THE WONDERFUL CHILDREN’S SHOP ADVICE FROM A CATERPILLAR COMES FOR AN ISLAND VISIT…..
When you step through the doors of Advice From A Caterpillar, a wonderful children’s store tuck away in the Rosedale neighbourhood of Toronto, you are immediately invited into a world of retail delight. It’s owners have created a beautifully curated shop, filled with thoughtful items of clothing, accessories and a touch of home decor for both mother and child. The Dyer family, who are the shop owners and also my lovely friends, came to the island on a recent weekend visit, and during their stay I captured some images of the girls along with a mix of some of the shops offerings in the setting of my island life. Together we enjoyed lazy days gathered by the water to sun and swim, and walks around the island to discover and share. It was one of those beautiful weekends when you relished in the warm days and tepid lake waters, as the realization that summer would soon be coming to an end.
In photographing this story of the girls and putting together the images for my site, the moments took me back to my own childhood years of cottage living. A cottage lifestyle was truly bread in my bones, when from the moment I was born weekends were spent at my family summer home in North Western Ontario. I can remember endless hours spent on the water, playing and splashing around and forging though the woods, collecting rocks and twigs with my imagination as my guide. A truly fond memory was my own treehouse that my grandfather build for me, which was my first sacred place in the woods. I would climb up the ladder to the small space that was mine and just pretend. Playing house, arranging my collection of forest finds and then there was the days of making endless arts and crafts. I can recall so many special summertime memories from when I was a child and many years later I still hold them close. This lakeside history of my formative years truly instilled in me a love for nature, enjoying the simpler life and being able to escape the city by getting away from it all. What a lucky child was I.
Recalling these childhood memories made me realize that in my life today every weekend when I head up to my lakeside home, this feeling returns. A true happiness arrives in me knowing that I have a place that makes me feel whole and free. I think there is special a childlike sense that comes back to us all when we escape from our everyday life into a place of trees, water and sky. When we allow ourselves the time to enjoy the things we love, while being playful and stress free. This ideal getaway, whatever that means to you, can provide a base for our childlike attitude to emerge. A chance, if only for a weekend to enjoy an innocence and joyousness, like children so easily do. Never thinking or a caring about the fast pace and hectic world outside our precious retreat. Its means so much to me to be able to contunue this feeling I was gifited in my youth and to have a place to call my own amoung the trees and sky. Here’s to the great escape and the finding the child within us all.
It was lovely to photograph this story, share time with my friends and recall some of my fond childhood summer memories. Thank you to my friends Emily and Elizabeth Dyer, two talented and speical women who along with their mother Susan have created an enchanting world in Advice From A Caterpillar. You can shop the story below through the links provided or better yet drop by the store to experiece their wonderful shop.
Advice From A Caterpillar
8 Price Street, Toronto
Ontario, Canada, M4W 1Z4
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