The Joys of Summer

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In our neck of the woods we learned a long time ago to enjoy summer. It don’t take long before summer fades into fall, and winter seems to hang around way too long before spring decides to tease us with the illusion of warm and sunny weather (only to be fooled by damp and cool conditions)…anyway we still have a few more weeks of summer to go, but the nights already seem to show up way too early and the temperatures feel a little cooler than we’d like them to be…but as always we’ve taken full advantage of the great weather and what nature has to offer.

We’ve gone for walks in the woods, we’ve spent as much time as possible at ocean (of course we do that year round), and we’ve embraced the trees, the plants, and the wildlife of our area. I’ve even gotten a few golf matches in here and there. I’m really not an aggressive player…I don’t even keep score…I just enjoy being outside, walking around the course, taking in the nature around me…and in most cases the peace and quiet.
One of the interesting things about golf is that respectful players respect their environment. They tend to keep things peaceful; they try their best not to disturb their surroundings; and if they accidentally unearth a small piece of the course in the form of a divot they will make sure they find the small patch of grass and put it back in its place.

What an amazing concept…respecting our environment during play…too bad not all summer or outdoor activities are the same. During our travels this summer we also encountered noisy and reckless motorboats, jet skis, and all-terrain vehicles. Not that I want to deny anyone fun in the sun, but I always question enjoyment at the cost of others peace, the cost to the environment, and the potential disruption of ecosystems.

Anyway, for those of us who are in the final few weeks of summer continue to enjoy the beauty that summer has to offer…continue to love and respect the earth….continue to love and respect each other…and this is according to Mary.

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6 thoughts on “The Joys of Summer

  1. Summer can be so fleeting in many parts of Canada so taking full advantage while we can is a smart move. I have to admit to a certain disdain for motorboats. As much as I see the freedom, joy and in many cases the practicality of them, nothing frustrates me quite as much as having the calm of a lake disrupted by their sound and wake…wake, now there’s a great word to describe what they do. Fortunately, I think people are beginning to appreciate just how disruptive many outdoor toys can be in our waterways.

  2. Great entry. On my street several families have now equipped their children with little mini-vehicles that tear up and down the block. I think they’re electric, but that still impacts the environment and the noise completely fractures a peaceful evening. Beyond this, the kids are learning that motorized vehicles are for fun and they aren’t learning how to appreciate the peace and beauty of nature.

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