President & Editor in Chief
by Don Li, is the painting that graces our cover for the long awaited summer 2015 issue. A young woman in a pretty polka dot dress gazes out at the water. We can only imagine her thoughts and dreams as the wind gently caresses her hair and the bottom hem of her sundress. What perfect imagery for a warm summer day. I know that we all eagerly await the coming of summer, especially those of us in the Maritimes who experienced the worst winter in over a hundred years. But then, like a gentle breeze, summer sneaks in and we are left wondering… when did it arrive? Because summer is golden and we seem to ease into it like a silk shirt – warm, soft and magical. There are days filled with warm golden sun, soft pink roses and blueberry wine. The nights are filled with the sounds of birds singing themselves to sleep, while a warm soft breeze rustles the leaves. All the busy bees hum back and forth from the hive to the flower and then back to the hive. It is a Well, hopefully, by now you are well into appreciating the glorious smells and colours of summer. It is a time of true beauty, love and the simple joy of life. We hope ARABELLA Summer Harvest 2015 wraps the beauty of the season around your heart and makes you smile wide and long… just because. And that is enough in itself.