So this year was probably our nicest time at the cottage, it is my 10th summer there. It's located in the Interlake area in Manitoba. Every single day was hot and sunny (first time ever!), except for the day we drove home. Had a good visit with the in-laws, watched quite a bit of tennis on TV, re-read The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald) and The Right to Write (Julia Cameron), did some writing, vegged out. Believe me, we are lucky to have a place to go in the summer.
Together with tons of photos (you have been warned), our holiday included:
Lakefront views from the cottage.
The hibiscus plants were blooming.
Spotted interesting lawn ornaments on the neighbour's yard.
A Point to Ponder: One thing I'll never understand is why basically no one (except for us) takes their holidays at the beginning of July. To me, it's the nicest time of year to go to the cottage! During the week, there were hardly any cottage neighbours around....we enjoyed the peace and quiet.
Birds and More Birds. This oriole tweeted everyday outside our window.... at 6am.
Boats and More Boats. We have walked on the Pier hundreds of times, but it never gets old. Neither does exploring the marina and picking out our "one day" boat.
Deja-Vu Sighting: There's even a Three's Company boat at the marina.
Sailboat Races. We watched the Wednesday Night Sailboat Races, it was one of the loveliest and calmest evenings on our vacation.
Ordering Important Cocktails That No One Ever Orders Anymore.
We always go to the lounge at the lakefront hotel for drinks. We particularly enjoyed the blue lagoons this year ... the bartender was so happy she got to make something other than beer & clam and mojitos. So fresh, we went back to the hotel for another round one day.
We went to Whytewold Emporium (one of our favorite spots in the Interlake area) for crepes one afternoon. We found this place 5 or 6 years ago while driving around the area (probably cottage-stalking for the Bradshaw's cottage from Falcon Beach!) and we've been coming back ever since. Their pizzas are very good too.
Went to Assiniboia Downs for dinner and to see the horse races one night. Hubs and I won $15.00. Big night!
Interesting Architecture Tours.
We came across this castle style house off the Perimeter (freeway) - kind of Howard Hughes-esque, don't you think?
Met up with my cousin S at the Captain Kennedy House, which is along the Red River. It's a lovely place. Had lunch at the Maple Grove Tea Room.
Prairie Sunsets. Can't beat a prairie sunset. Almost every night at approximately 9:40pm, I would walk on the beach and see the lovely sunset.
Adventures on the way home:
There's the old jail outside of Winnipeg. If you are misbehaving, you'll be dropped off at GAOL ROAD!
Sometimes I Insist On It:
I hauled home these three orchids from the Winnipeg Ikea on my lap for 6.5 hours in the car (including the plastic wrap). Yah, that was fun. I absolutely had to have them.
Meanwhile, at home...my Christmas orchid re-bloomed!
And my lilies!
It's been a great summer so far.