hikers

Thinking how cold and miserable these campers must be we felt sorry for them and thought offering to take them for coffee might warm their bones

But then as they came up to us we realized they weren’t campers

It was Dan Hayes of Moosemeat and Marmalade fame

Dan Hayes is a trained British Chef who, working with Art Napoleon, produce a show called Moosemeat and Marmalade for APTN. Dan and his film crew had been out very early in the morning hunting for duck and were looking forward to heading back for a morning of lunch preparation.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Wayno permalink
    January 15, 2019 19:09

    Brrrrr……. and why is that woman with the dog lonely?

  2. Pippa permalink
    January 15, 2019 20:43

    Trust you two to come upon Dan Hayes hunting and introduce us to Moosemeat and Marmalde which looks like a fascinating show ! How can we mark this on the blow up globe you gave us?

  3. Darrel and Loretta Smith permalink
    January 15, 2019 23:23

    Beautiful photos. Magical!

    We have just returned from a 29-day cruise around South America. We had some cool weather too, especially around the glaciers.

    Wishing you both all the best for 2019. Love, Loretta & Darrel xx


  4. Annie Boldt permalink
    January 16, 2019 00:46

    A VERY COOL story.
    See you soon.
    Annie B.

  5. Toby permalink
    January 16, 2019 06:35

    Nice pics but I get cold just looking at them. Brrrr – must say I prefer the warmer climates!

  6. Judi permalink
    January 16, 2019 11:59

    I guess you will be too busy dog sitting to go skiing at Sun Peaks? Great memories of Chemainus

  7. Dale Bouayadi permalink
    January 16, 2019 18:49

    Love the mist..fog photos..

    Did they invite you for lunch?

    Did Fred use to live in victoria?


    • January 16, 2019 19:05

      No invite for lunch!
      No, Fred did not live in Victoria.
      Have a great week

  8. January 17, 2019 13:03

    Cool pics! How awesome that you get to satisfy your dog fix!

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