The rough with the smooth

A short and textured piece for a week where all went pretty well, whether it was rough or smooth.


Our spring weather has jumped about, with some rain, some sun, some wind, plenty of grey, green and blue, and mostly feeling pretty warm, even under the grey skies.

We went to the black rock and shell beach below the Black Rock buildings – how did they come up with that name? – and if you scramble along a bit, there are many quiet little corners to sit and survey the sea. It was calm the day we went, with warm sun, blue skies and the gentle sound of waves over rocks. Soporific but not boring, and maybe my head nodded once or twice…

Why is the nearby hotel called the Black Rock?

Yesterday morning was a west coast special – misty, almost foggy, and through it you could feel the warmth of the sun, a hint of a sunny afternoon ahead. Sometimes, the mist and fog lingers, but yesterday it cleared, and it felt like a promise kept.

Learning is often better outdoors, or at the very least, indoors with doors and windows thrown open – and if we had to anchor wind blown paper-based assignments with a few rocks after chasing around the room, well, that’s okay. Smoothed them out…

7:30 smooth

Scout has a set Saturday afternoon routine I have to follow when we’re out. She’s persuaded Mrs. PC to visit a small pocket park that has a series of different height walls, and she (Scout, not Mrs. PC) has to leap up each step of wall and balance to the end before jumping off to great applause. This means now, when Scout is out with me, there’s no avoiding the left turn to the little park, and we have to visit and go through the same performance. My balance isn’t all that, but I’ve almost nailed the landing.

Same day, midday, still pretty smooth

After the park, Scout insists we head to a small section of the Wild Pacific Trail, where we check on what is currently our favourite tree, a tall beauty with a textured trunk that demands our admiration. So we do.

Rough – our current favourite

Enough for this week, keeping it brief, as promised. We’re hoping for more warm sunshine this weekend, and a longer beach hike or two. We’ll head out there, and rough or smooth, expect it’ll be great fun either way.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you 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...

12 thoughts on “The rough with the smooth”

  1. What a difference between the two pictures, one on a foggy day and one on a sunny day! Although I think I prefer the sunny day, you can’t have one without the other. I do hope you include photos of Scout jumping on the walls.


  2. Beautiful week and I agree with the previous comment, we need photos of both you and Scout jumping on the walls!! Loved the smooth transition photos from fog to blue skies and black rock beach. Harper is getting so stubborn about her favorite walks that when I now try to take her to my favorite parks, that she’s not fond of, she refuses to walk. Up until this weekend I’ve been able to coax her along, but this weekend I had to carry her through the park. Capitals and Tottenham wins this weekend and I hope you’re now a Maple Leafs fan for the playoffs.


    1. Thank you! I could probably take a shot as I’m falling off…
      After the dismal showing by Everton yesterday, I think I need a break from sports. If I opt for the Leafs, it’ll end badly. Ha, it’s the Leafs, it’ll end badly anyway!

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  3. After reading the title, I scrolled down and was immediately chuckling at the first rough in Scout’s “Rrruff!” A wonderful theme and creative narrative, my friend, and as always I was entertained. You got me chuckling with clarifying who was leaping up on the wall. I, too, have favorite trees that I like to visit, a true joy of life on earth. Many thanks, pc, for this well-written and beautifully photographed post.


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