Covid wasn't why we delayed a vacation for over three years; instead, it was because of this farm. There was just too much farm work to pass off to someone else. So be forewarned: If you decide to set up a farm or homestead, think about how you'll take vacations. You will likely spend more time at home than ever before.
But, thanks to the kindness of a very dear friend, Stuart, we were recently able to escape the farm for a whole week. Stuart came and stayed at our house so we could take off to Victoria, British Columbia.
We timed our vacation for early spring, when the weather is warmer but not too warm, there isn't much going on in the garden, and there are no bees in the hives. So, that left just the animals to care for: the chickens, ducks, cats, and dog. Even so, that's a lot to foist off onto someone. We cannot thank our friend Stuart enough. He even bought rubber boots for mucking around in the chicken coop! And he built a fire in the woodstove and pellet stove to keep warm (like I said, it's not easy living in a big old rambling farmhouse).
Meanwhile, we walked, walked, and walked all around Victoria after escaping the farm. Then, as if that wasn't enough walking, we traveled further north to Parksville and Coombs, where we walked some more. I think we wanted to see everything we possibly could in our one week of vacation. Below are a few highlights.