Halfway between Victoria and the ferry. This farm is just down the hill from my mom’s house, where I’ve been staying for the last couple of nights. She loves living here, buying her eggs and tomatoes directly from the farms that produce them, and taking her fox hound Stella for walks on the beach every day. She retired a year ago after almost three decades in the fire service; now she volunteers as Director of Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Planning for the Saanich peninsula.

Tomorrow is her birthday, the real reason for my island visit… happy birthday Jackie!