Monday, September 22, 2008

JUST ONE HOUR AT THE BEACH ...

Yesterday afternoon, the sun was getting hot. Not enough to take a dive in the pool but nice enough to make you feel like driving somewhere just for the heck of it. So, Ulysse, his friend Scott and I drove to the beach ...

We went down the mountain then took a turn at the village going east. Twenty minutes later, after zig-zaging on what must be one of the most snaky paths around, we came face to face with the big blue. We had arrived in Phillipsburg, a tiny village on the shores of Lake Champlain on the Canadian side. And here, it looks like the ocean ...

It is hard to believe, but this section of the lake is still very "country style", meaning no big houses with a yatch in front on the water, no big boats anywhere, no cafes nor restaurants nor bars of any kind, not even a decent food store. Only a narrow road squeezed between the Hosltein cows grazing in the field on one side and the immensity of the lake on the other side.

We discovered this little heaven a few years back and whenever we want to smell the almost-ocean scent, or hear the waves slush the rocks around or watch the sun set on the horizon, just like it would in Negril, Jamaica or Sanibel, Florida, we come here.

When Ulysse was small, we use to spend hours digging through what the tide and currents would bring back ashore and marveled at the exquisite diversity such an vast unsalty water hole would let us discover.

Once again, we came back home happy, with a light sunburn on our face and pockets full of rocks, fossils, shells, smooth glass, seeds, wood sticks and of course, a few dry bones ...

Oh! And for all of you wondering if we could get a glimpse of Champ, our local Loch Ness monster, the answer is ... No! But maybe we will have better luck next time ...

P.S. Hard at work in my studio all day today, finishing 2 assignements and a couple Halloween paintings. Just wanted to let you know that my Frida with Fruits and Skulls has been relisted on eBay for another 7 days. Some people had trouble viewing the image about an hour before the auction ended and could not place their bid, for a reason or another. So, if you want like this painting, there is still a chance to get it!

3 comments:

Kim Mailhot said...

Sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon. I love the collection of glass you found ! So beautiful !
Believe it or not, I have a friend who lives in Phillipsburg ! Not on the water but definitely "country style" !Nathalie has lived in that border town her whole life and is now raising her own family there. Le monde est tellement petit, n'est pas ?
Have a sweet country day !
Kim

jean benabou said...

It really does look like the beach!
What beautiful pictures!

Kimberly said...

Beautiful!

Kimberly