September 17 – Over hill, over dale …

1 Oct

Syd and I took a quick visit to the grove – Sydney a bit anxious but seems to love it – I suspect her eyesight is failing and making her hesitant in unknown areas.

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I washed the clothes, hung them out to dry (don’t you just love the smell of clothes dried in the fresh air?) then I zipped in to Tamworth to meet up with Mum and Tim.  I picked up 2 books at the Tamworth used bookstore  – Mushrooms & Toadstools and Up North – A guide to Ontario’s wilderness.

When we returned we left Sydney at the cottage napping and Mum, Tim and I walked through the glade path, stopping every few feet to examine one of the extraordinary variety of mosses and fungi.  We followed the glade  right through to the turtle pond, then continued on to the second pond which seemed to be considerably dryer than the turtle pond.  It doesn’t even look like a pond anymore – and this is identified as the largest pond on Dad’s map…  I wonder if it fills up in the spring.

second pond We kept on from the second pond towards the fence and then and looped around through the  fields back to the cottage.  It appears that Mum has a better sense of direction than I do – this is the area where Syd and I  wandered around lost and soggy for over an hour the other day.

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Going on a nature hike isn’t enough exercise for Mum and Tim so we got out the chainsaw and Mum hauled some tree sized logs over and, between the 3 of us, we chopped enough wood to keep us going through spring.   I called Matt and arranged to have the dock pulled up for the winter – whew, glad I don’t have to do that!

Later, Sydney joined us for cocktail hour on the porch of the small cottage.

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Dinner was a lovely sashimi grade tuna with a side of pasta with goat cheese, portabellas and pine nuts – finished off with a freshly baked walnut butter tart.  What could be better?

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