Posts Tagged ‘summer’

It’s the first day of school here in BC, and my girl is off to her first hour as a grade seven, king of the heap here, where grade 7 is the last year of elementary school. She’s torn about back-to-school. Excited to see her friends and to be back, but sorry to see summer end and to have to get up to an alarm again, something of which neither of us is fond.

While the easier work scheduling for me during the school year has its appeal, I am SO not ready for the summer to be over. Yes, I struggle to fit in as much work as I need to during the summer holidays, for sure. But I loved this summer. Loved going to sleep and getting up on my body’s schedule rather than an externally-imposed one. Loved balancing work with sitting on patios, having fun outings with my family, spending time with our best friends, and taking mini trips around our own area. Loved lazy afternoons reading and busy ones exploring.  We played tourists in our own town and relaxed on a Gulf Island and did all sorts of other things, too.

Summer was late in arriving after an almost non-existent spring here, and I’d happily take another month of setting our own agenda, exploring our world, and not worrying about having to be anywhere  or have our family time interrupted by homework or school-night bedtime.

Here are a few glimpses of what our summer looked like. One or two of these are from my terrible camera phone, so please excuse the quality.

How was your summer?

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West Coast Summer

It’s been a beautiful and busy summer here on the west coast, as evidenced by my complete and utter lack of posting here.

What’ve been your summer highlights so far?

For me, a lovely week spent on my favourite island in the sunshine at the beginning of July is one. We explored beaches, visited the tiny local museum housed in a heritage property with lots of history of its own, and spent our mornings sitting on the deck chatting and enjoying the view. Bliss!

Less than two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, held in Sechelt, BC. It was my first time at this festival, and I was impressed. The venue is gorgeous, with a well-kept garden and gravel paths leading up a slope to the festival pavilion, built among the trees with sides open to the fresh air, with seating for about 500. Each of the 21 presenters over three days had an hour onstage, reading from their books, talking, and answering audience questions.

The festival was very well run in that way that makes the running of it pretty much invisible. Everything seemed to go as planned, though I know that’s probably an illusion created by a good team of people. The local vendors had great food on offer, and everyone I encountered had a smile and a friendly word.

In addition to the festival itself, the time in Sechelt gave me a chance to catch up with old friends and meet some new people, as well as enjoy some time alone, something I think mothers forget to do for ourselves most of the time.

The highlights of my weekend away included some wonderful speakers at the festival – Lawrence Hill, Denise Chong, Jack Hodgins, and SiWC regular Jack Whyte among them – and also some lovely moments outside the festival, including breakfast on the beach in front of my hotel, enjoying the view and a good book with my tea and scone, and then the splash of cool water over my feet when I waded into the Strait; wonderful company, good food, and a breathtaking sunset vista over dinner one night on the Inlet; the friendliness of the people involved, including coordinator Jane and Bev from the local bookstore; and a glorious few hours one afternoon with nowhere I had to be and nothing I had to do other than just be and enjoy the view. It’s something I should definitely do more often.

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