Sunday, 7 August 2016


It's August, and Cora's new deck continues to delight us 
as more plants come into bloom.
This Lace Cap Hydrangea was blooming unseen in a crowded corner until Cora dragged it into its spot as one of the "Anchor Tenants" on this float. Look how happy it is here! And can you spot Kelly, peeping out 
like a garden gnome as she trims it?
Our next hope is that the Trumpet Vine on the
 Canoe Dock will grow down and intertwine with it!
The lilies that Kelly planted under the new herbs 
have started to poke through.
Stargazers and Casablancas like these....
....towered over this tub of Parsley.....but I was so busy smelling and picking them, that I forgot to take a picture.
These Oriental Lilies are happy in the Rosemary bed.
 The Sage and Mint are waiting for a fragrant rose 
to tower over them and climb the trellis.

And, as promised, Allen created a new perch for the Willow Cottage Barbecue to keep its feet dry in its spot under the Willow Tree....actually, Henk did all the work!
Here are several views of it to give 
some perspective on its location.
When the wood dries, it will be stained 
to match the rest of the area.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016


We know that it is indeed July when Cora heads to Italy for a well deserved break, and sends us pictures 
like this one of her view outside Assisi.
Before she left, she took several pictures of the new 
Herb Garden that she and Kelly started 
while we were still in La Paz.
Our hope for this garden area is that sights and scents will waft up from it as people come down the ramp
 to take out the canoes or feed the new baby ducklings. 
There are lots of new herbs getting themselves established and guests are welcome to pick them.
 One of our favourite creatures is standing guard 
over the rosemary.
And this Mexican frog keeps an eye on the dill 
as he waits to welcome Cora home in the fall.
Another Mexican garden buddy has been planted up and named Pancho, after one of our real La Paz amigos.
To add to the herbal aromas, we have underplanted most of the tubs with fragrant bulbs like this Stargazer Lily.

 Another sign of summer is that the hanging baskets
 which Kelly started from seedlings in May...
 Are now coming into bloom along the walkway between the Florida Room and our Floating Home.
They don't even mind the occasional rain!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016


To say that it has been a rainy winter on the river this year, would be dramatically understating the amount of wet stuff that fell. Many records were broken.
While we have been strolling along the Male├žon in sunny

 La Paz, and enjoying sunsets over the bay like this from the Bougainvillea garden on our balcony…
  ….back at the Duck Inn, Cora has been dealing with a lawn that turned into a swamp and almost swallowed the 
Willow Cottage barbecue. She rescued it and moved it
 to temporary safety at the top of the ramp.  
Kudos to guests who barbecued in the rain!
High on Allen’s Job List when we return in May will be building a new platform for it under the Willow tree.
We miss many blooming events in our garden while we enjoy the tropical flowers here, so Cora sends us glimpses of what happens when we're not there. We rarely see our Camelias in bloom, so here's one with Saint Francis.
 The rain dissolved our old chiminea in the wild corner, 
so Cora turned it into a rubble platform 
for Mexico's Virgin of Guadalupe
 When we left, the old swing was covered in vines and algae....Cora has given it a new lease on life.
 Fruit trees that were bare in January are now full of blooms. 
Dare we wish for cherries and apples later?
 Tulips came and went....
....and appeared often in Cora's flower arrangements.

Strawberries survived the rain and bring 
the hope of fruit this summer.

This Stone Crow, which was in Jill's Christmas stocking, came through the winter and is now part of 
the growing menagerie in our garden.
It joins Allen's Eagle, which still guards the crocus bed...
....against attacks from these and other rabbits.
This little woodpecker will have first pick of the spring grubs.
A tiny snail lights up a dark corner.
This squirrel has the best seat in the garden.
And these old swans still welcome Water Garden guests, 
while fending off the new growth on the vines.

Before we left for Mexico, Allen and his crew demolished several old wooden herb beds that were 
weighing down this corner of our dock. 
Cora has been rearranging the remaining planters and other
occupants to create a sunny winter sitting area.

A new birdhouse joined the many others.
Fresh chives sprouted here.
This little cardinal basks among the rhodos.... does faithful Henry, 
one of our favourite garden creatures.
Even this rooster, who lives in the office, 
came down to see what was happening.
And sunsets over the river may not be tropical, 
but they are beautiful. 
Here's one of many captured by Cora. 
The Weather Vane on the Florida Room was made by 
Neil Erickson, the artist who created many of
 the paintings in our house and the Duck Inn.

Saturday, 2 January 2016


December went by in a flash with the Ladner Carol Ships
starting the Christmas season as they have done
 for the last 40 years.
Whenever we....or our guests....attempt to photograph the parade, we get blurry results like this.

                   So we rely on the "Official Photos" published 
in the Delta Optimist.
Their photographer waits at the Government Wharf
 for the ships to arrive
 and then snaps them with his professional camera.
As always, The Provider, owned by the Botkin Family,
 leads the parade.
 Other ships follow
We hope that this Christmas tradition continues for 
many more years.

Back at the Duck Inn, the trees go up in the cottages.

Snow came lightly this year, and one of our regular guests got this shot of the first dusting on the North Shore Mountains.
And captured the snow falling on the river.

 HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us at the Duck Inn
Jill, Allen, Cora and especially Willow the Cat
....who will turn 18 soon and is still with us!