The tranquility of St. Mary's lake was very helpful in setting the mood. I was out in the lake as often as I could be watching the dragonflies dancing over the surface.
In the evening I went and found some blackberry bush blooms and had some quiet time. Again we were visited by blacktail deer. This time even with some spotted babies grazing beside them.
Sacred Mountain Lavender held their 7th annual Lavender festival when we were there. What a feast for the senses. The fields were awash with colour as you can see, but we also were graced by the humming of bees, happily collecting pollen, lavender lemonade (which is our family's new favorite drink) a fantastic catered meal of lavender and peppercorn crusted salmon and the aroma of a lavender distillery in work. There was no way to leave this place stressed out.
We loved our island get-a-ways this year. We spent lots of time on the water in ferries, canoes, kayaks or swimming. We ate great food, had great company and watched Kyan delight in all the new sights, smells and sounds around him. The island way of life is appealing to us. Who knows what the future may bring.