First Day in Courtenay

Today I woke at 4:00 AM to sunshine peaking over the horizon and into the bedroom window. At 6:00 AM I gave up trying to sleep and arose to greet the sunny day. Here’s the morning view from our living room windows.

The forecast is for increasing heat for several days and this day started it. It quickly rose into the 70’s. We started the day with a walk along the estuary. The trail goes through a small wetland conservancy and then toward town. Jean and I found lots of places to paint in the coming days.


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After lunch we headed out to tour some local wineries. During the afternoon we managed to visit and taste at 40 Knots, Beaufort, and Coastal Black wineries. The first two make a wide selection of grape wines and Coastal Black makes apple and berry wines/ciders. Tasting was lots of fun and did result in the purchase of some bottles to be reviewed at some future date when we partake of them. These wineries also had beautiful scenery. We strolled around 40 Knots where they have interesting information posted about the growing process. They are organic and use chickens, ducks and sheep to keep the grass, weeds, and bugs at bay. Beaufort has a tremendous view of snow capped mountains.

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So ends another day. Here is the message I will impart as we sit down to dinner.


About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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3 Responses to First Day in Courtenay

  1. Jean-Paul Dumont says:

    Lovely once more. I now expect some art work to be produced as a follow up to this trip. If you taste it all, the straight lines will all be wavelike. Hum? Is this what we can call poetic licence?
    It seems that you also enjoy great weather, which is nice indeed.

  2. Carolyn Raham says:

    We could use some 70’s weather wise! Here in Missouri it has been unrelenting in the 90’s!

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