Stage 3, finally, the stage that really matters! We met Hornby face-to-face on Monday evening when we docked at the Hornby Island ferry terminal. It was pouring rain west-coast style when we arrived, but in some way it seemed fitting. I mean, we are residents of the best, I mean west, coast now aren’t we? At least for the next 7 months we are!
It took us about 10 minutes to get to Middle Mountain Mead from the ferry terminal. Do you remember the movie Fern Gully from when you were a kid? Well it felt kinda like that driving in. We were amongst GIANT trees, moss EVERYWHERE, and just this amazing sense of awe.
We got in just before sunset, so all we really had time to do was unpack the car into our little caravan. The caravan is essentially a tiny house on wheels, although it’s built to stay stationary for long periods of time. On the bottom level there is a couch, table, kitchen and a spare bedroom. Upstairs there is a loft space which serves as the second bedroom, and is where Aaron and I sleep. There is no bathroom in the caravan, so we use either the outhouse which is about 25 steps away, or we use the bathroom in the meadery, which is about 50 steps away. We will do a more comprehensive “tour” of our caravan, MTV “Cribs” style, a little later on in the blog, so if that isn’t a good reason to revisit the website, then I don’t know what is.
We then had dinner with our lovely hosts, Steve and Helen, in their house, which is just up the hill (about a 2 minute walk). We then headed back to the caravan and unloaded a few boxes before heading into a much needed
What really blew us away was what we woke up to. From our bedroom window, and everywhere at the farm really, you can see the ocean and the neighbouring island, Texada. We shoved food in our faces then headed uphill to the main house for a tour of the place. One awesome thing about Hornby Island is that you can garden year-round here, which explains why the tulips and daffodils are already in full bloom. It rarely goes below zero or snows in the winter, so they have a lot more options in terms of what they can grow.
Next came the animals. Oh the animals. The farm currently keeps 3 sheep, 3 rabbits and 6 chickens. One of the sheep, Heidi, just has twins 2 days before we arrived, so we got to hang out with baby sheep! Another one of the sheep, Freya, is pregnant and ready to pop any day now, so MORE BABY SHEEP! The third sheep, Bonnie, isn’t pregnant, but she makes up for it by being as friendly as a dog. She will literally walk right up to you, expect to be pet, nuzzle you and follow you around. Sign me up for animal duty, I’m sold.
Our first assignment as apprentices? GO EXPLORING! You don’t have to tell us twice, so we immediately hit the huge network of trails on the island, starting with the one that starts just outside the back gate of Middle Mountain Mead (M.M.M. backs onto crown land and Mount Geoffrey Regional Park). Our trail took us along one of the higher points on the island, so we had some pretty scenic look outs. We also came across a seriously magical waterfall. I’m telling you, this was some kind of movie worthy stuff, or at least it was to me because I have this crazy fascination with waterfalls.
We are here. We are Hornbians (actually I don’t know if that is a real thing), and we are excited.