July 13th, 2010
we have arrived

we have landed in the land of incredible views and good food, though not without a few bumps. a mere 48 hours after our arrival my husband and I contracted some terrible food poisoning or viral thing which caused us to be very sick for a good 24 hours. It’s amazing how intimate you can become with a new apartment when you lie on the floor in the bathroom for a whole day. Unfortunately we became dehydrated which caused us to lose consciousness frequently and sent my husband to the emergency room as he was just slightly worse off than I and I had to make sure my son was okay. Jeff was tested for various things but there still has been no official diagnosis. It must of been quite bad as his blood pressure was so low they were concerned about heart failure. We are both doing fine now.

Trust me when I say it was horrible but we are thanking the gods (and still praying every hour to be honest) that Tilden is healthy and did not get it (we will feel better the more time passes). Thank the gods for my sister, who nursed us through the whole ordeal (and then came down with it herself the next day). She is doing fine now, we are still not sure if it was due to a shared meal or if it was contagious. And we are also thanking the gods for our new landlord who happily drove Jeff to the hospital late a night without batting an eye. What would we do without people to help us in this life?

Needless to say, we have not been exploring as much as we had hoped upon our arrival. Deep Cove is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life. It is quite shocking to walk outdoors and see the water and the mountains right there. There is a woods right across the street and I have been in a few times. I can already see Emily Carr’s painting come to life. It is so different for me to be under such tall trees, the canopy so high above my head. The movement of sound is also so very different, much more reverberation, it is harder to pinpoint the direction of the sounds. And the shapes of the trees, so gnarled and parasitic. Jeff described it well when he said the west coast woods are much more Jurrassic. You can almost picture baby dinosaurs crawling out from the roots of the trees.

The whole experience caused me to be hyper paranoid about food preparation and eating anything, (we had to throw everything out, $200 worth.) It was really hard to not know what caused it. I had to scour the kitchen in case it was bacterial, and we must wash our hands constantly in case it is viral.

We are hoping that tomorrow we will be able to take our first real adventure as a family. We really need it. I need to do something light and normal feeling.

I am channeling the spirit of Emily Carr tonight so that her energy can heal my tired soul. The ocean air and the trees are helping immensely.

(this post was partially excerpted from an email sent to friends. I realized I didn’t have the energy write another account of the ordeal. so there it is. will post some photos soon. you must see what a beautiful place I am living in.)

Jul 13 2010
2:23 am
Catalina writes:

Hope you and family will be healthy and happy. The atmosphere at Deep Cove will help for sure!

Will you be doing some kayak? (Used to love it there!)

The wind through the trees will give you strength and inspiration :) Enjoy life

show us the colour palette there!

Jul 13 2010
3:10 am
Julie writes:

Kerri, I wish you a speedy and complete recovery
It sounds as if your surroundings will aid both
Trees are such wise old souls and water is so soothing, n’est-ce pas?

Jul 13 2010
4:22 am
helen writes:

Keri how awful! I hope that you both recover quickly and that your little boy remains healthy.

Your new surroundings sound beautiful.

Jul 13 2010
8:53 am
kayla writes:

Hi Kerri, I’m a fan of your blog and books :) glad to be reading your posts again after a while. can’t wait to see more of your new adventures at the new place. meanwhile, i’ll just imagine what jurassic Deep Cove looks like! and a speedy recovery to you and family.

Jul 13 2010
8:57 am
Rosalinda writes:

Get better, get out…and explore. Your excitement is amazing.

I can’t wait to see how Deep Cove (and the rest of Vangroovy) inspires your work.

Jul 13 2010
12:25 pm
aja writes:

Wishing you and your family and full recovery to health. I love hearing about the trees, I miss the Pacific Northwest immensely.

Jul 13 2010
12:46 pm
Angela writes:

Isn’t it true, what would we do without good helping people in our life? So good that you are already finding community in your new place.

I am glad that you are all on the mend, and hope you will be fully recovered very soon.

Jul 13 2010
3:19 pm
Carolyn writes:

what a rough arrival! May it be smooth sailing and happy times from here.

