Friday, May 28, 2010

Heaven on Earth... according to me

Pipers' Lagoon... what can I say - it's my own personal version of Heaven on Earth. Childhood summers spent with my grandparents at "the cabin" were the best! Playing on the beach and in the water almost all day long... falling asleep in the top bunk (I *am* the oldest, after all) and waking up early mornings filled with excitement... the stuff that dreams are made of.

As I have aged, the meaning of the place has changed for me - now, it's a retreat from the rest of the world. Quiet and surrounded by family all summer, I feel like I have no masks, and don't have to "be" anyone other than the elemental me.

Last weekend my brother and his girlfriend were down for an overnighter and I took Jasmine down for an afternoon - mostly to see how she would be walking across (result - not good) and how she would be in the rowboat (result GREAT.) Tests passed, I decided to pack some stuff and make the trek down for a couple of nights this past weekend.

Saturday afternoon, with the high-ish tide, Jasmine and I arrive on the beach. I receive help down with the boat from one of my cousins (thanks Dave!) and I unload the car. Boat ready, I unload Jasmine from the car and load her into the boat.

Rowing across wasn't as bad as it could have been - but she was so terribly interested in everything that was going on that she did a lot of side changing. Telling a dog not to rock the boat is a bit moot. We didn't go overboard and arrived mostly dry on the cabin side and I unhooked her leash, unloaded the boat and opened the cabin for the weekend.

Saturday night was GLORIOUS - bright, warm sunshine, loads of cousins on the beach, cold cider and warm laughter made for a lovely start to my long weekend.

After a MARVELLOUS sleep (I usually sleep like the dead down there) on Sunday morning we were up relatively early - breakfast eaten, coffee made & hot, I sat in the kitchen window and watched things quietly wake up. Well, except the Canada Geese. They did not quietly wake up. I swear - one sounded just like a car alarm! Jasmine was fascinated!

My cousin Grady was the only other person awake on the beach at the time & he came by & we shared a cup of coffee and some good conversation. One of the things I love best about Lagoon is that I am able to catch up with my family - of all ages. Grady's finished high school & working on his apprenticeship - finding the same difficulties I remember having when i was fresh out of school - people only want to hire those with experience. I am still frustrated by this challenge - how are the young supposed to GET experience if we don't hire them?

Skies overcast, Jasmine and I took a little outside time while the tide was out. Jasmine is in season right now, so while the tide was out, she could be outside but had to be tied. Not a great trauma for her - she picked a spot, planted herself, and watched things happen all over.

Sunday rained for most of the day - not a problem though - the wood stove works like a charm!

Monday afternoon we closed up the cabin, rowed back across and, after some help back up the beach with the boat (thanks Glen!) we headed home. Lagoon is still and always my best place on earth.

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