summer and a first anniversary

It has been a while since you have heard from me. Let’s just say I was waiting on … summer! And hooray and thank you, it has finally arrived.

Today was our annual island fest, and our first anniversary of landing here off the last ferry a year ago. Hard to believe. The year felt short; the winter took forever, and I am missing home and our people so very much.

I am soaking up every second of summer while it lasts. It has been a wonderful sight, seeing summer arrive. First came the foxgloves, then the daisies, hundreds and hundreds of big white daisies like I used to pick in my childhood garden. We saw the deer come back with their spotted fawns. We discovered the berry feasts waiting for us in the forest. Salmonberries, huckleberries, thimbleberries and salalberries, with blackberries bringing in the rear.

Here is our chief berry eater. Good thing she has three devoted siblings to keep her supplied.

Berry eater

We have been swimming and swimming in the cool clear green ocean waters reflecting the forest on pebbly beaches. Now I feel like my body has felt the earth here, has finally landed – toast in the sunshine; eat; swim.

Never thought I would see these again!


Summer here is a definite, long awaited event, without the distractions of the end of the year and Christmas thrown in.




We have packed in some North American summer fare: picnics in the meadow, cook-outs on the beach, (allergy friendly) s’mores and camping, sleepovers, hammocks and kayaks, and most wonderfully: grandparents!!

But that will have to wait for a whole other post.

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6 Responses to summer and a first anniversary

  1. Shell says:

    Dear Ones
    How beautiful to see some pictures of precious faces (and feet!)
    So glad you having some summer ;-)
    We miss you x

    • Corli says:

      hi shelley, i tell you what summer is quite a different affair here from kommetjie. took us a while before we could call all those pebbles a ‘beach’! enjoy our home town for our sakes! lots of love!

  2. se7en says:

    Oh we miss you so… it has felt like a whole year and then some that you have been gone!!! Thanks for the photos it is lovely to see your little guys, especially the berry beast!!! Lots and lots of lekker love to you all!!!

    • Corli says:

      hi se7en you made me laugh – berry beast she is! i enjoy watching her enjoyment; as for the others don’t they love plying her with the best offerings. and we have learnt a lot about berries!! lots of love right back!!!

  3. Beth says:

    Hello you all.
    How cute is little one and such a big girl now.
    Certainly sounds like summer is.. fun there and such a wonderful different experience too.

    We are waiting anxiously for summer too altho I must say winter has not been very cruel as we had the most magic July.

    We have almost completed our home alteration and were very lucky to have the kind weather.

    Our eldest has gotten engaged and so we are planning a wedding in March.

    You olive tree is sooo full of blossom this year I am hoping to get some olives next year as we also have a tree which looks amazing. Great what neglect can do!!!

    Miss you guys.
    Happy days and enjoy your summer.
    God bless you all

    • Corli says:

      oh beth you have had a full year! and there is a wedding on the way – how wonderful! i think with fond memories of your beautiful garden – probably more beautiful that ever! thanks for loving our olive trees. i have to tell you that they have always borne most olives the years we have most neglected them. (it’s the thought that counts, right!) lots of love from all of us.

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