This Island of Apples

It’s apple season on the Island of Apples. Branches are bending with the weight of the glorious fruit, the air of the orchards sweetened with apple scent. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and all that. We are deep into autumn now.

Our lone apple tree produced no fruit this year. No tubs are waiting to be filled, and I’m on the hunt for apples to knead into my bread dough.… Continue reading

Down to the Crossroads at Medicine Beach

When Penderites say, “I’ll meet you at Medicine Beach,” they usually mean the shopping area parking lot, right?

Not to be confused with the beach itself or the Medicine Beach Nature Sanctuary.

I’m referring to the conglomeration of three Pender Island favourites at the foot of Schooner Way: Slow Coast Coffee, the Medicine Beach Liquor Store and its newest addition, Truss Farm Foods.… Continue reading

Road/Bridge Closures: Be Here Now!

The one-lane South Pender bridge will be closed for three weeks.

The Canal Bridge to South Pender will be undergoing deck repair starting next week, May 16 through June 4, 2022. That means the bridge will be closed intermittently for three weeks.

This may affect our Happy Monk bread deliveries to North Pender Island.

We’ve been trying to get more specific information.… Continue reading

A Podcast about Pender Island

Art Off the Fence 2018
The Pender community is beautifully illustrated in Chris Wakaluk’s amazing podcast, “The Stories that Brought You Here.”

How could I have missed this podcast?

This latest find, “The Stories That Brought You Here,” is a podcast made on Pender Island and all about Pender Island. It’s been active for four years, and I hadn’t heard of it until recently when two people independently mentioned it.… Continue reading

Thanne Longen Folk …

When Chaucer (left) wrote the Canterbury Tales in the 14th century, it was still largely ‘pre-first contact’ times. Spring meant similar things to people in England as the W̱SÁNEĆ people living on the islands in this part of the world. But the ways in which they were expressed, as in The Thirteen Moons of the W̱SÁNEĆ Year (right), were worlds apart!
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