She and her husband have built a lovely home perched high above the waterfront with large windows capturing the expansive views beyond. If one is ambitious and energetic there is a steep staircase that goes down to the rocky beach which is great for beach combing or watching the eagles and wildlife frolic.
Rock walls, raised beds, large pots with plants and an orchard grace the landscape and more beds are being designed and planned.
I snapped this image before I commenced the road trip...
The interior of the car was infused
with the intoxicating scent of lily of the valley.
I had popped this wee bundle of blooms in water for the journey in the morning
worked my usual day at school and when I opened the car to get in
I was met with a warm and heady atmosphere!
Traffic was surprisingly light
I employed the Cruise Control
and listened to music
and the next thing I knew
I was at the ferry terminal.
A short ferry ride later
on the island
here life moves slowly
a state of balance and ease is embraced
people have time to stop and smell the flowers
no rushing about
friendly moments to chat with friends and neighbours
(as I found out)
a comfortable bed
it's sweet scent wafting
Slumber was long and deep in the still and quiet night
I awoke each morning early and refreshed
I lay in bed waiting to hear that my hostess was up and about
I took the book I am currently reading
(which is well written and utterly fascinating!)
I would read a few chapters
I felt that my hostess was ready and expecting me to join her for morning coffee.
We went off island for some sightseeing...
a country bakery / coffee spot
and we indulged in
a pedicure at an Aveda salon
I chose Thank you so Muchness!
We also did some shopping...
there were many interesting boutiques and home decor shops
dotting the small streets.
My hostess knew all the "hot spots" and directed me accordingly!
I found much to tempt me...
but I did not succumb until I saw these..
I was very pleasantly surprised by the comfort and fit of this garment
it does flatter a size 12 woman's curves!
There is some flaring at the bottom and the hem is uneven
fitted through the bodice
so it doesn't look enormous and baggy
I will pair this with...
The Sympli waterfall jacket in a jersey knit
and skinny black knit pants.
Such great basics
and they are reasonably priced.
I will have fun accessorizing these
as they can be worn casual or for dressier occasions.
We enjoyed sharing meals
sipped cool cider on the deck overlooking the ocean
played a few games of Cribbage
went for long hikes on the island trails
watched a DVD
visited the Sunday Market
and drove to the nursery
where we loaded up my car with plants for both our gardens!
It was a weekend of laughter
which all too soon
found me sitting in the car at the Ferry Dock
As I sat alone
I realized how happy the past few days had been
and how sad I felt that it was at an end.
I suppose that is how one measures a great getaway.
Thank you so Muchness
to my Hostess
I am forever in your debt...