Places to Go

Iona Beach

Living so close to the ocean is a gift. We love to visit often, especially in the summer, and although there are many beaches to choose from we each have our favourites. Iona Beach is popular with our whole family because it is almost always deserted (we usually call it “the secret beach”), it is cool on hot hot days, it is great for digging in the sand, and it is right next to the airport so you can watch the planes and helicopters flying in and out all day. So many bonuses!

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“Driftwood”
Twisted, smooth, grey, weathered,
Driftwood gathered on sand and stone,
Ages my room of painted plastic;
Fills a winter’s monotone
With sparkle of wave,
Living forest,
Growth, regrowth
And endless
Play.
(Sarah Reid)

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My daughter went to work on building a fort out of scavenged beach wood…

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My son preferred to dig…

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“Free”
This is my time
Freed at last
To sing to sunlight
Wind and birds
To blush the blush of summer.

Changing my city ears
I respond to the laughter
Of grass and
Like a Viking I call
The earth this
Grain of sand
To release its secrets.

I am your son!
Weave me transform
Me as I live into summer
Stay in me for
This is my time-
I am free.
(George Forgie)

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We spent those hours wisely: watching the wind blow through the grass and the far out tide in the distance…

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“Alone”
I like the shore when the gulls are flying high
Playing roller coaster on the wind,
Up in the clean blue sky.

I like the shore when the briskly shouting breeze
Calls out the sailing boats to play
And bends the shoreline trees.

I like the shore when no one is there at all
The whispering wind stays hidden
As the white gulls join my call.
(Ruth Dickinson)

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…and for extra entertainment:

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Whether you are hanging around where the grass grows green or taking off to follow your dreams, I hope your summer has some lazy days like this one…

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