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,
You live in a beautiful area Deb. Looks very remote with lots of pines. I should be heading out near the end of the month.ReplyDelete
Thanks Doug. Looking forward to catching up with you over the winter.Delete
Time has slipped along quickly for sure. Thanks, the island is a beautiful place no matter the season, but I would prefer any but winter. Looking forward to the desert, we miss it.ReplyDelete
Nope, Nope, the snakes would have to find a new home or no out door cooking would be taking place. You live in a beautiful area . Vern in BoiseReplyDelete
Haha. I agree with you but the snakes are relatively new in the past few years and I haven’t used it since they arrived. It is indeed beautiful here Vern, thank you.Delete
Your area sounds and looks beautiful. I would have a hard time leaving to head south but the cold of winter would eventually will out. Way too cold up there!ReplyDelete
Thanks and yes the winters are tough, always windy and damp. It is the reason we have wheels and travel insurance. We hope to be at least into southern Ontario shortly after our Thanksgiving which is the weekend of Oct 7 - 10. Southern Ontario is warmer by quite a little bit most times, between 8-15 degrees warmer if we have a mild or late fall. We hope to be pulling out here before we get a frost.Delete
I have only been to Manatoulin Island twice and both times I liked what I saw. I remember so well the anxious excitement of those weeks and days before departure time to the Southwest. Hold those feelings close and treasure them.ReplyDelete
The island is a beautiful place but we are happy to put it behind us for the winter months. I would think it is much like your neighbour hood, those cold Lake Huron winds slip into any place that looks like it may have some warmth and leaves nothing but icy cold behind.Delete
We are excited and the Bayfield Bunch will be in our thoughts as we head out.
I agree with Vern - no outdoor cooking with those snakes around! Nice to hear you are getting excited about the travels this winter, as we are. Things are pretty here but we still want to get out before it gets tooooo cold! :) Enjoy your last few weeks on the home front.ReplyDelete
Thanks Patsy. The snakes are not a fun addition but they are a conversation starter. Lol. We hope your party has been all you hoped it would be today!!Delete