On the very first full day back on PEI I headed to the beach and swam happily in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. After having been swimming in the glacial Thunersee several times while away, the seawater felt like a veritable bathtub in comparison. There are few things I love more than splashing in the salt water, floating on the waves looking up at the sun and the sky, and relaxing afterwards on the warm sand. Perfection.
I can't believe my trip to Switzerland has come and gone. I can count those two weeks as among the happiest of my life and I am still so full of joy at having been able to spend time with some of the people I love most in the world. Much exploring of old haunts and discovery of new ones happened, in spite of pretty persistent rain. On one such rainy afternoon I spent a little while exploring the damp yet beautiful botanical garden in Berne, and the silver lining behind each raincloud being that the plants seemed more lush and beautiful than I expected, and I kept company with a plethora of garden snails, who were out enjoying the weather as well.
Allison of Always Somethingis the best kind of blogger friend. She shares my red hair, love of Kate Spade, books, the Maritimes, and polka dots, but she's also interesting, fun, inspiring, and has collected together a group of friends that spans a continent, that started through her online presence. I've been blessed enough to make this wonderful online friendship a real life one after a visit in Halifax, and I continue to be enriched by this lovely lady, as well as those she's introduced me to on a daily basis.
So when I spottted her photos taken with a pal in a Halifax library, I had to pinch them (with permission, of course). Because of the hilarious book title she's pointing out, and because of the cute polka-dotted dress supported by her partner-in-photo-taking-crime, Katherine.
If you're looking for a good read, or a list of links to general internet awesomeness, check out Allison's blog here. I promise you won't be sorry.
I don't think you have to be a librarian - just a book-lover will do - to love exploring bookstores large and small. There are many the world over that I would love to visit (for example) but I would love, someday to visit the many bookstores of New York. So of course I was instantly enamoured by this illustrated series by Bob Eckstein in the New Yorker, featuring many unique bookshops, and the stories that they had to tell. I admit, I am eagerly awaiting the second installment in this series. See the rest of his illustrations here.
The month of June has been good to me, there are seemingly endless things to be grateful for, and I feel particularly blessed, in many ways and by many people. I thought today was a good day to share some of those things here.
I'm grateful for ...
A faraway BFF (Looking at you Holly) who patiently puts up with phone tag, is my voice of reason, who sends me encouraging and uplifting letters, listens as I talk in circles through my little daily dramas, and in general makes my life a million times better because she's in it.
A lovely librarian friend (Linds!) who is endlessly supportive and thoughtful in helping a non-networker network.
Enjoying lots of quality time and making multiple fond memories with my sister, niece and nephew. It's been a month of swimming, sailing, sunshine, perfect popcorn-popping tutorials, pancakes, pedicures, photo-taking, laughter, and fun, and I'm glad that I had the time and the lack of distractions to take it all in.
Last, but certainly not least is the fact that in FIVE SHORT DAYS I will be reunited with the loves of my heart in Switzerland. So soon!!!!! Insert squeals and crazy happy dances here.