Built for Climbing

thanks to Becky B for hosting Tree Square in July, https://beckybofwinchester.com/2021/07/29/tree-square-29/

Some trees were meant to be climbed. This might come as a surprise to some of my former students because I was always the teacher that made them get out of the trees that grew on the school property. Of course that was more of a liability thing and images of my younger sister falling from a tree and biting through her tongue is a memory that never goes away. Luckily for her some of her teeth hadn’t come through yet so her tongue stayed in place but she did need stitches.


Sculpture Saturday – July 24, 2021

thanks to SMKelly for hosting Sculpture Saturday https://nofixedplans5.wordpress.com/2021/07/24/sculpture-saturday-41/

Outside Creelman Hall at the University of Guelph. The university was originally an agricultural school and to this day it still offers courses in farming and animal husbandry. This metal sculpture of a tractor with a farmer in the driver’s seat is new to me and my husband. I studied Family Studies here and met Kevin some 48 years ago through a friend who lived next door to me.


Back to the Cottage

packing to go to the cottage for the rest of the week

I’m trying to gather a bunch of posts ahead of time and schedule the days you’ll see them. For challenges I’ll give credit to the hosts but you may have to search their blogs to find the most recent posts. I can’t do this at the cottage because I don’t have electricity or the internet.

For those of you who are doing Thursday Trios I will reply to your posts when I return on the weekend. Hoping to get lots of reading and painting done on this trip. See you soon.



First Ice-cream of the Summer

…on Tuesday this week when we had the hottest day of the summer so far

On Tuesday I decided to drive through High Park and stop and take some photos of the flowers. The flowers were a bit disappointing. I think the gardeners were more focused on the Gypsy Moths that were defoliating much of the trees in the park. I’m happy to report that the mess on the roads that my husband experienced the week before had been resolved and the only evidence that there had been a problem was the sparse canopy in the wooded areas. Normally this time of year the trees are very lush and full but this year the caterpillars had quite a feast and there was a lot of light coming through the trees.

I quickly realized that the heat was going to be a problem but then I noticed that the ice-cream vendor was open and I decided to purchase my first ice-cream of the season.


I enjoyed my treat in a nice shady area but I soon realized once I started walking that ice-cream on a hot day doesn’t necessarily cool you down and it actually makes you more thirsty.

Our First Walk on the Beach

last week my daughter, daughter-in-law and I drove up to Christian Island to open up our cottage for the season

We lucked out with the weather. It only rained at night and the hot blistering temperatures from the west haven’t yet arrived this far east. After spending the evening cleaning the inside of the cottage (sweeping out the mouse poop, airing out the cushions, setting up the fridge, making up the beds, and putting away the food) we decided to explore the beach the next morning.

Luckily we have a beach again. The water levels have receded and the numerous trees that had started to grow on the beach have disappeared.


Well, Hello There!

….sometimes I get to see some unexpected wildlife on my walks

This week the ducklings were playing near the water’s edge with Mom and Dad close behind.


On my way back home as I turned the bend in the road there in the middle of the path stood this lovely rabbit. He stood perfectly still. I think he thought if he didn’t move I wouldn’t notice him but when I stepped closer he hopped off quickly into the tall grass.


Water, Water Everywhere – June 27, 2021

thanks to Jez for hosting Water, Water Everywhere https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2021/06/28/reflections-11-water-water-everywhere-85/

I never tire of walking through Col. Sam Smith Park and now that summer is officially here the paths and walkways are particularly busy with walkers, runners and cyclists. Sometimes I like to veer off onto the many beaches throughout the park and find a log to sit on and just enjoy the shoreline.