Thursday, July 20, 2017

Quarter Deck Cottage week 2

Cottage holidays are busy and full to the brim with adventures and family fun.

Visiting the seashore and beach combing with the 3 grandchildren, "seeing it anew through the eyes of the children" is refreshing and the sheer thrill of discovery is contagious.
Their enthusiasm upon finding baby crabs under a rock or spying a jelly fish floating near the beach, picking up and collecting sea shells in a bucket...
simple joys.
Rowing in the dingy with Grampa...swimming in the pool, eating ice cream cones, colouring, playing's all packed into our days.

We spend a lot of time on the deck looking out to The Salish Sea.

Ferry watching

From sunrise to sunset...

Bird watching...
Gulls, eagles, herons, hawks, purple martins, flickers,
robins, pigeons 

Our son bought a boat and had fun speeding over from Sidney for a visit...
he's at work this week.
 After he left our DIL's mom came over to  the cottage
so we have 3 grandparents to share in the fun!

Today is our 43rd wedding anniversary...
these are my "fun rings" not my wedding set 
and you can see Mr. HB is in the background!

Happy Anniversary to my life partner.

A kind, gentle and caring man...
his support and love mean the world to me.

 I must close now...
 there are laps to swim in the pool and plenty of fun waiting...
I will not be posting very much for the next week or so here on the blog but I will be active on Instagram.

Seaside planters at Otter Bay are filled with colourful flowers.
Hanging baskets and lush green lawns are fringed by weeping willow trees and the native arbutus.

Thank you for stopping by Quarter Deck Cottage...

Hope that you are enjoying your week.


  1. Congratulations to you and your husband - and what a lovely spot to enjoy your anniversary. Have a lovely time with the family.

  2. Happy Anniversary Hostess and Host!

  3. I'm glad you are having a great summer. Wonderful photos--and I like your fun rings. Happy 43rd Anniversary! We will be having our 41st on July 31st!

  4. The cottage appears to have met all your expectations and more - a beautiful, tranquil refuge for you and a place to make special memories for the grandkids. Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. Happy Anniversary to you both!
    Everything sounds idyllic... perfect family time. Lovely that your Dil's mum can be there too.

  6. Looks like heaven, Lesley. Happy anniversary to you and your beloved.

  7. Sounds like everyone is having a great time at your seaside cottage. Children bring so much joy. Nothing better than quality time with family members. You are a very lucky lady. Enjoy. Susan

  8. Lovely post. Happy Anniversary. Enjoy the beachcombing with the grandkids!

  9. Enjoy every moment!! It is such a beautiful part of the world. Thanks for sharing with us.

  10. Happy Anniversary!
    Enjoy the rest of your vacation
    I'm longing for my holidays at the sea,for early mornings and late afternoon's sun,swimming in the sea.....we'll see....

  11. Happy Anniversary!! Enjoy your time at Quarterdeck Cottage. The photos are so lovely, I'm just about ready to book a trip to the island for next year.

    At the very end of the summer, we'll be spending some time on Cape Cod with our daughter, son-in-law and newly-turned 1 yr old grandson. Counting the days, and getting the beach toys ready.

  12. Happy Anniversary! ~Mary

  13. Happy Anniversary, L. The Quarterdeck Cottage looks like a lovely place for family and friends, and for entertaining the grandchildren. Have a wonderful weekend.

  14. Congratulations on 43 years. What a wonderful example you both are for the next generations.

  15. Congratulations. What a lovely place to celebrate. Have a wonderful week.

  16. Happy Anniversary - your cottage is so perfect and relaxing.

  17. Happy Anniversary! It looks like you are having such a wonderful time with your family. Being around grandchildren makes life seem fresh and full of wonder. Enjoy!

  18. Happy Anniversary, and what a beautiful place to celebrate. You must be very happy with Quarterdeck Cottage, with those lovely views and the family there with you. There is nothing so precious as spending time with the grandchildren. Except with your husband of 43 years, of course! Enjoy.

  19. Happy Anniversary! Your time at the cottage sounds like fun!