Summer, is that you?

Oh, I surely hope so.

It’s been a busy end of school season wrap up, with exams, transition plans, and celebrations to mark achievements in an academic year well spent.

It’s a tough gig

Yesterday was a beach day, with students, families and teachers having a few hours down by the water, some play time and easy company before all leave and head off into summer, a year older and a year wiser. Certainly older…


I’m looking forward to a busy and relaxed summer, if both can happen at the same time. The twin track approach will see me back in Blighty for a swift visit, a chance to catch up with one brother, one father and one daughter in little more than a week. Then it’s back to the island for a few weeks, with beach walks, paddling, maybe a few tent nights if we can find some quiet spots, and, fingers crossed, some time learning to build log cabins in remote parts. Mid August, we’ll be on the road, nothing too long, for a visit to Alberta, just to be sure friends, lakes, mountains, and a few big city haunts are all still there.

Lining up, ready to go

I love being in education, and especially in my current position, finding myself working in schools, the community and (best of all, I can’t lie about this) out in the backcountry. If I ever found myself in an occupation that demanded I work for pay over the summer months, then all would not be well. I did fake being a chef for a couple of summers when we lived in France – I was younger, leaner and hungrier back then – but those few years aside, I’ve had summers off, and for that I’m most grateful! (Apologies to readers who do work summers, and a tip of the hat – like that helps…)

A student has a new young pup – how cute?!

Keeping it brief, as time is short this week, having spent longer than usual days preparing for and enjoying an education celebration. This was a lovely evening where many citizens and residents over the bay were recognized for educational achievements – from pre-school through to post secondary and then all manner of lifelong learning.

Bannock in the school garden

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

17 thoughts on “Summer, is that you?”

  1. Ah, the summer stands before you, and my warmest wishes for busy adventures and relaxed times, too. I do think it’s possible, the twin track as you call it. Enjoyed your musings and photos, pc. And how cool to see the mother bear and her cub. Have a blast!


    1. Thanks, Jet! Wishing both of you a pleasant summer, full of wildlife sightings, writings, photography and adventure!
      The cub had a twin who only came into view as I moved on. They’re currently lurking on the edge of the village over the bay, wandering about the fringes and finding plenty to eat without getting into human stuff.
      I hope you’ve had an enjoyable weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Jane! There’s a trick to getting bannock on a stick to cook through, and each time we do it, the students cook it a little better each time – and less falls off into the fire!
      Thanks for the summer good wishes, and all the best to you for the sunny season!

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  2. What a great celebration of the beginning of summer and I know it’s been an awful long time, but I definitely don’t remember celebrating beach day on the last day of school and what a fantastic way to end the school year! I’ve enjoyed reading about your new position this year and it sounds like your summer is a great combination of busy and relaxation. I would definitely save the relaxation portion for after building a few log cabins, they may be sorely needed for an oldplaidcamper. Love the photos of the puppy and bears and hope you and Mrs. PC have a wonderful visit with your family and travels throughout the rest of the summer!


    1. Thank you! Beach day was pretty good, and to pretend we were working was tough, haha. I’ll be staying on for another year, and likely longer after that – a “regular” classroom position doesn’t appeal for the time being. Paperwork or paddling? Let me see…
      The log cabin project is very enticing. The danger is then I’d jump down the rabbit hole of off grid living, pretending it’s something I’d almost do! Luckily, Mrs. PC has more sense than I do.
      I hope you’ve had an enjoyable weekend!

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      1. It’s like a scone or biscuit – recipes vary, with the addition, or not, of sugar. We let the kids have a thin spread of berry jam with theirs, and it tastes pretty good. Maybe we’ll try it on our next cook out?!

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