Monday, September 26, 2022

Soon wrapping up at our summer location....

 Our Location: Summer Spot, Manitoulin Island, Ontario

We've had a good fall so far and while a few cold, damp and sometimes rainy days have wrapped us in their icy fingers for the most part, we've had good weather. Leaves are changing colours, dropping and are just more vocal in the fall winds now. The waters in Georgian Bay are slowly turning to a deeper shade of blue/grey which means the icy slate grey of winter won't be far behind. Various birds are flocking up and making their voices heard while calling to others of their kind, the hummers seem to have left and of course the Canadian geese are circling as they build their flocks for their southward journey. The early morning darkness makes my walk to coffee time a little longer as I stumble along in the blanket of near darkness or black and white contrast depending on cloud cover.

Early morning sunrise. 

A rainbow off in the distance. 

We are getting close to our departure day, which we've moved a little due to a forgotten dentist appointment. We have decided to leave the Island on or about the 13th or 14th. Spend a few days in southern Ontario before heading for warmer climes by the 16th or 17th. Of course we all know how those things go, but that is the approximate plan for now. 


The photo above is of the fireplace I mentioned in my last post. Clifford used this to cook most of his meals, keeps a pail of water hot and always has the 'kettle' hot. It has been repaired too many times to figure out, snakes currently live in there and come out when the stones get too hot or to laze around in the warmth of the sun on the stones. My grandfather helped to repair this thing many times as has my father over many years. It has served our family well over the years with many fires  of a marsh mellow and wienie event type of thing. 


I was leaving the fireplace picture and heading home (which is across the road that you see, we swing open those gates to pull the Igloo in and out) when this photo kind of said 'take me'. The sky is so dark over there but it is so sunny in the foreground. We had a few days just like this. In fact the above rainbow photo was taken the same day. 


Daughter Bradey and Hubby David celebrated a wedding Anniversary just recently and  Nicole (niece) and Hayden (great nephew)  celebrate birthdays in a few days. Family and friends in Newfoundland/New Brunswick are all safe and sound after Fiona blasted the east coast. 



Until next time, thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed the visit. 


Take care, be safe, stay healthy, 



Sunday, September 18, 2022

It's been a while.....


Our Location:

Summer Location near South Baymouth, Ontario

Well, hello there. I thought I'd do a quick catch up as it's been a few months since my last post. I had good intentions of posting more often but we know how those go, don't we? 

Ice from freezing rain at the little stone cottage.

Lots of ice.

Spring is coming along the road to our summer location.

The Igloo way down there, waiting for spring to come.

We are back in the Igloo in our summer location near my dad's house and have been here since early May when the weather started turning nicer. There is nothing quite like being back home again after spending the winter months in a little stone cottage. 


Deer in the field near the little stone cottage. Early April.

We truly didn't do a whole lot over the summer that would be of great interest to anyone and so I wasn't too excited about blogging and I was busy.  We worked three or four mornings a week and I also worked two afternoons a week, just to keep us busy and for a little spending money for winter travels. The weather was coolish here for the summer, a few hotter days but nothing like the dog days of summer that I remember as a kid growing up here. Of course there is almost always a breeze here on the big rock in the middle of Lake Huron so that does help a bit. 


Baby Lincoln, May 12, 2022.

Big brother Austin, turned 3, Sept 12, 2022.

Some reference notes for the future for me but things to share as well. Daughter Bradey and husband David welcomed a second son Lincoln on May 12th, 2022. A little brother for Austin, who just turned 3 on Sept 12, 2022. Niece Brittany and husband Kevin welcome a daughter as well (name and date escapes me at this time). A little sister for Hayden. Family losses include my grandfather's half brother Glen, (April 24, 2022 at age 89) and my dad's brother Bev,( June 29, 2022). HRH Miss Kitty has left us as well, Sept 14, 2022 at the age of 14 years. My sister ex husband Ed, (father of her three children, Amber, Alan and Brittany) passed away Sept 6 at the age of 68. Multiple test of a health nature over the past number of months have had excellent results, and my cataract surgery is now 11 days behind me, all is going well. Many birthdays and anniversaries as well have been celebrated and enjoyed. Today in fact is nephew Jesse and bride Claudia's first wedding anniversary. Various family members were sick with Covid-19 over the last number of months, all recovered very well and all agreed that a couple of very rough days from sore throats to exhaustion were the worst symptoms. 


