There were a few moments of the warm, sunny variety, but mostly overcast skies. That's okay - last weekend's getaway was all about family, not weather. Plus, it was great for photography. I do find it a challenge to take good photos in glaring sunshine.
The cottage we stayed in was right on the beach, had a gorgeous western view out front and a hot tub out back. The kids were thrilled. There were many games of Bananagrams, Set, ScrabbleSlam and one game of the 'real Scrabble'. There was even cable TV, so we snuck in some early morning World Cup Soccer (yay Holland!!). We managed a hike to Skookumchuck Narrows, skimboarding, a beach campfire complete with Jiffy Pop and S'mores, a trip to town for dinner one night and some magazine indulgence.
I was able to finish the third book of the Stieg Larsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) series. This was supposed to be my summer reading, but I plowed through all three books over the past 3 weeks and was all done the day after school ended. Although I'm sad the story of Mikael and Lisbeth is over, it is exciting that I have the whole summer available for more reading!! I also did a wee bit of redwork embroidery for a little table-topper I've been wanting to do for my kitchen (no photos of that yet, sorry).
Here is a little photo essay from the weekend.
Love our purple west coast starfish
Collecting nectar from beach side wild roses
We managed a very short canoe ride, but it was too windy & wavy for my comfort level.
A sweet bakery in the woods, Egmont, B.C.
Hiking in to Skookumchuck Narrows
Teensy salal blooms on the forest floor
A post-hike car nap
The makings of a yummy S'more!
Campfire Jiffy Pop
It's Canada Day tomorrow, so we'll be off at the parade with my sister and her family who are visiting from PEI, no doubt all decked out in our red and white with maple leaves painted on our cheeks. I love Canada Day. Happy Holiday!!!