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Ambleside Beach (and the end of Summer…)

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Our favourite place to go this summer – the place we returned to over and over – was a quiet stretch of beach on the north shore of Vancouver.  The sea and sand and sun were just the things to soothe our city dwelling souls.  Half an hour from home we could dip our toes in the salty Pacific or squish them into the seaweed and sand.  We watched float planes, cruise ships, sail boats and shipping tankers coming and going about their business.  We built castles and sculptures, swam and fished (for smelts!) and whiled our time away…

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“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.” (John F. Kennedy)

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Miss G. is always up for art – she has a knack for creating “found art” sculptures with an amazing sense of place…

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I’m not sure what is more inviting – the statue, or the seagull sharing the view…

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“Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.” (Morihei Ueshiba)

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The sound of the waves, the feeling of the wind, the smell of the salt and the sea… these are the things that I keep close as the season changes and the burdens of real life resume, layer by layer.

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“It is of great use to the sailor to know the length of his line, though he cannot with it fathom all the depths of the ocean.” (John Locke)

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Summer, the season of recuperation and rejuvenation, is disappearing minute by minute each day.  The days are cooler, shorter, and increasingly more demanding as the business of daily life piles up… but the summer in our soul cannot easily be replaced.  The light and loftiness of those beachside afternoons are stored away in that summer self, to be called upon when we find ourselves in need of a lift…

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““Au milieu de l’hiver, j’apprenais enfin qu’il y avait en moi un été invincible.”   (Albert Camus)

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2 thoughts on “Ambleside Beach (and the end of Summer…)

  1. Ambleside is my favourite beach for a walk-it’s too bad the water is always so cold! My parents walk the Ambleside seawall almost every Sunday afternoon and sometimes I go with them, and they know they have to wait for me while I go into the Ferry Building Art Gallery!

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    • We loved visiting Ambleside beach this summer – it seems like forever ago already. Is it just as beautiful this time of year? The frosty sunshine has been so lovely but we haven’t made the trip to see the ocean in the almost-winter… hopefully soon! (Also, we have never been in the Ferry Building Gallery – thanks to your recommendation we have put it on our must-see list for our next visit!)

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