Canada Day at the Cottage


Over the Canada Day long weekend, we stayed at the family cottage over in Québec. It’s so beautiful this time of year, although we found ourselves in the middle of a heatwave. Thankfully we spent most of our time in the lake. It was so hot, I sat my chair directly in the water, and to my surprise, this snake swam right past me. Amazing. It was literally about a foot away from me. (The same snake is pictured above, basking on the rocks.)

 

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Earth Day at the Wild Bird Care Centre

On Earth Day this year, I had the day off, so we decided to take a drive down to our local Wild Bird Care Centre. They were having a special event with crafts and activities. Of course, my daughter wanted to do “a hike” first (we can do crafts any other time, after all!) so we ambled through the forest.

I must have been a child on a field trip the last time I visited this place. All of the specimens and taxidermy seemed so familiar, and the building itself felt miniature, which is always the case when you come to a place for the first time as an adult.

We fed the chickadees, walked along fallen logs, and saw our first butterflies of the season. When we got back to the field house, we checked out some of the activities, one of which was dissecting owl pellets. It is essentially a hairball, which contains everything the owl cannot digest- lots of tiny mouse bones, and sometimes even an intact skull. Fascinating stuff!

Back to Mer Bleue

It’s been a long time since we took a walk out in the woods. This winter has been long, and we have found ourselves indoors a little too much.   And even though it looks sunny in these photos, the wind was still bracing for April. As you can see, we still have some snow on the ground.

Still, our daughter was over the moon to go “to the forest,” where there is so much to explore and ask questions about. We didn’t see any beavers but we did see a few of their sweet little log homes.


We are so looking forward to warmer days, and hoping to get out to the woods more this year. If you’d like to see photos of Mer Bleue from previous years, CLICK HERE for my past blog posts.

Fairweather Blogger

It seems I only update this blog during cottage season. I can’t easily carry my big camera around with me during our day-to-day activities, so when we go to the cottage, I try to make up for it.

Here are some photos from our last trip to the cottage, over Canada Day weekend. It has rained pretty much all summer; that weekend was no exception. When we did go outside, it was in rain boots and sweaters. In July.

There weren’t a lot of butterflies (they are most active on hot sunny days) but we found a clutch of chubby monarch caterpillars on one of our walks. There were so many dragonflies too, more than I have ever seen.


Hope you are all having a beautiful summer so far!

 

Autumn in New York

In October, my mom and I went on a three-day trip to NYC. I only had a couple of sightseeing goals; the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. We had great weather all weekend, so we visited both of those places but also walked all over Manhattan. It’s a beautiful and strange city.

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Funny, I had drafted all of the photos for this post back in November, but never published it. Better late than never!