This is the first in a series of posts about Hornby throughout the seasons.
Summer is first because -- well -- we are certainly in the thick of it now.
And so we have now experienced 3 full cycles of the seasons, and are getting a sense of the island’s annual rhythm – its biorhythm so to speak. Each season has its flavour, making any time of year a good time to visit Hornby Island.
But, let's talk about summer ...
Leading up to the end of the school year things slowly get busier. Stores are open more frequently, Pizza Galore is open on weekends, and the Farmers' Market is open on Saturdays. The island has a comfortable sense of blossoming like a garden – a gentle renewal. The weather is warmer and the sunbathers hit the beach.
Apart from the giant bloom of visitors, a number of things mark the beginning of summer:
As I write this, summer is in full swing. We have just come through the busiest point – the August long weekend. The Hornby Festival is almost over – such a wonderful event. By now, most of the locals have a ‘deer in the headlights’ look about them – unsure of what just hit them, and wondering where all these people came from.
But, we are on the back stretch now. It will all come to an abrupt close when that light switch is turned off again on Labour Day. The island will descend on the Thatch Pub to wave good bye to the folks on the 6pm ferry headed for Denman Island – a tradition I’ll write more about in my next post.
So for now – enjoy the last few weeks of summer. It’s been a sweet and sunny one. Maybe you could do a bit of a rain dance for us.