Aug 012007


I just spent 4 glorious days in this groovy cabin. I actually spent 2 months in this very cabin last winter. Back then, it didn’t look quite as splendid. That was because there was snow all over the ground as well as fallen trees and crap. Much chain saw action was necessary back then.This weekend was completely glorious. I drove off the ferry and I felt my shoulders start to drop.

The cabin is kind of bare bones. And there is a different cabin that I sleep in when I am there.
But here is the pretty cool part of the story.

I ordered my copy of the last Harry Potter book from that evil bookslinger that sells things basically at cost. Being a cheap bastard, I opted for the free shipping feature.
Now, I work 12 hour shifts and, from what the folks at Amazon were telling me, the book was due to arrive on one of my work days. So I arranged with my landlordy that she would take delivery for me and I would give her a container of yummy corn chowder. She did her part by being home and available. But the Mensa dudes at Canada Post apparently couldn’t read the sign I left on the door of the building, saying to buzz the landlordy. So, in spite of the sign, they buzzed my place, I wasn’t home, and they sent my book to a local post office, where it is still waiting to be picked up.

That was a speed bump interfering with my plan for a perfect weekend, but that was okay because I had a big armful of books with me for my little vacation.

So, I was on Galiano, having an amazing dinner of halibut grilled on the barbeque and we started chatting pop culture. I mentioned being vexed by Amazon. My friends mentioned that they had a copy and, since they had already read it, it was available for reading.
Well, really, it was all I could do to stay and finish dinner.

And that’s how I spent my time away. Laying in a chair, in the sun, on the deck of a wonderful cabin, reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Gallows. It was marvelous.

The other wonderful thing about being at the cabin is… there are bees. Lots and lots of bees. They swarm around the fuscia plants at the cabin. You can stand right in the middle of them, and they just keep buzzing around, doing their bee thing, completely uninterested in hurting you, and rubbing their little bee feet together and making with the honey.
I liked that a whole lot.
And the eagles.
And the dragonflies.
And some brilliant yellow little birds that maybe were some sort of finch, I dunno. I just really liked them.
And the strange thing that kept making splashing sounds in the pond, but I never did figure out what it was.


And then one morning, I woke up and saw that a rat had chewed through the screen on my cabin window and had helped himself to a goodly chunk of my peach.
Well, what the hell.
I thought it was funny.
The owner of the property felt considerably less jolly about the whole affair. What with the rat-liness of the whole thing. Me, I thought it was an ambitious mouse but the owner of the property says rat, rat, rat.

And now I am back in the city. Did my week’s worth of work and now I am on holidays till August 13th.
It’s Gay Pride in my town, so that will take a big chunk of the first half of that time.
And then, after that, I may just toss some food in my cooler and head off camping by myself.

And then… if everything works out, which really remains to be seen, a week long kayaking trip later in the month.
Come September I know I will have to buckle down with work and school and having no life and so I plan on running a bit wild this summer and leaving the cats in foster care a bit too often.
I’m sure they’ll deal.

Happy Pride, folks.

 Posted by at 9:30 pm

  5 Responses to “Harry Potter and the weekend in paradise”

  1. I’m glad you have been enjoying nature and relaxing among the buzzing bees at your cabin. Your plans for the rest of the summer sound great.
    Cats are wonderfully independent creatures. Maybe they’ll appreciate you even more when you return.

  2. Heh. Your poor well-travelled book…
    Thanks for lending me the latest and lastest Harry Potter yesterday. I now can quite smugly join in the conversations where we go “Isn’t just awful that Harry had to…”

  3. Dear Spike, I came across your blog quite by chance, and thanks for writing it. I don’t have much to say — this memory comes to mind: Remember around the Spring of 1994, when my partner left, and I was wandering about in a grievous daze? Well you helped me out a lot, just by being you, and by having a dog and a cat and a funky old apartment and those amazing peanut butter cookies from Uprising.
    I may have told you that before, but wanted to say it again. As the old expression goes, “a friend in need is a friend indeed”! Best wishes.

  4. Rats! Gah! I would have been running screaming. I can handle bugs, mice, livestock of any other description, but rats give me the willies. I could never be so blase about a rat eating my peach–please tell me you did not finish it off.

    The cabin looks magical.

  5. I swear… I didn’t eat that peach…

    That’s very funny.

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