HRH Miss Kitty (Jennie)

HRH Miss Kitty has been with us for about 12 years. She was a rescue when we first moved into our last stix 'n brix house in Hamilton's east end. She was approximately 2 years old when we brought her home. She was not the friendliest nor most affectionate cat but she was always aware of where Riley was and when she was coming home. She has been fantastic company Riley over the years, demanding a little but not needy. She was a great traveller and was always excited to be near the window when we opened it, giving great long sniffs to the new outside air and it's wonderful new scents. She never wanted to be out of the carrier but wanted the top unzipped and made her displeasure known when it wasn't unzipped quickly enough. She has been slowly getting sicker and sicker. On Sept 14 we decided it was time, she didn't put up any kind of fuss, seeming knowing that peace was coming. She passed peacefully with us there at her side and is buried here on the farm not far from out spot. RIP Miss Kitty.  


Morning fog.

Morning sun.

 Our good friend, Clifford Buckley has decided he can no longer come here to do his 'thing' which includes getting back to nature with no power or indoor plumbing while staying in very small rustic cabins, usually for the month of September every year for over 60 years. Cooking accomplished most days on an old outdoor fireplace, bathing in the cooling waters of Georgian Bay and fishing from his old canoe. He truly has enjoyed his time here on our little rock, driving all the way from Fayetteville, NY each year, mostly by himself.  Our various family members(grandfather, mother, father, brother), have for all of those years been caretakers of the property for the other 11 months of year. He has graciously allowed us to use it for our own enjoyment which includes camping, swimming, picnics and quiet times. So on Thursday Sept 15, Jason (my nephew) and Leah (his beautiful wife)  became the new owners of said lake front property which you have seen many times in my photos and will see more today. I believe at one point the sale was referred to as 'keeping it in the family'. Clifford left for the last time on Friday, Sept 16, a very sad but exciting time. 


It is just so calm here this morning.

A great view for sitting and thinking, sipping coffee.

We built ourselves a little bunkie late this summer, we've named The Cabin and are currently waiting for the steel for the roof that will be installed before we leave. The steel for the walls will be purchased and installed in the spring when we return. Sorry, no photos at this time. 


Rougher waters today.

The sun ready to peek out from behind that cloud. 


Plans are afoot for our winter travels this year, we are excited of course and looking forward to seeing everyone again, travelling to the amazing desert in the southwest USA and soaking up all that it has to offer. All plans are subject to the jello effect but we are hoping to leave the Island on or about Oct 10 or 11. We have decided to bypass our usual 7-10 days at Buttercup Ridge in Roseneath this fall and will see Janet and Dennis in California during the winter. So with that in mind, we think we will be crossing on or about the 14 or 15th of October. We shall see how that works out.  


Jason & Leah with Clifford.

Brother Rick, Clifford and my Dad (Doug)

So now I think I am up to date with the happenings of our little part of the world.  The photos of the water, sun rise and fog are of course taken at the lake front property, hard place to give up but a wonderful place to own. Bittersweet in it's own way.

The birches turn first.

The dewy evidence of cobwebs is a fall thing.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you have enjoyed your time here. Until next time...


Take care, stay healthy, be safe.



Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Winter, spring, winter.....



Our Location: Tehkummah, Ontario


Just a quick little photo show. Winter doesn't want to let go here, this morning was -13C/ 9 F but we've been going up and down from just above freezing to  just below until the last couple of days which have been consistently COLD. Add to that the wonderful north wind and well, you get the idea. 


