What I’ll miss about Salt Spring

I’ll miss cats with names like Golden Stream and Blue Sky. Farm and garden stands with flowers, fresh eggs, veggies, honey, jam and more. Back home in Renton, the scent of lavender sachets purchased from the Ruckle Park farm stand wafts gentle memories.

Near the farm stand at Ruckle Park
Near the farm stand at Ruckle Park

I’ll miss sunlight among the great cedars and Douglas firs and the birdsong floating through forest branches.

A peaceful stroll in the forest can purge a lot of worry!
A peaceful stroll in the forest can purge a lot of worry!

I’ll miss Gallery 8 in Ganges, featuring sculpture and paintings by amazingly talented artists including Simon Morris, creator of fine art bronze sculptures with marine themes, and painter Carol Evans who so ably captures the misty light and atmosphere of west coast living. Steffich Fine Art, almost next door, with fascinating cast stone and wood sculpture by Thomas McPhee and stunning kiln-formed glass by Anthony Jamieson Designs. Outside, the gallery has installed wind sculptures that island breezes often set in motion.

Not far from the galleries, the scenic harbor awaits.
Not far from the galleries, the scenic harbor awaits.

I’ll miss the deer… everywhere…

Deer in the front yard, getting a swig from the fountain.
Deer in the front yard, getting a swig from the fountain.

In the backyard, peeking across the deck.
In the backyard, peeking across the deck.

Ambling along the driveway
Ambling along the driveway

Crashing through the forest
Crashing through the forest

Most of all, I’ll miss hanging out with my family. On the deck, with cups of tea and good books in hand. On the waterfront enjoying the view. Smiling and laughing through a meal. Good and peaceful times, tucked away in my heart. Until next time!

A waterfront stroll
A waterfront stroll

Looking across the Sidney Harbour, with an old salty dog in the foreground
Looking across the Sidney Harbour, with an old salty dog in the foreground

Dusk falls on St. Mary Lake, as seen from the family deck.
Dusk falls on St. Mary Lake, as seen from the family deck.

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