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.
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.