Yesterday was a beautiful day. The perfect day to just take off and put the top down on the car and drive. The night before, we made the decision to take the day off. After the long and harsh winter, the idea of getting out in the sun sounded wonderful. It truly was.
Both Keith and I are always busy. I think most people who own and run their own businesses are that way. There is a misconception that by owning your own business and being your own boss, you get lots of time to do what you like. Lots of leisure time.
I don't think that is true. At least not for us. I grew up with the mentality of "if it were easy, everyone would be doing it." I stand by that today. Perhaps down the line there is a plateau you reach in your business where you can successfully delegate the day to day tasks to other reliable people, but we haven't quite gotten there yet. We are still the only two on board here, and I really don't mind that. I am not ready (or required) to let go yet. Maybe some day.
But that doesn't mean you can't get a day away every now and then. I think it is necessary to stay fresh and excited about things. I think it is part of the big picture of being successful and doing something fulfilling without feeling burned out. I have learned to not feel guilty about leaving for a day or even a week. I know in my heart that my life pretty much revolves around my business and I know how much better I feel after one of these outings. They are a great thing.
Living in Nova Scotia, there is a myriad of choices for day trips. Our province here is filled with picturesque scenes and thousands of lakes, beaches and coves to explore. It is fun to think of the scope of things to do, and I never tire of it. Especially after a winter like the one that just passed.
This time, we chose to go to Cape Sable Island. This is not to be confused with "Sable Island" which is about 100km out in the ocean and much further northeast of us. That is the one with the wild horses that are so famous.
Cape Sable Island is located in southeastern Nova Scotia near the Barrington passage. It is connected to the mainland by a causeway. We took the back roads, passed the Tusket river and the little roads that were woven along the jagged coastline. It was truly a beautiful day.
The rest of the blog will be mostly photos. I think they speak for themselves. The Tusket River:
The ocean coast:
More ocean coast – notice the crystal clear water. :)
Lupins were everywhere. They are so beautiful. I should make some ribbon embroidery pictures of them.
Here's me on the Cape Sable beach. . .
An old fishing weir at Cape Sable beach. I liked how it looked:
On the ride home, we again too coastal roads. This was a stained glass window of a little church:
And here is from the viewpoint of that church. How beautiful!
Finally – a panorama photo that Keith took at the church. I thought it was the fitting end to a perfect day.
Today I am drawing for the day and then cutting over the weekend. I should have some cool pictures of the new products on Monday. I hope you enjoyed these 'touristy' photos I shared. After living here for eleven years, I still feel like a tourist because I know there is still much more beauty to discover.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend. No matter how hard you work, remember to take time to stop and enjoy your own back yard. There are probably many treasure that you look at every day, but may not even notice or see. I assure you, it will make you appreciate your life much more and will make you a happier and more creative person. It certainly does that for me.
Happy Friday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"