Last Cottage Weekend

lilac-sunset hydrangeas fern-flower sweet-peas spider-web-dew Labour Day Weekend marked our last visit to the cottage for the season. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect; misty mornings, sunny afternoons, cool evenings. September really is my favourite time to be up at the lake. Until next year!

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Cottage Season

Our first trip this year was a bit later than usual, but worth the wait. Every year is familiar but always a little different. I have never seen so many dragonflies in past years, and the shy loons have been coming closer to the dock. Maybe I will finally catch a decent picture of them.

It is sweet to walk down the trails with our two-year-old, as she picks flowers and wild strawberries along the way. She loves getting dirty and doesn’t hesitate to climb any rocky hills we encounter. Despite her carsickness and the uncertainty of sleeping in an unfamiliar room, I think it’s going to be a fun summer.

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wake robin

I remembered the last photo from a couple of years ago, and thought it went so well with the first two.
I always take so many photos that it’s hard to narrow them down, so be prepared for more!

Bird Sanctuary

Last week, my daughter and I visited family in British Columbia, so the cousins could finally meet each other. It was a joy to watch our sweet girls holding hands and playing together, and to witness the beginning of their long-distance friendship.

Luckily for me, this side of our family loves nature as much as I do, so they took us on a few road-trips to see some local sights. Reifel Island Bird Sanctuary was the first place we went to. It is similar to some of our local parks except it is surrounded by mountain views, and there is almost always a Bald Eagle soaring overhead. There were a lot of familiar birds- Wood Ducks, Canada Geese, and Red-Winged Blackbirds- but also some I had never seen, like the Sandhill Cranes that nest on the west coast.

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Bald Eagle

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Canada Geese

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Swallows

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Sandhill Cranes
and Red-Winged Blackbird

The weather was could not have been more perfect while we were in B.C., and I am grateful to have soaked up so much sunshine! A special thank-you to my sister-in-law, a beautiful soul who somehow knew exactly what kind of holiday I needed! xoxo

First flowers

Aren’t the “little things” really the most important?

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I took these photos a few weeks ago. For me, the first signs of spring are the swaths of scilla on the lawns of the Experimental farm. So perfect and tiny, arriving just in time for us not to lose hope that warmer days are coming. More flowers have opened up since then; cherry blossoms, lilacs, tulips. For the next few months, I will be soaking it all up with my little girl and my camera.

xo

A little Christmas

Our holidays were pretty lovely and low-key. Just enough. We’ve had some years of “too much.” With a little one (and everyone in the house sick!) you just have to set your limits and enjoy the day. It goes by so fast. I managed to get a few humble decorations up just in time; a tiny tree with my favourite handmade ornaments and a string of white lights. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas without those lights. They are still hanging in the window and I will probably leave them up for awhile longer.

xmas tree

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