Friday, August 31, 2012

Old Police Station in St Andrews up for sale

According to a friend and the Daily Record, the police station featured in my novel, SEA OF SUSPICION, is up for sale. It feels like a slice of history slipping away. If I had a spare million I'd snap it up :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Giveaway ends tomorrow!!

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Sea of Suspicion by Toni Anderson

Sea of Suspicion

by Toni Anderson

Giveaway ends August 31, 2012.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bamfield West--boardwalk

The town of Bamfield, BC, popn 150 (locals say more like 100 permanent) is small and picturesque. Strangely the town itself is split into two parts, divided by the Bamfield inlet and inaccessible by land, and possibly air as they've built a training center on the Coast Guard helipad. The prettier side tends to be the more inaccessible Mills Landing/Bamfield west. 

Despite being a Mecca for fishermen and kayakers, Bamfield west is unspoiled. There is a store that sells the odd postcard and a bit of glass and pottery, but that's it for tourist stuff. 

I'm not too sure about the locals over there--I didn't meet that many. They are generally friendly, the guy in the store dishes out the biggest ice creams I've ever seen and is always helpful. Coast Guard peeps are awesome. Some of the others wear that sour, pinched expression of suspicion. It always makes me wonder what their story is...

When you boat over from Bamfield east you get to tie up to a couple of premium spots on the government dock (if you are lucky) or the general store's dock (if you're just shopping). Next to the store is the post office and from there, heading south is a wooden boardwalk along the edge of the inlet. I'm going to post a pictorial tour of the boardwalk--I might get some places in the wrong order--it's only about half a mile long so I don't think it's a massive deal. :)
 Government dock above. Shop dock below.
The Coast Guard building. 
 The dilapidated inn. It would be a great place to renovate. It feels like a story :)
A two year old picture of the shop as I forgot to take one this time.
The tiny Post Office and an artful bench.
The cat sanctuary. The shop takes donations for food.
A guest house.
The loo and reading material below
 Mushroom Hollow
Penny Lane. Look closer at the second picture and the lane is made of pennies...
Local houses...

And if you want to own this slightly-in-need-of-repair boardwalk beauty it's only...well, let's just say it's too rich for my blood :)
And finally...

Friday, August 24, 2012

Goodreads Giveaway--6 Days Left

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Sea of Suspicion by Toni Anderson

Sea of Suspicion

by Toni Anderson

Giveaway ends August 31, 2012.
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Monday, August 20, 2012

Gray Whales off Cape Beale

Cape Beale lighthouse
looking north (above) and south (below)
And the whales. We hung out on the point and were rewarded by numerous whale sightings. One came up about 15 m from the boat. Very very cool. Kids were just as impressed by the green shore crab (invasive over here) found in the bottom of the boat.
Thanks to our friends who took us out there on such a calm day.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Finn Carver's world--cabin

This is where my fictional hero (Finn Carver) from DANGEROUS WATERS lives. It's also where we hang out on our visits (these particular cabins are separate upstairs/downstairs units). Finn doesn't have a cool Scottish flag towel though :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Finn Carver's world--Dry suits and fins

Road trip--to Bamfield (part 3)

Once in Vancouver we got the ferry from Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay. I first did this ferry trip in 1995 and saw dolphins surfing the bow wave. Unfortunately there was no wildlife this time, but lots of beautiful scenery.

It takes about an hour and a half and is a really beautiful trip. Once in Swartz Bay it's about a half hour drive into Victoria where we decided to spend two nights so the family could explore the city.
 The inner harbor is really lovely. Here is British Columbia's parliament building and a very large totem.

 The Empress Hotel, one of the Canadian Pacific line is a Canadian landmark and historic site.
 We wandered through the tea room :)
 We went to the...
which my son loved.

And then we wandered around the James Bay area and I took lots of photographs of people's homes for my WIP (apologies peeps).
Including Emily Carr's House...
The next day we headed north on the 5 hour trip to Bamfield via Walmart and the Safeway's in Port Alberni for groceries. We were packed up, food in every nook and cranny as we started the final leg of our epic 5 day journey and followed the mile markers (yes, they are kilometers but) along 75 km of dirt logging road to Bamfield. 

Until we reached our destination.
And next week we go all the way back...