I really think that Spring has arrived for good. That is the sound of me crossing both my fingers and toes because as we know Spring is very unpredictable. All of the snow has disappeared totally overnight... THAT is a beautiful thing...
Today I am joining some friends who's harp trio is playing at an event this morning. Life is getting in the way of blogging today :D
Yesterday I came across these beautiful and spring-like chevre cheese rounds that are perfect for entertaining, or, just indulging in some whimsy. This one has a beautiful little pansy floating on top. In the early 1990s David Wood left Toronto, where his namesake store set a new standard for the city's gourmet shops. Since making the move his Salt Spring Island Cheese Company cheeses have become "de rigueur" for any serious Vancouver restaurant's cheese plate. Wood will soon be selling his chevre and goat cheeses outside of British Columbia. Their site is in the construction stages but please feel free to visit Saltspring Island Cheese .
The year-round residents of Saltspring Island include an eclectic mix of artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs. You can soak in the relaxed atmosphere and the quiet island lifestyle and spirit that has attracted many on one of the largest of the South Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver Island.
The island has 225 farms and is known for its sheep-raising. Saltspring is also known as a centre for arts and crafts with it's high population of artists and musicians. It has an impressive selection of shops, restaurants and tourist accommodations.
I can't tell you much from first hand experience. It was always on my list of one of those places I had to visit for a relaxing and idylic setting. When there a few years ago I visited one of the shops and made plans to go on a self-guided gastronimical and art tour around the island with my daughter. As fate would have it I broke my leg and spent 3 days "touring" the Salt Spring Island hospital instead and had a 3 month vacation from work. I still plan to visit the island again and this time to actually see more of all it has to offer. When I am there this time I plan on visiting the Saltspring Island Cheese Shop.