Retreat On Saturna

Darlings All,

Thank you for your cards and letters over these past months.  I have been enjoying a life of delicious moments and inspiring ventures. Knowing that you have been thinking of me delights me to no end, and I am truly humbled.

I am presently on a bit of a sabbatical on Saturna Island. For my friends around the globe, this is a wee, tiny spot on Canada’s west coast. (Do try to find it on a map. It would amuse me to know if you could!) Perhaps it is the seclusion of Saturna that I find most appealing.

It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to escape the ratrace of city life — you know, the many social engagements and, if I can be so bold to admit, the many recording contracts I’ve had to fulfil as a result of my enriched life with the cello. You know, I’ve been working on the Brahms for several months, and I do feel I have come to a place in my performing career where it speaks to me on so many levels. Yes, the Brahms, but also the Scriabin. “Intense focus with poignant, soulful delivery,” is how one headline read. Hard to believe I’ve advanced to such a level from my not-so-distant debut of Baa-Baa Black Sheep. Thank you for your kind support while I set forth in my musical journey.

Saturna has a lovely ambiance, especially on this mid-autumn afternoon. The fog has retreated somewhat, leaving a delicate haze. Light plays with texture as far-away waves on the ocean surface bring a haunting recollection to the day. I am fixed in memory.

IMG_1165Here inside the cabin, the wood stove blankets me in warmth. I rest in assurance that time brings no limits. I rest, calmly breathing the coastal forest bouquet of pine, fir, and otter. I rest.


Academy began the writing trend in her family with her touching blog, "Academy The Border Collie: Wisdom from a faithful dog". After her passing in 2015, many of her favourite posts provided the content for Stick And Squirrel, the online magazine for dogs. Some previously unpublished works from this dear girl are yet to be shared.


  1. So happy to hear you’ve found some time for rest and relaxation. My mum and dad have rented a cabin in the Chilliwack Valley right on the river, and guess what?…my dad said I’m going too! I’m looking forward to my time with them, walking in the woods, bird watching, and lying by the fire (inspired by your example). We really should meet someday but I must warn you, I’m a bit of a nut given that I think I’m still a puppy and have loads of energy which my mum says can be overwhelming for some other dogs and people too. She’d be just as quick to say I’m very sweet and a great cuddler! Enjoy the rest of your holiday. Lots of love & kisses, Willow.


    • Dear Willow,
      Lovely to hear from you. When is your trip? A cabin on the Chilliwack River sounds wonderful, especially this time of year. Do you like salmon? (To eat or to wear?) If you do, you’ll probably have an abundance to choose from. I do enjoy the company of little dogs, so I look forward to getting together sometime soon. Woof.


      • We’re leaving today! Mum’s just trying out her new laptop, dad’s making coffee, and then we’re packing up to go 🙂 We’ll be back in time for mum to go to the dress rehearsal on Saturday!


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