Islands Folk Festival, 2016

I camped at the Islands Folk Festival in Duncan BC. It was my first visit to this festival.

The festival is held at Providence Farm, a former convent of the Sisters of St. Ann, once a boarding school, now an organic farm. It accomodates a crowd of a about 2,000 (vaguely stated as a few thousand) comfortably. Site Map. There is trailer camping in the “Upper Field”, and tent camping on a treed hill – no parking spots or access roads.  There are a few wheelbarrows available for tent campers to move gear from the vehicle-accessible areas into the camp.  The tent area has shade and some shelter from the wind.

The main stage concert on Friday July 22 was opened by Matthew and Jill Barber, who performed songs from their new album.  They have a few original songs, but the album’s theme is songs that they have known and admired.  They did a cover of Ian Tyson’s Summer Wages, introduced with a story about summer jobs planting trees.  They shifted the emphasis away from the possessive angst of “… never leave your woman alone when your friends are out to steal her” to the reflective:

“… The dreams of the seasons are all spilled down on the floor”

“So I’ll work on them towboats in my slippery city shoes
Which I swore I would never do again
Through the grey fogbound straits where the cedars stand waiting
I’ll be far off and gone like summer wages”

They covered The Song of the French Partisan, citing Leonard Cohen as their main influence, joining Cohen, Buffy St. Marie and other artists.  Ironically, Joan Baez, already an apostle of non-violent resistance, covered this song of armed resistance in her 1972 album Come From the Shadows. They also cover Neil Young’s Comes a Time, referring to the time their parents lived in Winnipeg.

Oysterband played a double slot – nearly two hours.  They performed, as they do in other concert performances, songs from a repertoire, written and polished in a 40 year career.  I don’t miss a chance to see them when they come to BC. They have change their performing company.  John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer are still performing.  Veterans Lee Partis and Ray Cooper (Chopper) left in 2007 and 2012 respectively.

I was impressed by the arrangements and ensemble work of Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, at their concert in the daytime Spirit Stage venue. The busy and versatile Moira Smiley was with Jayme Stone and the project for this festival.

2015 Rides

This is was 2015 in a table, using the TablePress Plugin.

102.0Early in the year, walks, not logged
2015-03-0710.2Beaver & Elk Lake
2015-03-148.6Clover Point, Cook Street Village
2015-04-1110.2Beaver & Elk Lake
2015-04-1810.2Beaver & Elk Lake
2015-04-19Y24.9Lochside to Royal Oak
2015-05-0210.2Beaver & Elk Lake
2015-05-03Y30.5Lochside to Cordova Bay Rd (Mattick's Farm)
2015-05-0910.2Beaver & Elk Lake
2015-05-10Y40.9Central Saanichstan - Lochside to Island View (Michell's Farm)
2015-05-168.1Ramble downtown
2015-05-18Y52.9North Saanichstan - Lochside to Cy Hampson Park
2015-05-2310.2Beaver & Elk Lake
2015-05-24Y56.0North Saanichstan - Lochside to Cy Hampson Park, side trip to Hunt Valley
2015-06-07Y42.3Central Saanichstan - Lochside to Island View (Michell's Farm), with slight detours
2015-06-133.9Short Beaver & Elk Lake
2015-06-14Y41.1Central Saanichstan - Lochside to Island View (Michell's Farm)
2015-06-206.0Downtown walkabout
2015-06-21Y53.9North Saanichstan - Lochside to Cy Hampson Park
2015-06-28Y31.5Lochside to Cordova Bay Rd (Mattick's Farm)
2015-07-01Y60.0North Saanichstan, Lochside to Tulista Park, Sidney
2015-07-05Y31.5Lochside to Cordova Bay Rd (Mattick's Farm)
2015-07-09FX8.5Trek Store to Home and, short tuning
2015-07-11FX41.3Central Saanichstan - Lochside to Island View (Michell's Farm)
2015-07-12FX31.5Lochside to Cordova Bay Rd (Mattick's Farm)
2015-07-19No ride Vancouver Festival
2015-08-02FX41.6Central Saanichstan - Lochside to Island View (Michell's Farm)
2015-08-03FX36.6Dallas, Richmond to Oak Bay, Beach, Arbutus to Shelbourne; back by Lochside
2015-08-09FX52.0North Saanichstan - Lochside to Cy Hampson Park
2015-08-16Salmon Arm, no ride
2015-08-23Weather, no ride
2015-08-26No ride rain
2015-08-30Weather, ill, no ride
2015-09-05FX31.9Lochside to Cordova Bay Rd (Mattick's Farm)
2015-09-07FX43.6Central Saanichstan - Lochside to Saanich Historical Artifacts museum - past Island View (Michell's Farm)
2015-09-13FX59.7North Saanichstan, Lochside to Tulista Park, Sidney
2015-09-27FX31.5Lochside to Cordova Bay Rd (Mattick's Farm)
2015-10-04FX41.8Central Saanichstan - Lochside to Island View (Michell's Farm)

