Sighs turned to delighted chuckles when our pilots informed us over the aircrafts loudspeaker that it was a balmy 26° locally!
Not long afterwards, we landed in Ch'town, where the vast majority of those disembarking were greeted by some friendly islander with whom they were lucky enough to be connected. Among them was Brian, "our" islander, a neighbour and friend. Soon we were installed in his car and rolling along hwy 2 towards our little corner of the island.
I had already done my legal duty and filed one such in Ontario, so punching in the I.d. number and explaining that this was a seasonal property only was a fairly brief intrusion on my short holiday in Paradise.
There we discovered that the usual beach access had been blocked off due to the fact that the fellow who owned the vacant lot there had finally decided to come home to roost. This was evidenced by the in-progress foundation and the mock-up that was miraculously on display despite somewhat windy conditions. And by the porta-potty blocking the path to the beach!
For us weekend islanders, though, it was time to head next door and attend to the reason for the season: the annual community lobster dinner!
The atmosphere was thick with excitement; most of us had not seen one another since new year's, and many not since last summer -- everyone was eager to catch up on local news and of course to eat, drink and partake of general merriment.
Approximately 40 people gathered to enjoy the warm spring evening, some of us even eating together in the screened in porch!
I paused to admire it for a moment before returning to the jovial conversations inside.
The same harbour offers an unlimited assortment of vantage points, each one featuring its own unique brand of awe and wonder. Still, silent sometimes, the rural parts of the island provide almost constant inspiration for personal reflection. To be here is to engage with one's innermost thoughts, hopes, dreams, fears... one is constantly musing, about life, about human relationships, or about oneself.
After a quick lunch and a handing-off of leftover groceries to the neighbours (during which brief interlude we witnessed a low-flying eagle being chased out of the area by two angry and possessive crows, and a bushy-tailed red fox on the prowl for the same mouse or rabbit that the eagle had probably been hunting), we packed ourselves into Brian's car for the drive back into town.
Let us leave the weekend memories at red foxes, beach walks, musical reunifications and nice chats with island neighbours and friends. A refreshing weekend promise of the summer to come, and a much-needed infusion of rest and relaxation to get me through the final six hectic weeks of school!