We're back from our holiday, feeling rested and relaxed, but wishing we'd had more time to soak up the atmosphere of our idyllic destination. We spent the entire week in a cabin on Saltspring Island, our favorite of the islands that lie off the coast of Vancouver. If you were around last summer, you might remember me going on at length about what a wonderful place it is. If you weren't and would like to catch up, click here (it's best to start with the post at the bottom).
We almost always camp whenever we go to the island, but this time we rented a gorgeous little cabin with my mom and stepdad (can you believe they still want to spend time with us when we're living with them already?!). Saltspring is known for its sheep farms, hence the sign at the door (it's not actually called the Whitbread Lamb Inn, the cabin is built on what used to be sheep pasture).
I spent a lot of time sitting here, reading or just taking in the surroundings.
We even had an outdoor shower at our disposal (which I never used because there was also a clawfoot tub inside). Besides, I would have felt a little awkward being watched by this guy...
This adorable Pacific Tree Frog could be seen regularly taking his morning siesta on the ledge overlooking the shower.
We saw lots of other wildlife as well, including ravens (it was so quiet there that you could hear their wings on the air even when they were hundreds of feet away), deer, and several snakes. My mom, stepdad, brother, and sister-in-law even saw orcas (we, of course, were off doing other things and missed it all)!
Watching the activity in the tidepools is always a fun way to while away an afternoon.
The gardens in front of the house were planted with lavender, which was buzzing with insect activity, and a favorite spot of the dog's.
Even though we didn't camp, we made sure we got to the park to take the annual photo on our stump.
I've got many more photos to share with you, despite the fact that my camera decided to quit working part way through the week. Luckily my mom is also a photographer, (and one who can afford the fancy equipment - I got to play with her Nikon all week!).