2014 Log


14-01-0410.2Elk & Beaver. Cloud.
14-01-1810.2Elk & Beaver. Mist, Cloud.
14-01-2510.2Elk & Beaver. Fog
14-02-0110.2Elk & Beaver
14-02-0810.2Elk & Beaver. Cold. Ice on Lakes
14-03-0810.2Lake high, bridge and path se of bridge under water
14-04-1210.2Sunny, clear, many fishers on shore and in boats
14-05-11Y34.6 Quadra to Bay, across the Gorge again by Selkirk Trestle, Galloping Goose to Old Island, back by Goose, Admirals, Gorge, Selkirk, Tyee, Blue Bridge.
14-05-11Reboot. Replaced battery in Cat Eye. Messed up reseting wheel diameter. Elastic in old (2003?) Sugoi shorts gone, so need to shop.
14-05-12Y17.7Dallas, Beach, Foul Bay, McNeil to Oak Bay Marina. Doubtful about new MEC brand shorts - but being back in the saddle is a change.
14-05-18Y31.9Goose, Lochside Trail to Cordova Bay Road.
14-05-24Y37.7Goose Trail, to Veterans' Parkway. Sat AM. Busy on trail and roads. Many road crossings required stops. Road rash - skinned knee. First aid question: put a bandage on an oozing scrape?
14-05-3110.2The usual
14-06-07Y34.7Dallas, Beach, Gordon Head, Arbutus, Grandview, Tyndal, Feltham. Came out on Shelburne - mistake. Sat AM traffic to the malls was heavy. Back by way of Cedar Hill Road, Quadra, Beacon Hill Park. The sun brought out the dandelions, a day of yardwork followed.
14-06-08Y40.1Dallas, Beach, Gordon Head, Arbutus, Grandview, Tyndal, Kenmore, Shelburne through Mt. Douglas, Royal Oak to Lochside, out to Cordova Bay Road, back by trails.
14-07-05*34Wellington Crescent, Assiniboine Park, Assiniboine Forest, Harte Trail, Moray Bridge, Woodhaven, Sturgeon Road, path along Sharpe & Silver, St. Matthews. * Mike, Me
14-07-06*35.8Wolseley, Assiniboine, Juba Way, Scotia, Settlers' Bridge, Gateway, Louise, downtown, Westminster, Wolseley. * Mike, me
14-07-1210.2The usual
14-08-03Y33.1Dallas, Fairfield, Foul Bay, Cordova Bay, U Vic, Gordon Head. Back by Cedar Hill and Quadra.
14-08-10Y41.6Goose, Lochside Trail to Ocean View (Michell's Farm)
14-08-17Y41.7Goose, Lochside Trail to Ocean View (Michell's Farm)
14-08-24Y43.9Goose, Lochside Trail to Ocean View (Michell's Farm), side on return to Market on Yates
14-09-0610.2The usual
14-09-1310.2The usual
14-09-2010.2The usual
14-11-0110.2The usual

4 Years of IT, WordPress

I made some IT changes in the past few years.  I bought a used HP desktop in 2011 – a 64 bit machine-  and put Windows 8 Developer edition (free at the time) on it.  I have stayed with Windows 8 – using the desktop interface. I have an iPad – a gift when I was sick.  But I tried to I stay out of the Apple universe except for iTunes and an iPod to play podcasts and music.

