End of summer…

…and the start of something new!

According to the calendar, it is still summer, but when September comes around, I always think it is more or less autumn – even if city temperatures here in Calgary have been way above seasonal norms. Not pleasant, and I miss the cool of the coast already!

Anyway, the clock keeps ticking, the seasons are changing, and whining won’t make it any different. Time to say farewell to summer, and I’ll do that here by posting some late evening and sunset pictures taken in Ucluelet. I’m not sure if they are blurry, or if it is the veil of tears that I’m fighting back? Such a sensitive PlaidCamper…

For the first time in a long while I’m not in back-to-school mode because I’m taking a sabbatical (a fancy word for unemployed?) from teaching. Instead, I’m recharging, focusing on different interests, and planning ways to downsize and still earn a small living. Labour Day just ahead, and I’m not labouring. Hello September, you look different this year!

Keeping it brief – being back in the city has seen time shrink, or a list of tasks grow. I’ll produce a few more coastal reflections and reminiscences over the next little while as we sort ourselves out and I get organized.

All the best to you as school/work/life/NFL/NHL/whatever resumes after the summer break – if your timetable runs like that. Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful long weekend!


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17 thoughts on “End of summer…”

  1. I have always associated the end of summer with about August. That was when back-to-school mode started for us in Oklahoma and we were always back in school by the end of the month. I think back then, the weather always started getting cooler then anyway. Oh, how things have changed. I don’t mind, though. I love fall and to me fall with always be about August through October. Even the names sound fallish.

    As for the sabbatical. It is always good to reset, recharge, and even explore some different paths. Here’s to hoping that this time proves fruitful for you that nature.

    Have an amazing weekend!


    1. Thank you! We will see how this year unfolds, but I’m happy enough to be occupied in different ways for the time being. Now I’d simply like the temperatures here to drop to more seasonal norms!
      I hope you’ve enjoyed a pleasant long weekend!

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  2. I love fall but I always have a small amount of resistance in the corner of my spirit when summer ends. You are on sabbatical, now that is exciting 😊 good for you! I can’t wait to hear what plans or changes you’ll be pursuing. Oh and the adventures big or small. Have a wonderful weekend!


    1. Thanks, Margaret! Yup, I know what you mean about hanging onto summer, even when fall is delightful.
      I’m looking forward to what the coming months bring, and no doubt there’ll be some adventures and misadventures to share!
      I hope you’ve been enjoying the long weekend!

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  3. Enjoyed your post a lot, pc, and congratulations on a new kind of September. I noticed a few Fridays back that you weren’t talking about going back to school, like you usually do, and appreciate knowing of your new adventures that await. Congratulations, and my best and warmest wishes to you.


    1. Thank you for your warm words, Jet, much appreciated. Tomorrow morning is going to be a strange one – no class to welcome for the first time in many a year. I’ve got mixed feelings about that, but truthfully, I’m looking forward to pursuing different interests for the next little while.
      I hope you’ve been enjoying the long weekend!

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  4. Nice photos and some bittersweet reflections here, PC. Surprised you’re taking a sabbatical, but good for you! I should be thinking of down-sizing it, too, but must go on for a while. Looking forward to hearing of your autumn plans and accomplishments. All the best!


    1. Thanks, Walt! Bittersweet it is, and we’ll see how much I miss teaching (and I will), but for now, other activities are calling. We’ve been on the downsizing path for a while, and hoping to find the best fit in the next year or so.
      Anyway, I hope all is well with you, and that you’ve enjoyed the long weekend out and about your rivertops!


    1. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the post – and as for the mystery, it’s not that exciting, other than we’re taking a few steps towards downsizing in the next little while. To be fair, that is pretty exciting from here!
      I hope you’ve been enjoying a pleasant long weekend!

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  5. So many thoughts, but first the sunset photos are fantastic and congratulations on your new adventure during a perfect season for reflection and change! As for the different interests: any chance that Mrs PC changed her mind on Tromso? How about that career in songwriting/writing or a new business interest, such as Plaidcamper Hiking and Kayak Adventures? Hopefully after returning to the city you did not catch up on too much Trump news and have decided to downsize and live off the grid. Your coastal reflections and adventures would be greatly missed. The end of summer weekend has been filled with fantastic weather and all my favorite teams winning and I hope you’re enjoying your extended weekend!


    1. Thank you for your comments here – I did laugh! Heaven help us all if I’m to become a singer/songwriter. I do like the idea of revisiting the Tromso purchase, but I’m thinking Mrs. PC won’t change her mind! As for the hiking/kayaking adventure company, I love it! It’s just the headlines that concern me – unqualified man last seen several days ago leading gullible tourists into wilderness area…
      I am planning to hike/kayak/bike and write more, as well as move our downsizing plans forward some more, if all goes well.
      Thanks again, and I hope you’ve had a great long weekend!

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  6. It is interesting to hear us describe summer as “over”. and talking of a new year with new beginnings, but that is what September does to you.. I feel a little overwhelmed as I keep adding things to my calendar and the pace picks up. I wish you new adventures as you explore options that present themselves to you. I am going back to school next month and am very nervous as it is not my first pick but “practical.” Hopefully it will allow me the freedom to do what I love.


    1. Enjoy going back to school – a very September/October thing to do, and I hope it goes the way you’d like it to.
      September turned very autumnal today, with rain (at last!) and single digit temperatures.
      Thanks, and I hope your week is going well!


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