The Cottage in the Autumn
Our cottage is about 40 years old and located about 2 hours from our home in the city. It is the only cottage located on a small island near the shore of a mid-sized lake. We purchased it on a whim 28 years ago and we have been trying to figure out what to do with it ever since.
The cottage is not fancy. It was made of strange bits of recycled materials and still has kind of an unfinished look all these years later. The doors are big glass store style doors with metal pulls, the porch is made from telephone pole cross ties and heaven only knows where most of the other materials started out from. It doesn't have phone lines or electrical power going to the cottage, so we depend on solar power for part of our electrical energy, and a gasoline powered generator for our backup source of energy. The antique propane fridge isn't safe so we don't even have it hooked up and the old, lovely propane stove keeps on going -- no matter what.
Our Island is beautiful and challenging. Despite all of our difficulties getting to the cottage because of the weather, and endless problems launching and storing our boat, we love our island vacation home dearly .