Farewell Summer

Farewell Summer
As we close up our seasonal home on Vancouver Island and prepare for the long drive back to San Francisco, I’m reflecting on all the great times we’ve had here this summer. It’s been too short a visit this time.
And yes, we begin our drive today because… why not?
It will be the busiest day to cross the border all year. Meaning  huge wait times, annoyed border control agents and impatient drivers, since it’s Labor Day weekend in the US and Labour Day weekend in Canada.


I never did make a choice of which colors to purchase of these terrific Adirondack chairs that I learned about from materfamilias. I loved their bright cheeriness and when faced with color choice, I just couldn’t commit. So no decision, no chairs. This year.


I’ll miss the walks down to Brickyard Cove where we sit on the logs to watch the geese and Kayakers while we enjoy the fresh salt air.


I’ll miss being around these gorgeous tress. The sound of the wind as it whistles through these is so relaxing.


I’ll miss the great produce from the Goats On The Roof Market out in Coombs, where the novelty is that there really are a family of goats who live on its roof.


I’ll miss the stunning sunsets and the never ending show of beautiful sunrises.
I’ll be back up for a short visit in November, but by then it will be too cold to do my favorite thing which is sit on my deck, looking for eagles and listening to the waves crashing in the little cove below us.
Happy Labor/Labour Day!

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  1. September 21, 2012 / 2:55 am

    Aww I miss the goats on the roof market. I loved hanging there

  2. playingwithscarves
    September 5, 2012 / 10:57 pm

    Hi Jennifer,
    Have a safe trip back to the wonderful city of San Francisco. Lucky you ! About the chairs, I hear you. They are lovely. I would have got them all too. And when a woman wants everything, we all know how it usually turns… She needs to think…
    Farewell !

  3. September 6, 2012 / 1:06 am

    Your summer house looks awesome. I am sad summer is over, I love the freedom and time I have!!

  4. September 4, 2012 / 6:13 pm

    Hello Jennifer:
    As you are between houses, so we happen to discover your most stylish blog. How beautifully you have captured your summer retreat, surely the perfect place to escape from it all and recharge the batteries.

    Whatever the colour of the chairs you might choose, we should always advise caution about white in the garden. A friend once said that if one placed white furniture outdoors it looked as if one had sprinkled aspirin around. We have never forgotten this!

    Wishing you safe travels and we have signed up as Followers in order to keep track of your style adventures!

  5. September 4, 2012 / 12:13 am

    Thanks for the gorgeous pictures. I wouldn’t be able to choose the color for the chair either, that was my problem when I was buying Le Creuset pots and pans. I kind of solved it by going for four colors and buying pieces instead of sets.

    I am not ready to say farewell to summer, thank goodness we’ll have it for at least another month and maybe more.

  6. September 3, 2012 / 2:51 pm

    Travel safely and I hope to meet up with you one day in OUR CITY BY THE BAY!Fall has definately arrived!

  7. Terri
    September 3, 2012 / 1:09 am

    Have a safe trip back to SF. And I think the turquoise blue chair would be my pick.

  8. Joni
    September 2, 2012 / 11:05 pm

    Your vacation home in on Vancouver Island? We go there every year and stay in a cabin near Duncan along the Cowichan River. Sahtlam Lodge to be exact. It’s just heaven to me…we live in Seattle full time but head over there each summer. My first visit there was when I was a kid at Maple Bay. Learned how to fish there.

    San Fransisco is a favorite city of mine too. So interesting to read your post today!

  9. Mary Walker Designs
    September 2, 2012 / 11:00 pm

    Nothing like travel during insane traffic, try to enjoy your trip otherwise.

  10. vintagefrenchchic
    September 2, 2012 / 4:50 pm

    Beautiful memories. I think you should buy one of those outdoor heaters to have on your deck…the kind used by restaurants so people can eat outside when it is cooler. But you are talking Canada…so maybe cool in November is zero degrees. ; )

  11. September 2, 2012 / 7:09 pm

    Drive safely, and I do hope the line-ups aren’t too bad at the border.
    Storm-watching is fun here in November, although generally from inside . . . sometimes, though, I take a big fleece blanket and an umbrella down to my beachside seat . . . I’ll think of you, down in warm and sunny California, when I do that this winter. And meanwhile, you can be pondering next summer’s colour choice — love that chairs pic!

    • September 5, 2012 / 5:15 am

      You can see why the color choice was so tough! We love having roaring fires in November, and all winter while we watch the storms outside.

  12. September 2, 2012 / 5:17 pm

    Ahhhh – good by summer, indeed. Love the Adirondack chairs – like a crayon box of choices.

  13. September 2, 2012 / 5:11 pm

    I bet you are sad to leave
    but it will be nice to go back in November.

    Have a lovely week


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