Sunrise March 20.


Sunrise March 23

Sunrise March 23

March 25, a new snow fall.

Not massive but enough, wet and heavy.

March 26, early morning, freezing rain.

Later in the day March 26, now just muddy roads.

As you can see from the photos, in one week we had some interesting weather, today the road in the last photo is frozen and no mud in sight. Cold but no wind makes a difference here, although living on a big rock in the middle of Lake Huron insures that at some point there will be wind during any 24 hour period. Hopefully it's from the south and remains so for the next number of weeks. The snow banks are melting quickly at times but new ones are showing up too.  Freezing rain in the forecast for tomorrow as well.  Ah spring, it is the season.


The sunrise photos I changed the colour tint to match closer to the actual colour in the sky that the camera just can't seem to pick up. All photos were taken with my phone of course. 


Thanks for dropping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit. 


Until next time, 

take care, be safe, stay healthy



Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Spring is coming to Manitoulin Island......



Our Location: Tehkummah, Ontario


It's been a while since my last post but I thought I'd catch up today. The winter has pretty much ended here, although we still have some snow and more will come but it won't last long. In the past week the ground is starting to show in places, the creeks and rivers are running, the fields are showing water laying everywhere and a few spots are showing a hint of red in the far off distance of tree tops. The now present mud is everywhere and if not careful one might find themselves wallowing in a mud bath. 


A few fru fru's sis and I assembled at work. 

 The winter has been long here, bleary, dreary and cold. A few medical issues with Riley and I as well as the Dogsled. However things are moving along and we are hopeful that getting back into the Igloo and the summer will do the trick. (for us, not the Dogsled) 


Sunrise on a morning walk.

Crisp and cold on these mornings.

Around mid Feb the Dogsled just wasn't feeling well, nothing exactly but something was off. Long story short, a flatbed took him from one garage to another where he sat for about two weeks waiting for a head gasket to be delivered, and eventually he came home, full of pep and doing well.  More expensive than paying my rent for the winter but oh well, we can't move the Igloo without him. A big thanks to Dad for the loan of "Marion" his car during our time of need.

Last week this road was just one long mud lane.

The local dairy farm.

 Work at the little Inn has been very quiet although it's picking up again as spring makes its entrance.  I currently do a little light housekeeping for a couple of elderly couples to help with the boredom of winter. The general agreement is spring can't arrive fast enough. 


It's beautiful in the right light, isn't it?

But it's cold and damp, chilling to the bone in fact.

 A few things to mention for my own future 'remembering' . Middle daughter Bradey and her hubby David are set to welcome their second child at the end of May. A brother for Auston. Nephew Jason enjoyed his trip to the far west coast of Canada where he spent about 5 weeks sledding in the mountains with friends.   Get well wishes to Connie. The entire family is doing well, healthy, happy and for the most part glad we can see spring. I've enjoyed my morning coffee with Joan this winter. We are about 6 weeks from moving back home in to the Igloo. Looking so forward to that. 


Looking back the way I've come.