Jul 13 2010
4:11 pm
Zom G. writes:

How disorienting! From the bare apartment to dehydration to new sound patterns it looks like Deep Cove is jarring you into a fresh way of being. How lovely to live under a canopy and to have found such a helpful landlord though. Congratulations on the beauty and best wishes for your returned health. {Maybe it was the water? Unfamiliar enzymes from a new municipality once did something similar to me.}

Jul 14 2010
2:15 am
Sandra writes:

“And in every beginning there is a magic,
that protects us and helps us to live.”
Hermann Hesse – Stufen

Get well soon!

Jul 14 2010
11:25 am
Lydia writes:

So glad to hear all is well on your side of the world. Please share the goodness you find in your new environment and thanks for inspiring us as well!

Jul 14 2010
8:28 pm
Sweet Ronit writes:

Welcome to the West Coast, Keri! I am a long-time reader of your blog — am so happy that you and your family made it out here, and that you all continue to recover. Deep Cove sounds amazing! My husband and I honeymooned on Salt Spring Island almost ten years ago — that’s a place I’d definitely recommend for an adventure!

Jul 15 2010
2:05 am
Ramona writes:

oh. oh. oh. I am sorry you were very ill indeed. I welcome you to the west coast. I think you will love it here.

Jul 15 2010
4:55 am
Keysha writes:

Ginger Ale..and saltines..my Mom swears by it! Feel better soon = )

Jul 15 2010
9:41 am
rose writes:

ohh, emily carr is my insipration!

Jul 16 2010
11:48 am
Kate writes:

Get (and stay!) well!
Congrats with the move! It’s such a stressful process, well done for coming through it happy and *mostly* healthy!

Jul 19 2010
3:06 pm
Phyl writes:


Congrats on moving to your new home! It looks and sounds so wonderful I can’t help but feel a tiny bit envious (I’m typing this on a steamy 90+ degree day in the suburban New York area after temporarily losing our electricity this morning)…

If you’ll indulge me in playing “older sister” for a moment – here’s my two cents regarding the food poisoning/viral incident, after experiencing this myself: ALWAYS keep several bottles of some kind of sports drink on hand (i.e., Gatorade). Normally, I’m not in the habit of drinking this stuff often (as some people do – the food coloring alone is off-putting to me) but I have found that it does come in handy for both viral bugs and heat exhaustion.

It’s essential to replace both the liquids and electrolytes which get lost when experiencing vomiting/diarrhea (sorry to be graphic). My advice is to mix it half and half with water (perhaps bottled water if you’re still adjusting to the local water in a new location) but it’s crucial to start drinking it as soon as possible after being sick and to keep drinking as much as you can for the next 24 – 48 hours. Trust me, I’ve learned from personal experience and it’s kept me from the emergency room more than once.

Another thing which is good to have on hand is plain yogurt to replace the probiotics in your system.

Wishing you and your family health and happiness in your new home.


Jul 19 2010
3:20 pm
Tara Benwell writes:

Wow, Deep Cove! I’ve been reading your blogs and following your travels for years. I remember way back when you were pregnant. I said a little prayer for you because I was worried that your creativity would get blocked (as mine did) with a newborn in tow. My husband thought I was crazy for worrying about a stranger. Anyhow, you trucked on, became even more creative, and I was amazed. Since then, we’ve made the opposite move (West to East). People say we’re crazy to leave BC, but family and adventures are so important and for now we’re here (where my skin is oh so dry). One day we’ll end up on the right side of the earth again. Please look for a park bench in memory of my Grandma Jean Phillips in Deep Cove. She reminded me so much of you.

Jul 20 2010
3:01 am
Kate writes:

in one of the african tribal traditions i come the vomiting is a very good sign upon a change, infact they do it actively as a rite a symbol, to purge away the old.

Jul 24 2010
7:05 am
ymke writes:

@kate: in south america too, with the help of plants.
Letting go of the old, making space for the new :)
life itself is helping ‘weird’ ways.
Welcome in your new home Keri!

Jul 24 2010
7:11 am
ymke writes:

in weird ways :)

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