Today I took a beginners course in kayaking. Now I only need to learn how to drive a boat(get the boat in the water) and build an outdoor kitchen with an oven and smoker and I’m done with this summers bucket list. We met up this morning in blazing sunshine, got instructions on land, “fika” then set out to paddle. We learnt how to paddle, stop, turn, paddle backwards and more “fika”. As the finish of the day everyone had a chance to try to “save a friend!. I was the first one to put my hand up. I still have this very big fear of the ocean even though I love it. That’s one part of why I swim all year around, I like to conquer my fears. First try I felt really nervous actually turning the kayak over but as soon as I’d done it once the fear disappeared. Second I over turned and got back into the kayak without any help and as soon as I got in I leant too much the other way and fell over again! Apart from that I was surprised how steady the kayak was and am now all set to buy a couple for the family. I am very happy I took the course to get all different techniques in. You really use so many muscles! Not just the arms but back, legs and stomach. I’ll sleep very well tonight that’s for sure.
First day in a very long time that I didn’t work or had to do anything. Started off with a morning swim, it was wonderful. Not one person down there, just me and the sea. Mowed the lawn. Then a trip to the garden centre to treat myself to some new flowers. The owner asked how my garden was doing and I replied not much was growing. It’s been a strange summer with 7°C in the end of May, rain, hail and wind. Everyone complains about the worst summer ever but I think in town they probably had about half the sun as we did out here. Almost every day we look towards the city and see big clouds while out here it still hasn’t been that bad. Saying that it has been colder than usual and my geraniums look like they usually do in spring and now it’s coming to the end of summer and the pear tree has fruit but started flower again at the same time. Coming back from the shop I picked up a book and sat down with Pidgey in the hammock. Looking around I realised the garden is not as bare as I thought, I just haven’t had time to sit out there all summer. All in all it was a lovely day and I am slowly recharging my batteries. Finished off with a barbecue with meat, veg and marshmallows while both cats and all the chickens stalked us hoping to get a taste.
I left the island to visit a friend who writes gardenbooks and came back with lots of inspiration. Spent all day digging and weeding and it felt so good! The first summer on the island the standard reply to -where’s mum? was -in the garden. Yesterday I complained to my husband about how lazy I’ve been with the gardening this summer. His reply was -it’s because you’ve had so much fun! True that. This summer has been amazing, still is actually but now the signs of autumn are kreeping up.
I am not alone anymore, doing the gardening, I have seven little helpers following me around wherever I go. They do the digging and fertilising and I do the rest. Need to train them better in what plants they aren’t allowed to eat though.