Sunday, August 27, 2023

We are nearing our last full month in our summer spot.



 Our Location: 

Summer Spot, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada

The temperature this morning was in the single digits on the Celsius scale, a mere 7C/ 43F. It warmed up as the day went on, just like the desert, although not nearly as quickly nor as high. It turned out to be a nice day and just like the desert, started cooling off quickly as the sun started it's descent. 

Sunrise, August 21.


I thought I'd share a few pictures today, as I have very few words to share. 

On a ride to the Sugar Shack I stopped to take the bottom three photos in the above collage. We call it 'going over the rock'. There is a trail that wanders around through the trees, it runs past all of the favoured maple trees for spring tapping. There is also another one that runs along the fence line to keep an eye on anything that might fall across the wire. The top left picture was taken upward toward the Igloo from the bottom of the pit, within a few weeks the leaves will be turning and the colours will look amazing. The top right picture was taken about half way up the side of the hill on a very steep roadway. As kids we used to toboggan down that hill, we banked the corners and enjoyed a fast ride down. The walk up was always difficult.  



A bit of colour in the greenery.  Some seeds getting ready to drop and get set for new growth in the spring.  There is much beauty here and I some times fail to see it, kind of like not being able to see the forest for the trees kind of thing. I guess writing an odd post now and then helped me realize what I've been missing. Thanks to my good friends Deb & Tom for giving me a little push to drop a post now and then.


Jason has been busy over the summer working on the lake property. So I thought I'd post a few pictures to remind me of the progress between old and new.  The top left picture is how the old cabins currently sit in construction to becoming one cabin which they will use while building their new home and possibly be turned into an Air BnB at some point. The middle right picture is the inside of the right cabin.  The outhouse, bottom left, is the only thing that hasn't been touched in any way. The two water pictures were just nice pictures. 
 A note of congratulations to our friends Linda and Randy, and their son Micheal and bride to be, on the birth of a son Weston on July 29. All are doing well and the proud grandparents are extremely tickled!
 Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the few pictures!!

Until next time...

Take care, stay safe, 


Thursday, August 17, 2023

It feels like fall is in the air....


 Our Location: 

Our Summer Spot, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada

It's been a while since I've posted and I thought it was time. The weather has changed a great deal, it went from being dry and hot to being wet and coolish. A touch of fall is in the air. The mornings are cooler, and darker than a few weeks ago. Heavy moisture in the mornings in the form of dew, quite literally drips off of all things. Some of the maple trees are starting to turn and we have barely passed the middle of August. The winds feel and sound like fall winds. Some gardens are producing greatly and others are barely producing at all. Apple trees are hanging heavy, chokecherries are dripping from sagging branches, raspberries are finished and the waters of Lake Huron are changing colour. 

A few signs around home. We live near the corner of Lakeshore Rd N and Lakeshore Rd.

We've been working a lot over the past while. Our private cleaning jobs are going well too. Our most senior gentleman, Ron is now in the hospital and is doing very poorly. He is a wonderful man, very pleasant, extremely gentle and a true gentleman. He is in his mid 90's and has lived a very long, good life. His bride Justine is also a very wonderful lady, a sweet gentle soul, with a soft voice and an engaging smile. She misses him greatly and visits him every few days.


Heavy dew, farm implements in the morning dampness, a few land mark rocks that have been around for years.


Daughter Bradey, husband David and their two young sons, Auston and Lincoln came to visit for a few days. We enjoyed the visit, the boys are growing fast. We will visit them again before we head south for the winter.  

Growth on the birch trees.

August has been a difficult month for me for many years. My parents and my grandmother all have/had birthdays in August. My mother and grandmother both died in August, as did my husband, who died on my dad's birthday.  On July 20th my father's youngest brother passed away three and half years after having a motorcycle accident that left him in a wheel chair. It has been a bit of a rough time. 

A few photos of interest, changing leaves, chokecherries, morning mist, abundance of apples.

On a good note, Jason and Leah welcomed a daughter on July 30, Laney James, a beautiful little sister for Hudson. One day after their 5th wedding anniversary. Daughter Bradey celebrated a birthday on July 24. Bradey is a beautiful lady that keeps life interesting and seems to have found her way on life's path! She is doing well! Dad turned 86 on August 10 and is doing well. 

One of my favourite places. Jason has moved the cabins.

We are starting to make travel plans, or at least we are figuring out our route. We have a couple of different ideas about dates to cross the border but for now we are happy to be here and are looking forward to at least another 6-8 weeks.


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



Until next time....


Take care, stay safe,