Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wildlife Survey

The Commons needs your help. We've begun a survey of all the wildlife on the property, from deer to dragonflies, and we would like you, the community, to use the comments section of this post to tell us what you've observed on our beautiful twenty-six acres. No creature is too small or too insignificant so let us hear from you. Thanks!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


This morning, in a pouring rain and driving wind, ground was broken for the soon-to-be-erected yurt sponsored by Poetry Gabriola. The site is just south of the Sustainability Centre in a small clearing surrounded by firs. Seen in the photos is PG Artistic Director Hilary Peach (and Flash) who was there to do the honours with a shovel and a smile.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fall Fair 2010

Fall Fair was held today at The Commons and despite a steady drizzle, the event was well-attended by a broad cross-section of the community. Lots of fine food, great demonstrations, live music and dance and general good fun was enjoyed by all.

Captions for the photos from top to bottom:

Blue ribbon winner

Naomi's rabbit

Tiny dancer

Shauna sings

Miss Mara's Broadway Babies

Saturday, January 23, 2010

New Year, New Plots

Today, The Otters began the process of adding twenty additional allotment plots to the south field at The Commons. Fencing will be up in a month or less and the new gardeners can move on in.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Flower Power

Most people probably think of vegetables when they think of The Commons but there are plenty of ornamentals here too.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Otters Grow Their Own

Fall greens in an Otters' allotment plot

Below is an article recently submitted to The Sounder


Sustainability seems to be one of this year’s big buzzwords and locally grown produce is likely to come up in just about every conversation centered around that topic. 2009 has seen more Gabriolans growing their own vegetables and business at island garden suppliers is brisk. One group of individuals with an eye to the future and their hands in the soil is The Otters at The Commons. They are 30 or so folks who have signed up for a 400 square foot allotment plot in a large square field at the south end of the property. The beaver pond provides irrigation via strategically placed taps and a fence keeps the deer at bay. Everything’s organic and the variety is astonishing. An intrepid few are experimenting with things like peanuts under glass, and peas in elevated enclosures, while others are growing traditional vegetables with great success. One gardener recently harvested 200 pounds of potatoes and 50 pounds of winter squash from just one half an allotment. In midsummer, the field was breathtaking in its beauty and its bounty. Some gardeners even took to bringing basket dinners complete with wine and cloth napkins for an al fresco evening meal amongst the plants. Sounds nice eh? Interested in a plot of your own? The Commons Farm Management Team is considering enlarging the allotment field, a decision that will likely be based upon community interest. So call Robbie Huston at 247-0242 to get your name on the list of would-be Otters.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fall Fair 2009

Captions from top to bottom

This year's banner

Farmer Bob makes his entrance

The bird man's bird

A hot rod squash

The littlest Green Biker

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Garden Closeups

Captions from top to bottom:

1. Garlic

2. Poppies

3. Iris

4. Blue Ethiopian Wheat

5. Beans

Thursday, July 23, 2009

More Circus Photos

Captions from top to bottom:

1. The "hat act" watching the show from the bus

2. Baritone sax

3. Secure footing

4. The flute section

5. Dancing with the circus lady #2

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Circus at The Commons

The New Old Time Chautauqua Circus played to a full house on the lawn at The Commons last night and a great time was had by all. Big thanks to David Soy and the volunteer team for making this wonderful fundraiser happen.

Captions for the photos from top to bottom:

1. Trapeze artists Shannon and Islando

2. Entrance parade

3. The clown offstage

4. Balloon moment

5. Dancing with the circus lady

Monday, April 20, 2009