with a grown-up life filled with the
realities of work and other
What I love about the cottages and
backyards shown in this issue is that
they’re about one thing only: pleasure.
Their whole reason for being is to
provide a space for people to enjoy the
season and all that it holds, those few
finite months we all seek to capture
and relish in.
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Photography by Ishi/Hair by Philosophy/Makeup by Victoria Dixon, Judy Inc./House & Home vase, The Bay/Styling by Trish Johnston
Canadians are the first
to complain about the weather, but I think — truth be told — the
majority of us feel lucky to be able to dabble in so many seasons,
to change our lifestyles so drastically with the movement of
It might not feel so appealing when we’re lugging boxes of
seasonal clothes in and out of the storage closet, tucking away
woolly hats and mitts and snow shovels to make room for sandals,
sunhats and garden hoses. But can you imagine never having that
feeling of freshness and change? Sure, it would be nice to live in
warmth year-round, but I think I might suffer from too much of a
good thing. The change that the first warm evening brings after a
long winter — or that a crisp autumn day holds after a hot, humid
summer — is good for the soul. It awakens the mind to the natural
world around us, and particularly to the idea of time and how it
just keeps tick-tick-ticking along, regardless of how involved we
are in our daily lives.
And what a feeling of anticipation and joy it is to turn the key on
a summer place that’s been boarded up and snowbound for six
months — even if the process is the same year after year. To open
the windows, make up the beds, vacuum up the dead flies (it isn’t
all romantic!) and come as close to “starting over” as you can get
We each have a different theory on
the best way to grab those precious
sun-filled days. But one thing’s for
certain: if summer wasn’t finite,
I’m sure we wouldn’t treat it with
Enough of this hypothesizing. I’ve
got to run for a weekend at the lake.
For me, it wouldn’t be summer without
a boat ride at sunset, a nap on the
porch, an early-morning walk in the
garden. The days are long, but they go
by so fast.
Have a great summer!