Once a month, on a Wednesday at midday, the local tsunami warning system is tested. Loudspeakers wail, a disembodied voice booms over the water, up and down the inlet, and we get a voicemail and text from the district, letting us know it is a test, and to get to higher ground in the event of the real thing. The system works, but I do worry what would happen if there was a tsunami on a Wednesday lunchtime. Suppose we all shrug and carry on, thinking it is a test…

On the Hitacu side, looking down inlet

With the end of the current school year almost upon us, afternoon learning support has become even better attended than usual, with a tidal wave of teens flooding our little learning hub, keen to study then take final tests before summer washes over them.

Our up and down temperatures up and down the tidal inlet are leaning more to up. Yes, sometimes the skies may be grey, but the warmth of the sun radiates through, making for slightly muggy days, and slightly more mosquitoes. Got my first bite of the season, and I wasn’t fishing for it.

Warmer than it appears

I’ve taken to dragging a chair out of the office at lunchtime, to sit and eat overlooking the bay, bugs and all. Food tastes better outdoors, and if there is a slight tinge and taste of bug spray, I pretend it’s a lemony dressing, and the mosquitoes pretend to be bothered.

Entirely bug free

My bear sightings are trending up, although I suspect I am seeing the same bear each time, given it is in the same location as last week, and not looking any larger or smaller. The bear has moved, so I know I’m not imagining it or mistaking an old stump for a bruin…

Shortly after writing, I spotted a different bear! The black blob lower centre right above? That’s a bear avoiding a photo shoot. National Geographic, I do understand, but really, please don’t call, the bear is very busy…

Not so much to report this week, but the ebb and flow of early summer life is pleasant enough, and we’re looking forward to more of the same as we head to the solstice.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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11 thoughts on “Tidal”

  1. This was a joy, pc. I enjoyed the goings-on in your coastal community, and found the tidal wave test interesting. Your post was a fun f l o w of words and thoughts, with a sweet contentment and peacefulness. I found myself smiling throughout. Dragging your office chair outside, enjoying the summer, the day and your students — lovely. Great to see the bears, too. Wishing you a happy and relaxed weekend, my friend.


    1. Thanks, Jane! The bears wander by pretty close – I’ve yet to see one, but they drift along the tidal flats below my office, and that’s probably 10-15 metres away. Maybe I’ll see one up close(ish) this summer?


  2. Beautiful photos and what a wonderful outdoor dining location for lunch!! Always enjoy seeing the harbor and bears roaming around! I don’t know if it’s due to our early summer or another strange year, but some days it feels like August to me and I have to remind myself summer is just beginning. At this point I have no predictions for the Euro 2020 (still muttering about the England/Scotland match) and still hoping for an Islanders/Canadiens Stanley Cup Final.


    1. Thank you! Hmm, sports predictions? England will win Euro 2020 by winning 1-0 in every game, boring everybody and Kane won’t score a single goal? No, I think Kane will score but England will be knocked out next game – they haven’t been very exciting…
      Canadiens/Islanders final would be the one to see, but will it happen? Tilted slightly against that, I think. If it is Lightning/Golden Knights, I won’t tune in. Well, maybe game 7.
      The heat here went right up over the weekend, although that’s drawing in the fog already (that’s usually an August thing) so I guess it will be a long hot summer? With fog.
      I hope your week is going well!

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