Saturday, August 29, 2020

Travel plans, catching up and quiet times.....

 

 
Our Location: Summer Spot, near South Baymouth, Ontario, Canada


I’ll bet you thought I forgot all about you, well you’d be wrong. It’s pretty quiet here at the best of times and with this pandemic still chasing us all around, it’s even quieter and I had nothing to write about. I salute those that find something to write about every day, I don’t have what it takes to do that.



This doe seemed to hang around for a couple of months. She would show up in various places including the ridge outside our dining room window.

The weather has been great for the most part but like others I’m sure we’ll all be happy to be rid of the humid conditions soon, not to rush fall or winter though. Sweltering heat here with high humidity has been the story for most of us in Ontario this summer and we here in the northern part were a great deal more fortunate than our friends and neighbours in Southern Ontario.  I think we can all agree it has been a summer unlike any we’ve ever experienced before with weather and pandemic being the top of the news for a very long time now. Hurricanes, tornados and floods are now more and more in the headlines as well. Certainly not the type of summer we are used to and our thoughts go to those that have and are suffering and struggling during this very trying time. Hopefully the coming weeks and months bring relief, promise and hope to all.

 

I haven’t been keeping up with blogs nor Facebook so I have no idea what’s happening with everyone. The pace of life here is very different and I find it’s bedtime before I think of turning on the computer and by then I’m ready to call it a day. So I apologize for not commenting and keeping up but as we all know, blogging is to be fun and not a chore.

 




These colourful mushrooms are starting to appear in lots of places around our summer spot.
 

Today’s photos were taken mostly with my phone, although a few were with the camera out the dining room window. The photos range from wild life to sunrises and a few things in between, taken over the past number of weeks since my last post. I hope you enjoy them.



These two photos are in the village of South Baymouth, near the ferry terminal. Very rough waters out there in Georgian Bay made for a few very rough trips on the Chi-Cheemaun.


Both the snake and the hummingbird were photographed out the dining room window.

Riley and I have decided we will be staying in Ontario this winter. With Covid 19 still very much making it’s ugly self known we both feel it’s safer to stay where we have family to help should it be needed. So we are currently searching for winter accommodations on Manitoulin Island. Something small and preferably in the south east area but we will be looking at everything. Comments are always the same: everyone seems to be searching for a winter spot here this year. So I guess we aren’t alone.

A sunrise shot taken on the way to Dad's house for coffee shortly after 6 AM.



These three shots were taken on a different morning on the way to coffee with the fog hovering, things were damp and the dew was heavy.

 

 Some notes to to share that I would normally mention in my blog but since I’m catching up some may seem a bit out of date to some but I’ll include  them anyway. Some notes will of course be for the future as well, since I’m not sure when I’ll write another post.

 

Another sunrise on the way to morning coffee.   


Another fog covered morning.

Taken between my dad's house and my brother's house with the sunrays shining through a maple tree.

 Condolences to our good friend Sharon and family in the passing of her husband Ron in May. We truly regret not being able to see them on our way home last spring but will always remember Ron’s gentle voice, kind heart and wonderful friendship. We’ve known them for years and have always enjoyed their company.  A true gem and we will all miss you Sheriff.  Condelences as well to the Hall family in the recent passing of their mother Pat, a fixture around Tehkummah for as long as I can remember, a contributor to the local newspaper, she wrote Tehkummah Talk and Times for many years catching everyone up on the local happenings in and around the area. Also to the Ward family in the passing of Susan and to the Oswald family in the passing of Helen. Both of these women were well known in the community, even if I didn’t know them well, and they will be missed greatly.

 

Sunrise one morning as I step outside heading for coffee time.


Birthday wishes to my middle daughter Bradey (July 24), my Aunt Sandra (August 5), my Dad (August 10), cousin Tammy (August 28), our friend Randy (who celebrates today, August 29) and a big happy birthday to my grandson Auston (who will turn one year old on September 12). Happy Birthday as well to my niece Nicole who will celebrate a birthday on September 30. The month of August is also brings us more memories of those that have left us, my mom (whose birthday was Aug 15 and passed on Aug 4, 2003), my late husband Richard (passed on Aug 10, 2006), and my grandmother (whose birthday was Aug 17 and passed on Aug 31, 2005).


The same sunrise as the above photos.

Some other notes for myself, dad’s brother Donnie arrived home almost 3 months to the day after his motorcycle accident. He is now in a wheel chair, but in good spirits and seemingly doing well. He arrived home August 26, 2020, having been injured June 19, 2020 in a single vehicle accident.  Fortunate for sure.

 As I said, I’m not sure when I’ll update my blog again but I assure you all that you cross my mind and bring a smile to my face each time I think of you. Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time….take care, be safe, stay healthy.


Deb

Saturday, June 20, 2020

A catch up......


                               Hmmm I don't think I like this new format. It doesn't do anything I want it to do. Makes me sad to think that blogging is taking a step backwards instead of forward. This is complicated.

After trying unsuccessfully to edit this post, I apologize for the ugly post. I'm not working at it any more today.









It's been very quite here, not a lot going on but a we like it quiet. We've been able to enjoy the warmth and sunshine of late, and managing to pass those days that were much less enjoyable earlier in the month.





The top photos are of quick shots of the hummingbird and the new feeder we added to the yard. He seems to enjoy it and manages to handily chase everyone else away. The middle photos are of course taken of the angry, wind whipped waters of Lake Huron/Georgian Bay at the mouth of the harbour where the ferry comes in. Following that is wild strawberries I found not far from our door, and of course the wonderful green colour and abundance of cones from one of the many every greens that grace the views out our window. The last photos I captured a couple of days ago, a visitor on the picnic table. Not sure if he was expecting lunch, but we didn't feed him. 





