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.)



Painted Ladies

Butterflies LOVE hot sunshine and we’d had such a rainy, dreary summer. This year, I hadn’t had much time for butterfly chasing in the city anyway, but they were noticeably absent at the cottage too.  Now that it’s fall, we are experiencing weather that finally feels like July: blue skies and sweltering heat. And butterflies.

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!


In the Woods

Saturday could not have been more beautiful for an afternoon out in the country. We drove out to the Lanark Highlands for a birthday party out in the woods. It was much needed time spent outside. Looking back on it reminded me of this quote I heard recently.

You should sit in nature for 20 minutes a day. Unless you’re busy- then you should sit for an hour.
-Zen Proverb

lanark frog

lanark butterfly

lanark woodpile

Sunday Reading :: Ten Little Caterpillars

by Bill Martin Jr. and Lois Elhert

We absolutely adore this book. Lois Elhert has illustrated so many nature-themed children’s books in brightly coloured collages. Her style is abstract yet visually accurate; all of the caterpillars and butterflies (and plants) are based on actual species. The rhyming text is very simple; caterpillars adventuring all over, and of course, turning into a butterfly at the end. At the back of the book all of the different caterpillars 1-10 are pictured, along with the butterfly or moth they become. If you loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you’ll love this one too!



Nesting Behaviour

Things are slowly coming together to create a nursery in the nook of our home office. We are still waiting for some furniture to come in before we can really get started, but I do have some artwork picked out already. I have been collecting pieces for awhile, mostly nature-inspired, of course. Here is my collection so far:

Large Owlphabet Poster, Alphabet Art, Owl Art, Education Tools, Nursery Art

Owlphabet by Stacie Bloomfield of Gingiber

Minimalist Photography, duckling photo, nursery decor, little black duck, black & white art, minimalism, child's room wall art, 8x10 Print

Little by Amy Tyler

Quest, 8.5 x 11 print

Quest by Cathy McMurray

Bird No.28

Bird No. 28 by Geninne Zlatkis

We don’t have a lot of wallspace, but hopefully I can come up with some kind of arrangement so that I won’t have to hang anything over the crib.

There are a few other treasures I’d like to share as we put this room together for our baby, Things I have been collecting and some vintage pieces that I have saved from my own childhood. There will also be some things that are still in the process of being knitted and stitched…