Changing of seasons

I am behind on posts as usual, I just finished writing about August, and here it is November.

We enjoyed another beautiful week at the cottage at the beginning of September. It was beautiful weather and the water was very warm. I took the girls on a bunch of picnic lunches and spent much of the time just enjoying being outside.

Leah and Ava out on a hike in the swamp.
Picnic Lunch
Hazel, Kodi and Ginger like the chair we pulled out of the cabin. It has a good view of the river.
Cleaning up the shed that came down last fall. We had a bit of a fire and cleaned up some of it.
Family hike
hiking

The association on our river held our annual pot luck get together on the long weekend after having to reschedule due to the fires. There was such a great sense of community and great fun had by all. It was so nice to get to chat with everyone and how they coped with the fire. What was destroyed or what they did while we were all stuck at home waiting it out.

The fire was still considered active when we were there for our week in September so we didn’t do too much exploring. We went swimming at our island in the bay. It would be a wonderful place for a cabin, and we keep tossing the idea to the universe and maybe we will win the lottery one day. For now we just go and spend the day there. Have a picnic lunch and explore our little island.

some mosses and ferns are starting to grow, the damaged areas are always changing now.
Ginger loves boat rides!

We spent almost every weekend in September at the cottage. The water stayed warm for so long this year. Our cousins were up at their cabin again so we spent a day with them at their cottage. It is a lovely place out on the bay, that has also been in their family for a couple of generations.

The last sunset warm enough to be out on the boat. Ava doing her best to stay awake.

On the weekend of the 22, my dad went up on his own to the cottage and we got a terrible wind storm that moved our dock and waves were crashing sending water spray all the way up to the front door of the cabin. When the weather broke my dad had to head home, so when Nick and I went up the following weekend we needed to get the dock ready for winter. Which also meant someone needed to get into the water to hook the anchor to move it. I somehow managed to volunteer myself for this task. So I cooked myself by the fire and created as much of as sauna effect as I could. Found my dads diving booties and jumped in! It was cold! I had to attach our ratchet lever hoist low enough on the anchor chain so we could lift it off of the bottom. Then I jumped out of the water and the two of us pushed the dock back into place, dropped the anchor back down then get back in the water and undo the hooks so we could take the come along back out. I was back by the fire as fast as I could be. I am so thankful that we don’t need to pull our dock out every year.

Cold drive up the river!
Late september sunset. If you have been following the sunsets you will notice how much it moves during the year.
Hazel thinks the water might be getting a bit cold for swimming.

 

October came so quickly! We had a great Thanksgiving. My mom and I worked at Rockton Fair on Saturday showing people how to work with wool. My mom spent the day spinning and carding and I knit for the day, The scarf I started last fall is almost done now!

Ava “helping” clean up leaves
Leah is also great at “helping” rake leaves.

Nick and my dad closed up the cottage on the following weekend- it was not as cold as last year but still almost too chilly to be there. We do miss the wood fireplace at our house now. This time of year I find myself surfing the realtor.ca for bigger houses that come with a large garage and a wood burning fire place  with some room for a couple of chickens.

Well, November is here and so is the snow. I am starting to look forward to the Christmas season. That first dusting of snow always sends me into a Christmas crafty mood. I have some projects I am working on for gifts and cookies to bake! I need to get some Christmas photos of the girls, perhaps on Friday when they have a PD day.  Time really seems to go by faster with each year that passes. I am glad that I can track little snippets of it here. I enjoy going back through and seeing how the girls have changed.

That’s all for today! It’s story time- Another chapter of the Secret Garden.

Puppies!

What an exciting few months we have had in our house! Ginger, our pomeranian, had a litter of 5 puppies on January 31st. This is probably why I haven’t been very good at updating my blog! We have really enjoyed watching the puppies grow and finally go to their homes.

Pomeranian puppies at 1 week old.
Puppies at 1 week old.

Pua (like the pig from the Moana movie) at 1 week old.

 

 

Bread- 1 week old 

A huge milestone. At around 4 weeks old their little eyes start to open, they are dark blueish.

The first few weeks were very easy, the puppies lived in a large box with Ginger, She kept them clean and warm and they didn’t really move around much. At around the 4 week stage we got them an exercise pen and they started really moving around and being quite active.  Once they hit about 6 weeks old, they were really engaging and the kids really loved playing with them every day.

At 5-6 weeks old they have found their feet and can see and hear. Much more interactive, watching them play can make hour slip away.
Raven at 6 weeks old.
Very playful puppies.
They love to play with each other. As each one went home the rest would miss their sibling.
Hazel- causing trouble
Sleeping Hazel.
Finn

It was great meeting the families who were going to take the puppies home and watching how excited they were when the big day arrived. We kept one puppy- they are so hard to resist, her name is Hazel and the girls love her to bits. She is fitting in well, and is learning very quickly.