This week was a busy week for Sir G, H20h, & I, bucking & chopping a stack of wood for Jude L & D Kirk.
Thursday the 6:30am drizzle at the ferry dock turned Sir G & I back from a cruise on the SGI Mayne.
You might think we are wimps or wanting to get back to the boudoir but actually PB emailed (or was that Texted or Twittered) just in time to tell us it was pouring on Mayne.
To make up for it, Paul B invited me over to the May day parade, which we never saw having spent the day in the Tudor Jennings woods. Following is some of the interesting aspects of people on Mayne, authored by
Ian & Heather:
“Hi Dave, Today the Mayne Island Conservancy celebrated May Day. Many Islanders created costumes of Spring flowers including the lovely and invasive Scotch Broom. Rob Underhill, who has been volunteering to chop at Tudor`s property, was most original in devising a costume made from large pieces of Fir bark (from our woodshed), attaching them together in such a way that he truly looked like a Fir tree. I am sure he could stand in the forest and blend in perfectly! Heather”
We meet many good and interesting people in our wood chopping adventures and our neighbour Tudor Jennings is certainly one of them. His home is London, England but his heart is in the Canadian wilderness. He is a method writer whose latest novel is being written from his secluded 10 acre spread on Mayne Island. Tudor likes to feel the life and times of the characters he writes about and he enjoys many adventures into the bush and forests which surround his cabin. He lives there with few luxuries, packs in his water and supplies and keeps his fish company, which is living in his rainwater barrel. Heather always has tea and cookies ready for him when he arrives through the bush dragging his massive bag of laundry. We never know what colour Tudor’s hair will be when he arrives for his visits but whatever the colour, what is below the hairline never changes. His generosity shows in the many cords of wood he has donated. Being a Greenangels wood chopper is a great way to uncover all those good people that you never seem to meet otherwise.
Ian: let Tudor know that Pender’s famous author, who has a great head of hair, sticks to one colour. Hint: He sells a lot of books.
As you all know, the Choppers have supported numerous Mayne initiatives & I thought the following information, from one of the Mayne Greenangels Choppers’, might be of interest”
Here is a quick overview of what the Mayne Island Conservancy is hoping to work on over the next year, thanks for your interest and support! Please let me know if there is any other information you would like, or if you would a more detailed breakdown of the project. As I mentioned, we have received funding approval from Ecoaction for the project, but they require matching funds from non-federal sources and we were not successful in some of our other grant applications. Therefore any funds we can raise in the next few weeks will make a huge impact because we will get matching funds from Ecoaction.
Community-Based Conservation Action Project
The Community-Based Action Project will empower community members to take conservation actions where they live. Often people unwittingly disturb sensitive ecosystems and given the knowledge would act differently. Conservation, restoration, education and volunteer actions will target sensitive ecosystems including wetlands, marine riparian and Garry Oak ecosystems. A broad section of the community will be reached by inviting participation in friendly photo and Biggest Tree contests. Training workshops, beach walks, school field trips and volunteer opportunities will equip community members with knowledge and the tools to take conservation actions.
The Mayne Island Conservancy Society will lead on the ground action such as an early detection rapid response program for the management of invasive species. This resource efficient management style focuses on detecting invasive species introductions quickly and applying management action while the extent of the spread is small. Some invasive species such as giant hogweed, gorse, and Japanese knotweed represent a danger to public health, park access, and infrastructure. Due to the island nature of Mayne and the small number of infestations, these species can be successfully eradicated from the island before they spread.
— Rob Underhill”
I wanted to give you and the rest of the Green Angels an update on the MICS school program and the great educational programming we have been able to do thanks to the help from the Green Angels! We’ve been developing lessons with a biological focus and teaching them to the Mayne School students. Recently I taught a lesson to the K-4 class on exploring nature with the five senses. We talked about how different animals rely on different senses depending on their environment, including the echolocation of bats and the amazing fish finding whiskers of seals. Next week we’ll be learning about ethnobotany and some of the different ways local first nations used Mayne Island plants.
With the 5-8 class we’ve been learning 3 billion years of Earth’s natural history! From early life such as photosynthetic cyanobacteria that enriched the Earth’s atmosphere with oxygen to the dominance of land life by reptiles. To illustrate the long time-scales involved, we walked through time over 3,000m with each meter representing a 1 million year step backwards in time. We’ll continue the learning adventure until the end of the school year, with new topics and lessons on the way.
A big thanks to all the hard working buckers, choppers, movers, and organizers with the Green Angels, keep up the great work!
— Rob Underhill”
Rob: the Choppers have your back & today, Ina & I join PB for a trip to the Compassion-aire’s with another cord for his neighbour.
Back to an ever thoughtful Pender Chopper, Sir G, & his partner, Jean!
We are cognizant of noise & emissions while in the woods so Jean & Sir G have come up with an idea, view here:
& don’t forget Navajo:
Below is the Kiva page for our Eternal Chopper George, so please take a look.