It’s been a stupid-busy month. Weekdays are a write-off because of work (particularly intense right now, leading up to World Food Day on October 16). Weeknights belong to the gym and to the chores that seem to pile up out of nowhere when we put our feet up for a second. And recent weekends have been spent on the road with trips to Toronto and Syracuse, and with visits to family and friends.
We’ve had too little opportunity to just veg out in front of the telly. And with the new TV season piling up on the PVR, even boob-tubing can seem like a task.
So needless to say, we were feeling a bit stressed out this weekend as we joined two other couples and rented a cottage for Thanksgiving – the same one we rented for a week around Canada day. We were both looking forward to taking some time to slow down and breathe – but the weekend turned out to be better than we could have hoped for!
The cottage is lovely – we knew that from our last visit. It’s big enough that you’re not tripping over your housemates, and it has an absolutely fantastic view, but there were little things that made this particular visit one to remember. The weather was über-cooperative. Three sunny days in the mid-teens meant it was always plenty warm enough to laze about outside on the deck (or the dock) wearing nothing more than a hoodie. And it was because the weather was so nice that we could take advantage of those little things:
- A Saturday afternoon sitting quietly in a rocking chair on the deck with the sun beaming down.
- A snooze on the dock, wrapped in a warm blanket.
- Refreshing showers in the outdoor, cedar-enclosed stall that offered views of nature.
- The smell of wood smoke wafting through the air.
- Great opportunities to play with our new reflector kit.
- An afternoon campfire with friends without the worry of mosquitos (the filthy bastards are all dead this time of year! Ha ha!).
- Evenings spent snuggling together in our beanbag chair (which we brought from home) in front of the indoor fireplace.
All we did this weekend was cook a few meals…and relax with friends. And for the guy who organized it: just say the word and we’re in for another go.
Of course, the back-to-office shock on Tuesday was a bit nasty, but I suppose it’s a necessary evil. How else could we afford to rent this place again without a paycheque.
As always, you can see all our photos through our Flickr stream, but here are a few select images.