Thursday, 5 September 2013

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Okay, summer is officially over, so it’s about time for a recap.
When we left for the cottage, the birds were already beginning to flock: pretty typical for the beginning of August.  For what it’s worth, I’m predicting an early winter, and lots of snow.
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Happy birds, splashing in the now-very-dirty bath. Gotta love Starlings.
We had coolish weather, compared to the heat we’d been promised. Wonderful anyway, especially since we had Craig and Karen for a few days to visit! Much fishing was done, mostly by Karen. I won’t post her picture with her biggest catch (she wouldn’t want me to), but it was a proud moment.

As usual, much time was spent in lazing on our or someone else’s deck. Nice to visit with Carl and Irene, especially when Irene pulls out a new drink recipe!
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The view as we relaxed on the deck. Can't beat it!
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These were every bit as yummy as they look.
Hiking up to the “upper farm”, we found a lot of wind damage from the previous week’s huge blow that made such a mess around Petawawa and Pembroke (and flattened an old barn of my friend’s family; I hope the link works). Saw at least a dozen trees down.
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Look how Iain is dwarfed by this tree's exposed roots. It was some kind of poplar, I can't remember which. The roots towered around 15 feet, and held in their grasp a rock that measured about 1'x1.5'x3'.
We didn’t do a whole lot of anything, really.  Lots of time was spent checking out the frogs and other wildlife that visited/took up residence at our place.
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When I took this, I don't think I even saw the little turtle on the left.
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We were privileged to have a Merlin visit us. I worried he'd catch one of our chipmunks, but I think they survived.
Touring in the boat or the canoe was also a favourite pastime. I never get tired of looking at “our” lake.
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A group of weathered cedar roots.
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This Kingfisher just caught a snack!
Sadly, I didn’t win the lottery, so back to work I go.
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Iain putting away the boat until next time.

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