I tried out different browsers and by last year had gone back to Firefox – I was on the Nightly releases for 64 bit machines – which seemed to work fine.  I never liked MS Internet Explorer.  I started to use Chrome when I moved to an Android phone last summer. I chose to submit to Google rather than Apple or MS. Privacy is hard.

At work, we have had an IT “refresh” last week (finally) and moved to Windows 7 Enterprise for workstation OS and MS Office 2010 for tools. Goodbye to Vista.  MS had a good idea – an OS with security, but a slow and difficult program. MS is still selling desktop Office to enterprise buyers, but it is pushing the cloud-based licensing model for the “365” product for consumer buyers. Eventually we will all be tenant-serfs in someone’s better IT world.

I had kept up with Movable Type updates, but MT stopped providing updates to old purchasers (and a shrinking user and support community) so I made the switch to WordPress.

The Movable Type editor has 2 screens to compose entries as a body and an extended entry.  The MT export and the WP import put the 2 part entries into single entries.  “Pages” and tags did not convert. Links to photos and other “assets” in entries may point to addresses in my old MT static directory, but they work. Good enough.

2013 Log

2013 (no rides)

13-12-2510.4Elk & Beaver. AM. Light cloud. Some added distance trying to get angle to get photos of birds. GPS was showing the intervals from post to post along the posted trail correctly.
13-12-2110.1Elk & Beaver. AM. Cloud, mist & drizzle. The GPS seemed to add distance at the south end of the lake at the beginning and end of the walk, reasonable intervals. Final distance computed as 10.6, which is not right
13-12-14No walk, in transit from Halifax, all day
13-12-07Flying to Toronto
13-11-3010.1Elk & Beaver. Drizzle, rain. GPS reading after walk from parking lot was 140 m; this seems high. Final GPS distance 10.5, which is high.
13-11-2310.1Elk Beaver. GPS final reading 10.6. (AAWAS on !?)
13-11-1610.1Elk & Beaver. GPS added .5 before I started moving, GPS read almost 10.5 total.
13-11-1110.1Elk & Beaver. GPS added .1 in the first .5 at the south end, and .2 in the last .2 km at the southwest end of the lake. GPS read almost 10.4 total.
13-11-0910.4Elk & Beaver. Reloaded GPS was defaulted to Garmin normal, read 10.9 which is high, even with an extra trip from the parking lot to the lake.
13-11-0310.1Elk & Beaver. Sunny, cool. GPS seemed ok at south east, lost distance on the north and west trails, which are closer to the hills around the lake. Final reading just under 9.9. Went home, downloaded Garmin updates.
13-10-2610.1Elk & Beaver, GPS seemed to lose some distance in the first few km on the south and east. GPS distance recorded 9.9.
13-10-1910.1Elk & Beaver. Sunny, GPS measured 9.6
13-10-1310.1Elk & Beaver
13-09-2110.1Elk & Beaver, misty GPS measured 9.7
13-09-1410.1Elk & Beaver, misty GPS measured 9.8
13-09-0710.1Elk & Beaver, misty GPS measured 9.9
13-08-3110.1Elk & Beaver; distance 10.2? ; MA = 5.5
13-08-2410.1Elk & Beaver; distance 9.9? ; MA = 5.7
13-08-1710.3Elk & Beaver MA = 6.0
13-08-10Edmonton FMF
13-08-0310.1Elk & Beaver. No GPS
13-07-2710.1Elk & Beaver. No GPS
13-07-2010.1Elk & Beaver
13-07-1310.1Elk & Beaver
13-07-0610.1Elk & Beaver. GPS 10.3? A couple of side moves.
13-06-2910.1Elk & Beaver. GPS 10.0? Did not wait to start after resetting.
13-06-2210.1Elk & Beaver. Used WAAS/EGNOS setting on GPS instead of Garmin Normal. Reading 10.1.
13-06-1510.1Elk & Beaver, GPS distance 10.0
13-06-0810.1Elk & Beaver, GPS distance 9.8
13-06-0110.1Elk & Beaver. Cloudy. GPS normal again
13-05-2510.1Elk & Beaver
13-05-247.9Witty's Lagoon
13-05-1110.1Elk & Beaver. GPS distance 9.9?
13-04-2810.1Elk & Beaver. GPS distance 10.1
13-04-1410.1Elk & Beaver
13-03-2910.1Elk & Beaver. GPS calculated 10.2
13-03-234.6West, Broadway, Kitsilano to St. James Hall
13-03-1610.1Elk & Beaver. Water high - flooded path near outlet bridge. GPS again understating distance.
13-02-2310.1Elk & Beaver
13-02-1610.1Elk & Beaver
13-02-0910.1Elk & Beaver
13-02-0210.1Elk & Beaver. Lakes still high. Bridge closed but paths not flooded. GPS reporting 10.1, normal again. MA 5.8
13-01-1910.1Elk & Beaver. Cloudy. Temp. 0. GPS calculated 9.67 k.
13-01-1210.1Elk & Beaver. Temp. 0. GPS calculated 9.6 k. Water high enough to flood the bridge at the outlet into the Colquitz River.
13-01-0110.1Elk & Beaver. Cloud.

