Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cottage Weekend Report!

Well I’m back from a GLORIOUS weekend at the cottage with G&G. The weather was perfect – sunny and around 70F/20C every day I was there - just sorry hubby was not able to join us. The only downer was the black flies – and they were bad – which kept me indoors a fair bit but I did get out and about to catch up with changes in the area (there always are some).
On my first day I had to visit our favorite bakery, Harvest Moon. Owners Graham and Tina are big on organics (even in their own lifestyle choices) and make some of the best pies, quiches and breads around – all 100% vegetarian. Our favorites are the Cornish Pasties and tarts (their take on butter tarts, a Canadian tradition, includes cranberries).

Since I was on my own I could not pig out on all their goods but did manage a lovely loaf, a savory pie (lots of veggies) and a tart (though Tina also included a second one that had broken for free). Needless to say I had a very nice lunch that day - yummmmm.

I also hit my favorite Thrift shops – I always love that OPEN sign! Though the pickings were not so great. Primarily because the previous weekend was a long one in Canada because of Victoria Day so lots of tourists – also, one of the shops had just opened for the season and I swear they must have completely emptied everything out from last season – the shelves were definitely bare!
I did manage to score a few a things. Some old sewing items, postcards and a really sweet paint box.
The one great thing about thrifting in Canada is you will find a lot of English things (including my paint box). Though it had me a little baffled – it looks very Australian! A Koala bear sits on the girls shoulder and a Kangaroo is posing for the painting…hmmmm?

The hooks and eyes are World Famed and “By appointment to her majesty Queen Elizabeth” don’t you know. Our closest village is Tobermory, Ontario. It was pretty quiet – on a busy summer weekend you would never be able to find a place to park and there would be all sorts of people milling about.As you can see – beautiful sunshine - my picture hardly does justice to how blue everything was.
The harbor is waiting to be filled up with boats. By the time we return in July there will be very few docks empty!
When I was brave enough to deal with the flies (and a good breeze blowing) I did venture out to check our property. This time of year the orchids are starting to come out – but too early for me to get photos of all the Lady Slippers we have. We do, however, have lots of trilliums starting to come up.
And since Spring is later here many of our daffodils and tulips had either just opened or were getting ready.
Even Miss Gwendoline enjoyed them!
Poor Master Gryphon really got attacked by the flies all around his “unmentionables” and was quite happy to stay indoors and do his usual thing. Don't mind the stitches on his leg - just some minor surgery he needed to remove one of his many "lumps".
He hadn’t read the sign, poor old dog.
And even though it was warm in the day it did get quite cool most nights so I was able to start the fire (how cozy)…
…and drink a glass of wine – don’t you just love this cork! Cottage time really is the best time. My last shot - as we were leaving I noticed that one of the old cabins was dressed in flowers. The owner recently passed away which is why it is boarded up - hopefully someone will be able to take ownership and enjoy this lovely garden.

Can’t wait to get back in July! I'll post about my cottage project soon...


  1. What a beautiful place to be able to get away too. Looks like a little bit of heaven to me. I'm sure it is very refreshing to get away from the everyday world -- a pox on the flies, though. I am sure they will eventually go away. Great post, Julie! :-) Carol

  2. Hi Julie, Thanks for the tour of your cottage and the near by village sites. It was interesting. My dogs just love to go to our cottage also. We had the dreaded mosquitos last weekend. THey are such a problem for all. See you soon.

  3. Julie is right, the photo's do not do the area justice. As children we would go to "the Tub" aka Tobermory when camping in Cape Croker. The water, landscape and overall feeling you get from visiting this area is undeniably the best you will ever have. So many memories. Can't wait to see what else you were up to when you were there!
    Jen xoox