Quarter Deck Cottage
a relaxed and casual getaway
that we enjoy for a week every month
and two consecutive weeks in the summer.
This little piece of paradise has been a much needed tonic...
a place to dream and live simply
among the beauty of Nature
The Salish Sea at our doorstep.
The rains have been torrential this past weekend.
We were soaked right through our raincoats after an hour walk.
On the mainland there have been floods and roads were washed out...
When we arrive on the island
the first stop
(after we unpack and set up the cottage with our personal bits and bobs)
is the local flower shop.
I choose some flowers for our week at the cottage.
The owner and I are on a first name basis now and she tells me what we have missed while we were off island...
Power outages, wind storms, ferry cancellations, trees blown down blocking the roads...
We shop for our food at the local market and usually do this each day.
It gives us an opportunity to mingle with the locals and deciding on the spur of the moment what we will have for our dinner based on what is fresh feels right.
Living in "holiday mode" encourages a spontaneity...
where we relax over our morning coffee
stare out at the views beyond
taking in the various sights
ferry and boats
marine life and birds.
We awoke to sunshine this morning and what a glorious sight after 4 days of rain.
The cottage is bathed in warm sunlight and there is a shift in my mood.
I feel a surge of energy...
I have vacuumed, done the laundry, run the dishwasher and am now sipping a mug of tea as I sit here at the dining table typing on my laptop.
Taking time to look out upon the rippled sea and beyond...
A beautiful day awaits...
there is no need to rush
a gentle walk
a nourishing meal
gazing out to the Salish Sea
content with the simple routines
of cottage life
it is in the quiet moments
that we are able to restore, restock, and renew.
"Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift. "
~ Albert Einstein ~
"There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature. "
~ Henry David Thoreau ~
Slow down this week and observe the beauty that surrounds you.
When I walk in Nature I always find something beautiful that surprises me...
even on the darkest of days
I may have to look a little bit farther or a wee bit longer
if I persevere
I am not disappointed and for those gifts I am grateful.
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~