2012 Log

12-01-01VCKC New Year' Day Paddle. Voyageur. Craigflower River.
12-01-0610.1Elk & Beaver. Cloud, light rain.
12-02-0410.1Elk & Beaver
12-04-0610.1Elk & Beaver. Sunny - around 10 degrees. Moving average 5.6.
12-04-07Last year I started to ride in March a few weeks after going home, within weeks after my stroke. On the first ride in March, I had a moment of instability at the Saanich Road crossing on the Lochside related to disengaging the clips to stop for traffic. It was momentary and did not deter me from riding. In early May I perceived some dizziness while walking - carrying something heavy.I became concerned that I was not managing my balance and that low blood pressure due to medications was affecting my balance. I spent time walking until I was sure I could maintain pace over distance. I started driving and got used to velocity and traffic. I have goals to get back on the bike this year.
12-04-07Dragon Boat - open practice
12-04-08Y33.9Goose-Lochside to Lochside Park (fastball fields and soccer pitches beside the Cordova Bay Golf club near the Matttick's farm mall). Cloudy. Wind from the north and east. Detour at the end of the Johnson Street Bridge for the construction site of the new bridge.
12-04-10Dragon Boat Team, first practice
12-04-12Dragon Boat Team practice - rain and cold.
12-04-1410.1Elk & Beaver.Moving average 5.6. Today the GPS calculated 10.1 km distance as did last summer. It has shown 9.9 though the winter.
12-04-22Y39.6Downtown to the Sussex, then on the Goose-Lochside to Michell's farm at Ocean View. AM. Sunny, light cloud. Congested. Skaters, dogwalkers, family groups with little ones wobbling about. Preoccuped/focussed soccer parents filling the lot at the pitches out at the golf course. The distance is not precise. I put a new battery in the odometer, which reset it to miles and reset the wheel circumference. I had to reconstruct/estimate the distance, taking the downtown side trips and the bridge detour into account.
12-04-22Dragon Boat - open practice
12-05-06Y63.5Goose-Lochside to Sidney. Sunny. Sunday AM and early PM. Detours downtown at the start due to the Navy parade for the Battle of the Atlantic. Side trip down Hunt|Welch and Martindale.
12-05-13Y65.6Goose to Sooke, past Rocky Point Road, past the Free Range Chicken signs. Sunny, warm.
12-05-19Y53.1Sunny, clouds in the distance. Coastal route to Mt Douglas, Royal Oak, across to Beaver Lake, on the trail by the lakes, the shoulder of the Pat Bay Highway and Elk Lake Rd back to Royal Oak, then on the trails - Lochside and Goose - back in.
12-05-26The rides are going well. The rides on the dedicated trails involve passing between posts every time the trail crosses a road or transitions between sections shared with cars and the dedicated sections. I have always seen the posts but, with a few exceptions never consciously tried to aim for a particular line or path. This year - it must be a post stroke "deficit" - I am edgy about the line but working through the nerves.
12-05-26Dragon Boat: GRPC Gorge Sprints
12-05-27Y54.4Sunny, turning to cloud around noon. Strong south wind. Coastal type of trip to Mt Douglas then by Royal Oak to Lochside and out to the Saanich museum, and back.
12-06-03KA29.6Cloudy with a threat of rain. Around 15 degrees C. Windy. Out to U Vic and Gordon Head by Cordova Bay Road, back by Cedar Hill and Cook. Some hills. The bike is set up nicely but SPD pedals are not meant for stop and go in traffic.
12-07-07Dragon Boat: Nanaimo Festival
12-07-2810.1Elk & Beaver. MA 5.5
12-08-0410.1Elk & Beaver. MA 5.5
12-08-0610.2Elk & Beaver. MA 5.6
12-08-1110.1Elk & Beaver, MA 5.6
12-08-18Dragon Boat: Victoria Festival
12-08-2510.1Elk & Beaver, MA 5.7
12-09-0110.1Elk & Beaver. The GPS calculated 9.9 for what I know is a 10k + route. This happens some days.
12-09-0810.3Elk & Beaver MA 5.5. GPS Normal.
12-09-1510.3Elk & Beaver MA 5.6
12-09-2210.2Elk Beaver MA 5.9
12-09-2910.1Elk & Beaver MA 5.8
12-10-075.3Winnipeg: Sunstone Coffee to Teresa's House
12-10-2010.1Elk & Beaver. GPS calculated 9.8
12-10-2810.1Elk & Beaver Cloudy, but not raining. Rowers out on Elk Lake
12-11-0410.1Elk & Beaver; First day of standard time. GPS calculated 8.9
12-11-1110.1Elk & Beaver; Cool,cloudy, some drizzle. GPS calculated 9.8
12-11-1710.3Elk & Beaver; Cool,cloudy, some drizzle.
12-11-2410.1Elk &Beaver
12-12-0810.1Elk & Beaver cloud. GPS calculated 9.8. MA 5.7
12-12-2110.1Elk & Beaver. Cloud. MA 5.8. GPS=9.9
12-12-30Y12.5Around Elk & Beaver. Started at Hamsterly Beach (north end of Elk), wet muddy trails to south end, Elk Lake Road and shoulder of 17 north to start.
12-12-3010.1Elk & Beaver. Cloud. GPS= 9.8?

