The trip was so easy! The Express Horseshoe Bay bus arrived at its stop shortly after I arrived and I got a seat for the long drive. It was a beautiful warm drive to the Bay and a short wait for the ferry. The ride over was spent talking to a Missionary who had spent six years in Uganda.
I walked to the Artisan VIllage for breakfast (straight up) and called David and Aubin. They were home and happy to have me visit. They have two-and-a-half spectacular acres on a hillside on Bowen. When I got there, they were in the Orangerie…
|The orangerie; the citrus plants are outdoors for the summer |
but the grapefruit and passionfruit remain inside.
This is David's favourite place — its warm in winter.
|This is a special kind of swimming pool for Aubin.|
She has a nasty arthritis and this will host her aqua therapy.
It will also host more exotic fruit and coffee plants.
|Lotus is growing in a small tank.|
|This is inside the guest cabin that is heated with a small|
wood-burning stove. It is cozy and beautiful.
|It's the details that impress, like this downspout.|
|This is a trail, off the house, that leads to the little orchard.|
|David amongst his flocks.|
|This is what I call "the lower forty" where there are zillions|
of grapes that they use to press the best grape juice you will ever drink.
|We harvested this luscious sweet warm plums. I ate five.|
|The fire pit. There are little areas all over and each has a name.|
This is a lovely place to sit at night and stay warm.
|The kiwi fruit goes nuts and David and Aubin get a massive harvest. |
They sell some fruit in the Bowen Market.
|The lily is in this pond. It is huge and man-made. We built it|
under David's direction when he first moved here. The land
was raw forest when he bought it. He has built everything you see.
|Currents and grapes.|
|The vegetable garden.|
|The hop arbour.|
|Another detail in the little outdoor theatre |
area where concerts can be held.
|More plums on an arbour.|
|This would be a lovely croquet lawn except the shortage of|
water on Bowen prevents proper maintenance so it is a kids
play area that Aubin hopes to fill with wild flowers.
|The small pond by the house. All ponds|
have lots of small fish.
|Garlic harvest: differing grades for differing purposes.|
|A massive workshop hosts much of the equipment the place|
needs to maintain it and for harvesting and processing all the fruits
and vegetables. It is a arboretum and very diverse garden.
|The root cellar.|