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Monday, 6 August 2012

A Summer Cottage Interlude

The Civic Day long weekend! It's a very Canadian tradition to go to the cottage at least once every summer, and so we did. A simple summer place by the side of a royal blue lake with lush green foliage all around. The Maple and mighty Douglas Fir trees sprawling along the shoreline. A wooden dock. Muskoka chairs, a simple but ingeniously Canadian cottage country design. A broad, comfortable wooden fan back, with rear incline and broad arm rests to hold your book, a sandwich, a cold drink. What-have-you.

Frequent refreshing dips in a crystal clear freshwater lake, a paddle boat, canoe or air mattress always at your disposal. Children splashing in the water. The family dogs racing about, in and out of the water. Friendly neighbourly visits back and forth across the lake. The small tree lined islands. The rugged outcrops of the Canadian shield, sheer rock cliff fronts in some cases, or a nice natural rock incline in others, to lie and sun on beside the water.

Endless blue skies. Puffy cumulus clouds. The Barbecue; burgers, hot dogs, chicken or steak anyone? The occasional rain break to send everyone scurrying back to the porch for some family chat and fun. No thunder? Back into the lake! You are going to get wet anyway.

More? Frequent naps whenever you want. A motorboat for far out on the lake. A fishing rod. A campfire. A kazillion stars at night. Rate Canada cottage country in summer 5 stars plus for it's sheer rustic northern beauty, joy, and warm pleasant laid back feel!

Janet and I escaped the heavy midsummer dogs days of Toronto, fleeing east on highway 401, then north along highway 35 deep into the Muskoka lakes and woods.We spent a few days with friends at their cottage on Gull Lake in the Haliburton  highlands, Minden Hills. I took off my watch, turned off my computer and cell phone. We were in summer free fall! It felt great! If you were at a cottage country retreat, you will know what I mean. If you are a foreign reader, come to Canada and experience it sometime. Here's to wishing everyone a great long weekend!


A weekend at the cottage................................................

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