2011 Log

11-01-01VCKC New Year' Day Paddle. Ice on Portage Inlet.
11-01-099.6Elk & Beaver Lake Loop. Cool, windy.
11-01-1612.8Goose from Cooper's Cove to Matheson Lake. Down to the lake, along the creek to Roche Cove, and up to the Goose. Cold and cloudy but clearing and becoming sunny and a little warmer. VCKC gang: Tony, Herb, Bon, Ronnie, Carolyn, Sandy, Marie, Bob E., Barb.
11-01-24Medical event - stroke - admitted to VGH
11-01-24Medical event - stroke - admitted to VGH
11-02-15Discharged from VGH
11-02-15Discharged from VGH
11-02-20Urban seaside hike/walk Inner Harbour.
11-03-20Y32.7home to MEC and Blue Bridge , then Lochside trail to Sayward Hill, cloudy, cool 9-10 C, North wind. First ride post stroke
11-03-23Y12.1Home to West Vic and up Craigflower to Vinnie's on Craigflower at Tillicum. Donation drop.
11-04-15Y5.4New route. Downtown Y. Niagara to Douglas, west side of Beacon Hill Park, North to Superior/Southgate. East on Southgate along north edge of Park to Quadra. North on Quadra up hill to Burdett, past Anglican cathedral, left turn onto Courtney, stop at Y (2.99 k.). Return south on Quadra to Southgate. West on S/S to Menzies, South to Simcoe (Thrifry's), west to Croft, coasted down Croft to Niagara.
11-04-16Y6.3Y with added loop.
11-04-17Y7.2Home to Sussex Bldg (2.1), to James Bay Thrifty's, to Sussex Bldg, then home.
11-04-20*Y31.0Goose to Old Island Hy at Wales Road; *Mike & Tony
11-04-22*Y34.9Lochside to Royal Oak, Royal Oak to W. Saanich,return. *Mike & Tony
11-04-30Y26.9Errands on a sunny cool Sat AM. Several destinations and exploratory sides. First, to Sussex Bldg for candy drop, Fort to Oak Bay,Fernwood/Cedar Hill to Cedar Hill X, Lumberworld on Quadra to check out Makita accessories , Goose fo Gorge, Hillside to Quadra, Wooden Shoe for groceries and Sambal, Down Quadra to park, Southgate/Superior to Oswego, Niagara, home
11-05-08Y11.1Errands on a cloudy cool Sun AM.
11-05-19Y8.5Errands. To Bank and ICBC Services on Wharf and Capital Iron. Sunny, breezy, cool.
11-05-20Y5.4Errands. Sunny but cool at 8 AM.
11-05-21*Y51.1Home to VCKC, side streets to Tillicum Mall, Colquitz River trail to Goose, Goose to fork, Lochside to Waddling Dog,return to switch Bridge, Goose to Blue Bridge, home.Cloudy, light rain 9 to 10:40 am. *Me, Herb, Bon
11-05-22*10.0Prospector Trail, Goldsteam Park. Many black Licorice slugs. At the end of the hike, a long way off, a bear sighted. *Herb, Bon, Ronnie, Ed, Shelley, Gary, Anne, Barb.
11-05-28Y11.2Home to Y, then to GO Rowing, cloudy in the AM, some drizzly, Road closed at the Leg (Belleville, Superior and Government) for the Tour de Victoria finish.
