Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Our Tiny Beach

We have a tiny little beach area just out of sight of the cottage.  The beach is natural little area where sand has collected  and we find interesting rocks and I have even found a couple of arrow heads over the years.  Sometimes driftwood or other interesting things are pushed up to shore. It is a sandy beach area about the size of 2 couches side by side and before that on land is a little grassy weedy perch just right for a lawn chair. The water is quite shallow for many yards into the lake but the rocks and vegetation make it harder to walk on the further out you go.

The day after I filmed this a wind storm came up and the flat board on the sand has disappeared back into the lake

Dock Video Tour at Poplar Bay

Here is a little mini video tour of the place we leave our boat when we head home from the cottage. I am still a beginner in this hobby of video recording and mainly I am focused on not dropping my iPhone. Trying to talk at the same time was a major challenge!

Sunset Video at Poplar Bay

It is going home time after a long weekend at the cottage.

We rent dock space at a campground near our cottage. We can leave our vehicle near the store when we are off at the island too, so we are pretty happy with the arrangement.

We had a few very cloudy and cold days on our get away but the last day warmed up and was beautiful. The final gift of the day was a magnificent sunset.

Monday, September 24, 2012


Summer at the Lake is all about discovery and adventure for kids. It is such a different world than our homes in the city. There are rocks to find and sand to squish between your toes There are minnows and butterflies to catch in your net. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Treasures in the Window

One of our projects for this year is to redo the second bedroom and freshen it up. We always called it the kids room but our kids are now all adults but we now have grandchildren who use it so the challenge is to make it kids friendly but still appropriate for adults to use.

We have picked up a variety of nautical items at thrift shops and garage sales over the years and we are using a few of them to decorate the second bedroom at the cottage.

The model boat is one of several that have been around for a while and I don't recall where we found them. The small oil painting is a new find that I bought a few weeks ago at a yard sale for the Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba.  I love it's bright colors.

The candle is something we made a year ago and I will blog about it when I remember where I filed the pictures. It was a made by pouring wax into a depression in sand from our little beach.

Plums on the Porch

I bought a little black wrought iron tray that goes perfectly with our table and chairs, and with a candle holder on the porch. Perfect for two.

Tree Top

A wind storm ripped through Southern Manitoba damaging lots of trees in the city including one in front of our house. We were surprised to arrive at out cottage which is two hours north of the city to find that we had a bit of damage at the cottage too!

We found this unexplained little tree lying on the path up from our dock and it took us a couple of minutes to realize where it came from.

The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber.  The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky.                                         
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert

By the Water

I want to figure out how to use the video settings and YouTube so what better way that to just start doing it?

I would love to capture the feeling of standing on the shore by our cottage so here is my first attempt.

September afternoon on the island.

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