8 am bus to Horseshoe Bay. 9 am ferry to Nanaimo ($15.80). 10:45 bus down island ($3.90). Arrive 11:40 am, noon ferry from Chemainus ($2.50) to Thetis Island. Arrive: 1:15. Five hours, about the same as a flight to Toronto.
We have: camera, film, rusks, library books, dolphin-free tuna, coffee, black-eyed peas in curry sauce, chili beans with tofu, tofu wieners, garlic, white wine, romano cheese, Italian bread, Tetley tea, orange spice tea, soy "bacon bits."
Overheard on ferry: "I like mashed potatoes made with heavy whipped cream." Older German tourist: "I'm going to catch a twenty-one foot salmon." And: "Campbell River, best fishing in the world. They do everything for you. All you have to do is bring yourself and decide what you're going to drink."
Captain Bill meets us at the Thetis ferry dock, 1:15 pm. We arrive Lawrence Spring Farm 1:30. Ann tells us what to feed whom when and where, hands us detailed chore list for more complete info. Bill demonstrates electrics, propane heater and clutch in truck. We hand over city apartment keys, tell them they can ignore the fax, the portaphone, the answering machine.
Ann breastfeeds Sheila as Bill fetches Stephanie from school. Then Peggy burps Sheila as Ann packs and Bill carries.
2:45: Bill, Ann, Stephanie, Sheila depart for 3:00 pm ferry. Saeko falls asleep reading the chore list (three pages); Peggy falls asleep reading library book, wakes in time to fetch Josie at the ferry. At 4:30 Peggy feeds the chickens, collects eggs (2); Saeko feeds five dogs, two cats. Peggy and Josie put the rabbits in the hutch. At 5:15 Peggy's dad arrives to take us to dinner.
Lasagna, Caesar salad, red wine, home-grown apples and pears, home-baked brownies. We go through the family photo album. 9:00 pm, arrive home: put dogs and chickens and selves to bed.