11-06-04*Y61.9Home, Goose to Rocky Point Road. Stop at My-Chosen Cafe,rural Mechosin. Sunny, 21, breezy. * Me, Herb, Diane, Bob
11-06-05*8.5Ridge Trail in Gowlland Tod including Holmes Peak and Jocelyn Hill. Sunny and clear, light breezes off the inlet. *Herb, Ronnie, Barb, Gary, Anne, Julian, Margaret
11-06-18*KA22.6James Bay by Dallas to Oak Bay Marina, Oak Bay sides. *Me, Herb, Bon, Christine
11-06-199.8Beaver & Elk Lake Loop. Nice day. Saunders Subaru Triathlon was on.
11-06-239.8Beaver & Elk Lake
11-06-2610.1Beaver & Elk Lake
11-07-0110.1Beaver & Elk Lake Loop
11-07-0311.1Beaver & Elk Lake Loop plus. Cloudy at first, but sunny as the day ripened. A low moving average with some slow segments checking for the marker posts. There is a post at the S/W corner marked 0/10 on the 10 k loop. There are posts at 8,7,6,5, 4,3,2 and 1 k going clockwise. I must have missed the post early on the wrong fork in the trail.
11-07-0610.1Elk & Beaver. Found all the posts..
11-07-0910.1Elk & Beaver.
11-07-1110.1Elk & Beaver.
11-07-1710.1Elk & Beaver.
11-07-1910.1Elk & Beaver.
11-07-2310.1Elk & Beaver.
11-07-2510.1Elk & Beaver.
11-07-3010.1Elk & Beaver.
11-08-0710.1Elk & Beaver.
11-08-1410.1Elk & Beaver.
11-08-2110.1Elk & Beaver.
11-08-2810.1Elk & Beaver.
11-09-0410.1Elk & Beaver.
11-09-1710.1Elk & Beaver
11-09-2410.1Elk & Beaver.
11-10-0210.1Elk & Beaver. Cool. Moving average 5.5 kph. Regatta at Rowing Center.
11-10-0810.1Elk & Beaver. Foggy, cool. 8:30am. Moving average 6.0 at 3 k, 5.6 at 8.5 k. Lost satellites and GPS.
11-10-2910.1Elk & Beaver.
11-11-1210.1Elk & Beaver. Cool, barely above zero. Low battery in GPS which acted out in the cold by adding 2 k of distance and boosting the moving average. Calculated average not valid.
11-11-1910.1Elk & Beaver. Below 0, sunny, wind on exposed shore. GPS was slow to engage, lost a few hundred meters including walking on black ice in parking lot at the start. Moving average 5.7.
11-12-0210.1Elk & Beaver. Afternoon, sunny. GPS did not read the first 90 seconds moving as moving and added stopped time when I was not stopped. and missed some distance. Moving average 5.5.
11-12-1210.2Elk & Beaver. Sunny, clear, cold. Some ponds, many small puddles and bit of Beaver Lake had ice. A few meters extra, going back for power bar left in the car. The time in the Trip Computer restarts after clearing the timer so a walk normally starts after 30-60 seconds stopped time on the clock. Moving average 5.6.
11-12-3110.1Elk & Beaver. Moving Average 5.6.


