June is here and, for us, that means heading out to our seasonal site at Debonair Campground near St. Malo Provincial Park. Roland and I acquired this beautiful spot two summers ago. We were thrilled with the location and Roland immediately set to work building a fence and making it our summer place.
Little did we realize at the time that our world was about to come crashing down. Roland was diagnosed with brain cancer that October and died on November 21st of that year. I was shattered by his passing and truth be told, in many ways, still am.
Last summer, my first back at St. Malo without Roland, was gut-wrenching. This year is better. I now find myself in a more peaceful place but the edges of my being remain frayed by a lingering sadness.
The good news is that the covid restrictions are slowly being lifted and I am meeting new people at the campground. All of them are so very nice and, even at the ripe old age of 70, I find myself enjoying the idea of making new friends.
The dogs are my constant companions and are being so good. Switching to our summer lifestyle can be stressful for them but they seem to be taking it in stride.
Roland had a small garden where he liked to grow corn on the field side of our fence. Now it is a wildflower and butterfly garden in his memory. It is doing quite well this year. I think he would like it.
With the lifting of the covid restrictions we are finally allowed backyard visitors. Odin was so happy to have two of his best buds drop by unexpectedly for an afternoon playdate. They had a wonderful time and Odin was so happy!!
Two good dogs…
“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.” ~ Gertrude Jekyll
This post is part of the 2021 Life With Dogs photography project.