 I will admit I've been slowly catching up on my blog reading, I just couldn't seem to read them over the winter for some reason. I'm envious of all you folks out there living the dream, soaking up the sun and scratching the hitch itch.  Al's (Travel with the Bayfield Bunch ) neck of the woods are much closer to spring than we are, but we're moving right along trying to catch up. Lorne and Sue (  A place called away )  Harold and Pat down in Mexico look to be just living the high life with daily outings and tempting food. Deb and Tom (  Celebrating the Dance   )  are teasing me with all the views they are enjoying. Thanks for the emails throughout the winter, brightened the day for sure. Doug and grandson Nick ( Miss Adventure Travels  ) are doing some great exploring and I've enjoyed all those views a great deal. Sorry to hear about the WL issues but hopefully a quick fix and you'll be on your way once more. Bill ( On our way )  and Patsy ( Chillin' with Patsy ) seem to be filling their days enjoying friends and family as well as introducing their newest family member young Master Gibbs to the RV community.  Ivan ( Road Trip )  and Hailey seem to be keeping a low profile out there in the grasslands.  Ken and Shirley ( Seeing America with Ken and Shirley ) are making me tired just reading about their busy days!  Colin and Contessa (5C's Que Pasa ) are also enjoying their new family members, a set of chocolate Doxies which they are enjoying introducing to the sights, sounds and smells of Mexico. Jim and Barb ( Jim and Barb's RV Adventure) are just wowing me with all their energy and making me chuckle often with their wit. Nice new wheels folks. Mz Kissack ( Kissack Adventures  ) is on uphill learning curve but I have no doubt you will breeze to the top with no troubles. Congrats on the big step and I'm sure you will enjoy the freedom. Rick and Kathy (It's about time ) seem to be doing well down there in the Windsor area, hopefully things continue well and you will once again be back on the road out of the cold.  I miss George and Suzie very much and think of them often. I think that about ends my reading, if I missed anyone I'm sorry. 


So that about sums up this post. I hope to stop in to your blogs on a bit more regular basis but can't promise. Summer is coming and I'm truly thankful for that. I may celebrate a "thanksgiving" just for that fact alone. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the visit. 


 Until next time, 

 Take care, stay safe, be healthy, 



Sunday, December 26, 2021

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year



Our Location: Little Stone House, Tehkummah, Ontario


Merry Christmas (although I know I'm a day late, but better late than never) and Happy New Year to one and all. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and didn't find too many lumps of coal or whatever Santa is giving the naughty this year in your stockings or under the tree. 


A view of the Colorado River while on a jeep ride with friend Jerry!!!


Things are quiet here in the village of Tehkummah, the local little general store/beer/liquor outlet was busy right up until closing time on Dec 24 but other than that not much is happening. Coffee time with family is still the highlight of the days. Snow has been falling and melting, temps have been as low as 7F/ -14C and as warm as 39F/ 4 C. Of course sun and wind play a big factor in how warm those temps actually feel. 


The Badlands, a really nice view. 


I purchased a new iPad Air recently and while I love Apple, I hate trying to learn new things such as sharing photos, having all of my devices recognized by each other, etc. Both my old iPad and my computer (a very old MacBook Pro) still work but are too old to update and my iPad just will not recognize either of them.  So it's been a big challenge for me, and to be honest, I'm not winning the battle. I still may have to use my computer to do my blog instead of the new iPad, which is one of the reasons for the purchase. OH well, it is what it is.  Riley also got a new device but opted for a new Tablet instead of an iPad. We also both upgraded our phones a couple of months ago and while I wanted to go for an Apple, none were available so Samsung won out. Ever try to mate a Samsung and an iPad Air or even an old MacBook Pro? It would be funny if it weren't so darn frustrating. 

 Picacho Peak, also taken on the ride with friend Jerry. 

I am trying to work myself into posting more often but truly folks, it's very quiet here and there isn't much of anything going on that would interest anyone.  On a personal side I'm going to make a couple of  mentions for future reference. Nephew Jason is once again getting himself all ready to head to BC for a month of sledding with his buddies. Although I think he seems to be dragging his feet a bit and I think that may be due to the fact that he now has a son that will be turning one in February and I'm sure while he missed his beautiful bride Leah a great deal she wouldn't change much in the month he was gone! Hudson may actually be walking by his return.  So he's delayed leaving by almost a week. Nephew Jesse (Jason's younger brother) bought a new Chevy 1500 just a few weeks ago. Nice truck!!!
Sunrise in the back yard here at the little stone house. 
The first little snow fall we had in November, the Igloo looks cold and lonely there.


 This is our summer spot view but  not very summery looking is it?

 So on that note, I'm going to call it a post and sign off. Thanks for stopping by. 

Until next time, 

Take care, stay safe and be healthy,