In a few hours the car will be packed with coolers and beach chairs, the bocce set, a frisbee and the biggest watermelon I have ever brought home from the market. We will drive north, ride a ferry, and then drive north again. It will be after dark when we turn off the highway and cruise through a dozey little town, turning off the main drag and ascending up just off the water’s edge into the trees before we stop the car and un-pack at the once RV, now extended permanent structure – a freak of architectural and design standards, it can only be described as part trailer, part cabin. It is known in our family as The Trabin.
There will be a cool beer as we unpack groceries and bedding, making up beds and getting settled. Perhaps a game of cards, or a board game before bed. No cell phones, no TV, no worries. The Trabin is not a place for checking your work email. It is not the place for stress or strife. It’s the place for long lazy breakfasts, afternoon naps in dappled sunlight beneath a tree, long walks by the water, or strolls through the salt marsh to see the family of local beavers. It’s a place where sloth is encouraged and vices are forgiven, where you can wear just your bathing suit and sleep until 11. Stay up late and drink whiskey, playing solitaire ’til dawn. Make pancakes for a crowd and not do the dishes until later when you’re sun-baked and deliriously happy from a day at the beach. Anything goes. This is summer living. The Trabin is a treat. It’s really only comfortable from April to October so you have to squeeze in weekends and some more extended stays when you can. It’s rustic and fabulous – a true oasis where nothing need be difficult, and everything should be fun.
Since there are still some hours in the work week, not to mention packing and preparing for our little weekend away, I’m leaving you not with a new, original recipe but with a round up of some of my favourite summer recipes from the archives. I’ve chosen a favourite drink so you can cool down with this refreshing take on classic lemonade, an easy salsa – just add your favourite tortilla chips , a bright, crunchy salad and a satisfying main and, a decadent no bake dessert that I can’t believe I almost forgot about.
Enjoy the weekend, enjoy the recipes, take care of each other and I’ll be back soon!