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ferryYes, that’s right. I love the ferry trip. Let me count the ways:

1. It is frequent. Every two hours in the off season, with extra sailings in July, August and holiday weekends.  Much better service than exists for the Gulf Islands.

2. It is just the right length.  The forty minute crossing is long enough to relax with a cup of coffee or enjoy a B.C. Burger. Just when you think to wonder how much longer, you’re there.

3. It is reasonably priced. Yes, I really think so. Travellers pay only one way to the Sunshine Coast (take that, Gulf Islands!). You can also get an Experience Card that gives you a significant discount on every fare.  With this discount, my ‘walk-on’  fare is just under $9.00 return!  A bargain.

4. It is usually on schedule. Not always, but generally quite reliable.

5. The scenery is lovely. Say no more.

6. One of the captains is quite a card: Love to listen to his messages wishing everyone a lovely weekend.

7. It takes me to one of my favourite places (and away again, unfortunately.)

So there is a by-no-means complete list of great things about the ferry service to the Sunshine Coast. The ferry corporation doesn’t get a lot of good press, but my experiences have been generally very positive.

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Awesome flavours, great value.

Awesome flavours, great value.

It occurs to me that when I am blogging about crude plywood shelving, it is time to cast my eye a bit further abroad.

Without further ado, here is the first in a 10 part series about just some of the great things Gibsons has to offer.

We almost never pass up a chance to stop into Mike’s Place in Gibson’s Landing for a cone. We always order the kids cones, which offer a very generous portion, especially if you take my advice and ask to have two flavours. The cost is $1.50, and  I challenge you to find a bigger cone at a comparable price anywhere. 

We consider ourselves gelato experts, having each eaten an average of two cones a day while travelling in Italy a few years back.  Mike’s gelato definitely measures up. The cone on the right is my current favourite:  Caramel Pecan Drumstick on top and Wild & Reckless (vanilla, chocolate and raspberry) underneath. 

Mike’s offers free wifi and also has a Fan Page on Facebook, FYI.  Next time you are in Gibsons, be sure to check it out.

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Don’t you just love that line in A&E’s Pride and Prejudice?  I never thought I’d get to use those words myself. 

The storage room at the cottage is where we strive to keep supplies and clean linens for rentals neatly organized along side our personal effects. We had a system of Rubbermaid tubs, but accessing the correct tub could be a bit fraying. Always, it was our intention to get in there and “sort it out!”  And this weekend, fittingly known as Labour Day, we did just that.  Gutted it, cleaned it and Cottager erected the most basic of plywood shelves on the approximate dimensions of 22″ (deep)  x 4′ (wide) and 22″ (high).Eureka! – we are organized.

Once again, the covered deck came to the rescue, as the project was able to go ahead despite some squally weather.

Cottager was able to stay with the task, through wind and rain.

Cottager was able to stay with the task, through wind and rain.

We may get around to painting these shelves some day, but I doubt it. They are what they are.

Very basic shelving is all that was called for.

Very basic shelving is all that was called for.

Finally, we can put our hands on what we need at a moments notice. A few more bins are required, and then clear plastic sleeves will make changing labels and reorganizing, when required, the work of a moment. 

Now if only the rest of my life was so tidy...

Now if only the rest of my life was so tidy...

 Now about this shed:  We’ll be saying prayers of Thanksgiving when we tackle this one. But Cottager’s new roof looks good and the contents are nice and dry.  Just . . . need . . . one more . . .day. . . at cottage!

disorganized shed awaits its turn

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