Category Archives: Family Life

Camping on the Island

We live on such a beautiful island! We’re very blessed to have a variety of provincial campgrounds scattered throughout the island and it’s many small coastal islands. My son and I were very lucky to have had a camping trip this summer at a place called Englishman River Falls .

Every year, before our camping trip starts, we fill the car up with our equipment, buckle up, and take a snap shot of the two of us ready to leave! It’s one of our favourite past times together, and we’re so full of excitement and anticipation of what will happen on our trip!


Englishman River Falls is a campground set beside some incredible waterfalls that end with a crystal clear pool of ice cold water! So cold it’ll take your breath away, but so refreshing on a hot summer’s day!


Very close to the falls is one of our favorite places to visit. It’s a little town called Coombs. For those of you that have been there, it’s the ultimate place to grab an ice cream cone, local produce, and watch the goats climb around on a roof. They have a large courtyard full of stone sculptures for the children and young at heart to play on, as well as a small castle for kids to walk through and climb up! My son thought the castle was pretty cool and loved being able to sit on one of it’s roof tops!

Another place we visited was a beautiful place called Cameron Lake. It’s about a 15 minute drive from Englishman River Falls, and a great place to spend the day. Lots of sun, and nice cool breeze, and amazing trees with roots above the ground to climb on and explore!


Of course a camping trip wouldn’t be complete without a nighttime campfire paired with beautiful sunsets through the trees! At night, we would sit around the campfire singing songs, and telling stories!


Our camping trip was a magical experience for the two of us, a great union of nature, and love for each other and extended family.




Tanya W - August 9, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Englishman River Falls is one of my very fave places on the Island! It is so incredibly beautiful there. Coombs is a Wellburn family favourite~ my kids love to browse the shops and have ice cream. Your camping holiday looks amazing~ how fun that your extended family all came along too!

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Salt Spring Island – Shauna and Brooke’s Daycation Adventure!

One of my new favourite places to go off-island (that is, off Vancouver Island) is to venture ‘on-island’, as Shauna likes to say, and go to Salt Spring Island! It’s a much smaller island than the one we all work and live on, but is totally packed with awesome places to swim, sweet places to shop and a super charming community of really down to earth people. Shauna and I both had our littles last weekend (my almost 3 y/o Isla and Shauna’s 5 y/o son Gabriel and of course, Peekaboo the dog) so we packed up Shauna’s Delica for some on-island fun!

The ferry ride over is short but sweet (about 20 mins)…just enough time to soak in the gorgeous view and scent of ocean air.

There’s a super incredible outdoor market that happens every Saturday on Salt Spring Island. The island boasts some insanely talented vendors and you can find anything from delicately made pottery to designer jewelry to fresh fruits and veggies, there is an bake it, make it or grow it policy.

The children were happy with their market purchases, some delicious fresh fruit popsicles!

After the market we took the kids over to the park and wore them out on the slides and swings before grabbing some dinner.

Of all the times I’ve been to Salt Spring, I’ve only ever eaten at one restaurant (I’m a creature of habit) and it’s called the Tree House Cafe. They serve great food and have an awesome patio with a tree growing through the middle of it! They have live bands that play all summer long and I’ve always seen the restaurant as the center of what’s happening on the Island…this is just a visitors point of view though. Shauna, who’s mom lives on the on Salt Spring and who once called this place home too, might think differently 🙂

And our plan to tucker them out worked, muahhahahahahah…

After a little nap, Shauna took us to a very special lake-side beach, a place where her two other eldest children spent much of their childhood playing. I remembered this beach from my youth too on trips to the Island with my mom. It was honestly so sweet to watch our two littles frolicking in the lake together. A super special moment for all of us.

I mean, what better way to end a beautiful day with good friends and family, then a dip in the lake in the glow of the evening sun?


Brooke and Shauna (and Gabes & Isla)

Linda JT - July 24, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Awwww…..thanks so much for sharing your adventures with us! How sweet. Salt Spring is definitely on my PNW bucket list. Our beloved neighbors from across the street moved back to Salt Spring last year and we hope to visit someday soon. Love the photos!

Kelli - August 1, 2013 - 2:03 pm

How sweet! Looks like a very fun day. And I see Isla has the same taste in swimsuits as Talulla. 😉

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Island love

We live in such a beautiful part of the world here on Vancouver Island.  Between the mainland (Vancouver) and Vancouver Island (where we all live) lie the Gulf Islands.  I had the pleasure of living on Salt Spring Island, the largest of the Gulf Islands.  My mom still lives there so the kids and I go over often.  It is only a 20 minute ferry ride but it really feels so far away.  Each time I get off the ferry a calm comes over me.  Just knowing that nothing will be open after 10pm gives me a sense of peace.  Which might seem funny considering that I live in a small town on Vancouver Island, but there is a difference.  There is something special about the Islands and I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to hop on a ferry and experience Island Life at its fullest.



Brenda - July 5, 2013 - 3:20 pm

Love, love, love Salt Spring!! My partner and I spent a few holidays camping in Ruckle, and I camped their solo. Loved watching the full moon from the rocks, beach combing and swimming at grandma’s beach, hiking the trails, visiting town, swimming in the fresh water lakes!! We live on the east coast now, which also has many beautiful places, but their will always be a sift spot in my heart for Salt Spring! Thanks for sharing and bringing back these memories!

