Category: cottage

Happy Thanksgiving

By , October 8, 2018 10:00 am

I forgot to take pictures of the food and the guests. Instead, I did a little photo shoot with the centrepiece characters my mom brought, and Richard, of course.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Richard – the Latest

By , July 16, 2018 3:43 pm

Here he is looking longingly outside at the cottage. He knows how good he has it – he doesn’t really want to leave. Just look.

Mother’s Day at the Cottage

By , May 18, 2015 11:52 am

Great weather gave us all a great day.

Brown and Grey

By , March 17, 2015 10:40 am

Even a nice sunny day at the cottage did not reveal very much colour.

Presenting … Bailey

By , September 21, 2014 2:41 pm

Finally, some pictures of the mysterious and aloof Bailey. It only took one year.

August at the Cottage

By , September 21, 2014 12:59 pm

We spent about a week at the cottage in August. We didn’t do much, but here is the evidence.

Early Fall Colour

By , September 29, 2013 1:11 pm

Leaves are starting to fall, making for interesting shapes and natural interactions.

Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

By , August 4, 2013 9:23 am

At Lang Pioneer Village, on July 22,  we came upon two pigs in their enclosure outside a 19th century period house. One was busy rooting around in the mud, as pigs do. The other was in the pig house, sleeping the afternoon away. If it were true to life he’d be awaiting his upcoming transformation into bacon. In the 21st century he merely entertains tourists and school children.


Farm Inspection

By , July 29, 2013 9:01 am

As a vegan I try to be well informed about the food I eat. In the summer a lot of the fruits and vegetables Val and I eat come from farmers’ markets, particularly the Peterborough market on weekends. When we were at the cottage for a week recently I emailed one of the farms we buy from to see if we could visit to see how it worked. Luckily the farmer emailed me back and offered me the opportunity to be one of his inspectors for the Certified Naturally Grown program. It is pretty close to organic, minus the massive amounts of paper work.

We arrived at Tiny Farm in Peterborough, near Trent University, to begin the inspection/tour. Mike gave me a clipboard with the inspection questions and we were off. The photos that follow are courtesy of Val, of course.


Going through the report was an excellent opportunity to learn about everything from irrigation to cover crops. We discussed organic cow manure, seeds, transplants, buffering from nearby chemical sprays, you name it. Here Mike is explaining soil compaction.


At the end Mike kindly gave us some freshly dug beets and carrots. We visited the Tiny Farm stall at the market the next day and got some lovely baby bok choy and green onions.


It was an educational and inspiring visit. Farming is very hard work. Thanks to farmers like Mike for making the effort to feed us healthy, naturally grown food.


Camo Frog

By , July 12, 2013 9:22 am

This guy (maybe she’s a girl) lives in our pond and is very still while being photographed.



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