Moments that take our breath away…

944679_10200613095823365_968750882_nI’ve only been on retreat here on the Scarborough Bluffs for five days, but already I don’t know how I’ll ever be able to tear myself away when September rolls around. I find myself occasionally chatting with Doris (McCarthy) because of this extremely life-like portrait of her that hangs beside the living room window overlooking the lake here at Fool’s Paradise.  The neighbors are pretty quiet for the most part, but there’s so much wildlife activity outside the windows of “The Chapter House,” as Doris called her writing rotunda, that I have a hard time keeping my mind on the manuscript by times.  And I keep having to rush outside to take pictures.

Doris McCarthy, artist and creator of this awe-inspiring space.

Doris McCarthy, artist, writer and creator of this awe-inspiring space.

The view from up here on top of the Bluffs

The view from up here on top of the Bluffs

Fool's Paradise - a perfect reflection.

Fool’s Paradise – a perfect reflection.

Coywolf - if I see him going after the deer and her fawn, I may have to dash outside and do some serious hazing...

Coywolf – if I see him going after the deer and her fawn, or even the chubby groundhog, I may have to dash outside and do some serious hazing…

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I am managing to get several writing hours in every day, although so far the story is growing, rather than being pared down… Thank you, Doris, for sharing your home with me (and providing a haven for all these creatures).

 

 

9 thoughts on “Moments that take our breath away…

    • Hi, Darlene – Indeed, I am. Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust people even brought a bike for me to use while I’m here! I’m getting lots of exercise as it’s about a 50-minute return hike to the store – a whole ‘nother kind of breathtaking:)

  1. It sounds absolutely wonderful, Jan. So glad you’re making progress with your manuscript. I’ll look forward to hearing all the details when you get back. 😀 No coyotes here!

    • You’re right, Mirka. The cool thing about Fool’s Paradise is that Doris designed, built a lot of it, built every single cupboard, storage closet, etc., and it’s just chock-full of her and her life. What a woman she must’ve been.

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