The following day we went to the music festival but I've posted about that before so this time I'm sharing photos of the marsh, the birds, and Paul and Wendy's garden.
The garden has to be completely fenced because of wandering deer and other creatures. They are growing some beautiful things there: food like these berries (plus the salad greens, squashes etc.) as well as flowers like the day lilies seen below. The garden is surrounded by tall fir trees that create a sanctuary feeling.
On our return trip we stopped at Parksville, the location of the 32nd annual Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition. Parksville has miles of lovely sandy beach and this is a summer destination for people on Vancouver Island.
We know one of the competitors, Ken Abrams, who also designed the arch for our garden. Here he is beside he and his partner's entry, titled In the Groove.
Since this is an international competition, some of the carvers are professionals. Here are a couple of entries from teams that came from Europe.
This one on the right is based on the song Fly Me to the Moon. And on the left, Breaking Through, shows women playing wind instruments emerging from blocks. All the carvings had a musical theme.