Monday, May 21, 2012

Warm and Wonderful Victoria Day Weekend

Thank you Queen Victoria for having a birthday at such a lovely time of year.  It always seems like a long time from the Easter weekend to the May long weekend so when it finally rolls round we are chomping at the bit to unwind for a few days.  I'm so glad we went to the cottage this year as we had amazing summer-like weather - it was so warm that we all got in swimming and some of us got in more than once.  The Victoria Day long weekend can bring any kind of weather, but usually we are wearing sweaters and polar fleeces and thankful we have a wood-burning stove, so to wear capris and t-shirts and flip flops was very exciting. Three cheers for global warming (okay, just kidding - but the warm weather did make for a wonderful weekend).  

The weekend included some canoeing,

and hiking up the lookout trail

amongst the trilliums

and the wild columbine.

Can you believe the gorgeous colour of these columbine.  The only wild ones I have seen in the past were pale pink and yellow.  These were so pretty - and if I do say so myself, so current in their colour choice perfectly capturing the Pantone colour of the year - Tangerine Tango!

There was a lot of sitting on the dock, drinking tea on the dock, and chatting on the dock.  Not only was the weather perfect, but the dock was three days old.  Yep a brand-spanking new dock.  The previous docks was much smaller so this one felt like a floating living room in comparison.

Every year on the Victoria Day long weekend we celebrate a couple of family birthdays.  This year we ate Greek food and my Mom decorated the cake with boats and chocolate rocks (that really looked real) and all kinds of goodies.

I love long weekends at the cottage.  Now that I'm all rested up and Jonathan is away in Edinburgh doing research for three weeks, I'm starting to work on the bedroom.  The first order of business is painting the walls - details and photos coming soon.

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  1. Wow, what a lovely spot that is! I am sure that you and your family have created some amazing memories there. Sounds like a good weekend!

  2. This sounds like the perfect weekend. The picture of the dock and the lake is stunning, and the wild flowers are gorgeous. Is there any cake left?

  3. Hi Grace, your "front yard" at the cottage is gorgeous! Our weather was gorgeous here in Nova Scotia as well. We went to our little spot in the country and finished putting in the veg garden. Have a wonderful week! :)

  4. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful environment in which to spend the long weekend. The weather was perfect, wasn't it? We are lucky to live in our little part of Ontario..

  5. Your mom made an adorable cake! What a view, and lucky you to enjoy it the beauty of Ontario from your 'living room' dock.