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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Northern Summer

 I'm just back from the old baie Georgienne which is my new favourite place in Ontario.  If anyone ever invites you to this gorgeous area pack your bags and go.  You'll likely be staying on a beautiful island in a ramshackle wooden cottage that could easily be the set of a Wes Anderson movie, so bring everything you need as you'll be boating it just to pick up a carton of milk.
Many cottages have sleeping cabins which include sitting areas and bathrooms.

The cottage is built on the Canadian Shield.

Hanging out with my friend Lola.

I have a real thing for wooden boats.

Plenty of Brits like this area and fly over to spend a few weeks.

The plants are that much more stunning growing in the rocks, I like that contrast.

Leather soled shoes from la Canadienne are perfect for navigating the rock faces.
The other option is bare feet!

A teepee is a popular outbuilding.  

Friend Island
 We had a picnic out on Friend Island which is beautiful area of rocks and water.  The kids loved it and swam from rock to rock, playing games the whole while.
 A lack of television and computers forces creativity and the children quickly developed a board game of their own.  I love to watch this kind of play, and listening to them negotiate the rules and regulations of their new game is really entertaining.

I hope you've been well and that you've been staying out of trouble!


  1. This is just my speed. You would love Monhegan Island up the coast! I'm headed to a computer free zone up north soon. Can't wait. Your little friend Lola looks a sweetie.

  2. i would totally joyride on that wooden boat! soooo lovely.

  3. Looks like a relaxing holiday away from tech toys and the hustle and bustle of city life. You must be fully refreshed. I love wooden boats and that runabout looks like a vintage classic.

  4. You are so fortunate to have cottage country nearby. I really like the idea of being separated from the rest of civilization by boat.

  5. Wow what a gorgeous location! So peaceful,just what the dr. Ordered after your loss. Hope you were able to rest.i adore the playing pieces made out of stones ,just too cute. They remind me of your mascot from last summer,perhaps they are related? Glad you are back Dani ,we missed you!

  6. Peace and beauty! The perfect place for family time!

  7. This looks so lovely, glad you had a restful time. Welcome back to real life!

  8. Love the flowers in the rocks! I also love it when kids "make do" - they are always so much more creative than they think they are!!!

    You look rested and happy in that picture!

  9. Oh I'm so in love with how this place looks Dani -- so peaceful and cozy! And I die for that wooden boat -- amazing. I love, love the made-up game, so cute and clever. My son and I did that recently and had such a great time. It's wonderful to be a bit unplugged, especially the kids these days.

  10. Welcome back! Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation. I have always admired the bare rock and windswept trees of the Canadian Shield, it's easy to see why the Group of Seven painted that subject so many times.

  11. entrancing and peaceful at the same time: relaxation for the soul.

  12. Lovely! No jet skis, no lawn mowers, no TV, and no internet- what a summer cottage should be. Sadly, this is being replaced by the souless zillion dollar "Lake House". There is such a thing as having too much money. Just ask the loons.

  13. Welcome back Dani.Sounds like the perfect holiday. Don't let that one get away next year.

  14. So happy to read you! The place you went look like a piece of heaven... I love being forced to give up computer and TV. And the wooden boat!

  15. Dani, This is what I think of as a real vacation., Away from everything and being close to nature. What a magical spot! I love that the kids have time to do things like this. When do they ever get to now with so much internet? Wonderful! I's love to get to Canada one day and see all these lovely places.

    What a pretty photo of you! Love to see you more on the blog! Hope your Summer is wonderful!


  16. But you're so beautiful! A shame not to share that more often. Of course, it's wholly your choice, so please excuse my opinion.