Hello, lovelies! Please forgive my long absence. My hiatus from blogging was completely unexpected. Actually, it was a hiatus from all things online. Mr. Magpie and I were staying over on the island with friends, and we'd been assured that our rental cottage would have internet access. When we arrived, however, we discovered that it didn't. Not one single bar. Not a wee bit of the World-Wide Interweb.
Ah, the mixed blessings of no internet. Yes, it was lovely to be completely cut off from email and Facebook, and we would have relished it were we there on a straight-up holiday, but it was a working-vacation for most of us, so the lack of access to the outside world proved to be a challenge. In fact, Mr. Magpie ended up coming back to the mainland to work quite often, and I simply postponed all internet-related tasks.
That, combined with one non-functioning shower, a busted DVD remote, a chair held together with cardboard and contact paper (I'm not kidding), and a toilet that ran until you lifted the lid and adjusted the ball cock, made for much improvising all week. In fact, we've changed the name of the cottage from "Beach House" to "Make Do."
On the other hand, the lack of amenities made for much hilarity as we discovered each new broken item in the house, and we cared very little about showers or sitting down when we were just a few yards from a sandy beach and a sky full of stars. Mostly, the holiday was about reconnecting with dear friends during long walks and bike rides around the island, afternoons of beach combing, ferry rides at sunset, and food--pots of steamed mussels, bowls of fiddleheads, plates heaped high with fresh local greens.
And did I mention writing? There was writing, indeed. Loads of it. With no interruptions from the online world, we wrote our hearts out. And truly, what could be better than that?
Hoping you are well and flourishing. Looking forward to catching up with you. xo Gigi