Sunday, 6 July 2014

Grace Lake Retreat

It's a three hour drive away from home, but such a nice change to drive north to cottage country. The countryside changes from gently rolling hills and fertile farmland to the Canadian Shield.... rocks, trees, lakes, and more trees and more lakes and even more rocks.
OlderSon and The Equestrienne and Callum (and large hairy dog Badger) rented the cottage at Grace Lake Retreat for a week's getaway, and were kind enough to ask me to join them for a few days.

The cottage sleeps 8 and has everything needed for a week's vacation. All conveniences: fridge, stove, microwave, coffee maker, TV, DVD player, X-Box.... you name it, it's there. Plus kayaks, a canoe, a fishing boat, comfy Muskoka chairs, a BBQ on the deck.....

Just remember to bring the bug spray. There are lots of trees sheltering hungry mosquitoes who like to come out in the evening to hunt for unsuspecting vacationers.

The orange kayaks got lots of use out on the lake, as well as the blue canoe. There was a big rainstorm the day before I arrived, and the lake water level was about 12 inches higher than normal. Normally there is a small sandy beach in front of the steps. A lot of cottage driveways were completely washed out.

The motor boat was used for fishing, but they didn't catch anything. The lake at this point drops off to about 60 feet deep. The water was cold to get in .... I'm such a coward.... but once in all the way, lovely! And sitting out on the dock after dark watching for shooting stars was a new experience for us all, especially Callum.

A great place to take sunscreen, sunhat, a good book and just watch the world go by on the lake.
Thank you to OlderSon and The Equestrienne for inviting me. I loved it!

8 comments:

ann @ studiohyde said...

This looks like a gorgeous place and what a lovely holiday you have had. I love those chairs too.

stardust said...

I’m happy for you that you could unwind and relax yourself with your loved family at such a lovely cottage built in the nice environment. Mosquitoes are trouble. We use mosquitos incense to repel them away.

Yoko

EG CameraGirl said...

Wish I had been there too! Looks totally delightful!

photowannabe said...

What a wonderful place to spend some down time.
I'm sure ready for some myself. Great photos of your little piece of paradise.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh, it looks dreamy and so very relaxing.....Lovely Lake.....Beautiful Country----It sounds like it was a Wonderful Getaway, my dear.....!

Rock Chef said...

Love it - although for some reason the floating platform makes me think the place is the setting for a horror movie! :-)

Anvilcloud said...

Are you like me and finding it a little colder to get into the water than you used to?

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wow! What a wonderful place and what a great holiday you have had! Love all pictures!