Life on Vancouver Island is as good as it gets. To say that it is simply “wonderful” would be sadly lacking. Four distinct seasons regularly change the wallpaper, turning the familiar into something new and exciting. The perfect culmination of streams, lakes, mountains, valleys and ocean provide an endless palette of landscapes at every turn. Friendly faces greet you at every street corner, and a trip to the post office can easily chew through the better part of an afternoon as the chatter and gossip flow faster than the letters and packages. Yet every now and then, some well-meaning visitor will ask how we can live on such a tiny spec of land floating in the vast Pacific ocean without feeling a little stir crazy, and it always leaves them looking somewhat perplexed when we tell them to just jump off the edge of the earth! No, really…..
Here at the Hollow, we are lucky enough to have the edge of the earth just down the street. A long, leisurely stroll down the road will bring you to the shore where you can leap off of the island and on to my favourite big rock. Completely surrounded by water during high-tide, it provides the perfect landing spot to sit and look back at the bump that we call home. No two visits are ever the same. Some days the blue sky provides the perfect back-drop for bobbing sailboats moored in the bay, while others bring a scene like this one. Covered in a soft blanket of fog, the moments suddenly feel dreamy and still as the muffled cries of the seagulls hang in the air.
Sometimes we just need a little break to realize what we have and appreciate it all anew. Whatever life brings your way today, both good and challenging alike, just remember that if it all gets to be just a little too much, you can always take a break and just jump off the edge of the earth! And if you don’t have one in your neighbourhood, you are always welcome to share ours.
Until next time!