I had a stroke in January. I was unconscious for a few days, hospitalized for a couple of weeks and off work for a few months.

I was hypertensive.

I thought I had been cooking healthy i.e. not using more salt than a recipe required etc.

My blood pressure dropped with medication during my recovery. My blood pressure got into a good range when I eliminated salt by switching to no sodium added broths and vegetables in cooking,baking bread in a bread machine on a lower salt formula for the recipes I was using and avoiding fast food, processed meats, cheese and processed (factory cooked) products.

2010 Log

2010 Log

10-03-20Y40.5Michell's Farm (Island View Road). Out and back along the Lochside Trail. First ride of the year. Sunny, above 10 degrees, cool breeze from the north east.
10-03-28Canoe course - vckc- Lake Water level 1 - basic tandem paddling strokes. On the Gorge.
10-04-03Canoe course - vckc- Lake Water level 1 & 2. Rescues in the Esquimalt Rec Center pool. Lake Water level 2 (solo canoe) on the Gorge.
10-04-10VCKC Canoes. Day paddle from Pat Bay around the end of the Peninsula and out in at the park in Sidney. An interesting day in relatively calm water the day after a huge storm.
10-04-18Y55.4The Goose to Bennett Road. There has been some construction since last fall - there is new asphalt as far as Wales. It is now all paved from downdown to Wales, except for 700 m. of gravel east of Burnside. Out and back, turned off at Tillicum on return, through Esquimalt. Mixed sun and cloud, 12 degrees, quite windy.
10-04-22Y70.8Almost to Sidney. The forecast changed in last day. It turned out to be sunny and about 12 degrees at 9 AM, and stayed clear, with a haze and distant cloud over the Olympics. The wind got brisk, mainly from the east, more from the south closer to the Strait in the early PM. I did the basic loop around the shore and up to Mt Douglas, across Royal Oak to Elk Lake, along the lakeshore. Lots of horses - there was an equestrian poker derby. Out of the park and then along Oldfield, East Saanich Road to Saanichton (stopping for coffee at the former Robin's) and down to McTavish, then back home by the Lochside. The new cranks are working well. I have little twinges but no discomfort, if I stretch and flex to work out the kinks in my right hip before I ride.
10-04-25Y5Local in James Bay. Three short rides to test the location of the cleats in my new shoes.
10-06-20Y70.2The Goose to Matheson Lake and back. About 31 k. on asphalt, the rest on gravel, evergreen needles and horseshit. There has been rain, so the dust was not a problem. At the western end of the ride, the roadbed is soft in places. It was cool day, windy, from the east, mainly cloudy. Parts of the ride were in shade. There are some great views out in East Sooke - I need to remember to take a camera. The last 8 k on the ride out seem easy - with wind and grade. The ride back was tougher, with fatigue, running into an east wind, and the train grade for the first 7 or 8 k. after turning around. The shoes seem to be set up well. I may tinker with cleat angle on the left to get the knee and ankle lined up a little better.
10-07-04Y60The Goose - 30 k out and back. Cloudy most in the AM and most of the early PM. Fairly windy. I have taken a few weeks off. It has been to take time for work related travel, to attend to housework and yardwork, to canoe (a camping trip in May and several outings in my new Clipper Solitude) or to avoid crappy weather - rain and wind. I had some problems today with endurance, but my chronic complaints about right with hip, knee and foot not, fortunately, being a factor.
10-07-110Wind, some rain, work. No ride
10-07-180Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival. 2 day event. No ride
10-07-25Y63.1Lochside to Sidney. Sunny most of the day. Strong east winds, with a little veering. The start and finish were held up by a tourist event, Deuce days. Belleville was closed in front of the Leg. Government was closed from Superior to past the Empress. Wharf was closed. This caused a gridlock and isolated James Bay from the rest of Victoria.
