Lens Artists Photo Challenge – #95 – All Wet

…thanks to Tina from Travels and  Trifles for hosting this week’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge

I recently posted photos of flowers covered with rain drops so I had to go into the archives for these shots.

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…do most of the family
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So does her buddy, Olive.
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At the conservatory
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After a rainstorm
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Hint of Spring in February

…not all of February was cold and snowy

Last weekend we had beautiful weather that brought the walkers, dogs and photographers out in droves. I think people knew that more snow and colder temperatures were on their way so they took advantage of the cleared paths, sun and warmer climes.050-C6016-EFC2-43-FC-BCA4-EF096425-C551-1-201-a
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Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Waiting

…thanks to Lens Artists Photo Challenge  for this week’s theme, ‘waiting’

Waiting for permission to get on the couch.IMG-1378

Waiting to start kindergarten
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Waiting to see what Olive will do
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Waiting in line
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Waiting to be seated in the restaurant
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Waiting for me
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Just waiting for his turn to touch the car
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Waiting for her pizza
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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – #61 – Precious Pets

thanks to Travels and Trifles for hosting this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Over the years I’ve had numerous ‘precious pets’ as have my daughters and sisters. Not all these lovelies belong to me but they are someone’s precious pet and I was privileged to have taken their picture.fullsizeoutput-6fd6
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Lens Artist Challenge #57 – Taking a Break

….thanks to Travels and Trifles  for hosting this week’s Lens Artist Challenge

Last week my daughters and I took a break from city life and spent four days at the cottage with our dogs. Frances (my dog) and Olive get along very well despite the large age difference (10 years). I’m very much a water person and love living by large bodies of water, both at home and the cottage. The cottage is on Christian Island in Georgian Bay which is part of Lake Huron. We had a wonderful time swimming, playing with the dogs and trying to put together an impossible 1000 piece puzzle of the moon.

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During our stay these two lovely ladies put together the new barbecue while I read the instructions. After it was completed Josie made us a fabulous dinner on the barbecue. I do all my cooking outdoors when I’m at the cottage. Great food, lots of wine and spirits (but not too much) and time spent with friends and family; I can’t imagine a better way to ‘take a break’.IMG-3177
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When it was all over Frances needed ‘a break’ from all that running and playing on the beach. She is after all 12 1/2.

Bringing Home the Tree

…..a tradition that happens sporadically 

Is it a tradition if you don’t do it every year?

This year we decided as a family to cut down our Christmas trees. We’ve done it in the past and always get a lot of joy out of it. Two years ago there was a ton of snow on the ground and this year there was next to nothing. Nonetheless we had a lot of fun and I discovered a new landmark that I didn’t know existed.

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The tree farm we used this year was a smaller place, owned by an older couple. There were no sleigh rides or wagons, hot cocoa or tree balers. It didn’t matter though because we were able to walk through the grounds at our own pace and not worry about hoards of people all eyeing the same tree. The dogs were also allowed to run freely. We just had to make sure that they didn’t wander off because there are coyotes in the area.

I don’t think the place even had a name. We just looked for the signs directing us to ‘Cut Your Own Christmas Tree’. From Toronto we drove westbound along the QEW and Hyw. 403 until we reached Hwy. 6 going north. From there we drove till we hit concession road #6 and went east. Luckily we had our daughter, Gaelan on the phone and she directed us onto the property.

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In the next post I’ll describe the surprising landmark that we discovered while out ‘hunting’ for the perfect Christmas tree.