It’s a beautiful day for a birthday.

Friends have been checking in and the cake is out of the oven. A nice morning sitting in the sun in the garden looking for signs of spring and catching up with an old pal. Might even get a little painting done before the day is out but mostly I’m just enjoying the peace and love the this stage of life is bringing and the great fortunes of good friends.

Another passage of sorts is being played out on the island and our long loved refuge and retreat, Camp Sunrise, is finally facing the ravages of mother nature.


Here’s a painting¬†of the bluff in front of camp from about 2003… and here is a photo of it now…


We’ve all known this day was coming. And I am forever grateful for the decades of opportunities to sit on this very porch and ponder the sea. As well as the gift of being able to chronicle some of its corners and quirks and patina in the paintings over the years.

But now it is time to say goodbye. As you can read in the article in the MV Gazette,
the house is now done. The main Camp house will be demolished…I can barely stand to write that…but the garage,


and bunkhouse,


will be moved in tact out to the back of the property…


way out to where that stone wall stands.

So I will take the lessons from this sunny spring day and look forward and ahead to many more years of walking this earth, and what’s left of this bluff and be grateful for each one of the flowers along the way.

3 thoughts on “Passages…

  1. …to begin over, beside a beautiful stone wall, is not all that bad. Thankfully you have those photos and paintings, and of course (for now anyway) the memories. (Happy Birthday!) I see your images and my brain inserts my furry girlfriends trotting to the edge and watching the water, waiting for someone to venture out for a walk on the sand. How many berners have walked that bluff with you? Three?

  2. yes three beautiful berners have known that slice of heaven…and two have eternal romping privileges

  3. Happy Birthday Heather. It’s so nice to have those memories and the new location looks beautiful. It’s sad to see something that was a part of your life go but it will always be remembered in your georgeous paintings.