July 1st – Camping in Compton, Quebec

Ten pm and the RV campground is still humming with activity

There’s a general reluctance to move inside. Bedtime is put on hold

The scorching heat of the day has finally cleared leaving behind a velvety soft breeze perfumed with wood smoke

Most unusual is the number of young children still up

bicycles are abandoned in the grass

Now into a different game: flashlight tag

Foot soldiers on reconnaissance shining their torches, squeals and protests

retreating troops escaping through a labyrinthine of motorhomes and trailers

free in the warm evening air


Lawn chairs are pulled around and bonfires spring up at every site

Low voices and laugher float – neighbours silhouetted in the glow

embers explode

wild sparks burst out

free in the warm evening air

The dog and I head out to escape this mini metropolis

straining our eyes, we follow the dark outline of a path leading to the edge of a large meadow

stillness except for a chorus of peepers, white noise in the calm

More flickering lights, smaller this time

Hundreds of blinking fireflies dance just above the grasses.

free in the warm evening air

About westlakemusings

In 2013 my husband and I retired. We bought an old pre-confederation house out in the country. This blog is about our new world in the country as we explore all of life's possibilities.
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