The waters are a spooky place for my beloved dungeness crabs this morning. There appears to be a new creature in the hood, and he's nobody's friend. The European Green Crabs, identifiable by five spines to the outside of each eye, are one of the 10 most unwanted species in the world according the DFO website and they are showing up in the waters off Sooke. Just across the pond from my beautiful Indian Arm Heaven.
The European Green Crab doesn't always appear green though. They can range from dark mottled green, to orange to red as well.
,My paternal Grandmother's name was Jenny Knutson. A first generation Norwegian woman who we all knew best as "Grandma-In-The-Bird" due to the folk art wooden parrot that she had hanging in her tiny little studio apartment, since the dawn of time. You know how those childish terms of endearment just have a way of sticking with you somehow.
She had a very challenging life, and in many ways, a very sad one. A family that kept her outside because she fell in love with an Irishman straight off the boat (my Grandfather Henry Jackson), who in the end, dealt her the ultimate betrayal. He left her with the seven children he helped create.
I never met the man. I doubt I missed much.
She worked her whole life, doing all she could, without family support to carry the needs of her children.
HI, I'M KATE
A Captain's daughter, who became a Captain's wife. I remain always, a mermaid out of water looking to get straight back to the sea, whenever possible.