Cottage time . . .
In Canada, ‘cottage time’ generally equates with relaxing, looking out over the lake and doing very little. Of course you can intersperse this with getting out on the water. Or not.
We have two decks, one with a hammock, lots of chairs and loungers, both on the lawn in front of the house and down at the dock, and a library full of books, and a drawer full of games and jigsaws. There’s also a fire-pit.
Getting out on the water
There are four kayaks, a canoe and an elderly, under-powered motor boat called Tin Lizzie, with the necessary safety equipment, PFDs (life-jackets), etc.
Time for a stroll
A gentle amble through the wood and round the pond will take 10 or 15 minutes or so, though with the new trend for ‘Forest Bathing’, this can be extended as long as you like! If you want to walk further, it’s a pleasant stroll down the lane to Pine Point, at the end of the peninsular that is Carrying Place, (just under an hour there and back).
We plan to set up some kind of target for the rather superior Frisbees we acquired back in Toronto for Frisbee golf, as well as adding things like giant Jenga and Boules to the options. We do have a croquet set, but no suitable croquet lawn!!!
Soak your cares away
And, if all that sounds too energetic, there’s always the hot tub – robes and spa slippers available, but bring a costume you are happy just to rinse without soap or detergent to minimize the transfer of phosphates into the water.
It isn’t paradise (quite). Early summer sees the black-flies peak, we do have mosquitoes (especially near the wetland, of course) and, like most of Canada and much of the world, it’s important to be aware of the possibility of ticks, especially in longer grass and in the wood and take appropriate precautions.