stone feet someone left behind - Scots Bay, NS; tidal pond - Turners Brook, NS; decompressing - Cow Bay, NS
school's out for summer!
where i grew up, summer is a time for camping, canoe trips, days spent lounging by the lake, bonfires, smores, and consuming surprisingly large quantities of ice cream and watermelon.
its a time for outside, sun bleached hair, and cool water lapping at your toes.
endless beaches, only the sunset to let you know when its time to go in - Port Hood, Cape Breton
summer always feels like a time of possibilities. a time for new routines, new health, and a new outlook.
sunset & surf at Lawrencetown Beach, NS
doors open up for the summer. there are events on everywhere, fireworks regularly, and parks and patios are calling you to go out for that run, but then to come and have a sit. to enjoy life a little.
we don't camp as much as we used to. and with our new local, there is less lake time.
but there is beach time.
this is Canada's Ocean Playground. the ocean calls and there are many places to explore.
i admit to loving the ocean. i know - its a no brainer. who doesn't love a hot sandy beach and and blue waters?
i've been caught relaxing by the calm waters of Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, NS
i do love getting out of my shoes, running down to the water's edge and walking for miles. i love the gentle breeze, the cool water on my ankles, the birds and shellfish running about and all the treasures i find. this, is the summer ocean.
lobster boats and the ferry come and go while we wander, finding treasures like this old door washed up and perfectly weathered - Caribou-Munroes, NS
the tides bring in many treasures and this battered wooden lobster trap catches the light beautifully - Point Michaud, Cape Breton
sand pipers - Brier Island, NS
but that isn't my ocean.
my ocean is rough, foggy, angry.
my ocean has scraggly trees and jagged rocks.
it was a calm, foggy day, but the landscape tells us of the harshness of the ocean - Crystal Crescent, NS
that, is not a summer ocean. but it is the one i love.
i love a stormy sea and a winter visit to the beach would never deter my trusty sidekick - Inverness Beach, Cape Breton
ok. so school has been out for a while now.
now. its august.
i'm a 4-season gal, living in a 4-season country and winter, with all its offerings, is coming.
there is a crispness creeping into the air.
the nights are cool. the mornings are dewy and peaceful.
you can just start to feel the spirit of the harvest.
i love the fall and the ocean that comes with it, but what if we could have the peaceful mornings and the abundance of the harvest while hanging on to the ease and the excitement of new possibilities that summer holds?
beach treasures to help us remember the summer. watch for a few new pieces to come to the shop before labour day!
maybe you set out to camp more, maybe to tackle that big project. maybe you're finally getting up that little bit earlier in the mornings to meditate, and maybe your enjoying spending more family time on the weekends. whatever it is you endeavoured to do this summer, lets carry that energy with us into the cooler weather and hang on to that spirit a bit longer.