A light in dark places

I’ve been sifting through the photos I took this summer while on Exploits Islands and will be posting some of them here. Many have already been posted on my twitter or Facebook accounts, but posting them here makes them more accessible. One of the themes that runs through much of my time at Exploits is…

Blue skies ahead

After yesterday’s little hurricane, it’s nice to look at blue skies and normal wind levels. We weren’t hit too badly, although our shed is ninety degrees north of where it ought to be. I took these photos in July, on Exploits Islands. The shot above is of one of the more dramatic and colourful houses…

Before and After

A lot of work got done at Exploits this summer, in a relatively short time. The boathouse got a real spruce up, with a new coat of stain, trim, doors painted and a new roof. The effect is lovely and having a tidy-looking, dry building in which to work on projects, store wood and, of…

Some days you’ve just gotta jump…

Swimming at Herring Neck (or on the road to Herring Neck). Absolutely THE BEST swimming spot ever. Two diving platforms. Two very happy (and much cooler) kids. Heart-stoppingly amazing jumps. Perfect way to end a vacation!

Views from the boat

Paddling up and down the harbour in our rodney or punt is a great way to get a different view of houses. Since the marine highway here predates the terrestrial cart track, most of the older houses are built to be accessed by boat first and road, second. One of these days I hope to…

Across the harbour

Since the bridge fell into disrepair and was subsequentially blown up (one of the great disappointments of my adulthood is not being there to see it blow), I don’t find myself on the other island all that often. It used to be possible to walk from our house to the lighthouse without setting foot in…

End of day

John and I painted the front of the house today. It’s a long way up and involved an abundance of ladder work at heights edging on nerve-wracking, but it’s done. I still have to caulk the windows and do trim, but trim is for next year. So I took an evening wander to stretch my…

Repetition

There’s a certain fascination with walking the same paths over and over, in all sorts of weather, and seeing different things each time. Exploits is made of two islands and ours is the one to the northeast. On this island, an old cart track runs the length of the island and is dotted with houses…

This is how a heart breaks

When I was a little girl, people lived in this house. Kids played here. Puppies were born here. Stories were told into the evening. When I was a girl, the road went to this house. You could walk there. There was a wharf, too, in the deep cove in front. There was often a sailboat….

Time slows

When you’re on an island without electricity, running water or much communication with the outside world, time slows right down. You live with the rhythms of the sun and tides and begin to feel the daily round in your blood. You eat when hungry, rest when tired and stop frequently to appreciate that you’re just…