I love this time of year on the homestead. And this year has, like all of BC, been especially warm and early. Not that that is exactly a good thing. I heard that we have 15% of the snow pack than usual so we’re likely facing serious water shortages. Thankfully we now have a cistern and it’s full of water that we have in abundance in the winter. We’ll see how we do this summer…
But everything is so green, and the peonies, dogwood and lilacs are blooming. We cleaned out the pond and put an aerator in to keep the algae down and it looks so nice- we’ll see how long it lasts with this warm weather. Francois has been awesome about keeping up on the mowing- a job I was happy to have him take over!
Speaking of Francois it’s been one year since his return to Twisted Vine, and he and Zena are as happy as ever, despite the fact that he and Dan have been working on Hornby Island doing the reno on Marc and Deirdre’s house since August. That job, it seems, is coming to an end thankfully (for us all!) I can’t wait to see the end product!
We have no end to the projects around here (as usual), but they’ve been slow to happen. We really are hoping the composting toilet building will be finished before the Jamboree (we said that last year!) but I’m not holding my breath. First it looks like we might do the new shed out at the driveway…
There’s been lots of music going on in my life- when I didn’t get the tasting room superviser job at bue Grouse I took it as a sign that I should be doing more music, and we certainly are! Genevieve and the Wild Sundays are going to have a pretty busy season! And we just finished our first mini off-island tour to the Kootenays, which was awesome: such wonderful hosts, gorgeous scenery and so fun to share our music with such receptive crowds!
I also had the thrill of performing at the Vancouver Island Music Awards having been nominated for Country recording of the Year for “Farmer Ain’t in the Dell”. Marc Atkinson took home Producer of the Year for my album “Updraft”- so cool!
Even though I didn’t get the position at BG, I will still be working there. The winery is having a grand opening of the tasting room on May 23, and that’ll be fun and crazy. It’s a huge space. I can’t quite wrap my head around it yet, but supposedly I will have my first shift in the new building this week!
I can’t wait to play with the band there! The Sweet Lowdown (who played an amazing sold-out house concert here this spring) will be playing at the grand opening.
I’ve been as creative as ever with my song-writing: hoping to make another album, this time with the Wilds. But I have so many songs that I could almost do another solo album… better sell a few more of the first though!!
The kids are growing almost as fast as the weeds in the garden. Soccer season is over but Zylo will keep doing soccer camps and clinics. Francois has had the kids doing all manner of outdoor sports this year: snowboarding, boogie boarding, kayaking, rock climbing… and that’s just been this winter!! Summer here we come….