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I love bread; brown, white, foccacia, bread with olives, cinnamon raisin, buns, whatever it is, I probably love it. They know it here at Bamboletta that I am the one who, if nothing better is in the fridge, brings half a loaf of goodness for my lunch.

One of my favorite places in the whole wide world (and there are many great and awesome places) in the bakery. The smell and the look of all freshly baked breads, buns, baguettes, cookies and croissants…what else in the world do we need? (maybe a coffee) Coming from Holland (a country full of bread and butter), I had to adjust a little to the Canadian way of eating bread. Now, fully adjusted, I know my way around and find the best places to buy the loafs. I also learned to put something more on a slice of bread besides chocolate spread and sprinkles 🙂

Many of you might share my love for bread and many of you might recognize the fact that your homeland has different food and food habits than where you live now, but I hope that you still are able to find your favorite food and a place to share that food with friends and family.

Smakelijk eten!! enjoy your meal!! Bon appetit!! ¡buen provecho, Guten appetit!!



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The City Where I Grew Up

The gals at Bamboletta have written a few posts on our surroundings in the beautiful Cowichan Valley. The special thing about Vancouver Island is how many great towns, nooks, beaches, bike trails, tressels, lakes and cafe’s there are throughout. Unlike most of the crew, I’m really new to the Cowichan Valley. In fact, I just moved up there from Victoria a few months ago, ready to give up the hour long commute and nestle into a sleepier lifestyle with my pals. I feel inspired though to write a post about Victoria. I mean it is the place where I grew up, where I moved away from in my 20’s and came home to 10 years later to have my daughter.

The landscape of Victoria hasn’t really changed much from my youth. I’ve always lived downtown and aside from a couple bigger changes (The Atrium – my absolute favorite place to spend time when I’m there) and business’ coming and going (though, there are way more business’ that have been there since I was a kid than not), it’s pretty much just the same. Thamar and I went there on Sat to a craft market. She’s from Holland and we often get caught up in conversations about our hometowns. She understands why Victoria has lost a little of it’s shimmer for me, but honestly, there’s nothing like going home with a friend who isn’t from there to remind you of it’s charm. It’s easy to transform yourself into someone just seeing the city for the first time. You get caught in between a world of pointing out houses you grew up in and streets you walked down everyday, and suddenly it’s exciting again!

Here are some of my favorite places and things to do…maybe if some of you come to visit our studio someday, you can check out my list!

The Atrium. Home of amazing cafe’s, restaurants, shoes, kitchen wear, a living wall AND beautiful and modern architecture.

Milkman’s Daughter. The Smoking Lily lifestyle store. I love going here just to poke around and get inspiration. We’re big fans of their clothing at Bamboletta and this store has so many other unique things…it’s a store full of pretty!

Picnic. A super awesome sandwhich shop off the beaten path but right in the touristy part of town.

Beacon Hill Park. It’s a totally magical park I never get sick of visiting. There’s an awesome children’s play park, a put-put course, flower gardens, an outdoor movie theater (I saw Edward Scissor Hands there last year) and the BEST petting zoo!

Lojo (Lower Johnson St). I moved away for ten years and when I came back, Johnson St had been dubbed ‘Lojo’ officially…with a sign and everything! Victoria is tiny, you can walk across Downtown in 15 mins and our good shopping is limited almost to one block, but it’s got some pretty amazing stores and a pretty huge variety too. When I travel to Vancouver, I never find as much stuff as I do on this one block!

Ogden Point Breakwater Pier. This is my happy place. My whole childhood was spent walking along this pier. I kissed a first crush near the lighthouse. When I was 6, I fell between some of the big cement blocks on the lower level of the pier and got a scar I still boast. I walked this pier when I was pregnant and now do so with my daughter. They’re putting in handrails after decades of falls and I can’t believe it took them this long! Kind of sad though as it takes that thrill of a windy day away…for good reason, obviously!

So, there you have it, some of my favorite Victoria things 🙂 I’ll leave you with this video I saw the other day. It’s kind of sweet and you get to see different shots around the city.

Thank you for reading!



danica - June 10, 2013 - 12:40 pm

I love this, I have a lot of darkness from my time in Victoria and these are some of the places that I so fondly remember, I have still yet to go to the atrium! MUST VISIT, looks so cool!

Kate - June 10, 2013 - 12:51 pm

I also love this city and it is a fantastic place to raise kids, although the comic ham valley is paradise as well!

Kate - June 10, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Silly autocorrect, it was meant to say the cowichan valley!

Brooke - June 10, 2013 - 1:15 pm

The Atrium is awesome for kids too, there’s cool things to play on and it’s nice to have a coffee and have your kids be distracted too 🙂

Andrea - June 10, 2013 - 1:35 pm

My hubby took me to the Breakwater on our first date. We don’t live on the island right now, but we took our daughter there on our vacation last year. One of my very favourite places.

Regan - July 13, 2013 - 8:59 am

That is so fun that you mentioned the Atrium! My husband and I have a shop there and we so enjoy the feel of this wonderful building! Our kids love to play there too! Even on a rainy day it is a bright fun place to be!

Regan - July 13, 2013 - 9:22 am

…my daughter has a beautiful Bamboletta doll (that is now over 4 years old)…we love your work!

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