Today, my friends, I am attempting to show some initiative and write this post. But, my oh my, is it hard! Because we have been doing nothing for days and days but skiing, eating, drinking, skiing, napping, and reading. We’ve been lazing in the Laurentians like there’s no tomorrow. Ha.
The ski conditions here have been wonderful. There’s lots of new snow, and the weather has been cold enough to make the skis work well, with sun most days, and little to no wind.
We’ve been skiing along Le P’tit Train du Nord, a multi-use facility that follows the old rail line which passes through numerous small villages around here. Back in the day, skiers from Montreal used to ride the train to come up here to ski. Now the railroad is no more. But the old trail is used for biking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter, among other activities. The whole trail is groomed and track-set, and there is no charge to use it.
My favourite part of the trail is in Sainte-Adèle where there is a trail side café with a friendly owner who makes great coffee. So we get our exercise and our treat out of the way with one stop. Treats are a big part of being on holiday for us. Small treats that we might not bother to do at home. Like stopping for a special coffee. And then enjoying it on a bench by the trail.
So every day since we’ve been here, we have risen late, read while having our morning tea, eaten breakfast, dressed warmly and hit the trail. Well, except for the two days when Hubby skied alone. I can no longer do three days of skiing in a row, so I planned my ski days around the best temperatures.
After skiing we might grab a coffee, on one day we shopped for a few groceries. Then we return to our condo for lunch, a read and a nap. Then we wake up and make dinner. No great task since we brought much of our food pre-prepared. We have a glass of wine or two, eat, and read. Or watch a movie. Then more reading before bed. Our week has been SO relaxing, my friends.
I’ve been reading a book that Wendy from York said was in her TBR pile. Patchwork: A Life Lived Amongst Clothes By Claire Wilcox is a lovely, evocative memoir, told in short vignettes each of which focuses around clothing or some sort of textile. A dress, a baby blanket, a piece of lace. It’s beautifully written, and not a book to be galloped through. Each short chapter must be savoured.
Claire Wilcox is the senior curator of fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. You can read about her life and her book in this article in the Guardian. Anyway, I am relishing each chapter. It’s a perfect book for a lazy, quiet, late afternoon after a couple of hours out on the trail. Either pre or post nap.
But when one is lazing in the Laurentians, one must have some variety in one’s entertainment. So, I’ve been listening to the next book in Robert Galbraith/ JK Rowling’s Cormorant Strike series. And at times getting caught up on some of the YouTube channels to which I subscribe. Hubby and I have also been watching Martijn Doolaard’s “Two Years on a Bike” YouTube videos which talk about his two-year long trip down the west coasts of North and South America on a bike. We like his quiet, non-glitzy presentation style. And the scenery is breathtaking.
And speaking of breathtaking. Okay…. maybe this scene is not exactly breathtaking. But it sure is lovely. This view from a small bridge over the ski trail… the log cabin in the distance, the sound of the stream gurgling, the snow drifting down softly… makes me smile. You have to listen carefully to hear the stream.
Watching that little video makes me feel all calm. One might even say suffused with tranquility, if that’s not hyperbolic. And grateful that we are able to come here for a week. Our week of lazing in the Laurentians has not been fancy or particularly exciting. It may not be everyone’s idea of a dream vacation. But it sure has been just what we wanted. And needed. Calming, as I said. Relaxing. Replenishing. Nourishing.
We all need a little winter respite, my friends. No matter how simple.
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