Category: cottage

December’s Melting Ice

By , December 31, 2019 1:23 pm

I suppose it’s fitting that these days ice doesn’t stay around for too long. After the freezing rain overnight at the cottage, we went outside to take some photos. By the end, it was mostly dropping water rather than perfect little ice crystals.

It snowed all morning today so next up will be snowy pics, I guess.


By , October 14, 2019 12:37 pm

Summer Reading

By , July 20, 2019 7:51 pm

With more time to read, I’ve recently finished Ross King’s Mad Enchantment. It’s the story of Claude Monet and the painting of his water lilies. Obviously I’m a fan of Ross King having read five of his other art history books. I quite liked the style of this one but I can’t quite say the same for Monet. A person can love his art yet think he was a big whining old fart. At least in the later stage of his life, Monet was a disagreeable codger who got a lot of favours done for him during World War I. Otherwise, it’s an interesting portrait of Georges Clemenceau, a figure I knew little of.

I’m nearly done Jack Weatherford’s Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, a really intriguing book. To say that Temujin had a hard life is a gigantic understatement. But to say that he was smart is too. The author is fairly heavily biased toward the great khan, but he backs it up with a lot of details about how he unified the Mongols. Unfortunately not all of his children and grandchildren were so intellectually inclined. I’m just at the part now where Kublai Khan takes over China. It’s quite a different story than what we read in the textbooks. Where the truth lies, I’m not sure. I’ll have to research that more. One thing that has struck me is the religious openness of the Mongols – aside from their own form of spiritualism, there were also Mongol Christians, Buddhists and Muslims. In this book the Mongols are painted as early globalizers. Fascinating and timely.

I’m well into The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. However, I can’t seem to keep with it. I absolutely love the writing and am enamoured of the main character, Aminata; it’s just too sad. It’s rare for me to read fiction so I’m kind of daring myself to finish it despite the horrible subject matter.



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.

My Banquette

By , July 23, 2017 10:54 am

No, not for eating in a restaurant.

For floating on Rice Lake.

What an awesome hubby I have in Val who got this for me and pulled me around on it. It’s also quite nice for sitting on the shore reading a book.

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.

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