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