|On the lake. (Photo: Michael)|
As I mentioned in the previous road trip post, my Canadian relatives have a lovely cottage, in a lovely part of the world, and they really enjoy spending time there. And we really enjoyed spending time with them as they shared their home-away-from-home with us. Thanks for having us!!
My cousins talked about going out on the ice in Winter, while Aunty P. talked about having trouble getting her children to come inside before they became too cold. So, I'm guessing they really like being at their cottage regardless of the time of year. I would too.
|Cousin J. with Aunty M (aka Granny).|
|The builders, who built the cottage, built this for Cousin Am. (she was much younger at the time).|
|Enjoying being outside. Even if the air was on the crisp side.|
|Aunty P. found this truck, and another, for Jimmy before we left Winnipeg. He really enjoyed playing with them!|
Now, I know I just said "this is the sort of place where you want to be outside", but I forgot to mention that this is only if it's not raining. When we arrived on Saturday it was lovely and clear and by Sunday it was raining. Good thing we had a short list of things to do in Kenora, that weren't possible to leave until Monday (Labor Day) and couldn't wait until Tuesday.
|Ye Olde Chip Truck.|
|Granny preparing to try poutine.|
Poutine... We described it to Granny and even though she didn't like the sound of chips in (turkey) gravy, with cheese curds, she went ahead and had some for lunch. While she didn't go hungry, she didn't finish her serve. Those of us who ordered bison burgers - yum, yum, yum - managed to help Granny finish her poutine.
|Dadee and Jimmy enjoying a bison burger.|
|My bison burger. It was pretty darn good.|
|Pop used my camera to take photos of this deer. Isn't she pretty?|
By Monday morning the rain was a memory and we went for a long ride around the Lake, taking in coves and bays, going past so many islands, many of them with cottages perched on the rocks.
|Jimmy smiling at his Dadee, who was taking lots of pictures.|
|Cousins A. and Am. enjoying their last jetski ride for the summer. (Photo: Michael)|
|Jimmy deciding that I didn't need the wild flowers. (Photo: Michael)|
|"No Mum, I was serious the first time! You don't need the flowers." (Photo: Michael)|
|Oh it was lovely out! (Photo: Michael)|
|The Canadian Loon. (Photo: Michael)|
|Uncle C., Granny, and Pop. (Photo: Michael)|
|"Do I really have to get on the boat again Dadee?" (Photo: Michael)|
|"Grrrrr, see I'm made of tough stuff Dadee." (Photo: Michael)|
But lo! While looking at a pot plant, on a step, Jimmy missed the step and took a tumble... but he remember the fall from earlier and put his hands out AND turned his head to the side! I was still upset that he was hurt and upset, but I was also impressed with the way he respond to his loss of balance. Oh but he was upset! Two tumbles on the same day! And then I remembered reading this, and remembered the bit about using ice cubes to distract an upset child. So, we gave Jimmy an ice cube and it did the trick! We give them to him in Manhattan, KS, every now and then and he plays with them on the kitchen floor, so it was a familiar treat, that's not exactly a treat.
|Sharing banana with Pop.|
To be continued!
Apologies to anyone who was looking for the ice cube related link - I've put it in now. Sorry!