Thursday, April 24, 2014

Getting That Cottage Feeling

From the dock
We would like to extend this screened in section
 Well, we certainly are anxious to depart the east coast and head for central Canada to our cottage in Quebec. The weather there is not much different than it is here at the moment but it doesn't hurt to yearn for the cottage, you know, getting away from it all, relaxing with a drink on the deck, meeting friends and family and enjoying all that the lake offers.

The first shot is a view of the cottage from the water, actually from the dock.
So peaceful
The plan this summer is to extend the screened-in portion seen in the second photo. It has, or rather it has always been a little on the narrow side at six by twenty. Yes, over the years we have enjoyed it but have often thought, it should be a little bigger so that we can use it as a summer country dining area and entertainment focal center.

We would like to expand it to ten or perhaps even twelve by twenty so that we can enjoy the "outdoors" and laugh at those few rainy days that prevent us from enjoying the great outdoors. It means pushing the front of the cottage towards the lake which should not be a huge problem. It also means getting approval from the county which might be problematic but I think it can be grandfathered in as the cottage itself is over 60 years old.

Peaceful and tranquil is the best description of the lake as you can see from the third photo taken on a sunny and warm mid October day.
Last year's "big" project
The last photo is of a project from last summer, a very simple woodshed, nothing fancy but completely practical. It is all we wanted.



Monday, April 21, 2014

WRX Returns After Crossing Canada TWICE

It's a 2011 WRX (World Rally Blue) and it has been places, all across Canada in fact and back; all on the same set of tires. Along the way our son made many stops across central Canada and spent a couple of days in the Ottawa area, paying respects to his aunt whose husband passed away this past Easter weekend.

He had Easter dinner with his uncle in eastern Ontario and headed out on his journey to Nova Scotia. Tonight he is staying in Quebec City and a place called the Fairmont Frontenac Hotel  that he says is comfortable and quite pleasant (it's probably a strip motel somewhere in or near Quebec City) and will continue on his journey to Nova Scotia. Quite the adventure for our son and the beginning of a new career in Halifax.

Needless to say the car preformed flawlessly. It's a Subaru of course and made for the long distance drive across Canada or anywhere else for that matter.