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One of my many jobs is with the Land Trust Alliance of BC. A few weeks ago the Executive Director and I took a field trip to visit one of our member land trusts, the Salt Spring Island Conservancy. Their office is situated at the Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve. We enjoyed very pleasant ferry rides to and from, a lovely lunch in Ganges overlooking the harbour, and a wonderful walk around the reserve. With the local bus, it’s easy to explore Salt Spring Island without a car. It was a most enjoyable day!

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The approach to Fulford Harbour. It’s just a 35-minute journey from Swartz Bay.

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Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve, Salt Spring Island. Once farmland, then a 9-hole golf course, now dedicated to nature and home to many species of animals and plants, many of which are endangered.

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A beautiful pond near the lake.

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Spring flowers all around.

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A shady spot by the creek. It was here I heard the song of a bird I had never heard before.

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Sitka columbine is just one of the many wild flowers growing at Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve, which has a native plant nursery on site.

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A fuzzy bee on a very beautiful iris. We had a few minutes to shop for snacks in Fulford Harbour before boarding the ferry home.

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Farewell Salt Spring Island, until next time.

I’m planning something big for the autumn and I couldn’t be more excited. This adventure will involve a lot of walking and so much drinking of tea. To prepare I am walking – taking little mini-adventures through the beautiful spring days in Victoria BC.

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Back in March I walked about 12 kilometres to Oak Bay and Fairfield. I collected our friend Annie along the way and we made a few stops in Oak Bay before ending up at Abkhazi Garden for tea. We enjoyed a delicious repast in the teahouse, seated in the window overlooking the garden.

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The garden was not quite at its peak of colour and vibrancy, but still beautiful. We enjoyed walking along the winding paths and meeting a feline visitor.

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Abkhazi Garden is owned and managed by The Land Conservancy (TLC). Read the story of “the garden that love built” here. Check out the teahouse here.