We've been working off and on a day or two a week and are enjoying the distraction from quiet, lazy days around the Igloo. The nights are warming up nicely or cooling off, depending on your point of view but we can now leave our door, windows and vents open all night and sleep comfortably without being too hot or too cold. The perfect sleeping temperatures for us.




Lots of wildlife around these days. A number of deer have popped out from cover along the roadsides, we even managed to see two bears on our recent travels for groceries. Of course the regular rabbits, porcupines, geese, and sand hill cranes are also ever present.




My dad's youngest brother was involved in a motorcycle accident late yesterday. Not  many details, multiple injuries of course but they don't sound to be life threatening.

 Condolences to my best friend Linda and her family on the passing of her brother Allen, a few weeks ago. Allen had been ill for some time. Belated Happy Birthday wishes to my Aunt Shirley, who celebrated on June 3rd. She is the oldest of my dad's two sisters. Also an early birthday wish for my sister Jan, who celebrates another year on June 25th, and my uncle Percy who celebrates on June 26. Also Happy Anniversary wishes to my brother Rick and his lovely bride Barbara, they celebrate another year (36 years, I think) on June 23. Of course Happy Father's Day to each and every father out there!!!!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the visit.

Until next time... take care, be safe, stay healthy,

Deb


Sunday, May 17, 2020

Summer may be coming....




Our Location: 
Summer spot, near South Baymouth, Ontario

I've been writing this post over a number of days.

Old Man Winter just won't go home this year, he keeps making the rounds every few days and over staying his welcome for weeks at a time. However I do believe spring might be arriving by mid week and hopefully likes it here enough to unpack and stay a while. I guess time will tell. 


Looking out the door with snow pellets coming down. 




 Our dark brown mat is totally white with snow pellets.


The photos today are just random shots taken over the past number of days. Things are quiet here and we like it that way. I've talked with both of my older daughters over the past days, and I think I can safely say we will all be very happy to see this never ending winter and quarantine end. 


Over the course of about an hour, the snow melted but started falling again. 




Walking over the rock, the moss makes the rocks look squishy. 




The above two photos were taken from one of my brother's deer stands.



The above two photos were taken during a walk and yes those are snow flakes falling. This pathway is called the 5Th Line. No longer used for cars or trucks but popular with Quads, ATV's and walkers. 



Thanks for stopping by, I hope you and yours are all well and staying busy, warm and in touch with family. 



 Ice on a puddle.



A wild strawberry blossom.



Until next time....take care, be safe, stay healthy, 

Deb
 



Saturday, May 2, 2020

A few rainy days....




Our Location: 
Summer Spot, near South Baymouth, Ontario, Canada


Since we are having another rainy day I thought I’d just drop a few lines here to say we are all fine and doing well, hoping for warmer weather, and an end to the virus. However at this point we’ll settle for warmer weather. 
 
 
I think I may have posted this one before but I like it.

 
A number of rainy days here of late, which are good and bad at the same time. Good because it means the ground will be warming up, new life will spring forth and we will feel as if we have some kind of natural order to our lives again. Bad only because it means we are stuck inside in the cold and damp weather, which of course isn’t much fun. Oh well, we need the rain and soon we will be blessed with warm sunshine right?
 
The road to Dad's house. 
 
 
Soon we will put the umbrella up and start using our back yard eating area. 
 
 
Home sweet home. 
 
 
 We refer to this as the bowl. See how dry it is? 


Not so dry now after all the rain.
 
 
I told you it was a gravel pit, quarry. 
 
 
A few photos of the area around us, we walk these paths and plateaus, fields and roads often but always enjoy the views. Spring is coming but it’s very slow. We are hopeful it will arrive before summer.
 
 
The birch trees are starting to bud out now. 
 
 
I happened across this video, thought maybe some of you other Canuckies out there might enjoy it. Up here in Canada.
 
Thanks for stopping by, we hope you are all well, happy, healthy and safe.

Until next time… take care, be safe, stay healthy,

Deb

Monday, April 27, 2020

I think it's almost spring.....




Our Location: 
Summer Spot, near South Baymouth, Ontario, Canada



I do believe spring might be closer as the temperatures are starting to warm up, the buds are starting to show, although our 'green' front lawn isn't showing much colour yet, but I think I see twinges and hints. 


 Taken with my phone, this photo was taken as I climbed around the top rim of the level above us. You can see the waters of Georgian Bay off in the distance. 

 Again, taken with my phone. This shows the area of our back yard, where our fire pit is located. 

 If you look carefully between the trees, you can see Riley down there in a chair. She is sitting in our front yard. The Igloo is to the right.

Things are very quiet here in our little corner of the Rock. Not much happening and we like it that way. Chatted with my sister, my daughter Courtney, friend Linda and friends Ron & Sharon this past week. Always nice to catch up with folks. 


How cold is it you ask?

The white stuff in the shade is frost but the stuff in the sun has melted.

 And in a few places, a bit of snow remains.

All of the above photos were taken with my phone. 



Our chives are doing well. 

 Rhubarb is doing well too. 

Taken from the rim of the back yard.


I hope you are all well, staying out of trouble, and staying healthy. A little cabin fever is normal but if you are holding the chocolate hostage, I think you can call someone about that. Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time... take care, be safe, stay healthy, 

Deb