10-09-05Y67.7Sunny day, hot, intense bright sun. Temperature about 24, humid. Winds up to ESE 10 kph, steady, with some sustained pressure in exposed areas. It was the Beach Drive route to Mt. Douglas, Royal Oak across to Elk Lake, Lakeside trail, Oldfield etc to Saanichton, Wallace along the ridge, then down to and across the Pat Bay Hy., onto Lochside and back into Victoria.
10-09-18Y59.1Galloping Goose to Taylor Road, return. Cloudy, mid teen temp. Long sleeve jersey, shorts.
10-09-25*Y39.6VCKC to Tillicum Mall, Galloping Goose & Lochside to Waddling Dog (almost Sidney), return. Cloudy, temp mid teens. * Tony, Bon, Diane, Herb
10-10-02*Y30.8Juan de Fuca Library to My-Chosen Cafe, Mechosin via Galloping Goose and West Shore side roads. Warm, mixed sun and cloud. *Tony, Bon, Diane, Herb
10-10-16*KA42.3Starting at the end of Wallace Drive at West Saanich Road, Wallace to Brentwood Bay. W. Saanich to Pat Bay. Around the airport and across the Highway at Beacon to Sidney. South on Lochside to Mt. Newton X Road, West and then Wallace Drive back to Brentwood Bay and return to start. Cloudy early, becoming sunny. Temps starting cool, warming to 16 plus. *Tony, Bon, Diane, Herb
10-10-17Hike. Figure 8 around Thetis Lakes. VCKC Group: incl. Herb, Carolyn, Sandy, Marjorie, Marie, Ronnie, Diane N.
10-10-24*Y36.6Galloping Goose from Sooke Road, at Cooper's Cove to Leechtown and the end of the trail, with excursions to sites along the trail. Sunny day, cool in the shade on the trail. *Tony, Herb, Diane, Sam, Christine
10-10-30Hike - 8? Km. Mt. Douglas, Up and down and around, clockwise. Cloudy, showers. VCKC Group: Ronnie, Diane N., Barb, Carolyn, Sandy, Bob E.,
10-10-31*Y63.2Juan de Fuca Library to Sooke, via Goose. Cloudy. 12-14 degrees. *Tony, Herb
10-11-07*Hike. About 5 Km. East Sooke Park. Aylard Farm, Coast Trail to Beechey Head, back by Interior trail. Mixed sun and clouds. * Tony, Herb, Barb.
10-11-11*10Beaver-Elk Lake. Some rain early, becoming sunny. VCKC Group. *Tony, Barb, Wendy, Anne A, Gary A, Diane.
10-11-1312.4Beaver-Elk Lake main shoreline trail, branched off north to Bear Hill Summit then closed the loop. Cloudy, drizzle, rain in the PM.
10-11-14*9.8East Sooke Park. Aylard's Farm, Interior Trail to Babbington Hill summit, Cabin Point, Coast Trail to Beechey Head and back to farm. Cloudy, wet after rain, but not raining on hike. VCKC Group: *Tony, Herb, Ed, Sam, Marie L.
10-11-28*Paddle, Elk Lake shoreline from Hamsterly Beach around to narrows, across and back. Foggy, become dense. Solo Clipper. * Tony, Herb, Brian C, Jenn, Sam & Christine in kayaks.
10-12-069.6Elk & Beaver Lake. Cool. Ice on trail in places, relic of snow last weekend.

MT 5.01

I haven’t been writing much since 2006, with nothing to say for several months. When I tried to enter some posts and clean up some presentation issues, MT presented some odd behaviour. In fact I was unable to write or edit entries in Opera (which has become my browser of choice) which was probably related to the way Opera handled Java scripts. That seems to have gone away with an Opera upgrade and a reinstall of Java.
MT had been upgraded in the last year, including the release of version 5 in January 2010. I began the upgrades a couple of weeks ago. This was a more demanding upgrade. I installed MT 5.01 by a clean install. At that point I got lost on the upgrade path until I remembered – basically learned again – some of the server side file structure. Once I figured out which folder was my Web Root, I got the uploaded files in the right directories and CHMOD-ed and got the mt-configure.cgi file reading right.
MT tried to supersede many plug-ins and to revise the handling of templates – basically allowing for the incorporation of some pieces of the old templates in new widgets or template modules. I refreshed MT templates, lost some of the features in the sidebars on my old templates I have to go back and edit some templates to get some content back on line but it’s on track again. On the positive side, this brings a lot of old files up to date and gives me a lot of new options. Assuming that I start to write again.