Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Going with the flow

mainly sunny, mild, temps 23

As you can see, the sun has come out. This was my office this morning. Michael and I sat on the dock of our Bed and Breakfast here in Sechelt, sipping coffee and each reading our manuscripts. And glancing out at this view. A heron came and sat on the swimming dock beside us.

Very peaceful, gentle day.

Had a short nap this afternoon. Read 50 pages of the third draft. Reads well, so far. Making lots of notes, but nothing major. So far no structural or profound changes. Thank God.

Had a lovely 2 hour massage yesterday. It was delayed by about half an hour because the masseuse lives on an island and she had to wait for high tide to get out. Imagine setting your watch by the tides? How wonderful is that?

As I write a float plane is taking off and banking around the island you see in the photo.

Lonnie and Susan are picking us up and taking us to the salmon barbeque tonight. So kind to include us. It's meant as a celebration and thank you for all the volunteers at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, which doesn't really start until the cocktail Thursday evening.

We have an empty day tomorrow, thank heaven. Nothing but more sitting on the dock, more reading. Heaven.

Michael spoke to Jacques today, as he does every day. Briefly now. Jacques' strength is going rapidly. Louise sent me an email last night, and we write back and forth. She says she sometimes feels her heart could just explode it's so full of sadness.

We wish we were there. But the fact is, the time is short, and it's for Louise and Jacques. And if we can't be there, we're so glad to be here. Looking out on this extraordinary scene of peace.

Speak to you tomorrow.


Jodi said...

That's a beautiful photo Louise. It almost looks like a painting.

"Imagine setting your watch by the tides? How wonderful is that?"

This made me smile. My family has a sailboat. We constantly set our watches and schedules by the tide!

Oh, and the word verification isn't working right. It doesn't show unless I try to publish my comment. Then it complains and a word comes up. Weird.

About Jacques, it IS hard to know what to do or where to be...

Mary said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Louise, you are such a writer - even when it's about sitting around doing not much of anything (well, except for reading the manuscript that we are all waiting for!!!). Mary

donna said...

Hi Louise: I'm so impressed with your ability to post pictures. How great is that! Hope you continue to do more. By the way, what in the world is the "cherry soup" which you had for desert last week - is it actually a soup? hot or cold? Your food descriptions are better that watching the Food Channel!
Donna from CT

lil Gluckstern said...

What a beautiful setting, helps us deal with hard stuff. I hope the kids have left. Peace and quiet are not so easy to come by.

Louise Penny Author said...

Hi all,

yes, it is a gorgeous place...how lucky we are! And, even luckier - this turns out to be a no-kid zone, so those were just very temporary visitors.

Thank you for your thoughts on jacques. Ups and downs.