It happens as it does every year. Labour Day weekend arrives along with the unofficial start to fall. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE fall! I just hate saying goodbye to summer with all its warmth and family time which it affords. This one was warm for sure, downright hot but I kept thinking of winter which will knock on our doors all too soon.
Our summer was a busy one. In addition to paying many visits, we also had lots of visitors to our home whether it was for an overnight or to share a meal. I love spending time with my family and friends and this is a picture show of how our summer was spent.
We started off July with a visit from special friends David & Lonnie who were in Ottawa for a music recital of which David was a part of. This picture was taken along Ottawa's Rideau Canal.
Then it was off to Windsor for a visit with family and friends. We stayed with my Mom and step-dad. We took the opportunity to celebrate my mom's 86th birthday a month early since we couldn't return in August. Isn't Coco the sweetest little dog?
While we were home we had the chance to get together for a coffee with our grade 5 teacher, Ken Stanton. We were the first class Ken taught following his graduation and he has fond memories of us. Ken and Bob attended the same church and Bob sang at Ken's wedding many years ago!
Following our Windsor trip I was off to Syracuse to get together with some very special stitching friends. Since we are scattered between the US and Canada, we chose Syracuse as a central place where we could all meet.
Following this return I had a bit of a breather and then it was off to our favourite vacation spot, Muskoka! This is our cottage rental on Bala Park Island.
Below are some pics from our fabulous week together.
The Peerless II, docked in Port Carling
Look at how high that thing goes!
The Bala Ski Show
Cruising aboard the steamship Segwun on Lake Muskoka
We spotted a classic mahogany launch on the waters
I love the mermaid keeping watch over this boathouse!
Relaxing following a swim
Some cool carvings at a store in Port Carling
Sunset over Bala Bay
Once Vicki & Tim returned home we still had a week in which to visit with a few more friends in the Parry Sound area of Muskoka.
A theme of the visits seemed to be crafts and wine dockside while the fellas took a boat jaunt around the nearby lake.
A view of Otter Lake
John taxis Bob around Blackstone Lake
Mom and her babe
Heather and I craft and gab
All good things must come to an end though and it was soon time to return home. A beautiful sunset followed by the full moon presented itself to us on our final night at the lake.
I thought that was my last visit of the summer but I was wrong. My son Jeff and granddaughters Oceanne & Summer invited me for a quick visit before school started back. Grandma jumped at the chance and took the girls shopping for school items.
First came the shopping......
After which there was a visit to the park.....
An ice cream following supper......
What appears to be a party hat is actually the hat on a clown waste basket!
Followed by a visit to the life size chess board on the return home.
All in all it was a great visit and I can't wait to head back there again!
So there you have it..... my summer in a nutshell or a blog post as it were! I hope I haven't bored you to tears. There are several friends and family members who don't do Facebook or Twitter and this is their way to catch up with us.
Now bring on Autumn!!!