Wednesday, August 15th dawns sunny and beautiful. After breakfast in the Breakfast Room of our motel (continental breakfast included in our room cost), we set out to explore more of the island. (You may notice that our two stops today are of interest to those of us of a certain age—yes indeed, saved especially for my Tuesday seniors post.)
We wander down to Fulford Harbour (one of the islands three ferry terminals). Ferries from Fulford go to and from Victoria on Vancouver Island.
The map, above, describes Fulford: "Colourful, bohemian Fulford has a spirit all its own. Its eclectic architecture and funky shops and cafes are well worth a visit..."
|Written on the wall (bottom): "Why are bees so important to our planet?"|
Ruckle FarmFrom Fulford we take Beaver Point Road and head toward Ruckle Provincial Park.
A historic map we buy at the Fulford General Store (where the old Underwood is on display) tells us that the park came into being when Gordon Ruckle sold his family's 1200-acre farm to the B.C. government in 1972. The land was declared a provincial park in 1975. However, there is still an old farm site to explore, complete with buildings set up in the pioneer way (though you have to peek in the windows to see the interiors).
Here are some of the farm buildings. (Turkeys are the farm's main inhabitants now. We overhear a little girl whining to her mom, "Too much poo!" In other words, watch your step!)
When it comes to the farmhouse, I get so carried away with photographing the interior through the windows, I forget about the outside of the house. Here are a couple of exterior views I found online:
take 2 (a panorama)
I feel like a peeping Tom as I go around poking my lens into every window I can find! I love the way the house is set up—as if the family has left and simply not come home, but could at any minute.
That's the end of our trip down nostalgia lane but not the end of Ruckle Park. We'll see more of this pretty spot in the days ahead.